Monday, July 6, 2015

Rolling Stones Review

As I posted on Wednesday, Uncle Jeffy and I went to see the Rolling Stones concert in Raleigh. We were Stones virgins and we thought it's now or nevah before those dudes kick the bucket. I mean ya gotta go right, 'cause these guys are legends. So, here's my redneck review of the show for whatever that's worth:
Parking lot tailgating was an A plus, not only because of the stellar vino we packed, but mostly because the people watching was so phenomenal. Y'all think Keith Richards is an old geezer? You ain't seen nuthin' til you see Great Granny and Gramps in their matching capris, keds, tie dyed shirts and headbands chain smokin' their cigs and dancin' in the parkin' lot. Of course it ain't a party til someone gets busted, and we did witness a guy get escorted outta the parkin' lot in handcuffs for tryin' to pirate Stones' t-shirts of all thangs.

Now the warm up act was a local yocal North Cackalacky band called the Avett Brothers who have quite a following in these here parts. Our plan was to skip the warm up 'cause that style of music just ain't our cup of tea. When we got to our seats, the banjo playin' brothers were still jammin' and only about 1/3 of the stadium was filled. Despite the fact that I would rather stick my head in a pail of vomit than listen to country music, I also rarely feel sorry for anybody, but I'm tellin' ya folks, I actually felt sorry for those country crooners. Very few people were payin' attention to them, and in a place that seats 60,000 only about 100 people were applauding. So, I clapped and even gave a hearty Whoop Whoop. Sure it was a pity clap, but it was a clap nonetheless. I'm gettin' soft in my old age.
Then on came The Stones and by then every single seat was filled. The energy was electric. I apologize for the blurred images, but for 250 bucks per ticket the closest you get is the jumbotron. Uh yea, front row seats were goin' for like two grand. Now let me preface my review by sayin' that I was expecting greatness because of the legendary status of the group. I do believe I set my standards too high. The music was spot on, and Mick still has "the moves like Jagger", but they do not engage the crowd. They are not performers, they do not have a fancy schmancy set, they don't tell funny stories, they simply play their music. While some folks may say "less is more", I do agree in most cases, but not when it comes to a concert. When I think of the best concerts I have seen I think of real entertainers like Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Kid Rock, and Harry Connick Jr. And ya can't blame it on their age 'cause I saw Cher just last year and she had a contraption where she flew across the stage, changed costumes like 5 times, was funny as hell, and when her show was over I didn't want it to end. Dare I even say it, but Uncle Jeffy and I were actually bored and decided to leave the concert a tad early to beat the traffic. So, I guess ya gotta give me a little somethin' somethin' more than just the basics if I'm payin' the big bucks to see ya live and in person 'cause I can just listen to music at home for free. Know what I'm sayin'?
But I will say, at least from where we were sittin', Mick and Keith did not look that bad. I can't comment on what they might look like up close without any stage make-up on, but seriously, there were way scarier folks at our free hotel breakfast buffet the next mornin' wearing Rolling Stones' t-shirts. I'm givin' the overall concert a B minus, but I'm also glad I can now cross that item off my bucket list because I truly think I would have been missing out on a once in a lifetime experience had I not gone. It was, after all, The Stones.




25 comments:

  1. I wonder how they don't tire from playing around the world at their age.... you reckon it's the drugs or something else that gives them the strength?

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    1. A few of the die hard Stones' fans sitting near us who were seeing them for like the 6th or 7th time said the band members were all sober now. Maybe it's Vitamin B12?

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  2. What a shame! Yeah, for that kind of money, they need to put on a show, not just perform.

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    1. That was our opinion but I think we were in the minority. The majority of the fans were seriously jamming out.

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  3. Sorry the concert was less than stellar. Darn shame. We felt the same way when we saw Journey last year. Pat Benatar opened for them, and she was fantastic. We were wishing she would have just kept going and let Journey take a nap.

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    1. Oooohhh I love Pat Benatar. I bet she still rocks it out.

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  4. You know it is meh when you want to beat the traffic and leave early. Need to perform to impress indeed

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    1. Yea we said we were too old for The Stones. hahaha

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  5. Sounds like you had a great time!!! I love people watching so that tailgating party sounds fantastic!

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    1. The people watching was definitely the best part!

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  6. Sounds like more fun before the show than during

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    1. Yea the tailgating was much better than the show.

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  7. Sorry to hear it was kinda boring. I hate when a group just 'plays'. If I wanted to hear that I could listen to the album in my house.

    The Avett Brothers are bigger than just your local area... but that doesn't mean we like them, either. Last time I went to a show they were actually the headliners. I just went for the opening act (who was much, much better) and almost everyone left with us once he had performed. Double ouch.

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    1. So glad you guys understand about The Avett Brothers. People here are ready to bitch slap me for saying anything unkind about those banjo playin' boys. It's like a cult following.

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  8. oh poo!! I have seem them 3 times and thought they were fantastic. They had these huge blow up dolls like the big ones that car dealerships get and they blew them up during Honky tonk girls. Then Mick disappeared for the beginning of Sympathy for the devil and then he was on this high elevator with red cape. It was so cool!!
    I am sad you weren't happy but glad you got to go.

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    1. Unless they brought out blow ups when we left, there was nuthin' like that. That's exactly the kind of stuff we like to see. Elevators, fancy gimmicks and cool stages. All we got was the basics.

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  9. See, I don't think I could bring myself to pay that much for U2, and they're my favorite and I've been wanting to see them my whole life. If I paid that much and was bored...? I think I'd be pissed.

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  10. Wow, that's a big chunk of change for the seats you get! And at that price, I'd expect a bit of a show. I really thought they were the type of band to do brand. Were they always that way or is that recent. Oh well, at least their music is good. And it's a legendary band.

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  11. I would never cough up that much for anyone's concert

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  12. I am envious that you got to see them--but I would have really liked to have seen them 25 or so years ago! And don't be picking on my North Carolina kinfolk, you here! :)

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  13. B- Yikes. Personally, I'm not into the stones because they bore me, so I'd probably give them an F+.

    I always thought F+ were an odd thing for teachers to hand out. Anyway, have a great day and boogie boogie.

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  14. Sounds really exciting, overall, and the pictures are pretty good - for $250 seat views of the Jumbotron. I agree about interacting with the audience, though. It's that personal touch that makes a concert worth it, versus listening to a cd. It's not only about the music for me, and most people. Glad you crossed this biggie off of your bucket list, though.

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  15. I went to the Stones concert in Dallas/Ft Worth and the venue was not made for a concert…a Cowboys game yes, concert no. Our opening act was Grace Potter. The crowd was thin but she still was out there doing it. I too am glad that I got to see this iconic band while they are all together and mark it off my bucket list.

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