Saturday, December 09, 2006
Like a rolling stone
"Time fortunately remained on the side of the Rolling Stones at Dodger Stadium the night before Thanksgiving, but given the litany of personal issues (health scares, rehab, deaths in the family) since the start of their "A Bigger Bang" tour in 2005, the band was probably most thankful that this, their fifth SoCal-area appearance, was their last U.S. gig and that the year was winding down.
Fans hoping to catch the Stones for the first time, a final time or simply once more had to be extraordinarily patient and willing to wait for them this time around. Not only had this show, initially skedded for Nov. 18, been pushed back to address throat concerns Mick Jagger encountered earlier this month, but the pre-holiday traffic maelstrom across the city and especially approaching the stadium threw the band yet another curve.
With a start time nearly an hour and a half after opener Bonnie Raitt to accommodate those arriving late, fans already at their seats had plenty of time to kill playing "Spot the Celebrity" ("Look, Alec Baldwin!! ... cool, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lance Armstrong!")
until that eventually reached a point of diminishing returns ("Hey, um, Bob Saget ... yeah, okay, Tom Green ... uh, Joe Don Baker?!").
But when Keith Richards, looking none the worse for wear -- relatively speaking -- walked onstage and began the signature riff to "Jumpin' Jack Flash," all was forgiven and forgotten for the next two hours. Jagger made the point of graciously thanking the crowd for their patience in dealing with all the delays, but the setbacks seemingly had no effect on the subsequent energetic perf and delirious aud response.
"The world's greatest" pulled off yet another stadium show like no one else can, and it's been a lasting, iconic image for many years, with massive videoscreens, flames, fireworks, Macy's Parade-sized inflatables, moveable staging, etc." [...] Source: Variety.com