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The Stones STILL Love You Live!
on 23 January 2008
After the excellent 'Four Flicks' dvd showcased The Stones to such effect I wondered about the POINT of 'The Biggest Bang', how many MORE versions of these songs do you really need? Also, as they age, how can their performances do anything except slowly diminish? Well all this is true...BUT these old guys can STILL put on a great show! True, Mick can't sing with quite the gusto of a few years past and Keith on the whole can't really solo properly anymore but the Stones' flame has NOT gone out!
The Austin show on disc 1 is a good stadium gig, highlights include 'Sway' - good solo from Ronnie doing Mick Taylor finest moment-, a cracking 'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' and a high energy 'Get Off My Cloud' which is a joy to hear! There are also two unusual cover versions 'Bob Willis Is Still The King' & 'Learning The Game' which are both interesting , the latter especially so as Keith makes it sound like something HE wrote with his wonderful ragged off hand performance.
The Rio de Janeiro show on disc 2 is worth it just for the shots of the truly MASSIVE crowd of 1.2 million fans! There are good versions of 'It's Only Rock n' Roll', 'Midnight Rambler' and especially a great cover of Ray Charles' 'Night Time Is The Right Time'. Disc 3 features selections from concerts in Japan, China and Argentina. Theres a great performance of 'Gimme Shelter' from Shanghai but the real treasure is a truly incredible show in Buneos Aires. The huge stadium crowd generate awesome noise and energy and the whole band rise to the occasion. 'Happy' plays on in a wonderful jam as Keith starts improvising a song he has largely played much the same way for 30 years! 'Miss You' has the crowd doing the vocal parts louder than Mick and great guitar licks from Ronnie and especially Keith - who CAN still do it when he wants to! 'Paint It Black' sounds like a football chant - the crowd are so loud and 'Satisfaction' has THAT riff sung by the crowd louder than Keith can play it! Again, this song is extended and clearly improvised as seemingly no one wants the song to end - the energy passing between the crowd and the band is almost tangible.. man what a show! Disc 4 has some interesting short documentaries - the best being the one about their performance on the 2006 Superbowl with a good version of 'Satisfaction'. The Stones can't turn back the clock, but as this dvd illustrates, occasionally they can still BEAT it - if you are a long time Stones fan you won't regret getting 'The Biggest Bang'.