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Name: Travellin' Man
Subject: Ronnie B. Damn Goode Saturday Night !
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 10:49:41 PM
Remote Address: 18.104.22.168
Message ID: 268557
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Ronnie Wood And Friends put on an very impressive Rock And Roll Show at The Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City Saturday night, April 21st. I felt privledged to be a part of the audience of about 500 who packed the Casino's showroom for this rare Ronnie solo gig which was not part of any tour. A "Party Zone" ticket, which cost me only 60 bucks, enabled me to plant myself dead center, approximately 20 yards from Ronnie's center stage mic, and a few feet in front of the soundboard. I could see Ronnie's face clearly from that small distance and I was pleasantly surprised how incredibly healthy he looked, and how energetic and boyish he was the entire show. It turned out to be a show I will never forget. High expectations were not only met, but surpassed. It was "a night to remember" seeing Ronnie and his all-star band perform in such a small, intimate setting. Like the rest of the crowd, I was blown away by the performances of the band and particularly Ronnie and Bernard Fowler. Fowler would handle much of the lead vocals and he was nothing less than oustanding on this night.
Ronnie seemed to defy Old Man Time by shedding a few decades onstage - jumping up and down as he played, moving and playing like he was 24, not 64! It was obvious to everyone in the crowd that he and his band were having a great time onstage, and the band was as tight as if they had been playing together for years. Ronnie was smiling, laughing, joking and playing fast and seamless, obviously intent on Rocking our faces off.
He succeeded with flying colors!
Everything seemed to fall into place to make the show "magical". My Rock And Roll soul was "Saved" on this night after witnessing a slightly disappointing Moody Blues show three weeks ago. Ronnie's show Saturday night was five times better. Really.
The Stones may not be "ready" to tour but Ronnie sure is ready! I've never seen him perform better and to be quite honest, I'm not sure I've ever seen him play as well from the start of a show to the end. The show lasted an hour and forty minutes. Ronnie never missed a lick. He performed with enthusiasm and expertise. As if his guitar was part of his body. They were one entity on this night. No joke.
The band was one quarter Stones Touring Party, with Chuck Levell banging the piano in very fine style. He too looked younger and healthier and he even did a good job singing 'Statesboro Blues'. Drummer Steve Jordan (Richards' X-pensive Winos, "Saturday Night Live" studio band); bassist Willie Weeks (David Bowie, George Harrison, Billy Joel) made up the rest of the band.
Before the show started, I remember hoping like hell Mick Taylor would show up.(This was a rumor.) Two songs into the show I didn't really care. Seriously. I even had the thought he would not fit in well with the crew onstage giving powerful performances of blues based Rock and Roll. They sounded so perfect. I couldn't imagine even Mick Taylor (At this present stage in his career.) making the music sound any better. I didn't think about MT again until after the show was over.
Before the show I visited the Ronnie Wood art exhibit in the Nugget. The guy sure has talent. (You can see it too in one of the reviews I relayed down below.)
Thought you might enjoy this trivia: Before the show I won a t-shirt at the Golden Nugget by answering all three of these Stones related questions for 102.9MGK classic rock FM Philadelphia:
Which Stones song has Martin Scorsese used the most in his movies?
Which Stones song has the lyrics: "Trying to stop the waves behind your eyeballs..."?
Which Stones song stayed on the Billboard Top 40 the longest?
Met and talked to a quirky, energetic ol' fella who said his name was Tom Beach. Said he has known Ronnie since 1970 and "did" all the still photos for 25 X 5, among other things Stones related. Said he is doing the same for the 50th anniversary documentary. Called himself a Stones archivist. I had taken note of his tie which was a replica of the '72 Tour poster. My friends were skeptical until the show started and Ronnie motioned to "Tommy" a couple times near the front row during the show.
I wish I had a setlist to give you. I can't find one and there were several songs I did not recognize but found outstanding as they unfolded before me that night. But I can tell you Black Limo, IORR, and a big surprise, 'Dance Part 1' were played. All were sharp. My favorite song of the night was from the Rod stuff, 'I'm Losing You'. It blew my face off. Ooh La La too. And 'Stay With Me' was a crowd pleasing encore associated with Stewart. If someone finds a full setlist please post it here.
Below I've gone to some trouble of relaying youtubes of songs being performed that night. It's not the same outstanding sound captured that night but you will get an idea of the night if you keep that in mind.
Plus there are some outstanding professional reviews that are well worth reading below the youtube clips. It seems Ronnie impressed everyone on Saturday night.
I'm Losing You
Ooh La La
Dance Part One
Dance Part One (View 2 - Where I was standing. There was no sitting!)
Stay With Me
*A Fine Review with photos of Ronnie's exhibit art and quotes between songs during the show:
Another very good review with more about the setlist:
A Ronnie Wood story the day before the show:
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