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Name: Sir Stonesalot, C10
Subject: RE: The Rolling Stones of 81
Date: Monday, September 10, 2001
Time: 9:39:09 AM
Remote Address: 188.8.131.52
Message ID: 5876
Parent ID: 5867
Thread ID: 5867
Well Wayne, I agree with some of what you said. If the only live music from the '81 tour that you've been exposed to is Still Life & the shitty "Let's Spend The Night Together", then I can understand your conclusions. You are right about the Stones being spotty on that tour. Prolly had something to do with the incredible amount of cocaine being consumed on that tour. Same thing with the '78 tour. But let me tell you, the story doesn't start and end with Still Life and LSTNT. The Stones played some fantastic shows on the 81 tour. Thanks to Marko, I have a bunch of great 81 shows. IMO, the best is Hampton.
I like Tatoo You a lot, but disagree that there's no filler. Yes there is, it's just really good filler....Neighbors, Tops, Slave, Heaven, Worried About You, heck even Hang Fire. It's all good, but filler none the less. The difference between Tatoo You and ER is that ER is ALL crappy filler...Where's the beef? She's So Cold is the only thing on that record that I like even a little, and even THAT is just a tossed off filler track.
It does little good to compare the 81 Stones to the 69 Stones. Different band, different style...apples and oranges to me.
And as for Mr Jagger thinking he's Wayne Newton....I don't see that at all. I see a guy hopped up on coke, and jumping out of his skin. It all has to do with the size of the crowds he was playing to. The bigger the crowd, the more animated you have to be to get your energy across.
Mick did that, and in SPADES! Especially in 81, IMO. He was a whirling dervish. Too professional & polished? I really disagree there....in '78 and '81 the Stones played some of the sloppiest, raunchiest rock & roll ever played. Some nights it was so sloppy and raunhy that it was awful. Other nights it was so sloppy and raunchy that it was perfect, if that makes any sense.
I guess what I'm trying to say is don't judge things by the officially released output. There's much better available. Seek and ye shall find.
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