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Posted by from the Denver Post on February 03, 1999 at 12:56:01:

In Reply to: Re: Denver Show Review posted by Rocky Mountaint News on February 03, 1999 at 05:19:44:

Jagger proves time is on his side

By Mark Harden

Denver Post Popular Music Writer

Feb. 3 - He's past the age most men in his business retire. But he's
still at it, and he's still at the top of his game.

Mick Jagger is the John Elway of music - certainly not in the way he
conducts his personal life, but in his astounding longevity
in his chosen profession. For years he has shattered our expectation of
aging rockers.

Tuesday night, at the Rolling Stones' first indoor rock concert in
Denver in 27 years, the 55-year-old Jagger proved he is still
Jumpin' Jack Flash, the leering devil who spins lurid tales of lust and
pain, hunger and vulnerability.

For more than two hours, Jagger pranced, danced and strutted while his
grizzled mates Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron
Wood blasted the sold-out audience of 16,000 with solid rock.

As with Denver's favorite quarterback, retirement talk swirls around
Jagger. Would he, could he keep it going at age 60? Jagger
wasn't making any promises Tuesday. But as he burst onto the stage all
manic, jittery energy, his rope-thin body coiling under
his T-shirt and black jeans, he laid to rest any questions of whether a
rocker can be relevant at a grandfather's age.

The "No Security'' tour, on which Tuesday night's show was the third
stop, seems to be about proving just how deep the Stones'
bag of tunes is. And out of that bag came such tawdry delights as "Sweet
Virginia'' from the "Exile on Main Street'' album and
Richards' snaky chestnut "You Got the Silver.''

Guitarists Richards - his hair festooned with what looked like fishing
lures - and Wood stung with their playing, and Watts was
sensational, firing off rifle shots during "Respectable'' and "Start Me Up.''

The stage was a stripped-for-action industrial wonderland of gray slabs
and caution tape. The money evidently went into the
lighting (overhead rigs that stretched half the length of the arena) and
sound (a separate phalanx of speakers loomed over
the mini-stage that jutted into the crowd).

It was on the mini-stage that, late in the show, the Stones offered
covers of "Route 66'' and "Just My Imagination'' as well as a
searing attack on "Midnight Rambler.''

Jagger showed no sign of being slowed by his recent bout with the flu,
which forced the cancellation of two shows in San Jose, Calif.

The singer's newly fortified badboy image - thanks to his split from
wife Jerry Hall and talk that he's impregnated a young
Brazilian model - lent pungency to some of his lyrics, such as the
reference to "all the special pleasures of doing something
wrong'' in "Saint of Me'' late in the show.

In "Some Girls,'' he even reworded the last lines to say, "Some girls
me children/I only made love to them once.''

Since their first Colorado show in Fort Collins 30 years ago, the
Rolling Stones have provided the state with many memorable
rock 'n' roll moments. A 93-foot-high cobra and a 72-foot-wide Elvis
dominated the stage in 1994 when the band played at Mile
High Stadium in its last concert in Colorado.

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