Re: Salt Lake City - Dancing With Mr. J

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Posted by Here's the whole review on February 05, 1999 at 09:05:11:

In Reply to: Salt Lake City - Dancing With Mr. J posted by Fleabit Peanut Monkey on February 05, 1999 at 09:04:11:

We Know It's Only Rock 'n' Roll But We Liked It


    "You're looking good, Salt Lake City," Mick Jagger called out from the Delta Center stage. "I don't understand what all that scandal was about, and bribery . . . All we got was a free pizza!"
    If that's the case, the Rolling Stones on Thursday night gave back better than they got as their "No Security" tour came to town for a one-night stand. Misnamed though it was (the two stages were lined with yellow jackets covering official muscle), the concert did give fans a looser, more relaxed version of the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band than seen before in the Stones' stadium extravaganzas.
    The band took the stage with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," prancing about on a set inspired by the same designers who make highway signs and pavement -- all yellow, black and gray. The music, while far from pedestrian, was downright accessible. Instead of flash and fakery, the band seemed at its most genuine.
    The Stones had fun, the audience had a blast, and, after more than 30 years of rocking, nobody was bored. Not even.
    The Stones put aside posturing and played for the audience -- still the rock stars, and still the bad boys. When Jagger sang out "You'll never make a saint of me," nobody doubted him for a second.
    Except for physically, the Stones aren't wearing thin at all -- the sound had guts, and Jagger still had all his struts.
    In the first part of the show, Keith Richards came forward to sing, "You've Got the Silver," which also described items hanging from his hair that looked like fishing lures. He then did the reggae-flavored "You Don't Have to Mean It."
    Early on, the band relied less on the old standbys, going into some treats like "Sweet Virginia," which Jagger introduced with harmonica and acoustic guitar. In "Honky Tonk Woman," Jagger grabbed a partner for a raunchy dance, while the audience howled.
    They were joined at times by a trio of backup singers and a four-person brass section, with Chuck Lavell on keyboards and Darryl Jones on bass.
    Canadian rocker Bryan Adams opened the show with a set of his pop hits (more of them than you might remember). Avoiding his soundtrack tunes, Adams played hits like, "Can't Stop This Thing We Started," "Cuts Like a Knife" and "Summer of '69."It was right out of the '80s (which places him two decades after the Stones first rolled).
    With Salt Lake City the only stop on the Stones' current tour that didn't sell out, local ticket scalpers found themselves dropping prices even before Adams took the stage.
    Those going into the arena were part of a decidedly older crowd, the kind of fans who could afford $100-plus for the good seats. There were some younger faces, looking like kids who were brought along to hear "their father's rock 'n' roll band."

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