Well the Stones got to play Glastonbury after 40 odd years. It’s a long time isn’t it? If you think back to the mid 60’s when the Stones broke through, it’s comparable to some guys sharing the stage with them who’d been big during WW1. Think of that! I watched them on the tv last night performing an hour of their set. Was it worth the wait?
To be honest it was alright. Mick looked to be on pretty good form voice and strut-wise but Keef and Ronnie (and was that Mick Taylor?) just looked like a couple of those old drop outs you see drinking cans of cider at 8.30am. Craggy features? Er about as wrinkled as a couple of lettuces. I know the sound quality on tv is always poor but the guitar work sounded all over the place to me. Too many leads and not enough rhythm?
Still they did some of the great classic rockers well enough – I’m always a sucker for ‘Start Me Up’ and I was really impressed that they took on some songs from Beggar’s Banquet and Satanic Majesties, which don’t always translate easily to live performances, which was brave/bold because a lot of the audience wouldn’t necessarily be familiar with either album, but which are memorable to my generation of course. Mick did wear a funny feather coat during one of the tracks but I think he got away with it, just. Here’s a play list of the full set just for the heck of it:
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
Doom And Gloom
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
Honky Tonk Women
You Got The Silver (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Happy (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
2000 Light Years From Home
Sympathy For The Devil
Start Me Up
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Given that Mick’s 70 and that Keef’s 40 years past his sell-by date is it likely they’ll do it again? Nah. It was a unique if pretty flawed appearance but the DVD, next live album and downloads will ensure the lads make a killing no doubt from their day down on the farm.