By Aaron Gonzalez, TrackAddicts host
What an amazing show I witnessed on Wednesday night at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. The Rolling Stones, nearing the end of their North America Zip Code tour, paid a visit to 48201 with a stunning and energetic two hour performance.
This tour would mark the third time I have seen the band in their 50 years of performing and if they decide to make another run before retiring count me in for number four.
The show started with a series of pictures from their album cover art before The Stones took the stage with “Jumping Jack Flash,” followed by “It’s Only Rock and Roll” and “All Down The Line.” From there, The Stones were off and running with songs such as “Miss You,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Midnight Rambler,” which I have never heard them before in my previous two shows.
The band also paid tribute to Motown with their cover of “Just My Imagination” from The Temptations off their “Some Girls” release.
The Stones also performed songs from their “Sticky Fingers” masterpiece, which received the grand re-issue treatment within the past month or so. Off the album, they performed the classic “Brown Sugar” to close out the 17 song set, the ferociously performed, “Bitch” and perhaps their greatest ballad in their catalog, “Moonlight Mile.”
Mick Jagger at 71 years of age definitely showed no signs of slowing down as he ran, strutted, danced and sang through a 19 song show. Leave it to Jagger to always be prepared when he enters your town. As the leader on stage, he would spark up quick conversation about the Detroit Tigers, the late, great announcer Ernie Harwell, Motown and the band’s performance history in the metro area.
Of course you can’t forget about co-founder and guitarist, Keith Richards. Richards, always calm and collected besides tremendously gifted, performed his standard vocal set with “Before They Make Me Run” and “Happy.” Keith’s playing style continues to impress me with his simple yet aggressive rock/blues riffs on songs “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Bitch” and “Midnight Rambler.”
Bandmates Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were impressive per usual. Ronnie just has a fire about his playing while being able to deliver amazing and thoughtful solos.Yes, a rock solo can be thoughtful like in “Tumbling Dice’, “All Down The Line” and “Happy.” Charlie is just the best pocket drummer, there is no one better than Mr. Watts.
Finally, the big question that comes to mind — is this the end? Has metro Detroit and the rest of the cities on this Zip Code tour seen The Rolling Stones for the final time?
I don’t think so. Mick and Keith have gone on in recent interviews saying they have no intention of slowing down and feel the band has some gas in the tank to perform a little longer.
Obviously, they are not getting any younger. Mick has done some side work and Keith, from what articles indicate, has material for a new solo album in the can. So where does that leave the band? Only time will tell. I am sure as many of us are thinking they don’t need the money. They are playing, I believe, because they love it…they need it. Money is just a bonus.
Consider this fan waiting for more.
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