We had good seats right near the stage and I have to say I thought it
was one of the better MT concerts I've been to, although
the band were
clearly just a bit ring-rusty at times. Mick was in excellent spirits
and chattier than I've seen him before, and I thought
his playing was
excellent. Can't comment on people leaving early as I wasn't looking
behind me, but this is a club just a stone's throw
(to coin a phrase)
from Piccadilly Circus in the very centre of London
and I suspect quite a few people were just dropping in unplanned
tickets weren't expensive, and if they were expecting popular Stones
material they'd have been fairly disappointed ... he only played
Can't You Hear Me Knocking, No Expectations and an intro to You've Gotta Move I think it was.
Sharrocks kicked the evening off with a fairly acoustic set of four
songs or so, of which for me the highlight was Salvation In Disguise
which I remembered from his album launch gig at the Boom Boom Club
in 2004. My memory for set lists is not that reliable, but I'm pretty
sure there was no new material from Mick and the band, although there
were some variations on the intros as usual. I think they played
Twisted Sister, Secret Affair, Late At Night, Losing My Faith, Going South, some of You've Gotta Move, Can't You Hear Me Knocking,
Blind Willie McTell
(both superb) and No Expectations. They played for a good 135 minutes
so there may have been one or two more in
the middle section.
gig was also filmed, using some decent looking equipment (one static
camera, one mobile one and possibly another up on the balcony).
Unfortunately there was some minor buzzing from the sound system at
times, which Mick commented on, so it maybe that it won't pass
control', although I have no idea whether it is intended for public
release or not anyway. If it was just a private one, it would be nice
to think it might be made available to fans in much the same way as the
Leverkusen 1997 concert that was on sale as an audio CD for £5 a
the way out (at least I'm 90% certain it's the Leverkusen material
after a first listen in the car).
Enjoy the tour!