know that there are other threads about Chicago but I am creating a new
thread, more general, of my amazing experience of the three Chicago’s
shows with some good pictures that I made. I hope you will enjoy it andI
will do my best for you to understand my English.
beginning the reviews, « please allow me to introduce myself », I am a
young man from France. I am 23 years old and I am a huge and hard fan
for a long long time. I know the Rolling Stones since I am 4 and my
first show was in 1998. I feel so happy that I saw them many times on
this tour but on the other hand I am sad that my dad, who passed away
recently, couldn’t see the Stones at their best. He really missed
excellent shows. He is the one who gave me my first Rolling Stones
ticket in Stade de France (Paris) in July 1998, I will never forget
that. Moreover, I also feel sad that my mum will “only” see the Stones
in Hyde Park. This tour in the Arenas is just amazing. The best tour
since I follow the Stones. The tongue pit is a great experience that my
mum doesn’t know. My mum is a huge fan either. I am fan thanks to her.
She has everything about the Stones. Thanks to her, I could discover the
Stones by myself. No one in my family obligated me to be fan.
Obviously, with her amazing Rolling Stones collection, it was very easy
for me to become a fan.
So as I just said, I saw the three
Chicago’s shows. It was my first concerts in 2013 after the two
excellent New Jersey’s shows. I saw in Chicago my 11th, 12th and 13th
show. Not the last because I will see them again in Hyde Park #1.
the first show, I was with my friends Mireille from France and her
husband Rainhart from Germany. I met them in 2007 during the Bigger Bang
Tour, in Lausanne (Switzerland). Really nice people that I now consider
like my family. We were in the Tongue Pit, front row, in the
middle/Ronnie’s side. Very good location.
The first Chicago’s
show was excellent. Gimme Shelter is one of the highlights of the show.
Simply the best version I have ever seen on live. No one else than Lisa
can do it. She is the best. And the interactions between her and the
group are fantastic. Gimme Shelter is her song!
Also, it is the first
time in my life that I cry during the set of Keith Richards. You Got
The Silver was wonderful. I was just front of Keith and watching him
during YGTS is priceless. Before They Make Me Run was also a killer
version. Basically, I am a HUGE Mick Jagger’s fan. But this tour, Keith
is fantastic. Yes, I say « this tour » because I saw some shows in 2007
where Keith was not at his best. The difference between 2007 and this
tour is a miracle! Keith Richards is BACK!
The encore’s set was
incredible too! At this moment I really told myself that Keith was
definitely back! He was so confortable: he played very good and he used
his famous gesture! It is hard to explain in English the gesture of
Keith but every Stones fan understands I think. When you see Keith
Richards the mouth open in a “O”, moving his leg up, playing with rage,
it really means that Keith is in a good night.
About the guest, Taj
Mahal, I can’t really say if I liked or not, because I didn’t hear
almost anything. I had the impression that his microphone was off…
the first night was an excellent show and for the first time in my
life, I had a pick from Keith Richards. The pick felt down between the
stage and the rail but the chef of the security (who is there at every
shows) came to me to give me the pick. It was really nice from him
because everyone was asking for the pick. I was not asking anything
because I was concentrating on Keith who was doing a solo just front of
me and the chef of security put the pic in my hands. I was so happy. I
was waiting for this moment for a long time.
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second night was very special for me. It was the first Stones show for
my girlfriend. She is not a fan but she knows all the warhorses and some
rare songs that I love and sing all the time. She has no idea about
what she’s going to see tonight. Again, I am doing the line very early
(approx. 12am). My girlfriend is really surprised by the other fans. She
thought that we would do the line without speaking to anyone but she
found everyone very friendly. She even told me: “Do you know all of
them? I have the impression that you are a family”. And she is right,
when I go to a Stones show, I become friend with a lot of other fans
very easily. But I have to recognize that American people are very nice
and friendly, much more than in France. I find the American people more
“open mind” than French or even European people. I did the line many
times in Europe and it is just a horrible moment. Here in USA, everyone
respects the order of the line. I am still very surprised.
we are front row in the middle of the Tongue Pit, just under the
microphone of Mick Jagger and between the two Teleprompters. On my
right, I am with my new friends Nicole and her daughter Kelsey. (Nicole
arrived at 7 in the morning). People are really nice around us, we speak
a lot with the fans. I love this atmosphere!!!!
It is now 8.55
and the video begins (a little bit late). I am so excited to see the
reaction of my girlfriend when the Stones will enter on stage. By the
way, the video is really good and it makes the crowd crazier, it gives a
lot of excitation. It is the first time of this tour that I don’t hear
the guy saying “Ladies and Gentleman, would you please welcome, The
Rolling Stones” because the crowd shouts too much, that is a very good
sign of what we are going to see tonight!
The Stones are on
stage, and I look discretely to my girlfriend. I see her very impressed
by the entry of the Rolling Stones on stage. The show starts really
good. I don’t hear any little mistake. I am always scared to hear
imperfections, I don’t know why… I guess I like the perfection. Gimme
Shelter is, again, excellent, with so much energy. Keith even started GS
better than the first show. Lisa is on fire again. She communicates a
lot with the group, kissing Keith and Ronnie. She provokes Mick a lot!
She sings perfectly, this version of Gimme Shelter is a bomb! And the
crowd knows and answers perfectly to Lisa when she finishes her vocals.
it is Shine A Light, the fans request, it is a good surprise that they
did it really good. The voice of Mick is better than the other tours.
down the line was a good surprise too, it was with Sheryl Crow. I don’t
really like her but she did a good job. She knows Mick by heart, she
didn’t seem lost or shy like some other guests on this tour. Of course I
would prefer Buddy Guy as a guest but Crow was not the worst guest of
But one of the highlights of the night was Can’t You Hear
Me Knocking. What a surprise! I was expecting Honky Tonk Women but when I
heard the beginning of CYHMK, no one can imagine how happy I was. And
to see the genius Mick Taylor on it was just fabulous. Best version I
have ever seen and heard in my life (I heard CYHMK 3 times in Europe).
Mick Taylor did an amazing job on it. Everything was just perfect on
this version. I can now say: I saw CYHMK with Mick Taylor. Never in my
life before this tour I would imagine that.
The set of Keith was a
little bit less good than the first night, he looked less concentrated,
but still very good job from Keith.
Another highlight of the night
was Midnight Rambler. What an amazing version we had that night. The
best version of Rambler in my life. Much much better than the New Jersey
shows. Mick Jagger was on fire, Taylor was incredible again, all the
band was really close. I will never forget it.
The rest of the show,
the warhorses, were just perfect in my opinion. I don’t really like Miss
You but let’s be honest, this song works so good on live. Fans can
complain, but people like my girlfriend love this. Me too actually. I
love Miss you in live. Mick is great, he does an amazing job. Not only
thanks to his vocals. It is a show: Mick walking and singing around the
lips of the Pit, with Keith and Ronnie playing all around the lips too,
we all love that. Mick Jagger is the best front man in the world. Maybe
arrogant, he never looks to the crowd, but he is very professional! No
one can say that he is not good. He is the best!
The end of the show
is very powerful! I especially love Sympathy this night and the encore’s
set was formidable. The crowd was great! The best crowd of all the show
I went to.
My girlfriend definitely loved the show. She spent 30
minutes in the phone with her family to tell them how it was. She is
impressed by all the energy that the Stones have. She said: “I am 21
years old and they have more energy than me”. I am so happy she
discovered what was a Stones show. This second night in Chicago was, I
think, one of the best show of the 50 and Counting Tour. When I came
back to the hotel, I couldn’t sleep at all. My mind was still in the
United Center. I loved this show. This band makes me so happy!
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third show had everything to be less good for me. I was alone, without
my friends, without my girlfriend and the people around me were really
arrogant. 3 women from NYC were front row, like me, and they asked me to
move just because they arrived first. I didn’t understand why they
asked me to move because me also I arrived very early to have a good
place. Actually, they asked me to move really far, and they were taking a
LOT of place with their legs. But a couple of minutes after, I
understood why: they were waiting for friends who didn’t have the tongue
pit package. They were really arrogant and they didn’t respect the
other fans. As I told them, I stopped arguing with them because they
didn’t have the Rolling Stones spirit. This time I had a very good
place, on Keith side.
The show was far from perfect but we had
great moments in this Chicago 3. The first part of the show was
excellent. During the first songs, I cried really bad. I can’t really
explain why. I think this is something personal that you, fans, can
maybe understand. Keith saw me crying and at the end of IORR, he smiled
at me and did a wink to me. He showed me his guitar’s pic and tried to
give it to me but the pic took another direction at the last moment. I
already had a pic of Keith during the first show so it’s not that
important. The most important is that he wanted to give it to me. I was a
really moved by this nice gesture from Keith.
Gimme Shelter was much less good than the two first shows, I felt that Lisa was tired.
Sway and Live With Me were the highlight of the show. Even if Sway is
not a song for Mick Jagger, this version killed thanks to Mick Taylor.
Tears Go By would be amazing without Taylor Swift. Mick began the song
so good. Perfect vocals and Taylor Swift came… but why? I didn’t hear
anything of her vocals, the microphone was not loud. For the eyes, WOW,
but no no no, she ruins the song. I don’t mean that she did a bad job.
But it is The Rolling Stones ! She doesn’t hold a candle to them. Mick
alone with Keith would be so perfect. Emotional Rescue was a little bit
limited this show, Mick was not really happy about his performance but
Doom and Gloom killed today!!!!! I think it was the best version of the 3
Chicago’s shows. The set of Keith is again really good, I think better
than Chicago 2.
The warhorses are not as perfect than Chicago 1 and 2
but it is not really important. The show is still very good. I think
that I feel sad that it is my last show in an Arena. I will see them in
London but I am so disappointed about the changings of the map (Tier 1
in now on the left).
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conclude, I saw 5 shows in Arena in 2012/2013. It was totally different
than the other 8 shows I saw in Europe because I saw them in Stadiums.
It was one of my dream to see them in smaller venues. I am a lucky guy. I
don’t like to compare the shows but my favorite concerts this tour was
Chicago 2, Chicago 1 and Newark 1. Newark 2 was excellent but there were
too many guests. Lady Gaga was good but Lisa eats her easily. I didn’t
like Bruce Springsteen. The setlist of the first Newark was incredible
and John Mayer was for me the best guest of the tour. Around and Around
was one of my favorite moment in my life. In Chicago, my favorite
moments were Get Off Of My Cloud 1, 2 & 3, Gimme Shelter 1 & 2,
You Got The Silver 1, CYHMK and Midnight 2, Sway and Live with me 3, the
warhorses in general, Doom & Gloom 3, and much more...
we are the 8 of June. I am a little bit sad. I am scared that it will
maybe the last time I will see the Stones in this disposition (Arenas). I
met great people during this tour. From America, France, Germany,
Brazil, Canada… We are all a family because we love the Stones.
will see the Stones one more time now in London Hyde Park #1 with my
girlfriend again and my mum. My mum and I are really disappointed about
the location we will be. We bought the tickets so expensive and AEG
changed the map. I hope we will have a good view but it will be of
course totally different than the Tongue Pit.
Here are my
pictures of Chicago 2 and 3. I decided to not take any pictures the
first show. I hope you will enjoy the pictures. I used an old camera
that someone lent to me. Which are your favorite pictures??
Hope to see some of you in London,