I've been at opening night, I've been at closing night. This tour with the postponement and dates changes, it was not in the cards for me to attend the opening gigs in Chicago. I had a prior trip planned to Portland, Maine that I definitely enjoyed and I knew there would be thousands of first hand reports from opening night on Facebook. So even if people weren't there, with today's technology you can almost feel like your are there.
Everyone was holding there breath on June 21 thinking "How is Mick?", "Can he perform a 2 hour concert?", "Will he be lacking in any way?" And, in true Mick style, he was the best front man in rock n roll, just like he always was...no evidence that only a few short months ago he had heart surgery. You go Mick!
Then as with every show, people began to moan that Keith was too subdued, questioning if something was up with Charlie...but it made sense as my friend Isabel said that everyone in the band layed low opening night so as to let Mick SHINE and take the full spotlight, proving that he was A-OK. And he was. Because by night 2 in Chicago on June 25, all that banter died down and people commented that both Keith and Charlie were back to their ususal selves.
The band got great reviews for both shows and they changed things up on the second night. They are also doing acoustic numbers on the B stage, which is cool, since it's not been done in ages. In fact, I only remember them doing that at the Miami Pay Per View way back when.
I will leave July 2 to go to Washington, DC for my first show of the tour July 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. This will be my 82nd lifetime Stones show. Then on July 23 I will be in Philly for show #83. Dunno if I'll ever hit the 100 mark...but ya never know. I can't afford to see as many shows as I used to in my 20's and 30's, and frankly, that's ok with me. I much prefer arenas to stadiums anyway, so why spend 1000's on stadiums? See you soon in the Keith Pit!