The Stones at 60. Anfield 9th of June. DeClunk was there!

Seeing The Rolling Stones back in 1982 we were thinking that this might be the last tour that they do. I don’t think anybody, except perhaps them, imagined that they would still be cavorting around a stadium 40 years later. Watching Mick Jagger strut around the stage at 78 years old for 2 hours was a remarkable sight. These days the stadium is set out at different price levels, you can get down the front for a few hundred quid or sit at the back, like me, for £90. Echo and the Bunnymen were the support act. I’ve always thought that the early evening summer support in a stadium have a real tough time. It’s still full daylight, they didn’t have use of the big screens, people are still arriving and milling around. They were great, treating us to ‘Bring On The Dancing Horses’, ‘Seven Seas’, ‘The Cutter’ and ‘The Killing Moon’ amongst others. As The Stones were about to take the stage the screens were taken up with images of Charlie Watts, they launched in to Street Fighting Man after which Jagger dedicated the show to Charlie. The set was 60’s heavy. They went through 9 songs, punching through ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ before Jagger got to rest as Keith Richards took us through a show highlight for me ‘You Got The Silver ‘ and then ‘Connection’. Keith referred to his survival throughout the years ‘It’s good to see you, to be honest it’s good to see anyone’. Jagger returned with a bit of Stones disco that is ‘Miss You’. Keith and Ronnie swayed and weaved through it all as Jagger jumped, pointed and hip wiggled. Jagger’s voice hasn’t diminished either. After that they stormed through ‘Midnight Rambler’, ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’. Then they were off for a few minutes to return for a 2 song encore. Sasha Allen gave it everything on ‘Gimme Shelter’ against a backdrop of images of bombed out Ukraine on the screens. Can you guess the last song? Yep, that’s right, a rousing ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. They may be touching 80 but they’ve still got it. Remarkable.

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