The stainless Rolling Stones are still on tour and took New Jersey by storm

The stainless Rolling Stones are still on tour and took New Jersey by storm
The stainless Rolling Stones are still on tour and took New Jersey by storm

The Rolling Stones once again devastated the city of New Jersey. They had already played last Thursday and this Sunday they repeated it at the magnificent Metlife Stadium in front of about 80,000 people.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood played just over two hours as part of the Hackney Diamonds Tour 2024. The band covered songs from all their stages and three from the brand new album that made an audience of several generations delirious.

The Rolling Stones are on the road again. Well, in reality it is difficult to find years in which they have not rotated and this 2024 is no exception. Also, as an additional and not minor detail, with a new studio album.

The stainless Stones do not stop their march and this is what Jagger proclaims from the beginning through the classic “Start Me Up”. The first blast resonates from Keith Richards’ guitar, as Mick defiantly proves that 80 years is nothing. He wears an elegant black jacket with gold trim, Keith wears a green shirt and headband, and Ron is the most colorful.

The beat rhythm of “Get Off Of My Cloud” invites you on a dizzying journey through the time tunnel and takes the audience to the sixties and the powerful riff of “Bitch” to the raw seventies.

The first half of the concert features a renewed repertoire and the expected surprises.

Ronnie shows off his virtues in several solos, joins the chorus in “Angry”, an image that has not been appreciated for several years and in the wah wah to accompany Keith in a killer version of “Heartbreaker”, the song chosen by public vote.

The romantic page comes from “Wild Horses”. Richards and Wood weave the matrix of the Sticky Fingers classic with their strings and Keith provides his wonderful second voice in the choruses.

Richards abandons his iconic Telecaster for a moment and takes one of his big-box Gibsons to raise the temperature again with “Whole Wide World”, the rockiest of the new ones. The band doubles down with “Tumbling Dice,” until they offer their Sunday service with the moving “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Next, Jagger introduces each member. Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell on keyboards and drummer Steve Jordan, who with his own crushing style and pure groove, takes the place of the irreplaceable Charlie Watts. The choirs are provided by Bernard Fowler and the debutante and sensational Chanel Haynes. The group is completed by Matt Clifford on keyboards and French horn and winds by Tim Ries and Karl Denson.

This is stop number seven of the 20 concerts scheduled for this tour that will take them until July 21 and for almost three months through the United States and Canada.

During the 19-song set they wander through sacred classics such as “Tumbling Dice”, “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Gimmer Shelter”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, “Honky Tonk Women”, Paint It Black : and for three of his recent pearls: the rocker and radio “Angry”, that wonderful gospel page titled “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven” and the inevitable Richards that has its opening night, the heartfelt country ballad “Tell Me Straight”. The sounds of fine and wisely executed guitars give space to the raspy voice of the old pirate. In “Little T & A” he is a ravenous wolf howling in the depths of the night. A postcard for eternity.

The stage is as simple as it is effective: two walkways on each side and a large central one that ends in a circle. A high-definition screen in the center joined with two others on each side, all set with a fantastic lighting setup with four light grills at the top of the screen and an immaculate sound system.

The second half is traditionally represented by that aforementioned infallible waterfall of great classics. The percussive intro welcomes “Sympathy For The Devil” at the same time that the stage is completely dyed deep red.

While Keith Richards sits in front of the drums for the first chords of “Gimme Shelter”, Chanel Haynes unleashes all her vocal power supporting Mick Jagger in a duel that is as suggestive as it is sensual.

The playing cards and shapely legs that appear on the screen indicate that it is time for “Honky Tonk Women.” Fans wave their arms and throw their t-shirts in the air.

Immediately the stadium is transformed into a seedy brothel for the blues anthem that only they could create: the cyclothymic and unpredictable “Midnight Rambler.” Near the end Keith attacks with two deadly darts: the stainless “Paint It Black” and the wild rock anthem “Jumping Jack Flash”.

Fans await the return. They sing, jump, comment and wait impatiently. Some know there are more. And the return is fantastic: “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven”, another of the premieres, is mobilizing, a moment of high adrenaline and emotion. And while the tears fall they are responsible for lowering the curtain with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, a pineapple to the chin of the entire or actually more than one generation that marked the ’60s and paved the way for the world to this day. After 62 years of experience, they are there. They greet gratefully, smile and once again give priceless happiness.

The audience is made up of teenagers, adults and others who are no more or less than the Stones’ age. And it’s clear, the elderly also rock.

Keith is great. With his lights and shadows, he intertwines the melodies together with Ronnie and together they achieve an unbeatable chemistry. Full of talent and virtues, they have imperfections, flaws or sloppiness that make them perfect. And it is no secret that they feed and feed off the overflowing vibe that emanates from the crowd and that they return recharged.

Mick is all dedication, grace and elegance. His voice is intact and his display is an enigma to science.

Of the treasures or rather of the new diamonds, “Angry” is very celebrated and especially supported with Ronnie on the chorus and very well compacted between old hits like “Bitch” and “Heartbreaker”.

The black showgirl Chanel Haynes and Mick put together their show separately, their performances and their vocal duels are great, both in “Gimme Shelter” and in the brand new gospel hymn called “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven”.

There is no way around it, even at 80 years old, they are the best rock and roll band in the universe. As Dylan said, the first, the best and also the last.

They give a show that leaves you breathless, that excites, that makes your skin crawl and your eyes water, because they are the history of rock and roll itself in its final stage, but that is still alive, beats, rolls and goes through a new and sensitive chapter .

The Stones say goodbye and bow to an audience that is ecstatic with pleasure and leaves with the conviction of having witnessed a historic act, a new page written by those gods in their own revered Stonian bible.

 
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