Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones Oct 24, 2010 8:56:46 GMT -5
Post by on Oct 24, 2010 8:56:46 GMT -5
Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones
Label: Eagle Vision
Review by Bucky
The Lovejoy Show was a neighborhood movie theater located in Buffalo, NY around the block from my home. I had spent many Saturday afternoons in my youth there munching on popcorn & chewing on Root Beer Barrels & Black Crows while viewing movies such as ‘The Gnome Mobile’, ‘The Gorgon’, & ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’. As I entered my teens in the mid 70’s I had seen ‘Jaws’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Car Wash’, & ‘Tommy’(I had no idea who the Who were at the time) but there was one Saturday evening movie I didn’t attend & had no desire to anyway. That evening The Lovejoy Show played a Janis Joplin film followed by ‘Ladies & Gentlemen…the Rolling Stones’. I had no idea what rock & roll was about nor did I care. That night at the Lovejoy Show a riot broke out during the Stones movie with fights breaking out everywhere & the theater was ripped apart. That was the last Rock & Roll movie they would play there & the theater closed down not too much longer after that.
By the time 1978 rolled around I was heavy into rock & roll & I loved the Stones. Over the years I had seen plenty of concert footage of the Stones in concert with ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’, a TV Special live From Paris ’76, the late 80’s PPV from Atlantic City, ‘Live at Max’s’, ‘Shine a Light’…etc but until now I had never seen ‘Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones’
It was 6 in the morning today when I put in the DVD & it is an unbelievable film. After watching this DVD I can almost understand why that riot broke out in the theater as by the end of the film I had so much energy built up inside of me. The first ¾ of the show proved why the Stones are “The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” as they rocked their way through rockers such as “Brown Sugar”, “Bitch”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Happy”, “Tumlin’ Dice”, & “All Down the Line” while mixing in at the right time some mellower tunes such as the country sounding “Dead Flowers” & “Sweet Virginia”, the bluesy Robert Johnson cover of “Love in Vain”, & the beautiful “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Mick was on top of his game shaking & strutting around the stage while Keith proved what a guitar hero he is leading the band through the Stones catalogue. As I said I’ve seen much footage of the Stones live but this is the most intense performance I’ve seen from Keith’s playing. Mick Taylor played every lead to perfection while the rhythm section of Charlie Watts & Bill Wyman played at their usual steady pace. Backing up the band on keyboards is Nicky Hopkins, on horns is Jim Price, & on saxophone is Bobby Keys.
The Stones finished rocking through “All Down the Line” & suddenly things changed. The stage faded to black & Mick took a chug of Jack Daniels. Mick pulled out his harmonica & introduced “Midnight Rambler”. He began wailing away on his harp & the rest of the band kicked in & for at least the next 12 minutes the band played as if they were possessed by demons. I can’t explain the intensity I felt during this version of the song. As the tempo is brought down during the middle of the tune, Jagger let’s out some blood curdling screams & as the song builds back up it just goes out of control. As your heart is left pounding after this song, Mick introduces the band & after he introduces Keith, Keith rips into a revved up fast paced rocking version of Chuck Berry’s “Bye Bye Johnny” which is unbelievable leaving your heart ready to burst from the energy. It doesn’t stop there as Jagger tells the crowd that they’ve been sitting on their asses long enough & the band launches into the fastest paced tune from their ‘Exile on Main Street’ album “Rip this Joint” which leaves you gasping for air. Clutching your chest from the adrenaline buzz going on it still continues as the Stones rip into a high energy version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” & finally finish up their performance with “Street Fighting Man”.
…There is no need for a cup of coffee this morning!!!!!
Bonus material on the DVD features 3 songs from their tour rehearsal (“Shake Your Hips”, “Tumblin’ Dice”, & an instrumental blues jam titled “Bluesberry Jam”), an interview with Jagger from the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ 1972, & a 2010 interview with Jagger.