; Tangled Up In Blue: Hot Rocks City

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hot Rocks City

I posted this on my site last week, but I figured I'd give it another round on this board since it seems appropriate.

I saw the Rolling Stones
play last week at Fenway Park in Boston. The opening night of their “A Bigger Bang” tour, the show was heavy on the classic tunes and light on the surprises. I wasn’t expecting them to delve too deeply at a stadium show (even a small-ish venue like Fenway), but a few deep tracks would have been nice.

The stage was absolutely staggering –- and I’m usually indifferent towards stage decorations. It appeared as if they had constructed a four-story building behind the stage, with fans sitting into the lower two stories and lights and fireworks in the upper two.

Our original seats were in the right field grandstand, and although the side view of the stage wasn’t much to complain about, the sound was atrocious. We stayed in those seats for four songs and could hear the audience at least three times as loudly as Mick and the band. Luckily, we were able to sneak down to the floor for the majority of the show, and when a smaller stage “floated” into the crowd (I can’t explain exactly how this happened because I had no overhead view, but it looked pretty damn cool), we were only around 20 rows back from the band. The sound on the floor was perfect, and it gave one an excellent view of the extravagant stage – but I could never have afforded to fork over the $450 per ticket (plus charges).

This was the fifth time I've seen the Stones play, and unless they play the Beacon Theater in New York (a rumor), it will probably be the last time I see them on this tour. I just can't afford their high prices, and, frankly, I'm a little sick of Brown Sugar.

Highlight of the evening: a Ray Charles tribute with (Night Time is) The Right Time.


Blogger Glen Dean said...

Sounds like it was a great show. Those ticket prices really turn me off though. I love the Stones and I am certainly a capitalist, but those prices just aren't cool. I remember the Eagles doing the same thing with ticket prices on their "Hell Freezes Over" tour. It took me about three years to get over that and start enjoying the Eagles again.

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