GIG 221: The Rolling Stones / The Black Crowes – Wembley Stadium, 16th July 1995

When it comes to classic bands there are few that are bigger than The Rolling Stones. I was never hugely into The Rolling Stones, or The Beatles for that matter, from the 60’s crop of bands. The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix were more my thing. I would add Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac to that list, but honestly it was only their 70’s albums onwards which I enjoyed rather than either bands 60’s output.

Four of us met up for The Rolling Stones (Angela, Matt and Paul) and thankfully it was a nice sunny July day as we had standing tickets so wouldn’t have gotten any of the shelter that Wembley’s stands may have provided had it been a rainy one.

I’d seen The Black Crowes at what was possibly their first ever UK gig, at The Marquee back in June 1990 (GIG 056) and had not liked them. Seeing them again, for the first time since their debut album tour, hadn’t really changed my opinion of them. I just was not a fan of their music and found them incredibly dull.

A few days before this concert I’d seen a documentary on BBC2 about the ABCs of touring. Basically the ‘by the books’ of what bands would do on stage. I may have been much more accutely aware of certain things than I’d usually have been but The Rolling Stones steadily checked every single item off that list. Of course they’d been touring for well over 30 years at this point, and had been one of the worlds biggest bands for much of that time, so they possibly wrote that ABC of touring… and even if they hadn’t they had certainly knocked up enough hours on the stage over the decades to have it run in regimented clockwork.

It was that almost too polished ‘by the numbers’ that probably disappointed me a little. Don’t get me wrong, they were very good live, but it did feel very very rehearsed and by the numbers from them.

I’m glad I saw them, but it certainly didn’t leave me wanting to catch them again.

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Price: £25.00

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