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CONTEST: Attend the Cabaret Vert with Rolling Stone!

Sold Out! On Saturday July 23, the “greatest rock’n’roll band in the world”, The Rolling Stones, stopped at the Longchamp racecourse for the Paris leg of their tour. Sixty, celebrating their 60-year career. A concert that will go down in history.

55,000 people, the maximum capacity of the racecourse, all seats sold out, bright sunshine, beers at 8.50 euros and an unstoppable atmosphere: The Rock’n’roll Circus is in town and everyone knows it. As soon as you leave the metro, the arrows allow you to reach the Parisian racecourse which had already welcomed them in 1995, during the tour Voodoo Lounge… And for those who remember, the weather – a daunting storm – then was not exactly on point. Far from all this on this Saturday, July 23. The sun is shining and the Rolling Stones are there and, after having satiated their Lyon public with energy three days earlier, it is in Paris that they stop for the penultimate date of Sixtycity where they have already played 35 times as recalled Mick Jagger himself on the hippodrome stage and where they gave their very first gig at the Olympia, in 1964. That is 58 years ago. Two years earlier, on July 12, 1962, they made their debut in London, at the Marquee Club. And since then, what a road! 60 years… Whatever grumpy and jaded people say. The Stones is always something, and better, somewhere, it has to be earned!

A status of “the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world” is not acquired by chance and it is through a repertoire that has become legendary and incendiary concerts that they have carved out this reputation and earned their title, which they put into play every evening, at every concert. And today’s gig is no exception. Mick, Keith and Ronnie had to remember to what extent they form the soundtrack of a life of three generations, as evidenced by the variety of the public, happy septuagenarians – even octogenarians – or teenagers in T-Shirts with the famous language created by John Pasch in 1970.

After the first part sent by the blues-rocker Ayron Jones, which between own compositions and homage to Hendrix, heated the public. 30 minutes later, the mini film tribute to Charlie Watts, disappeared on August 24, before hearing the famous voice launching through the sound system “Ladies & gentlemen, The Rolling Stones”. Crowd movement, it gathers towards the crashbars and then resounds the first chords of “Street Fighting Man” sent by a very fit Keith Richards. Then Mick Jagger arrives, it’s the explosion. The voice is there, the guitars too, the rhythm provided by Darryl Jones and Steve Jordan – the drummer chosen by Charlie precisely to replace him during the American tour last fall – sends wood. Let’s go for two hours of an intense show, in the end sober in special effects – three giant screens with inventive dressings, a detour cutout of the stage taking up the lines of the famous language-logo. The titles follow one another without downtime, it plays loud, very loud and even very well. The Glimmer Twins get along wonderfully, Ronnie multiplies the solos and the guitars, it riffs, Jagger runs from one end of the stage to the other haranguing the public who want more. As usual, he plays Monsieur Loyal, introduces the musicians, and above all jokes, in his characteristic French, especially about having come to Longchamp by bike, in the company of Anne Hidalgo!

Official Paris concert poster

On the repertoire side, if now “Brown Sugar” is blacklisted, there is still a stock of unstoppable songs, even hymns, including “Jumpin’Jack Flash” full of energy, “Miss You” which will make the crowd dance , “Wild Horses” and “You can’t Always Get What You Want” will temporarily slow down the tempo, before hearing for the first time “Ghost Town”, the song released during the 2020 confinement, and latest single to date. Keith will sing his two favorite titles, the very acoustic “You’ve Got The Silver”, bluesy to perfection with Ronnie on the slide and the unstoppable “Happy” where Ronnie swaps his slide for a lap steel. Other highlights of this show? The dantesque reinterpretation of “Paint It Black” or the fantastic “Gimme Shelter” sent with rare conviction and which will end in a duet with Sasha Allen, his formidable backing vocalist whose voice is reminiscent of that of Tina Turner. The backing band gives everything, whether it’s the essential backing vocalist Bernard Fowler, the essential Chuck Leavell with Matt Clifford on keyboards, and finally, Karl Denson with Tim Ries on brass. The sound is also almost perfect. In terms of curiosities, we will salute the more than legitimate cover of “Like A Rolling Stone”, by Bob Dylan, which they had integrated into their repertoire in 1995 and played in particular on July 3 of this same day at the Olympia in Paris, before ending up doing a duet with the Zim himself, three weeks later, on July 27, 1995, in Montpellier.

Set List The Rolling Stones Paris 2022

Ronnie Wood

The setlists – drawn each evening by Ronnie himself and posted by the guitarist on social networks – have changed briskly on Sixtyand if they sang only 19 titles in Paris, out of the thirty listed during this tour launched in Madrid on June 1st and of which there are only two dates left, the Stones have made a flawless run, despite the Covid caught by Sir Mick the day before his arrival in Amsterdam, forcing the band to move the Dutch date.

Memories remain in the head, an incredible atmosphere for this celebration of rock which will end with an excellent version of “Sympathy For The Devil” with Mick twirling in a sequined red frock coat before concluding with “Satisfaction”. A moment oh so vintage but so current, and it remains happy to see that our dashing soon to be octogenarians – Mick will be 79 years old on July 26 and Keith on December 18 – continue, despite everything, to embody rock, and this, for the eternity.

set list

  • Street Fighting Man
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • out of time
  • Wild Horses
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  • Living in a Ghost Town
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • You Got the Silver (Keith Richards solo)
  • Happy (Keith Richards solo)
  • Miss You
  • Midnight Rambler
  • Paint It Black
  • Start Me Up
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Reminders

  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Belkacem Bahlouli

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