These Guys Just Keep Going and Going and Going.....
This isn't listed as such here since this was only available at a national electronics chain store, but it was a four-disc compilation of three major concerts the group did in their 2002 tour. The first concert filmed, at New York City's Madison Square Garden, is the best of the three, in my opinion, so it's appropriate it's mentioned here under its IMDb title.
As many times as I watch these guys (the Stones) , and I've probably seen a half dozen of their concerts on either DVD or tape, I am constantly amazed at their energy level, and the good shape these performers are in to do this. They make look like hell facially, and I wouldn't want to guess all the chemicals and other bad stuff they've put in their bodies over the years, but they've obviously worked out a lot, have no fat on them, and have super endurance. Like the Energizer bunny, they just keep going!
Mick Jagger is the male version of Tina Turner, or she's the female version of him. Both are incredible to be dancing around stage as they do despite being 60-plus years old. Turner has finally retired from live performances but Jagger keeps going. So does Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts. The latter, the drummer, is the only guy who doesn't look like a degenerate. It's hard to say who's the scuzziest looking between Richards, Jagger and Wood. At least Jagger doesn't smoke on stage as the other two guys do in every concert.
Anyway, the group has always been smart enough and rich enough to afford excellent supporting help. The best here might be keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who has been with them for a number of years. Bobby Keyes and the brass section is still top-notch as are the singers and new bassist Darryl Jones, who replaced the legendary Bill Wyman.
Their songs may not be as diverse and well-done as the Beatles, but after watching this collection of three concerts on DVD, I have to think these guys must be the greatest rock band in history. They sound better 40 years later than when they were "kids" in the early '60s. Modern technology as given the band access to big screen, split images and all kinds of background entertainment that also helps these concerts become fun to watch as well as listen.
The highlight of the Arena (MSG) show, to me, was the 11-minute version of "Midnight Rambler."
The "Stadium Show" also was very good, much of the same stuff as in the New York City concert with several other classics added such as "Gimme Shelter," "Sympathy For The Devil," and "Paint It Black."
You can't go wrong watching either concert. The third disc, "The Theater Show," filmed in Paris, is weak with songs that weren't that good, too slow and without the normal Stones energy.
There is a fourth disc with documentary material but I haven't checked it out yet. Overall, this is a worthwhile purchase. Too bad it's only available in one place.
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