The Rolling Stones Give Shelter and alot more in Sacramento!

Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" was blaring from the car radio as we drove over the Bay Bridge on our way to Sacramento. The Rolling Stones were to play the fifth show on the "No Security" tour and the second at Sacramento's Arco Arena. The rain was coming down in sheets and the road was packed with cars trying to get to their destinations. The rain didn't letup.

As we drove over Altamont Pass the Stones "Gimme Shelter" was now playing on KRFC 99.7. With the rain still not letting up we turned up the music and drove on. Through what seemed to be a haze, with the rain and the wind, we felt like something out of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Try driving at 70 mph and not seeing anything but the wake of the car in front of you for 70 miles. All of a sudden in the distance appeared this stucture. Nestled in what looked like a cow pasture and way off the beaten pass, stood the Arco Arena. Wouldn't you know once we got to the arena the rain stopped ....for a while.

The Stones hit the stage late. It was 9:30 when the lights went out and the suave video of the boys appeared on the screen. For me this was one of the coolest entrances the Stones have made in recent tours. Keith hit the stage busting out the opening chords of "Jumping Jack Flash". The band was tight and seemed relaxed. Mick strutted out in a black leather jacket and wearing black sunglasses. You wouldn't think this man had the flu and bronchitis just a week earlier. Keith wearing a long coat and shades, pranced back and forth smiling.

After, "Jumping Jack Flash" the band went into "Live with Me", "Respectable", "You Got Me Rockin" and "Honky Tonk Women". Since seeing the band in Oakland the setlist had changed and has been mixed up as well. "Honky Tonk Woman" was one the tightest numbers of the night and bye the smile on Keith 's face, he was pretty happy about it too. "Ruby Tuesday" and "Dead Flowers" followed. "Some Girls" was a pretty ironic song to play. Tight and with Mick on guitar the band then moved on to "Saint of Me" and "Paint It Black". Mick then introduced the band and charlie still seemed to get the most applause with Keith a close second. Keith then broke into "Before They Make Me Run" and then informed the crowd the next would be "Thief in the Night". Ronnie's daughter Leah joined Keith on back-up vocals with Lisa and Pierre de Beauport on Keyboard. It was the fifth time I saw "Thief in the Night" and the forth with Leah. Leah's voice was on, and she danced in sync with Lisa. Not to mention she looked spectacular. She seemed to be enjoying herself and Keith seemed to be happy with her performance. "Out of Control" brought the entire band back together for a excellent version of this track off of "Bridges to Babylon". There was just one thing missing. The cage that contained Mick in the opening of the song had since been removed . It was time for the B-stage and Mick, Keith, Charlie, Ronnie, Chuck and Daryll made their way to it. The band performed a cover ofThe Bobby Troup classic "Route 66", "When the Whip Come Down" and "Midnight Rambler". "Midnight Rambler" was another great version that marvelled the version on "Get Your Ya Ya's Out". "Tumbling Dice", "It's Only Rock'n Roll", "Start Me Up" , "Brown Sugar" and "Sympathy for the Devil" ended the evening and the band then took a well deserved bow as the crowd cheered with respect to a band who has stood the test of time.

As for all the critics that joke and write embarassing things about the Rolling Stones. To quote Ron Woods "We All Get Old" off of his solo "Gimme Some Neck", "I may not like to be rushed and I don't like to be pushed". The critics should all be "Buried Alive", another song off that album.

With this rumored to be the last tour from the Rolling Stones. The fans from Sacramento or any city on this tour for that matter, will and have gone away happy to be able to see the greatest show on earth as hot as they have ever been. Thanks Mick , Keith, Charlie, Ronnie and all for keeping the maddness alive.

Jim Crowley

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