When tickets for the big new Rolling Stones tour were first announced, I was over the moon! Then I realized that I don't live in London, Newark or Brooklyn, so I knew I'd be eagerly reading as many post-show reviews as possible and watching videos from the shows until my eyeballs melted.
I'm happy to say my eyeballs are still intact, though they did bug out just a bit at the incredible set list from the Stones' first show at London's O2 Arena on Sunday night. For fans that could afford to be there (tickets were crazy high), they were treated to several hours of amazing, classic Rolling Stones songs.
Yes, I'm insanely jealous of anyone who was there. I am a huge fan, so missing out on a mini-tour of this magnitude is kind of killing me. Let's just say that the set list ranged from the band's most iconic hits ("Sympathy for the Devil," "Honky Tonk Woman," "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" and "Brown Sugar," among them), but it also included some earlier Stones' tunes. The band opened up the show, for instance, with 1963's "I Wanna Be Your Man."
Thank you, Rolling Stones fans, for posting the videos so the rest of us all over the world can see clearly that Mick Jagger and the boys are still in rare form, all these years later.
I know that at the moment there are only five total shows in the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting Tour," but I am hoping they add additional dates soon. This show was long, comprehensive and apparently really entertaining. I might have to work crazy long hours to afford the ticket...but I'm going if I can!