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It’s Only Rock and Roll

June 14, 2013

But I LOVED it.

That’s right.  The main event of my Chicago mother-daughter weekend was The Rolling Stones concert.  

Mother-Daughter Rolling Stones

On Monday night, after a full day of sightseeing, pizza and architecture, our foursome made our way to the United Center to take in the Stones show as part of their 50 and Counting Tour.

Rolling Stones Chicago

The concert was the impetus for our trip, but more importantly, a Rolling Stones concert was something I honestly thought I’d never get to see and something my mom had been dying to see since she was a teenager.  It was about time.  Sharing this concert of a lifetime with my mom was one of the most special parts of the whole experience.

Me and Mom at the Stones

It goes without saying that it’s amazing that these guys are doing a 50th anniversary tour, but I’m saying it anyway.  I mean, how many marriages do you even know that make it to a 50th anniversary these days?  And these are four guys who have been together for 50 years through the ups and downs of stardom, money, drugs, friendships, rivalry… you name it.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are 69 years old and drummer Charlie Watts is 72.  They are all still rocking (and they all still have their hair… it seems wrong to me that I’m amazed by this, but it’s impressive, right?).

I wish I could have seen the Stones perform 50 years ago because I simply can’t fathom how they could have been better, or more energetic, as young men.  If you had the privilege – were they? Tell me!

Rolling Stones Chicago

At the same time, I don’t want to insult the Stones by implying that I am qualifying what they did in Chicago by saying that the show was awesome for a bunch of old guys.  No.  This show was amazing.  End of story.  My friend Kelly and I walked out of the show lamenting that at the ripe old age of 28, we’ve peaked when it comes to rock and roll.  We will never top the show we saw that Monday night at the United Center (unless perhaps if the Stones tour again).  They just don’t make music like this anymore.

Kelly and Me at the Stones

Back to the show… they opened up with “Get Off My Cloud,”  and kept us all with them from there.  The music was amazing and even high above the stage, I felt the energy nonstop.  I don’t think my butt hit the chair once.

Rolling Stones Chicago

There’s not much I can say to describe how wonderful this show was, but luckily there’s this little thing called YouTube and I was able to find videos from our very concert showing some of my favorite songs of the night.  It’s hard to pick favorite moments from such a phenomenal (and long – they played for at least two and a half hours straight) show, but mine included, in chronological order:

Gimme Shelter – This has always been one of my favorite Stones songs and positively gave me chills.  The female vocalist was amazing – she starts wailing around 2:00 in the video below if you’re interested.

Sympathy for the Devil – Another of my longtime favorites, and the combination of the devilish lighting and Mick’s killer fur coat pushed it over the edge.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – This was part of the encore.  Classic Rolling Stones, and you gotta love the choir.  I don’t even want to think about how much these people must have paid for their tickets though.

The Rolling Stones truly put on the concert of a lifetime, and I couldn’t imagine enjoying it more than I did with my mom and our friends by my side.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna permalink
    June 14, 2013 6:31 pm

    I like it, I like it, YES I DO!!!

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