Rolling Stones in Macau – Mar 9, 2014, Cotai Arena

GBS_China_034984Dort and I flew to Hong Kong and met up with Tom and Nolan in Macau to see the Rolling Stones into their 5th decade of touring.  The Cotai Arena was their smallest venue of the “On Fire” tour – with a capacity of about 10K.  We stayed in the “worlds largest Sheraton”, but a lot of Macau seems to be taken up by a variety of “the worlds largest something or other” including (very) high-end shopping malls, casinos etc.  I first visited Macau about 30 years ago when it was still under Portuguese administration and it has been transformed beyond recognition.  Both Mick and Keith are 70 years old, Charlie is 72, and Ronnie is the youngest at 66. The band was supported by the same group they’ve played with for decades and includes Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell (from the Allman Bros) on keyboards, Tim Ries and the great Bobby Keys on horns, Bernard Fowler and  Lisa Fischer on back-up vocals. Lisa continues to do an amazing rendition of “Gimme Shelter” which compares well with the original performed by Merry Clayton.  Mick Taylor also played on a couple of songs including a great version of “Midnight Rambler”.  The show lasted two hours and was very high energy – Mick continues to amaze with his incredible stage presence and stamina throughout the show.  Charlie was also fantastic, both Ronny and Keith both played well, but the mileage is evident.  The full set-list:

1) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
2) You Got Me Rocking
3) It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
4) Tumbling Dice
5) Wild Horses
6) Doom and Gloom
7) Get Off of My Cloud (by request)
8) Honky Tonk Women (followed by band introductions)
9) Slipping Away (with Mick Taylor) (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
10) Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
11) Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
12) Miss You
13) Paint It Black
14) Gimme Shelter
15) Start Me Up
16) Sympathy for the Devil
17) Brown Sugar

Encore:

18) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Chung Chi Choir from Hong Kong)
19) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  (with Mick Taylor)

Some shots taken with a small handheld camera can be seen here.