Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guest review: The Rolling Stones deliver knock-out performance

It's Rolling Stones mania here at Cary's Comics Craze! 

The following is the review by NORWALK REFLECTOR co-worker Scott Seitz. His occasional "Entertainment InSeitz" column ran June 2, 2015 — the Tuesday after the Columbus, Ohio show we attended Saturday. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of KYLE ROBERTSON/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Saturday night, myself and fellow REFLECTOR reporter Cary Ashby made the trip to Ohio Stadium in Columbus for the Rolling Stones concert.

I’ve seen many concerts in my 43 years of life, but had never seen the Stones.

The Rolling Stones exceeded my expectations by 100 miles.

Mick Jagger, 71, Keith Richards, 71, Charlie Watts, 73, and Ronnie Wood, who is the baby at 67 years of age, crushed it.


Jagger, who appears to weigh about 120 pounds, never stopped moving for two hours and 10 minutes and his voice was in good shape.

Mick Jagger was a ball of energy Saturday during the
Rolling Stones concert at Ohio Stadium.
(KYLE ROVERTSON/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH)
The Stones opened the show with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and proceeded right into “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” and from there “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and then the awesome “Tumbling Dice.”

The crowd sang along with every hit.

I saw people of all ages.

Richards and Wood were darn good on guitar.

It seemed almost every song was a highlight, including “Brown Sugar,” “Miss You,” “Midnight Rambler” and “Start Me Up.”

The Stones were supported by a solid group of backing musicians, including the incredible Lisa Fischer on vocals. Fischer brought down the house toward the end of “Gimme Shelter.”
Scott Seitz

I had a number of local people tell me in the days leading up to the Stones show that the band was too old to be any good live.

Those people were 1,000-percent wrong.

Jagger said the band has been playing Ohio since 1964. Who would ever have thought 51 years after that first performance, the group would be back, playing the home of the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes?

According to various reports, the attendance was about 60,000.

Meme and photo by Cary Ashby/
CARY'S COMICS CRAZE
The band wrapped up the evening with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with the Ohio University choir and “Satisfaction.”

I loved looking around at the audience. There were families there celebrating 50 years of music together.

Young people, old-timers — The Rolling Stones mean a whole bunch to the fans.

I’m so happy I attended this show and would see them again in Pittsburgh or Detroit.

And to top things off, it didn’t rain one drop during the entire concert. Kid Rock opened and played about 45 minutes.

Just one other thing. I have to give Ohio State football fans a lot of credit because I could not deal with the traffic and parking situation seven or eight times per season for home games. That would be tough.

Next up: Rush at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Monday. (With yours truly! I'm sure both of us will review it.)

For the CCC take on the Stones concert, click here.

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