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Stones put on another great show
Venue/Date: Oakland Arena (Oakland, CA)
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November 6th, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Rolling Stones concert review: Visually great, musically predictable
By Shay Quillen
Mercury News

The Rolling Stones delivered a hit-filled show Monday at Oakland Coliseum that looked like a million bucks on the massive video screen. If you closed your eyes, it didn't seem quite as impressive, but who would do that at a Stones show?

It was a 180-degree turn from a straightforward opening set by Van Morrison and his band, which provided precious little eye candy but sounded just fine.

The show was delayed 24 hours under doctor's orders, but there was no audible evidence of the throat woes that required the Stones' Mick Jagger to take a four-day break from performing. The 63-year-old's voice never faltered throughout the band's two-hour set, as Jagger ran all over the stage, dancing, prancing and tirelessly exhorting the crowd.

The rest of the band was in good, not great, form. Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood were alert and engaged, although their interplay seemed to get sloppier as the night went on. Drummer Charlie Watts was as solid and unflappable as ever, and bassist Darryl Jones, a hired gun since 1991, ably took care of business out of the spotlight. Longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell and three backup singers, including ex-Beach Boys sideman Blondie Chaplin, helped fill out the sound.

The Stones performed on the same spectacular set they used last November at SBC Park, but this was a significantly different show. Back then, the band was playing four new songs a night. This show was still being billed as part of the ``A Bigger Bang'' tour, but only one song from that 2005 CD was played.

After an opening salvo of ``Jumpin' Jack Flash,'' ``It's Only Rock `n' Roll'' and ``Let's Spend the Night Together,'' the band delved into some less inevitable material that resulted in the Stones' best music of the night. Jagger strummed an acoustic guitar for the countryfied ``Dead Flowers,'' on which Wood got to step up front for a Telecaster solo. The ballad ``Streets of Love,'' from the new album, gave Jagger the only chance of the evening to express some genuine emotion, and he pulled it off well. Then ``Bitch'' introduced a four-piece horn section featuring longtime Stones sax man Bobby Keys, and the band was hitting on all cylinders.
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