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Rolling Stones: Live Review

Rolling Stones: Live Review
Black and Sky Blue by Nic Howden
Stones put in premiership performance at Ricoh Arena
“Anybody here from Melton Mowbray?” Mick Jagger calls out on Saturday night, which must rank high up the list of least rock ‘n’ roll questions in a towering tour history.  
The Rolling Stones first came to Coventry in 1963 and Jagger knows his local geography, highlighting the venues they played, Matrix Ballroom and the Locarno, and the fact that a car showroom and a library stand in their places today. So there’s a demonstrable bond as the band tears it up at the Ricoh Arena, 47-years since the last time, kicking off with Street Fighting Man.  And four LED towers at the back of the stage cut the distance between the goal lines too, bringing the Stones, the action, right up close.
“Ow yer doin’? Alwright?” Jagger’s ‘cockernee’ incarnation says, to massive applause, and whoops, until Keith Richards, all flashing white teeth and Lewis leather jacket, launches into It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll. 
For such a production behemoth, visuals and lighting locked to the sequences, it’s a remarkably flexible setlist. Ride ‘Em On Down from 2016’s Blue & Lonesome LP follows Paint It Black, “We did a blues for you [in 1963] and we’re going to do a blues for you now” ahead of a first outing on this tour for Dylan cover Like A Rolling Stone, ordered by online poll. “Let’s see what the future City of Culture voted for.” 
The Rolling Stones have long been big business, sponsored by Jeep, with Golden Circle tickets at £250 a pop, the No Filter tour is sure to break a few records, but it’s value for money at the same time. 
There’s a big band on stage, bass maestro Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell on keys, saxophonist Karl Denson and vocalists Sasha Allen and Bernard Fowler among them, behind Jagger, Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. And a top team behind the scenes/the screens too.
Across the two-hour performance, Jagger pauses only for ‘Keef’ to step up and sing You Got the Silver from Let It Bleed and a ramshackle Happy, with Wood on lap steel guitar. Then he’s back, covering every inch of the platform, microphone in one hand, Coventry in the other. 
The sound, which bounced around a bit for support band/local heroes The Specials, is sharp for the Stones. Richards’ riffs hit incredibly hard and the instruments/elements across the stage fit his patterns perfectly. 
Richards and Wood follow Jagger down the runway mid-sprawling take on Miss You, neon imagery flashing across the backdrops, then it’s into the home stretch. A brute Midnight Rambler followed by Start Me Up and Brown Sugar; a sweet three pieces. 
Sasha takes the supporting role for a gorgeous Gimme Shelter then it’s Satisfaction and ‘goodnight Coventry’.  Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.  
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