June 23, 2019 – 9:06 am


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Chicago 2019 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois; June 21, 2019. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to ademotte for sharing the show at Dime.

ademotte noted:

Opening night of the North American leg of the Stones’ “No Filter” tour. The setlist is mostly a continuation of the 2018 performances, with the exception of “Sad Sad Sad” taking the slot of a new song, and “You Got Me Rocking” as the fan vote (I suspect the ballot box was “stuffed,” since I don’t know anyone who likes that song). Very solid career retrospective for casual fans, who of course are the target audience of stadium shows. As much as I would have liked to see some additional deep cuts, the setlist met my expectations.

In terms of performance, when you watch Mick and Ron onstage, it is hard to believe that they are 75 and 72, respectively. The two of them worked the full width of the stage nonstop with enthusiasm and showed no sign of wearing out. Keith, on the other hand, I felt looked and sounded every bit of his 75 years; his guitar licks were much more economical and his overall presence was far more reserved than prior tours. He still has the chops, but he seems to have scaled down his involvement.

I was really happy with the recording overall. I was front row side stage, slightly out of line with the left stack. I would have liked to have been one section to the right, but overall the sound was good. I deliberately wore a heavy leather jacket with the collar flipped up to shield the mics (thank you, 58-degree “summer” Chicago weather) and it blocked out the cheers and chatting of my neighbors. There is practically no crowd interference, which is great.

This was a fun show overall, and though obviously I haven’t spent much time with the recording (the show ended 2 1/2 hours ago as I write this), I think people will find it enjoyable. There were some opening night flubs - Ron missed the cue for a couple guitar solo, “Satisfaction” got tangled up in the coda, and the first few numbers had some gaffes - but overall a really solid performance. There were some issues with the sound (particularly the vocals, which inexplicably dropped down in the mix periodically) but I think on a casual listen it won’t be noticeable.

There may be sources that come from $2500 rigs (and I hope there are) but in the meantime, I thought this would be an acceptable document of the show for those who are interested.

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Church Audio CA-11 cards > UGLY pre-amp = > Tascam DR-2D (16-bit)
Transfer: DR-2D > WAV > Magix Audio Cleaning Lab > WAV > FLAC level 8
Location: Side stage, mezzanine, 1st row

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Disc 1
Track 101. Entrance 1:00
Track 102. Street Fighting Man 4:22
Track 103. Let’s Spend The Night Together 4:27
Track 104. Tumbling Dice 5:13
Track 105. Sad Sad Sad 5:00
Track 106. You Got Me Rocking 4:14
Track 107. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 7:56
Track 108. B-stage music 0:46
Track 109. Angie 3:51
Track 110. Dead Flowers 4:17
Track 111. Sympathy For The Devil 7:24
Track 112. Honky Tonk Women 4:21
Track 113. Band introductions 4:40
Track 114. You Got The Silver 3:44
62 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Before They Make Me Run 4:26
Track 202. Miss You 8:13
Track 203. Paint It Black 5:37
Track 204. Midnight Rambler 12:17
Track 205. Start Me Up 4:35
Track 206. Jumping Jack Flash 4:35
Track 207. Brown Sugar 5:29
Track 208. Encore break 2:27
Track 209. Gimme Shelter 6:45
Track 210. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 7:02
62 mins

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  1. 22 Responses to “THE ROLLING STONES - CHICAGO, JUNE 21, 2019”

  2. You’ve got to be kidding. The word geezer is like describing a teenager compared to these dinosaurs.

    By Pat Grooms on Jun 23, 2019

  3. Thank you very much.

    By IDC on Jun 23, 2019

  4. BigO Stones fest - thank you, I’m really looking forward to hearing this. Great stuff (again).

    By Brian Griffin on Jun 23, 2019

  5. I love the stones and have been a fan for decades . But listening to this is sad . I loved all the 81 shows but that was 38 years ago . Just like Bob Dylan “ enough already. Retire please . Quit damaging your legacies any more than you already have . It’s sad .

    By George on Jun 23, 2019

  6. Also didn’t Mick recently have heart surgery? Why is he risking his health? He’s a billionaire. He doesn’t need the money ‘ none of them do .

    By George on Jun 23, 2019

  7. Mick is hung like a grain of rice but has a tongue like an anteater. His speciality is fellatio . The man knows how to eat pussy . When you have a small prick you need to have something else going for you . Keith on the other hand has a horse dic. He would stretch me to my limit. I was always sore but very satisfied at the same time .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jun 23, 2019

  8. Pat Groomer and Georgie Porgie if you don’t like it don’t listen to it! Simples!

    Pam (or the person trying pass off as her who can’t even spell her own name!) and all the hysterical size queens on here, you do understand the Keith reference to Mick’s privates is a joke right? My dears the damn things are on film and have been for years. Do your homework if that’s what turns you on, you poor little sad sacks.

    Also George the ‘why bother argument’ Mick just had surgery point is redundant - ‘what can a poor boy do?’ etc etc . . . . . because he can and thousands still pay serious dollar to see ‘im!

    Meanwhile back at the music . . . thanks Big O! look forward to checking this out. Fanxt!

    By swappers on Jun 23, 2019

  9. Smashie - just take your meds, there’s a good little boy . . . . . . . >>sigh<<

    By swappers on Jun 24, 2019

  10. It’s true . Keith did in fact make reference to Micks small pecker in his book .

    By Tommy on Jun 24, 2019

  11. Rumor has it Mick gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Jun 25, 2019

  12. Rumor has it Keef gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jun 25, 2019

  13. The Glimmer Twins

    By U L E on Jun 25, 2019

  14. I love the Stones but yeah, time to retire from live gigs. Listen to this concert and then one from 1969 or 1972. World of difference. The playing has gone down hill.

    By Mackster on Jun 25, 2019

  15. 1969 was fifty years ago Mackster , 72 was forty seven . That’s half a bleeping century. I too remember how great they were back then . We’re all getting old . Kinda depressing.

    By CJ on Jun 25, 2019

  16. Even as the stones are pushing 80 , they’re still better than most modern bands and musicians. That’s how far music has gone downhill in the last couple of decades .

    By CJ on Jun 25, 2019

  17. I downloaded and listened to half of this show and it gave me very mixed emotions. Sure we can excuse first night flubs but this was far from a great performance… wonderful songs but to my ears a shambles and a parody of what they once were. Mick is trying his hardest, but his voice is definitely showing the ravages of time. They’ll keep on rolling till either Mick, Keef or Charlie departs and they’ll always have an audience but I won’t be one of them. Easy to say they should give it up but as long as people will pay to see them, who are we to deny their right to continue?

    What’s important is whatever they do, their legacy of the Brian Jones and Mick Taylor eras will always remain and shine.

    By Bruce Skywater on Jun 25, 2019

  18. Bruce , I must have seen them at least every tour from 72 to 89 . After that I couldn’t watch anymore . These days it’s pretty pathetic.

    By Bill on Jun 26, 2019

  19. Hard to believe but it’s been almost 30 years since Bill Wyman quit them . He realized that their best was behind them .

    By Bill on Jun 26, 2019

  20. Bill - blimey… hard to believe it was that long since Bill Wyman quit and indeed, he knew their best days had been and gone. A pity the rest of the band didn’t follow Wyman’s example.

    By Bruce Skywater on Jun 28, 2019

  21. Last time I saw them live was November of 89 at the Gator bowl . Jacksonville Fla . Steel Wheels tour . They could still bring it at that point, although nothing like the Taylor years obviously.

    By Bill on Jun 28, 2019

  22. Thanks to everyone. Totally looking forward to the 8/26 show in PHX. Taking my daughter. She is stoked. Love Paint It Black in the set list. Let it rock!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 8, 2019

  23. Saw the 2nd Chicago show and the Stones has 1 fuckup but overall were solid. Went to see them a few shows later in Jacksonville and they were getting better. Keith played great that night. A lot more lead work than the Chicago show. Keep getting Stones shows Big O!!! Cheers

    By Doug Becknell on Aug 7, 2019

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