Friday, June 27, 2014

The Rolling Stones ( Part 1) @ TW Classic 2014 in Werchter, Belgium, June 28 2014

The Rolling Stones @ TW Classic 2014 in Werchter, Belgium, June 28 2014
 Admiral Freebee 13:00-14:00
Seasick Steve (with John Paul Jones) 14:30-15:30
 Arno 16:15- 17:15
Trigger Finger  18:00-19:00
Simple Minds 20:00-21:30
Rolling Stones 22:30-00:45
Our last show on this tour for ROCKERPARIS, we've been to Paris' Stade de France (in da pit), to the wonderful Circo Massimo in Roma (in da pit ) and finally the 66 500 capacity TW Classic festival in Werchter.
Easy to get there by car, 15 euros for the parking for the car in a field (in cash of course) than a long 20 min walk to the main entrance and then a HUGE field.
We've missed Seasick Steve but could hear the last 2 songs on our way to the entrance. The festival is sod-out but the pit down the front is quite empty, it will remain like this until the Stones.
Next artist on stage is local hero Arno, who did a good set, singing both in English & French, he's a bit like a Belgium Tom Waits.

Trigger Finger is next, another band from Belgium with some heavy blues rock, we've seen them a few times in Paris. They were well received by the audience but we thought the show was boring or maybe we were starting getting tired and just wanted to have a quiet moment.
 
Simple Minds is the last band before the Stones, they've played many shows in Werchter these last few years , they were huge in the 80's, it looks like people in Belgium still dig them a lot. They do have a very sexy girl on backing vocals who's taking the lead a couple of times. Overall good show, a nice way to wait the headliners.
Forget to tell you that the stage is ridiculously high, if you're standing on the front row you cannot see anything at all, you have to stand around the 20th row to get a decent view, that's where we are. And still, with the catwalk,( we're on the right) we couldn't see Bernard and Lisa and Chuck for the whole set.
22:30 THE STONES are taking the stage, the pit is now full specially on the left hand-side with all the VIPs.
Mick Jagger is on top form running all around the stage, Keith seems a bit tired though he will play (almost) perfectly on this show. setlist is the same as usual but as Bobby Womack died the previous night we don't have the "request song" and have a tribute to Bobby with "It's all over now" (here on video). They could have played "the request song" and then add the tribute song. I guess the Stones cannot play an additional song to their usual setlist, i mean, what the Fuck ?!?

The highlight of the show, and it's been like this since the beginning of the tour, is "Midnight Rambler" with Mick Taylor
It started raining for the last third of the set, it didn't prevent Mick from going on the catwalk very often and wearing a hat.
Mick Taylor is back on "satisfaction" playing acoustic guitar (?!?).
Another great show by The Stones


Tribute to Bobby Womack