The Rolling Stones -- Boston, MA -- June 14th, 2013
Let me say right up front that I have never been a fan of the Stones, and had no intention of attending this show, with the ticket prices being insane as they were!
However, that all changed yesterday when I received an email from the TD Garden with an offer for tickets to the show for $85 each (all fees inclusive). The only catch was that you wouldn't know where your seats were until you arrived at the arena. OK for $85 to see true legends, I was in.
Got to the Garden, and found the check-in for the $85 special tickets, and when we got them they were in the Balcony as I expected for that price (even though the email said there were seats available all throughout the arena, and they would be randomly distributed).
Marched up to the row, and not only were they in the balcony, but they were 1 row from the top! Can you say "nosebleeds"? Oh well I figured, they were originally much more so no complaints. Then about 1/2 hour later a TD Garden representative came through the upper rows giving tickets to people who acted like they had just hit the lottery, so we assumed they were getting upgrades. After getting passed by a couple of times the dude finally forked over our new seats - on the floor about 20 or so rows back from the stage! Not bad for $85! Especially considering that the floor tickets sold for close to $1000 if I'm not mistaken... Each!
Anyway, the Stones played a solid set with most of the "hits" for about 2 1/2 hours. Mick Taylor joined them for a couple of songs, but there was no "special guest" at this show. I have to say that they impressed me and not with a "for their age" tacked on either. There are a few younger bands that could learn a thing or two about showmanship from Mick and the boys! Of course it didn't hurt that he was pretty liberal with his Bruins comments too!
Lesson: sign up for the email alerts from your local venues!
1. Get Off of My Cloud
2. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
3. Paint It Black
4. Gimme Shelter
5. All Down the Line
6. Memory Motel
7. When the Whip Comes Down
8. Emotional Rescue
9. Doom and Gloom
10. One More Shot
11. Honky Tonk Women
12. You Got the Silver (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
13. Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
14. Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
15. Miss You
16. Start Me Up
17. Tumbling Dice
18. Brown Sugar
19. Sympathy for the Devil
20. You Can't Always Get What You Want (with the Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir)
21. Jumpin' Jack Flash
22. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)
6/6 Weird Al Yankovic
6/25 Kid Rock
7/9 Def Leppard
7/30 Deep Purple
9/5 J. Geils Band
9/17 Zappa Plays Zappa