C. J. Walsh
The Rolling Stones
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
August 5, 2019
View: Top of the first mezzanine
Now thirty years since the Stones put aside their differences and re-calibrated into essentially a touring outfit, it’s a strategy they’ve honed to perfection on the No Filter tour. Leading with Jumpin’ Jack Flash and onto no less than six evergreens from 1969’s Let It Bleed, including Monkey Man and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
The Bob & Earl cover, Harlem Shuffle wouldn’t have been my choice for resurrection but that along with Miss You highlighted Darryl Jones’ stellar bass playing. Better still was the telepathy the band shared on Midnight Rambler, Ron Wood tossed off an impromptu lead line other guitarists would kill for. From the start Mick Jagger’s age-defying performance laid to rest any concerns about his health.
They wrapped up with Satisfaction and Gimme Shelter, where Sasha Allen’s vocals possessed beauty, power and soul.
They still have some tricks up their sleeves and for two hours they all still follow Keith Richards.