The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour
October 9, 2021
View: Barely in the stadium.
Rarely does a Stones show evoke sadness but seeing Jumbotron images of the late Charlie Watts playing the intro to Can’t You Hear Me Knocking brought a large lump to the throat. That said, longtime sideman, Steve Jordan acquitted himself admirably. The show ignited with Street Fighting Man and stayed focused from there on. A nifty addition was their cover of the Chi-Lites single B-side, Troubles A’ Comin’, from 1972.
Both Mick and oddly enough, Keith, sounded wonderful, the guitarist tackled rarely heard Connection, 1967’s jaundiced poke at authority. And they still wring drama from Midnight Rambler, where Mick added randy harmonica. On Miss You they managed to yank the song off the disco floor and into the back alley.
The Music City show wrapped up with Satisfaction and Gimme Shelter, where Mick let Sacha Allen display her stunning vocal prowess. All in all, it’s clearly harder for them now but their dedication to the music and avoidance of a “Greatest Hits” show spoke volumes.