Sunday, August 28, 2005

Rock 'n' Roll royalty

I live in a city of barely a million people. It's enough to make us the fourth largest city in Canada, but even so …

when the Rolling Stones come to town it's a big, flippin' deal.

And I didn't go! Tickets were what, $230 each? But the concert created a big stir in this small city, even among people like me who weren't willing to shell out that much money.

I took this photo several hours before the concert. The structure was built just for the Stones. I bet you couldn't get one of those seats, built right over the stage, for $230.

These folks are packing a street overlooking the concert. You had to be in just the right spot to see the screen, but we were hearing the live licks just fine.

I managed to get myself into a position where I could see the screen, and got this washed out but recognizable photo of Keith Richards.

This bottle blonde must have been up near the stage. When she realized the camera was on her, she started fondling her breasts, putting on a show for the boys.

Ho hum. Just another day at the office when you're a rock 'n' roll god.

Here's my best photo of Mick Jagger. The surroundings are well lit (compare it with the photo of the blonde) because of the pyrotechnics going on out of sight of the camera. The Stones were playing "Sympathy for the Devil" at the time, and twice they lit up the whole city with a vast column of fire.

Do you suppose they have any idea that this is a direct reference to the Bible?

The Israelites were led across the desert by a theophany: And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light. (Ex. 13:21) And here are the Stones, singing "Sympathy for the devil"; and there's the blasphemous column of fire, right on cue.

If you want to be a Satan-worshiping rock 'n' roll act, you've got to do your theological homework.

The Rolling Stones do Ottawa, Aug. 28, 2005.


At 1:41 AM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Prince Remus said...

There's nothing 'royal' about entertainers. except the pain in the neck they bring when they visit us 'rubes'.

Sorry to those for whom 'talent' forgives everything.

At 9:05 AM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Mary P. said...

Like Q, I'm not a big Stones fan, but the hullaballoo caused by their visit to our city was a lot of fun! In fact, I have about the same assessment of their "talent" as prince r, though I wouldn't express it so contemptuously. And all you Stones fans can have at me now! :-)

But even to a non-Stone fan like me, it was exciting! The extra traffic, the people camping out on the street overlooking the stadium, even the double row of cars parked in our neighbourhood, making each street a one-lane tunnel, an adventure to navigate - all of it added an extra energy to the day that was fun. The city had a party atmosphere for the day that was infectuous, even for non-fans like me.

Sitting out on our porches with the neighbours, listening to the music and watching the kids dance in the street was fun, too.

I wondered why it suddenly got so bright at one point. "Pillar of fire", indeed. I'm quite sure Mick (is it Sir Mick now?) has more than adequate ego to do that deliberately. I roll my eyes in despair...

At 3:21 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Juggling Mother said...

The structure was built just for the Stones?

What? You must be joking, surely? I assume that this was paid for by the stones themselves? Or have you got enough future concerts/expo's planned to make it worth all those Tax dollars, considering you still have to shell out $230 a seat.

Wow. That's all I have to say. Wow!

At 4:20 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Mary P. said...

Yup. Built just for the concert, and went down this morning. I saw the cranes - four of them - at work, but had forgotten to bring the camera along. Drat!

At 4:25 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger The Misanthrope said...

I am a long time Stones fan. the first time I was old enough to see them live was in 1975. Ticket prices were $12.50. I went a second night and purchased tickets from a scapler for $25 and sat 12 rows from the stage. Today, $230 is a bargain. For the Hollywood Bowl, if you could even get tickets, the price is $454. Through a scapler triple the price. I have seen them 10 times, but I think I am going to pass on them this year. I will get their new CD and I suspect like every concert tour they go out on there will be an HBO special, which will give you the best of the Stones tour. Daughter and I watched them in Los Angeles on Halloween night in 2002 and then flew to NY to see them at Madison Square Garden where it was filmed for the HBO special, it was a much better and longer show.

At 5:24 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

The Hollywood Bowl is a great venue. I love that place. And now back to your regularly scheduled blog comments.

At 8:08 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...


Apparently I was wrong about the cost of the Rolling Stones tickets. After reading your comment, I asked someone who said the tickets were in the $400 range.

My all time favourite band was The Who, and I don't think I could have spent $400 to see them. Not in good conscience, that's for sure.


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