What looked like was going to be a stormy night, turned out to be great weather for the Rolling Stones concert in Atlanta, Georgia at the Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech. The Rolling Stones are touring the United States on their Zip Code tour and it definitely made Georgia Tech the place to be last night. This is the band that delivers a show that definitely rocks and shows each member of the bands’ musical talent. The Rolling Stones are a legendary band who love their fans and it shows at each performance.
The opening act had big shoes to fill, after all, look who was following them – The Rolling Stones – so, what band opened for these rock icons? A band from Alabama called St. Paul and the Broken Bones. They did a wonderful performance, their music is a soulful blues style, and the definitely received a great response from the audience.
The Rolling Stones then took to this massive stage and commanded it well. Everything that has ever been said about their energetic and charismatic stage performance is very true indeed. The stage was a “T” shape with a catwalk for Mick Jagger to skip down and perform his signature “rooster strut”and “Jagger” dance moves, which he did quite a few times and loved every minute of it.
There were two vertical screens lining the sides of the state to project alternating images of the Stones’ famous giant tongue logo and their performance for better views no matter where fans were sitting inside the stadium. Backing the state was a third screen used for imagery throughout the performance. As expected with any performance of this grandeur, there was plenty of theatrical light work as well as pyrotechnics throughout the show.
Once the legendary rock band took to the stage, there was an astounding roar from the standing room only crowd. This was the moment everyone had been waiting for. The Rolling Stones performing some of their greatest hits!
Known for his eccentric style, Mick Jagger did not disappoint and came out in style with a green shiny jacket, a black button up tuxedo shirt with sequins, purple sheer top and black tight pants. Throughout the show he changed into a silver shiny jacket and black sheer top, and a hot pink button up as the show progressed. Keith Richards’ sported his signature head band which has become a staple of his attire, while Charlie Watts and Ron Woods were both comfortable and stylish in bright colors.
On a side note, if the Rolling Stones did a concert of their entire catalog of music, it would have to be a festival – hey, a great idea would be to have a Rolling Stones festival at “Stone” Mountain.
Anyway, back to the performance of the night, the Stones played so many of their iconic tunes and performed a hard rocking, high energy performance that killed it. Who would think these band members are in the 60’s and 70’s? Opening with “Start Me Up” was just the beginning. Throughout the evening the band performed “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Midnight Rambler, “Before They Make Me Run,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Happy” and the list goes on!
The band also released the reissue of Sticky Fingers to coincide with the tour and performed “Can’t Your Hear Me Knocking,” “You Gotta Move,” and “Brown Sugar” from the album.
With the crowd chanting for more, coming back for an encore the Stones dazzled with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” accompanied by the Emory Choir and then finally ending with “Satisfaction,” which no Stones show would be complete without, and made for a great ending to a an incredible, memorable show.
How long can The Rolling Stones continue? I don’t know but this iconic band seems to get better with age. This tour is fantastic and definitely a top ten on a true rock and roll music lover’s list!
Start Me Up
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
All Down The Line
Doom And Gloom
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
You Gotta Move
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Sympathy For The Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
For photos from the AJC, vist their site HERE.