Last night in Liverpool… The Rolling Stones

Loïc Grasset, Special Envoy for Liverpool


Mick Jagger and his family paid tribute to The Beatles during their show at Anfield. We have been there.

“It was a sacred lease! “How could we have waited so long to come back here?” On the Anfield stage, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spent two hours proclaiming their love for Liverpool and the good fortune to meet their audience there for the first time since… 1972, the date of their last concert here. “The others”, those who in the end will have been their supposed competitors for just under a sixth of their career, had been separated for two years

In a city that humbly boasts of having the two most famous clubs in the world, “The Cavern”, the myth of the Beatles and Liverpool FC was born, the “Reds”, Mick Jagger, for two days, the multiplied “Teases”: Matthew Street shots, in front of the statue of Cilla, local glory, former Lady-Wee of The Cavern before they made a nice little career in variety, snaps in front of the Empire Theatre, the Liverpool Olympia and the Three Graces, three emblematic buildings of the early 20th century skyline. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to Liverpool – I’m looking forward to Anfield tomorrow night!” Sir Michael Philip Jagger tweeted for his fans on Wednesday.

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Mick Jagger at Liverpool.

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The stopover on the banks of the Mersey, opus 3 of the “Sixty Tour”, which proudly celebrates the group’s age, was undoubtedly the most emblematic of the fourteen dates of the European tour. Stadium subscribers had benefited from priority ticketing. Mick Jagger, football fan and staunch supporter of England’s side, wanted it personally.

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A tribute to Charlie Watts

When the concert begins, as in Madrid and Berlin, with a tribute to Charlie Watts – “the first time we’ve come to England without him” – we are quickly reassured by the vitality of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood. 231 years in between. At the age when the rib cage loses its axis, the spleens dilate and the sternum loses its gums, the rock’s three brontosaurs aren’t ready for confidence diapers and bingo nights. You are in great shape. One can see that. Wasp waist, teenage swings, Mick Jagger multiplies the sprints and doesn’t chase the podium.

The pre-won audience is made up of fans aged 27 to 87 with overrepresented silver manes and slightly loose bellies. You had to wait 20 minutes to buy a collector’s t-shirt for 50 euros. Nobody wears earplugs. We are here to hear good sound and have fun with it

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On the fourth track, Jagger suggests the group could play a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” an old standard by Gerry and the Pacemakers, another local group, and most importantly, the anthem of the Reds football team. “But we decided to cover a song that was written by other guys from the region,” enthuses the Stones frontman. So let’s make this special for you, Liverpool, okay? “.

And the group kicks off with “I Wanna Be Your Man,” the classic song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney but originally released by the Rolling Stones. The Beatles songwriting duo passed it on to their peers in 1963, helping the Stones reach No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart. The Beatles’ version appears three weeks later on the album With the Beatles.

For the rest of the performance, our rock scholar, happily spectating the opening concert in Madrid, said it all and perfectly portrayed the ups and downs of the show. They still haven’t performed the landmark 1966 song “Mother’s Little Helper,” which they rehearsed for this tour. As in Madrid and Munich, the second part of the show, in which the Rolling Pebbles play it easy and have plenty of it in the closet, only cheers with a special mention for “Sympathy for the devil”, the fans’ most anticipated track of the concert for the sake of cheering, hou, hou, hou hou… hou hou hou hou

As the groups slowly returned to the stage after the encore, the whole Anfield Road sang a cappella “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, the “Still”, as the British say, and the classics of the classics: “Gimme Shelter” and ” (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Next step, Monday 13 June, in Amsterdam.

In concert on July 19th in Lyon (Groupama Stadium) and on July 25th in Paris (Hippodrome de Longchamp).

Setlist for June 9th, Liverpool, Anfield Stadium

1/ Street Fighter

2/ 19. Nervous breakdown

3/ rock out,

4/ Tumbling Cubes

5/ I want to be your man

6/ Out of time

7/ You can’t always get what you want

8/ Life in a ghost town

9/ Honky tonk women

10/ Sign up

11/ Slipping away

12/ Miss you

13/Midnight Walkers,

14/ Start me

15/ paint it black,

16/ sympathy for the devil,

17/ Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


18/ Give me shelter

19/ (I can’t get no) Satisfaction

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