Ahoy; Rotterdam 15th August 2003

Sound Quality : Very Good Audience

Length : 118.11

01. Street Fighting Man
02. Start Me Up
03. If You Can't Rock Me
04. Don't Stop
05. Monkey Man
06. Sweet Virginia
07. Loving Cup
08. Rocks Off
09. Tumbling Dice / Introductions
10. Slipping Away (Keith)
11. Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
12. Love Train
13. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
14. Honky Tonk Women
15. Satisfaction
16. When The Whip Comes Down (B-stage)
17. It's Only Rock'n Roll (B-stage)
18. Brown Sugar (B-stage)
19. Jumping Jack Flash (Encore)

Review by Arno Koel, Haarlem

I played my Exile on mainstreet cd in my car on my way to the Ahoyhal, because I figured that The Stones would play some songs from that album. And they did! The concert started with an energetic Keith, working the whole of the stage. I was at Ronnie's site and Keith came twice to do his moves for us. On If you cant rock me Mick used the ramp leading to the B-stage for the first time. Don't stop gave us Lisa. She was wearing a glittery Ikette-style dress. After this song Mick told us in Dutch that he was sad, because this was the last show in Rotterdam, for a while.

Monkey man had a very nice slow groove. After that Mick anounced the Exile part. We all sang along with Sweet Virginia. Mick kept his acoustic guitar on and they played Loving' cup. My favorite! But I was the only one, the audience went very quiet. The ending of this song came rather sudden. Ronnie discussed it with Charlie. Ronnie did a lot of chatting with everybody in the band. Rocks Off and Tumbling Dice completed the Exile part. During the introductions Mick sang Happy birthday to one of the hornplayers. Keith sang his two songs beautiful. Before they make me run is an another personal favorite of mine, which makes me a very happy man. If I remember well, Love train was played for the first time in Europe. Mick was dressed in a raincoat with hat and shades for this Philly-soul classic. I don't know why this song is in the set, but they play it well. Mick urged us to dance, it is probably his choice.

And then the band floated on that conga-beat sound of Cant you hear me knocking. With a fantastic sax solo by Bobby Keys and an exciting harmonica played by Mick, who always keeps a free hand to direct the audience. Mick also played maracas, which reminds me of old television footage from the sixties. From a distance you see the young Jagger again. Ronnie took all the time in the world for his solo on his silver stratocaster. Suddenly the band stopped. Leaving Ronnie gesturing at Mick, who walked to Charlie. Charlie reacted by shrugging his shoulders.

The grand finale was made up of the classics. Especially on the B-stage the two guitarplayers did some very exciting rocking. I noticed that Mick whiped off his hand very thoroughly after all the touching of hands on his way to the B-stage. He won't catch any illnesses during this tour again. They left the B-stage on the opposite site, walking through a corridor through the audience. After the encore Charlie got some extra applause by kneeling down to fix his shoelace.

A great setlist, good sound and a band in very fine shape. I loved every minute of it.