This was the first of two nights that the Stones were performing at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and I had tickets to both shows. Living Colour was opening for both shows, so I was really psyched. I really liked Living Colour a lot, so was pumped to see them, almost as much so as I was to see the Stones again.
This particular tour was the Steel Wheels tour. There was a lot of criticism about the band’s age, and the jokes that were going around were referring to it as the “Steel Wheelchairs Tour,” or the “Steal Your Dollars Tour.” The irony is the face value of the ticket was still only $29.50. Try seeing the Stones or anyone for that price anymore.
For this first night, we had amazing seats—13th row! We got there early, engaged in some pre-show festivities, then got our seats. Actually, being a little bit back was perfect. Any closer to the massive stage and it would have been difficult to see.
Living Colour came out first and kicked ass! Vernon Reid was incredible on the guitar, I almost felt like giving up as a guitarist. The energy was so high, I remember thinking after their set: “I’ve seen the Stones before, and I’m not sure they will be able to top this.” Thankfully, I was mistaken.
After a long break, the Stones took the stage and launched in to “Start Me Up.” Perfect opener! After that they went right into “Bitch,” and it was nothing but awesome rock and roll for the rest of the night. When they finished, I marveled at how great they sounded, and how much better they were than when I saw them back in 1981. There were so many great moments, I can’t pick out any high points, though I will say that “Dead Flowers,” “2000 Light Years From Home“ and “Happy” were most welcome surprises.
Here is the full setlist. Check back soon for my thoughts on the second night (hint – some different songs).
- Start Me Up
- Sad Sad Sad
- Undercover of the Night
- One Hit (To the Body)
- Tumbling Dice
- Miss You
- Ruby Tuesday
- Play With Fire
- Dead Flowers
- Rock and a Hard Place
- Mixed Emotions
- Honky Tonk Women
- Midnight Rambler
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want
- Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
- Happy (Keith Richards on lead vocals)
- Paint It Black
- 2000 Light Years From Home
- Sympathy for the Devil
- Gimme Shelter
- It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
- Brown Sugar
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash