The Rolling Stones: 10/25/1981

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This stub is from the second time I saw the Stones (click here to read about the first time). So in order to get tickets for this show, I had to mail away. I sent a check for $81.60 for four tickets. After a long wait, I got an envelope in the mail which included my returned check along with a note that said: “Incorrect payment, $81.75.” So for .15 cents they didn’t send me any tickets! I was devastated. Anyway, I found an ad in the paper to buy tickets from someone. I told the person my sob story. He took pity on me and sold them for just a little bit over face value.

This was a general admission show at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, so we went in early to get a spot up close on the field. We staked our space near the front, cramped in among the throngs of rock and roll crazies. As we patiently watched the Henry Paul Band and Van Halen perform, the temperature got hotter and hotter. It became dangerously hot and because there were so many people on the field, it was impossible to move or go to get a drink of water. People started passing out, so to stave off a disaster, hoses were given to the security in front of the stage. They began hosing the crowd to keep everyone cool. We all stood there with faces turned up and mouths open waiting for water.

Finally, the Stones hit the stage, opening with “Under My Thumb” (same as the previous day). Mick ran to the front of the stage and took one of the hoses from a security person and began spraying the crowd, and yes, he sprayed me. To this day, I can honestly tell people that I got hosed by Mick Jagger, and was still able to respect myself in the morning.

Rock on!

Setlist

  • Under My Thumb
  • When the Whip Comes Down
  • Let’s Spend the Night Together
  • Shattered
  • Neighbours
  • Black Limousine
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  • Twenty Flight Rock
  • Let Me Go
  • Time Is on My Side
  • Beast of Burden
  • Waiting on a Friend
  • Let It Bleed
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  • Little T&A
  • Tumbling Dice
  • She’s So Cold
  • All Down the Line
  • Hang Fire
  • Street Fighting Man
  • Miss You
  • Start Me Up
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Brown Sugar
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Encore:

  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones: 10/24/1981

Stones_10-24-81This stub was from the first time I saw the Rolling Stones. They were playing the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, FL, and I drove up from South Florida with some friends for the show. It was the Tattoo You tour, and I actually had tickets for the second night, but some of the people I went with did not have any tickets. So, we figured we would go to the stadium the day before and see if we could find tickets for the Sunday show for my friends. Lo and behold, there were scads of people scalping tickets outside the stadium, for the whopping cost of $5 for the Saturday show and $10 for Sunday. We bought four for Saturday and two for Sunday, figuring why not see the Stones twice. It warms my heart to know that I paid $5 to see the Rolling Stones.

Because we showed up late and it was general admission, we took the nose-bleed seats. The Henry Paul Band played first (he was from The Outlaws… very forgettable). After they played, we got a set from Van Halen. I was not very impressed. Honestly, they seemed like they were clowning around. It was really hard to take them seriously.

Finally, the Stones came out. They opened with “Under My Thumb” and I was pretty much blown away. For me, the Stones were icons of rock and roll, in the mythical realm of The Beatles. The show was incredible, Keith slinking around the stage with cigarette dangling from his mouth, while Mick pranced and danced and whipped everyone into a frenzy.

When the show was over, we were all psyched and looking forward to the following night. We decided we would get there early and get a spot up close on the field… but that’s another stub and another story.

Setlist

  • Under My Thumb
  • When the Whip Comes Down
  • Let’s Spend the Night Together
  • Shattered
  • Neighbours
  • Black Limousine
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  • Twenty Flight Rock
  • Let Me Go
  • Time Is on My Side
  • Beast of Burden
  • Waiting on a Friend
  • Let It Bleed
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  • Little T&A
  • Tumbling Dice
  • She’s So Cold
  • All Down the Line
  • Hang Fire
  • Star Star
  • Miss You
  • Start Me Up
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Brown Sugar
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Encore:

  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction