Rolling Stones in Berlin’s Waldbühne: Was that the last concert?

ANDAt the beginning of what may be their last show this time, they ask themselves: Are the Rolling Stones still the Rolling Stones after 60 years? Before they re-enter Berlin’s Waldbühne, as in 1965, 1998 and 2014, they pay tribute to their drummer, who died last year, with a series of photos. The images on the video altar bring to mind the stoicism of the musician and people, without whom the band would no longer be a band. According to Keith Richards in his memoirs, Charlie Watts jumped out of his skin and became violent when Mick Jagger called him “my drummer.”

The three surviving Rolling Stones appear in music videos with his stage band, Mick Jagger wonders what he should be doing as a poor boy in “Street Fighting Man” if not singing in a band like this, between “All Down the Line” and “Thmbling Dice” he exclaims, “We’re dedicating this show to Charlie!”

Charlie Watts died in August 2021 during the “No Filter” tour. The tour continued with a guest drummer. Steve Jordan also supports the Rolling Stones on the Sixty Tour. It is said that it is believed that all dates of ongoing and already groomed tours have been canceled in order to mourn and rethink the band itself. But Stones is also a global corporation with a singing and dancing president.

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Another beautiful excerpt from Keith Richard’s diary: “Every now and then Mick came by to talk to me about” economic restructuring. ” Half the time we chatted about tax lawyers. Or about the intricacies of the Dutch tax system. “It’s Only Rock’n’roll” is also the title of the episode of “The Simpsons”, in which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards themselves speak. “We have to buy cheaper porridge,” says the singer at the calculator, which his guitarist accepts, because without an accountant he would not be able to play pirate.

Such a team needs an economist who raises ticket prices, who virtuoso steers supply and demand between stadiums and halls through uncertain markets. But will there be another final tour in 2023 with a final performance featuring three skinny eyewitnesses and their songs from the prehistory of pop music? They have been asking this question for 30 years. Until now, however, there has never been so much against this.

The Last Three of a Kind: Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards as The Rolling Stones August 3, 2022 in Berlin

The Last Three of a Kind: Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards as The Rolling Stones August 3, 2022 in Berlin

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In any case, it is not difficult to see the Waldbühne performance as a farewell performance not only on the “Sixty” tour. On stage, ahead of Keith Richards and Ron Wood in his old age, Mick Jagger’s presentation always felt a bit overzealous. In Berlin, he is growing far beyond himself as a singer, dancer, announcer and master of ceremonies, as if it were, yes, for the last time.

In “Out of Time” he becomes a hit singer who even encourages the Germans to clap along the counter for one and three during March. “Living in a Ghost Town”, a lockdown reggae recorded in 2020, becomes the expressive dance music of the pandemic that was overcome this evening. In Miss You, after a hiatus that Keith Richards fills with two songs, she appears in a silver disco shirt and extra guitar, striding down the runway, screaming as if it mattered and shaking her hips like don’t even go to him again.

“Oh, Berlin!”

While he flawlessly practiced his steps in dance classes to further refine and choreographically develop his bizarre gestures, he is well placed for the evening to communicate with those present at the sold-out Waldbühne. In good German or in dialect, as in his dedication to Charlie Watts. From “Tach, Berliner!” to “Heard you guys are great singers!” to “A great evening! What a Midsummer Night’s Dream! ” She is pleased that the Rolling Stones were finally able to land their own plane at Berlin’s main airport, that BER was “a seven billion euro bargain” and that “currywurst and rolls” have emerged. And “Berliner Luft”, a mint liqueur for the guests: “After five schnapps, my German was perfect!”

It had been like that for weeks, even away from the stadiums: Mick Jagger tweeted proof of a business trip that was no longer meant to be a Rolling Stones tour, but a longer European tour. Mick in Vienna with a can of beer at a sausage stand, Mick on his 79th birthday with Bavarian brass bands, Mick at the Brandenburg Gate. This led young girls to besieging hotels as well to film Instagram a natural spectacle of apparently world-famous grandparents. Cheered up as in 1962 when they were first let onstage at the “Marquee” in London, they were escorted to the stadiums, as could be seen in all the media, and improvised through the “Midnight Rambler” like the rumbling and noisy blues band that they were back then .

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Its 60-year history is also the story of its dissolution. Brian Jones died in 1969 under normal business circumstances at the age of 27. In 1974 Ron Wood took the place of the second guitarist as the last permanent new member. In 1993, Bill Wyman retired as a bassist. His successor, Daryl Jones, was never named Rolling Stone. Steve Jordan will go down in history as the drummer to replace Charlie Watts.

The band’s real miracle will be the Rolling Stones tour for so long, thanks in part to their kind drummer with a springy backbeat. And with that, going back to Keith Richards’ 2010 memoir Life, for the last time: “Shit, Charlie and me, we’ve had that ass in our eyes for over forty years!” He meant Mick Jagger or his ass. “Life” was already considered the obituary of The Rolling Stones, the biggest patchwork band in the history of rock music. But then more tours appeared again.

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Each Rolling Stones concert is based on many little rituals and one big ritual that has not been celebrated in a year. As soon as Mick Jagger introduced his drummer, they all stood up, left their strawberry punch and caramel pancakes behind, clapped, stomped and cheered for a few minutes, embarrassing Charlie Watts. The two guitarists now share a special applause – and it looks like they know what to do with it.

But the rites had grown rigid as well, even Mick Jagger’s stork footsteps in a frantic stillness. All the jokes about cockroaches, lizards and fossils have not been funny in decades. A team is selected. Concert reviews are about what’s not playing (“Angie”), what’s playing (“Start Me Up”) and what the movies look like. They play “Sympathy for the Devil” in Purgatory and with Ukrainian ruins in a moving scenery, accompanied by “Huh-huh!” with 22,000 on the forest scene.

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At the end, of course, “(Can’t get No) Satisfaction” is played. In September 1965, it was one of eight songs after which Waldbühne was devastated by the audience because she thought the concert was too short, and those were the times. The Rolling Stones also performed “Time is on my side” and “The Last Time”. Not this time, although the classics would fit even better today. Time is only a big problem when so much has passed and so much less is left.

This, explains Mick Jagger in Berlin, 118 Rolling Stones concert in Germany. Perhaps they actually chose the Waldbühne, which was booked shortly in advance for the tour, with caution, such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” for goodbye. The Rolling Stones before Satisfaction were a band. Ever since Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones have been a monster, he reportedly said. That evening, she allows him to vanish again for an uncertain time.

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