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Rolling Stones at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA 6/21/13


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A better show than the PPV I saw in December in Newark, NJ (even though the live drum band at the beginning of that gig was cool). I got what I came for as the Stones played "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" with Mick Taylor!!! He crushed it on the solo too. It felt like the crowd gave him more love than anyone else tonight. Even though I love Keith and Woody, Taylor is by far a superior player. They played around 2 1/2 hours with lots of cool videos and a choir for one of the encores. My only complaint is that they started selling $85 tickets the last few days to sell out the place and a lot of those people got moved into the Tongue Pit. WTF? I would have waited!!! From the reviews from fans who tour with them on the radio afterwards (Stoneheads?), many said this was the best show of 2013 since the band was really enteracting with each other and the crowd. Here's the setlist:

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I just don't understand why Mick Taylor isn't playing with them for the whole set each night. The guy was the perfect fit for the Stones and as much as I respect Woody, Taylor is more definitive to their legacy than Ron Wood.

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I just don't understand why Mick Taylor isn't playing with them for the whole set each night. The guy was the perfect fit for the Stones and as much as I respect Woody, Taylor is more definitive to their legacy than Ron Wood.

That's debatable, IMO. MT may have been the one who played on their greatest albums, but, the other four Stones aside, you could argue that during that particular period Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys were just as integral to the band's sound as Taylor was (for that matter Jimmy Miller deserves a bit of praise as the producer of those LPs). Ronnie has indeed left his mark on the Stones' legacy- Some Girls ended up being their most successful album ever, and Ron was instrumental in keeping the band together through the infamous "World War III" period of the mid eighties...somehow I doubt that had Mick Taylor stuck around he would have been as successful a mediator as Woody was.

I'd say their contribution to the Stones' legacy has been equal, Taylor just happened to make an impact in a shorter time period, that's all.

That said, I do agree that dragging Taylor around on this tour only to play a couple of songs a night is a wholly wasted opportunity (I won't go so far as to say 'an insult' but, hey, if the shoe fits...)...no matter how well he is being paid (assuming he is being well paid :lol: ) it wouldn't kill them to have three guitarists on stage all night long. I don't think Woody would have any problems with it, and though Keith's playing on this tour is much improved on his poor showing during the Bigger Bang tour, he's still had his share of whoopsie moments at some of these gigs, having Taylor up there as well could help cover Keith's mistakes better than just having Woody doing it.

But fuck it...it's the Stones, and considering that this probably is the final go round for these guys, enjoy it while it lasts...

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