In March 1965, The Rolling Stones undertook their first European tour.
Last Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, with 74-year-old Mick Jagger continuing to defy nature by dancing up a storm for a full two hours, the band kicked off its No Filter Tour, its 18th invasion of the continent, reports Britain’s Mirror.
This new 14-date tour runs through the end of October, wrapping with the band inaugurating the new 40,000-seat U Arena in Paris with trio of gigs.
Earlier this year, Ron Wood, the band’s 70-year-old guitarist, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Saturday’s show at the Festwiese am Stadtpark outdoor stadium marked his first show since he underwent major four-hour lung surgery earlier this year to remove a tumor.
Woody received what the Mirror called “a hero’s welcome” from the 90,000 fans in attendance that night. He called the reception “a gift that can’t be bought. It’s an amazing feeling.”
This gig was important to the guitarist, who joined the band after leaving Rod Stewart and The Faces in 1975. So much so, that his wife Sally and their 15-month-old twins flew in from London to catch the show.
As usual, there were some rarely-performed gems interspersed among the 20-songs performed.
The somewhat dark and menacing “Dancing With Mr. D.,” from 1973’s “Goat’s Head Soup” that was mostly recorded in Kingston, Jamaica (it was the B-side to their “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” single) hadn’t been performed since that year’s tour, 44 years ago.
The 1965 acoustic ballad “Play With Fire” (Jagger and Keith Richards were the only band members on the song that was recorded in Los Angeles) was showcased for the first time in 27 years, since 1990; and the 1966 single, “Under My Thumb” hadn’t been played live in 11 years.
They also mixed things up a bit, opening the show with 1968’s “Sympathy for the Devil,” a first as they always save it for near the conclusion of their set.
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