Venue : Boardwalk Hall Arena,
Setlist : Disc 1: Intro, Jumping Jack Flash, It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll, Oh No Not You Again, She Was Hot, Loving Cup, Streets Of Love, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, All Down The Line, Tumbling Dice, Band Introductions, You Got The Silver, Connection
Disc 2: Under My Thumb, She’s So Cold, Start Me Up, Honky Tonk Women, Sympathy For The Devil, Paint It Black, Brown Sugar, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Monkey Man* * Halifax, NS September 23, 2006
This is the infamous 3rd to last show from the Bigger Bang Fall World Tour 2006. The Stones came to play without question. Sister Morphine delivers its usual quality product here with an excellent audience recording issued on CDR. “Jumping Jack Flash” kicks off with a spirited offering. “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” features the band jamming in spurts. “Oh No, Not You Again” has been perfected after repeated performances and much more enjoyable. “She Was Hot” is a treat with Charlie’s driving beat and the rich guitar -driven leads. “Loving Cup” is always a welcome nugget and lead here by the horns instead of guitars to my disappointment. “Streets Of Love” is the dark horse. This signature rendition with Jagger belting out the blues in key proves that he is in his element here. A nice guitar lead tops off this 7 minute cut. “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” has the horns up front with Jagger in key and the background vocalists rounding out the mix. Jagger fires up “Don’t You Go…Don’t You Go” as the track finishes off in strong fashion. “All Down The Line” boasts crisp and piercing guitar interplay with a nice chorus completing this 5:30 minute cut. “Tumbling Dice” is standard fare followed by Band Introductions with Richards getting an especially extended rousing welcome. Richards delivers a tremendous “You Got The Silver” with Wood’s heavy slide guitar lead as Richards is crooning away hitting surprisingly high vocal registers. He finishes this epic stellar performance and says “cool”. “Connection” is a sure fire rocker with a quick rhythmic beat that never slows down.
“Under My Thumb” offers a rich organ lead with the audience filling in the background. “She’s So Cold” has Charlie plodding away on his kit with sizzling guitar leads. “Start Me Up” is fast paced. “Honky Tonk Women” is standard fare again. “Sympathy for The Devil” has a long 1:10 minute intro and closes at the 8 minute mark. “Paint It Black” is always a pleasure and featured an intoxicating intermittent sitar lead. “Brown Sugar” had aggressive lead guitars up front with Charlie crashing on the drums and Keys bursting out with his signature crystal clear horn solo. A long jam followed to end this 7:30 minute performance. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was the 1st encore with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” following with a blistering raucous lead guitar intro and extended jam that clocked in over 7 minutes. The bonus track from the 9-23-06 Halifax Commons show, “Monkey Man”, offered an ever better recorded mix than most of the above
The Stones offered a great set list with a steady flow throughout. Most of the songs were stretched out. The recording was a little thin on the low end which was more evident after listening to the bonus track at the other venue. Otherwise, this is one of the best 2005 – 2006 Bigger Bang Tour performances to date and comes highly recommended! (RAWLINGS)