Dropping in at the Orpheum in Boston, the band were eager on this tour to get a little closer to the fans – This comparably tiny venue for the band, was chosen for it’s history – both architecturally and musically – there are a handle of great reviews on the IORR site regards it’s rich dealings with bands and artists new and old so there’s a link to send you there for those reviews. It would be, suffice to say, the best place to be on a Sunday night.
Concerning the releases of this special date, there has been a small smattering of releases on silver disk including Free As A Boot’s ‘Club Show’, the ‘Licks 2002 US Canada Tour – The Theatre Shows’, as a Wonderland boxed set and ’65 Licks’ on the Vinyl Gang label – parts of the show have appeared on the Crystal Cat compilation, ‘Ultra Rare Lips Vol. 1’ and Mighty Diamond’s, ‘Going To A Go-Go – Live Licks 2002’.
The inclusion of a block of covers just for this date makes the club show special – Versions of ‘Going To A Go-Go’, ‘Soul Train’ and the big crowd responder, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ – While they’ve been played through out the Stones career previous, for them to get bundled up all in one career spanning show would have been quite the gig to have been in attendance at. Perilously close to over-shadowing the regular set, these covers are still lapped up by the crowd – In the instance of ‘Love Train‘, there’s the addition of an extra chorus, as per the IORR reviews by eye-witnesses above, Mick’s excitement in whipping up the crowd lead to Keith taking off his guitar, only to have to strap it back on quickly, to join the rest of the band in this extended rendition. The rest of the show takes a blues edge along side – ‘Brand New Car’, ‘Parachute Woman’, ’Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ and ’Tumbling Dice’ all feed the little club vibe. Their duo with Buddy Guy, ‘Rock Me Baby’ is some of the meanest blues all night. The lesser played, ‘Hand Of Fate’ is wonderful.
As the smaller clubs now seem to be out of the realm of touring for the Stones (Prove me wrong, boys!) this pick-up is the closest we’ll get the Stones congregating in for a venue now. So such a hot – literally! – show in such close proximity is one to be cherished.