The Rolling Stones – No Security - San Jose '99
(Eagle Vision / Universal Music Group – 2018)
Well for just over 19 years this baby has been in The Rolling Stones Vaults – a stonking show from San Jose Arena (affectionately known as 'The Shark Tank), San Jose, California Monday April 19th 1999 in front of 33,000 fans from their 'No Security Tour' that came after the release of the 'Bridges To Babylon' album. Mick and the boys are bang on form – in fact they always are these days and have been for a damn long time.
It kicks into gear immediately with 'Jumping Jack Flash' and ends on 'Sympathy For The Devil'. It's actually the first show I have noticed that does not include that famous song starting with an 'S' for a change – proving that it does not have to be a staple part of their set.
The concert has some absolute gems in it such as 'You Got The Silver' that Keith Richards performs acoustic with Ronnie Wood on slide guitar (the black and silver one from the Faces days) that they started again due to a mistake. Or what about 'Some Girls' that you never hear very often or the classic 'Route 66' on the small stage.
Mr. Jagger moves like no one else can on this show, although he has slowed down in recently years but still manages to wear you out watching him strut his stuff. Brilliant to see the band greet and shake hands with fans on their to and from the small stage with even Mick apologising for having to postpone the show a few months ago because he was flat out (on his back).
Other highlights of the show include 'Bitch' - the epic horn filled number from the 'Sticky Fingers' album; the sexy duet between Mick and Lisa on Honky Tonk Women; the sixties showstopper 'Get Off My Cloud' or newer diamonds at the time like 'You Got Me Rocking' and 'Saint Of Me' that were rammed to the hilt with gutsy swagger. Loads of camera angles are used here with a large amount amount of lop-sided stuff that won't be good for you if you suffer from sea-sickness (only kidding!).
Charlie Watts is sounding good tonight (he always does mind) on those drums with the 5th unofficial Stone in Darryl Jones proving he is as worthy as Bill Wyman ever was. Those backing vocals from Bernard Fowler; Lisa Fischer and Blondie Chaplin (also on percussion) are the sounds of gospel angels.
Whilst the brass of the late Bobby Keys (Saxophone); Tim Ries (Saxophone/ also on Keyboards); Kent Smith (Trumpet) and Michael Davis (Trombone) add those extra shrills and dynamics too. Then last but not by any means least under any terms is the ebony and ivory maestro Chuck Leavell (Keyboards/Backing Vocals).
Everyone both on and off stage arrives and leaves happy after such another such splendid Rolling Stones show. 'From The Vaults' sure is something special and it's worth collecting every single one on both DVD/Blu-Ray, CD or Vinyl... Makes me wanna go see them again like I did on May 25th at London Stadium... Legends.....what can I say.... Ladies & Gentleman.... you know the rest...
These Rock & Roll Icons doing the UK & beyond proud!
Bobby Keys R.I.P.
By Glenn Milligan
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