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Rolling Stones Review – Bomb Scare Show – 10/06/05

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As you may know if you’ve either known me for a while or read back through some of my ramblings, I am a huge Stones fan.  My #2 band of all time actually, only to be beaten out by Iron Maiden.  I finally got an oppurtunity to see them in 2005 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA.  I originally bought 5 tickets, 3 nosebleeds and 2 good ones.  I planned to use the good seats for myself and whoever I decided to bring along with me and resell the other 3 for a profit.  Yep.  Capitalist pig I am!  But…I ended up selling the 2 good seats to my friend Jeanne as she wanted to take her mom to the show.  No profit to be made.

Right about a year or so before I got the tickets, I started to frequent the Taphouse in the Ghent section of Norfolk, VA.  I had been there before with friends but never really “hung out” much there.  I liked the place and started going there mroe often for shows and such.  I lived about 25 minutes away so I didn’t do much of my partying there because of the drive.  As I was sitting at the bar one afternoon, I was talking to one of the owners, Al, about how I had some spare tix for the Stones show if he knew anyone that wanted them.  He said he’d buy them and take his guitarist along.  Done deal.  We ended up going to the show together with his brother as his guitarist bailed at the last minute.

I didn’t really know these guys that well but what the hell.  I knew a lot of people who knew them and they were good to me as a patron in my early days there.  These 2 guys play in a band called Rylo.  Rylo is a boogie/honkytonk/jazzy/upbeat type band.  Hard to classify really but they do what they do very well.  Of course in my car I only brought metal stuff to listen to.  Maiden, Dokken, Mercyful Fate, KISS, etc.  Ended up that these 2 dudes were metalheads.  It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship.

We drove to the show, a 3 hour trip, and had a blast.  We met Jeanne and her mom in town for some Italian food then parked and walked to the stadium for the show.  We parked in some dude’s yard for $20 and walked about a mile.  No biggie, the weather was perfect.

We definitely had nosebleed seats.  Trey Anastasio of Phish opened up.  B O R I N G.  I was amazed at how many people left after Trey played.  Whatever.  The Stones were the Stones.  Sloppy.  Energetic.  Funny.  To be honest, I shed a tear when they hit the stage.  Lifelong dream for me to see them.

Halfway through the set, Mick stops and does introductions then says they need to take a break per the “authorities”.   We figured someone called and complained or something.  Turned out to be a bomb threat.  They cleared the floor for the first 40-50 rows and brought in bomb sniffing dogs.  No bomb.  Of course.  The big treat for me was that they played Sweet Virginia.  They NEVER play that song.

They came out and finished their set.  From what I understand we only lost 2 songs…Infamy and The Worst.  No big deal.

We decided to drive back to Norfolk that night.  It was slow getting out of there but we had a blast.  Mountain Dews, beef jerky and Doritos all around for the ride home.  It was a blast, almost as fun as the show.

Soonafter that I moved to Ghent and the Taphouse became my place.  I ended up working there as a doorman as needed and loved every moment of it.  I made some friendships there that will last forever.  I miss that place a lot and when I go to visit Virginia, it’s usually the first place I stop in.

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Setlist:

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It’s Only Rock’n Roll
  3. Shattered
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Rough Justice
  6. Ruby Tuesday
  7. Sweet Virginia !!!! with additional sing-along after the song had ended
  8. All Down the Line !!
  9. Night Time is the Right Time
    — band intros, thru Ronnie.
    Time: 9:43pm
    “We have to take a 10 minute break, according to the authorities”. Band leaves the Stadium, they bring in bomb sniffing dogs, clear out the stage people entirely, and vacate everyone in the first third of the field and the seats at the ends of Mick’s catwalks.
    Time: 10:38pm
  10. Miss You (to second stage)
  11. Oh No, Not You Again
  12. Get Off My Cloud
  13. Honky Tonk Women (from second stage)
  14. Sympathy For The devil
  15. Midnight Rambler!
  16. Paint It Black
  17. Brown Sugar
  18. Jumping Jack Flash
  19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (encore)
  20. Satisfaction (encore)

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Written by The Metal Files

July 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Lucky. I never saw The Rolling Stones live, however, I did see The Who live… I felt like I was ordained or something. You must have felt that same way to see The Stones in the real.

    In Metal – Stone

    metalodyssey

    July 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm


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