Christopher was kind enough to share with us his experience of one gig, the Stones played at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.
He believes it could have been in 2006, but to my knowledge, the Well Fargo Center was played in 2013, June 18 and 21. You can see the setlists at setlist.fm or here at stonesnews.com (well, it’s a l-o-n-g page, see fot the first third when scrolling or search there for “Philadelphia #2” and “Philly gets stoned!”)
So here is what Christopher tells us about that night and the Stones. Were you there, too? Was it in 2013 or some other year? So, just comment, if you like!
I believe it was ‘06 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. The band was alternating Satisfaction and It’s Only Rock N Roll at the end of the show. It was feeling like an IORR night so of course we had our whole section in the cheap seats calling for it and we were up there but close to the stage. Close enough that we could most definitely be heard. Keith was feeling our section all night, feeding off our energy and letting us know in his way we’re appreciated.
As the night came to a close it was either IORR or Satisfaction left to play I believe as the last song of a 2 song encore. Our section must have been infectious because now more sections were screaming with us It’s Only Rock N Roll. Keith slides around the stage to our section and rips the opening riffs of IORR as we go crazy to hear it and that Keith is letting us know he’s with us, the rest of the band doesn’t stray from the replanned setlist and plays Satisfaction, totally hanging Keith and us out to dry.
Keith actually pointed to the setlist next to Charlie then to his head as almost to say my bad but we all knew what he meant. Having talked to people also at the show seated on the other side of the arena the next day the story was Keith was so wasted he played the wrong. Glad I wasn’t in their section. Keith always says he plays for the guy in the furthest away seat and he does. No matter where we’re at Keith also finds us and subtlety let’s you know he knows you there.
That connection with the audience is the absolute coolest part of the Stones, well Keith! Being on the level he’s on he’s like seeing a friend at the local bar tour after tour year after year. About 90% of an audience shows up to see a Rolling Stones concert but I’m never surprised to find that 10% of us that come to sing, dance, laugh, and party with Keith.
The next show a few days later in NY at MSG was probably the best IORR I’ve ever seen live.
Here are some pics from the Philly shows:
9 thoughts on “Keith strays from the setlist!”
Please check the review by Witz of
the January 18, 2006 show at MSG.
I was there and Keith had everyone
on stage scrambling. It happened right
in front of me and Charlie was quite
angry at Keith. Never seen Charlie
angry on stage. Hope this helps.
Hi there, Tom,
thanks for sending this in.
Could you please provide a link to that review?
Yes I wrote the story I was there Charlie was mad but Keith did it purposely because Mick was pushing his buttons the 16th and 18th.
The pictures are not from 2006.
Look at pictures from Bigger Bang tour.
Mick Taylor was not with them in 2006.
Not until 2013.
True. I looked at 2006 and there was no Wells Fargo. But in 2013 it was. That’s why I added pics from that gig (See the link to the ‘long’ page here at stonesnews.com)
It was actually the first of two Philly gigs in ’05 on Oct. 10. I called it “It’s Only Satisfaction but I like it.”
Wow it’s all coming back to me now. I was definitely at all of these shows. For some reason or at least the way I remember it, I went to Duke university which was the best show of this leg of the tour, both Philly, both Meadowlands or Giants Stadium which ever you call it, then both MSG in 06. Which was all after Boston 2 in August. I feel like this was the best the band was post Bill Wyman. I made every tour post Bill Wyman except for the 50th anniversary run in 2013 because my band opened for the Stones in Philly on the Wachovia Live warm up stage and then had a gig in Atlantic City a couple hours later. If you notice venues are starting to cash in on alcohol and food sales by building outside bars in the parking lot and pavilion areas and cracking down on tailgating. I play a lot of those sanctioned glorified tailgate events and more and more bands have the final say in which band gets the gig because it’s become the opening act. Nobody skips the tailgate party anymore to catch the opening act and spend money in the venue so the venues are moving things to the tailgate party. Which is way the Duke show was so unique because Wallace Wade stadium was about 90% full for the opening act Trey Anastasio. I’ve never scene Stones concert or any concert almost at capacity for the opening act like it was for Trey Anastasio and we all know the Stones have the best opening for them. Kanye West opened Giant Stadium I feel like nobody knew who he was at the time.
It was definitely at the arena in Philly in ‘06 but it may have been sponsored by a different company. It was followed by 2 shows in 3 nights at MSG. I did 5 in a row January 06. Plus Duke University October 05 that surprised me as probably the best concert I have ever been to period for various reasons. Just a perfect show. The weather, the band, the sound, the fans, especially the fans singing along all night. Keith backed up on the mic far more than usual for post millennium stadium shows.
I heard Keef doesn’t get wasted or messed up any longer those dayz are long passed so i don’t think he was wasted atall lol 😹😂
Oki. I heard he enjoys a lil wine or whatever he likes so yeah..
It’s only Rockin roll but I luv it 🎸🥁🎹🎷🎺🎶🎵🎼
Hoping for a Stones 60th anniversary tour 2022. Fuvk ya!! ✌ from Boston Mass