Two days before tourstart, the band rehearses on stage at the venue.
The Stones stick to their usual habits. They rehearse weeks before at some secret place and then, just some days before the opening night, they play the new stage which has just been set up. Before this, it’s just sound checks; the gear is unpacked and run through all possible tests you can think of. This is mostly done by the road crew and their personal technicans, checking the guitars, bass, drums and keyboard settings. Then the band takes a visit and first soundchecks are done. During this, at some point, the lightshow and pyros are given a run-through, usually in the evening.
Then, shortly before the opening night, they usually do a run-through a complete show, the dress rehearsal. Like, playing a full set like those they will play on the actual tourdates. And today, we got the list of those songs, they played in Madrid – all in all they played 19 songs and you can see the list below. Now, as this could be some sort of a spoiler to some folks, you can choose whether to see the list or not. Just hit the “Read More” link if you want to know, which songs they played. Otherwise, leave it alone… 😉
As for the new stage, at a first look, it appears to be smaller than the one they used on the No Filter Tour.
It has one big screen in the middle and two extra screens on both sides.
Enjoy the video below: it’s a still of the stage and you hear the band rehearsing “Mother’s Little Helper“. The sound, I believe, came from an Instagram post by eugenistrummer, I believe and the picture of the stage came from rogerriffin [IORR]
Then, the band posted some pics from the backstage area today:
Keith was kind enough to share some of the opening notes of HTW with us.
He plays that intro with his precious 1953 Fender Tele. It’s tuned to open G and has only 5 strings (the lower E is skipped). Even from that short piece you can tell what a warm and genuine sound this guitar has. Only added is a little distortion and there you are.
I wonder, if that was filmed from the Madrid stage already… they should do rehearsals on the new stage there these days!
The Rolling Stones are in Amsterdam for rehearsals.
They will go through a lot of songs, as they always do. When the tour starts, in the end, they will play a number of songs they have to play because the huge majority of the folks in the stadium as well as the press would be very disappointed.
Sure enough, usually, some slightly lesser well known songs will be strewn in at every show in order to give it a special taste but also in order to keep the band sort of entertained… 😉
Standing in front of Rembrandt van Rijn’s ‘Jewish Bride’ we see Ronnie and Keith visiting the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, yesterday.
Of course, this is a special visit for Ronnie as an artist. But Keith does sketches, too. However, it’s very nice to see both of them well and enjoying culture! Go to this article of ad.nl and have a look at thos 2 nice pictures, showing Keith and Ronnie together with the director of the Rijksmuseum, Erik van Ginkel and on the second picture, with an employee of the Rijksmuseum – obviously a happy fan…
As fot the short text in Dutch, Google renders:
The Rolling Stones appear in Rijksmuseum: ‘What an honour’ They will only be in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam next month, but The Rolling Stones couldn’t wait to visit the Netherlands. Keith Richards and Ron Wood even paid a visit to the Rijksmuseum, much to the delight of business director Erik van Ginkel.
Erik van Ginkel stands between Keith Richards and Ron Wood with a big smile on his face. The director of the Rijksmuseum did not meet them spontaneously; the world famous men decided to visit his museum to soak up some culture.
As you can see from the previous post about the El Mocambo, we have to wait until Friday, May 13 for the official release of the the full set from the March 5 1977 show and three bonus tracks from the March 4 1977 show.
Now, the band has released 2 more tracks we can digest before the official release: ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Hot Stuff’ – both recorded at the pair of secret gigs at the 300-capacity El Mocambo venue, Toronto, Canada in March 1977.