The Rolling Stones @ Wells Fargo Center – June 18
Words: John Walsh
Photos: Brendan McDermott
“Is everybody ready? …Is everybody ready?” – a phrase often tossed around among fans of the Rolling Stones just before show time.
“Is everybody ready? …Is everybody ready?” – famously quoted as being heard among the band and their closest allies just before the lights go down and they hit the stage.
I can only imagine the thoughts and memories flying through the heads of those in the audience that have been listening to the Stones for as long as they’ve been playing – a lifelong companionship between the listener and the messenger coming to fruition in person one more time. After 50 years, it seems obvious that the main reason for the band and fans to meet one more time was out of the love and excitement that only rock and roll can conjure. Those thoughts left my mind and were replaced with the sound of exhilaration as the lights went down in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
[Photos by Brendan McDermott]
After an insightful and humorous introductory video that included interviews with what seemed to be a who’s who of celebrity Stones fans discussing their passion for the band’s music, the legendary group hit the stage just shy of 9:00 PM and slammed right into Get Off Of My Cloud. The smiles and awe were abundant – both on and off stage. Early highlights of the show included a fierce vocal solo from Lisa Fischer on Gimme Shelter, followed by one of the only slower numbers of the night, Wild Horses. Wild Horses really allowed the band to open up vocally, and the harmonies shined.