Setlist
Brown Sugar
Start Me Up
It's Only Rock'n Roll
Don't Stop
Wild Horses
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Monkey Man
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Tumbling Dice
--- Introductions
Slipping Away (Keith)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
Sympathy For The Devil
Gimme Shelter
You Got Me Rocking
Street Fighting Man
Honky Tonk Women
Satisfaction
Jumping Jack Flash (encore)

SHIDOOBEEans in attendance
NJLSTONES
Rock and Roll Bruce
schmollerfuchs
manni
Sunoko
Wilfred
Stephen
Christijanus
Childofthemoon
Giovi
MononoM
JJFlash30

Reviews

From Rock and Roll Bruce
Firstly, I'm not even sure where to start, so this is what is in my mind first. I would like to thank all of those that I had the sweet chance to meet here in Hong Kong. I would also like to thank our Doug, as he is the reason why I had the chance to meet so many great Shidoobeeans. I would also like to thank all of "you" for your sweet comments, and inspiration, and don't worry we will meet one day as there is no moss on me yet. Okay, on with my report.......................................... (I hope ya like it)!

On Saturday night I went to Ron Wood's art show. I purchased one piece, this should be delivered later today. You can see by the photo's I met many, and had a good laugh with all. I was able to get in a few questions at Ron, I mainly talked about Rod Stewart. Ron liked this type of a discussion as I was not trying to be personal about him. Ron is going on tour with Rod, I think in February 2004. I talked mainly about instruments, and what songs he likes to play when with Rod. Magic, just magic. Ron has very small hands by the way.

Sunday morning the day of the show, I was up early again. I was in full preparation to meet up with my Shidoobee mates, and offer any help I could to them. I had nothing to eat in 48 hours, just no time for silly things, so my wife Peggie and I went to the Grand Hyatt for some breakfast at 3:00pm. I was sitting there enjoying my eggs benny, and at a table just ever so slightly behind me, Blondie sat down. This is where I took that photo, and he was so nice, asking me many questions. We talked about many things, jewelry and music. Now I'm starting to get real excited, can you feel me, can you feel it?

Firstly again I would like to share something special with you, and very special to me. My wife Peggie a local Hong Kong girl, has been listening to me play the Stones right from during our marriage ceremony, and from the day we were married to now. She has had to get interested in the music of the Stones with out any options. Many of the songs that I have played over the years started to grow on her. She always told me that she likes the Stones music, but why is my passion so great when a Stones song is played. She said that she could not understand why, just why? At the concert on Sunday night, the first ever concert Peggie attended in her life, she turned to me with tears running down her cheeks, she said to me that she " I now understand why ", she kissed me with a kiss that was the best kiss she had ever given me. She turned back to Mick standing not more than eight feet infront of us and threw her arms in the air! Peggie is now one of us. Thank-you for letting me share this sweet Stones moment with you, ROCK AND ROLL!

The Rolling Stones November 09, 2003 Hong Kong

Brown Sugar
Start Me Up
It's Only Rock'n Roll
Don't Stop
Wild Horses
You Can't Always Get What You Want
Monkey Man
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Tumbling Dice

( Introductions)

Slipping Away (Keith)
Before They Make Me Run (Keith)
Sympathy For The Devil
Gimme Shelter
You Got Me Rocking
Street Fighting Man
Honky Tonk Women
Satisfaction

Jumping Jack Flash (encore)


The concert was as powerful and with as much energy, as Friday night. Mick at one point told us that this was there last show of their Licks tour, and that it was the 117th show of the tour. The Sunday night concert had all moving much more around the stage. Lots of jumping, running, grinding, and screams. Highlights for me was a Stones moment with Peggie. Along with, Monkey Man, Midnight Rambler, and You Got Me Rocking. I had clear eye contact with Lisa (Blew me a kiss), Blondie (thumbs up), Charlie (Smile and a nod), Ron (pointed his guitar at me, and smiled), Mick (Once in front of us he pointed in the air, and brought his arm down and pointed at me, with a nod. When he turned away, I cried), and Keef (Keef standing in front of us, touched his fist to his chest and held his fist to me, then with direct eye contact, and grin and a nod) . Mick was in clear control of the night, but never smiled once during the show. He was very deep into his rock and roll. Several times Mick positioned people to move to a point on the stage, keeping a song going longer by using his hand behind his back to signal Charlie, he signaled Ron many times to keep it going. Mick is a perfectionist, and he clearly would not accept anything less than some ones better than their best. Ron and Keef clearly were having a great time, many times rocken side by side. They gave it all they had, you know what I mean.

Much the same instruments as they had on Friday, with the exception being on additional guitar for Ron. Sorry Kath, Charlie did not throw his sticks into the crowd. Another high point was when Ron threw his guitar pick at me. He gave me a nod, and a smile when I screamed "ROCK AND ROLL RON" !

Please check back here again, as I'm sure that I will add some more as I did in my last report. Thank-you Doug, Shidoobeeans, and to my wife Peggie. I hope that you can feel the Rock and Roll we felt. It was magic, electric, full of mantra. Yes I did leave my body again during the song of Midnight Rambler. Many who I knew were at the show came over to me to say hi, and many who did not know me came up to me after the show and said to me that I sure know how to rock and roll. They thanked me, and that was sweet. I said "SHIDOOBEE"!

With my arms raised in the air, thumbs up, with a great respect to you, I'm screaming " ROCK AND ROLL " right at you!

I'm going to rock today, will you?

Rock and Roll Bruce

P.S. Doug, Blondie asked me to ask you to please send to him 5 or 6 Shidoobee T-shirts through his LA office. May I please also ask for one in Rock and Roll XXL large. I will trade ya back a Hong Kong Rock and Roll Shidoobee gift pack.
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By DARYL GOH

THESE days, the green light from the World Health Organisation isnt quite enough to convince the tourist masses that a particular country is SARS-free. If you want to bring back the hordes, just ask the Rolling Stones to come over and play a couple of high-profile shows the seal of approval from the worlds greatest rock n roll band seems to bear weight in some places and the good word from these bad (old) boys travels a long way. The SARS benefit concert that the Rolling Stones put on in Toronto in July renewed tourist confidence towards Canada, and last weekend, Hong Kong was the next recipient of the healing rock n roll hands of Mick Jagger and his merry men as the Rolling Stones landed for two concerts to wrap up the Harbour Festival in grand fashion.

The Harbour Festival, endorsed by the HK government, needed a prestige act to bring the curtains down for the three-week long festival and there was none more qualified than the Rolling Stones. It was also the bands first appearance on Chinese soil.

There was a price to pay to get the band to turn up after winding down a four-month Licks tour of Europe. But Hong Kong needed the Stones more than the reverse. The organisers relented to the over-the-odds fees and the saga of the bands on/off appearance at the festival seemed highly irrelevant when concert contracts were sealed two weeks before the actual gigs.

Judging from last Fridays sold-out showing, it was worth the hassle to bring the Stones over to Hong Kong as Jagger and company lit up the outdoor stage at the Tamar Site. It was all textbook strutting and the classics rolled out on cue.

These gigs also made up for the bands cancellations in Hong Kong in March, and the masses were definitely hungry for the greatest rock n roll show on earth a cliche that has somehow become a massive selling point around the world. A fair number of mainland China fans from Shanghai and Beijing were also on the terraces as Mandarin and Cantonese mingled for the moment.

By merely walking on stage, the Rolling Stones, now at an unstoppable 40 years of touring, had the entire audience on their feet and by the time early favourites Brown Sugar and Start Me Up tore into the night, you knew these blokes were the business.

The Rolling Stones unleashing their textbook strutting and classics during the Harbour Festival in Hong Kong.
When the lights go down, theres only one thing to remember the Rolling Stones are in complete control. Unlike the Neil Young concert the previous night, security was also extremely tight for the evening with the Stones. There were some prominent names in the crowd as former US president Bill Clinton and HK chief executive Tung Che-Hwa sat in the VIP arena.

Discussions on public policy and economic recovery were matters left for later. It was pure rock n roll capitalism for Friday night and the Stones had the tunes to party. The first 30 minutes were an immediate buzz as the livewire Jagger, 60, strutted out all about the stage and went all down the line with crowd-pleasers like Its Only Rock n Roll, Paint It Black right up to the emotional rescue of Angie and You Cant Always Get What You Want that went down favourably with the 13,000-strong crowd.

Some have said that if youve seen one Rolling Stones show, youve seen them all. Arguably, the sets might be predictable but these lads, despite a few flat moments in between, are far from coasting it. No matter how many times you hear pivotal cuts like Sympathy For The Devil, Gimme Shelter or (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction, theres just something absolutely electric crackling between Jagger and his ol mates guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts that seem to unleash the energy and swagger of true rock n roll blue bloods.

Most of the crunch and twang of the years remains intact. You might get Neptunes and Fatboy Slim tinkering with Sympathy For The Devil in recent months, but the original flavour, hip-shaking maracas and all, is very much in demand and it deservedly drew the cheers.

And nobody can quite wear a satin green shirt and play a pink Telecaster and still look very rock n roll like Keith Richards. Ol Keef is the real deal and how can we ever not fall for the loose-limbed infectiousness of Tumbling Dice over and over. Hong Kong witnessed the rhythmic grooves, sang all the slurred verses and soaked the carnival that is the Rolling Stones live.

The nation wanted to spend the night together with these boys, and it did it with enthusiasm. The highpoint of the concert was the (very) stretched out jam on Cant You Hear Me Knocking, from the classic Sticky Fingers, that put Woods riffs under the strobe lights while saxophonist Bobby Keys gladly proved that Bill Clinton wasnt needed on stage for any rollickin horn support.

The fiery Street Fighting Man, a Vietnam-era throwback turned protest favourite, hasnt lost its edge in these times. It might be a little meaningless in some countries, but there was some special resonance for Street Fighting Man here as half a million HK citizens did take to the streets earlier this year to protest government policy and the territorys anti-subversion law.

For all his ringmaster skills, the main man on stage was in his element. Jagger, who isnt left out on current affairs, acknowledges the applause and with a wink, a wiggle and some halting Cantonese, gladly offered a knowing grin on the big screen.

Even if there were some loose stitches in this globetrotting bag of greatest hits, the Rolling Stones always have had the capacity to fix a frayed end. It got steamed up in a jiffy and just the right amount of local knowledge was needed to impress fans as some Temple Street sleaze was brought out on Honky Tonk Woman, before the band launched into the immortal Satisfaction and saved the best for last as Jumpin Jack Flash made the crowd go bananas in the encore. For 19 tunes and nearly two hours, the Stones struck a chord in this former colonial town. It was reinvigorating old school moments like these that flew into the face of critics who insist that the Rolling Stones have lost it. Not any time soon, bud.

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Stones just the tonic for Hong Kong

By CNN's Craig Francis

HONG KONG, China (CNN) --With Hong Kong's economy still licking its wounds in the aftermath of SARS, it was only appropriate the healing hands of the Rolling Stones should wind up their mammoth Licks world tour in the city.

Having already performed their special brand of surgery on Toronto's sick and sorry SARS-addled international image, the Stones ran their healing hands over Hong Kong in two sell-out shows to close the city's controversial, but thoroughly enjoyable, Harbourfest.

The Rolling Stones delivered to the Hong Kong crowd of 13,000 the staple Stones experience, track after track of riff-driven classics in a set honed almost, but not quite, to the point of clinical.

In wrapping up their 117-show world tour on Sunday night, the sexagenarians could be excused for seeking some medical assistance of their own. But after 40 years of touring, it was the first time the lads had strutted their stuff on Chinese soil and no-one was going to leave unimpressed.

The crowd was instantly on its feet for the opening salvo of Brown Sugar, Start Me Up and It's Only Rock And Roll.

Don't Stop, recorded in 2002, was then introduced by Jagger -- one of the few tracks that needed any introduction -- and probably came too early in the set to afford anyone the luxury of a toilet break.

By now it was clear Sunday's Hong Kong finale was going to be little different from Friday's opener, with Jagger pouting, posturing and pounding his way across the stage, with Ronnie Wood stealing the thunder from the rock god template and caricature that is Keith Richards.

As Richards lurked in the back keeping company with Charlie Watts' drum kit, Wood and Jagger exuded all the chemistry that has kept the world's biggest rock and roll circus going all these years. Although just when lime green midriff shirts assumed the status of rock and roll attire is best left for Ronnie to explain.

Some chunky horn section work, including a smooth trombone intro to You Can't Always Get What You Want, added depth to the repertoire, while the languid and tender numbers such as Wild Horses and Miss You gave the crowd's feet a collective rest but were lapped up nonetheless.

But the crowd -- even a well-behaved, well-heeled band of Western expatriates and the relatively restrained local Cantonese and visiting Mandarin mainlanders -- were here to rock out.

No matter how many times you may have heard pivotal tracks like Sympathy for the Devil and this writer's evening highlight, Gimme Shelter, the unleashing of a live version, especially in such a diminutive setting, is electrifying.

Despite the rampant ageism of the music press, the simple fact is that few bands in the world are as musically tight as this lot -- they pretty much dwarf the opposition.

The packed house at the specially-constructed outdoor venue wedged between Hong Kong's harbor and towering skyscrapers ate it up, albeit in their own refrained, foot-tapping way. The irritatingly pedantic security guards constantly clearing of the aisles certainly didn't help matters.

Jagger is a man who has seen some pretty mental crowd scenes in his lifetime of gigging, so his integrity was open to speculation when he told the crowd, "Yeah, you are really rocking tonight." Did he mean it? Was there a hint of sarcasm in there? Or did the same line at the earlier show suggest it was part of the well-rehearsed script?

It didn't really matter.

A stellar rip through Midnight Rambler, Keef's groove on Tumbling Dice and Satisfaction and some vintage indulgent soloing on Can't You Hear Me Knocking left no doubt cruise control was not a feature on the live model of the Stones.

Unlike his guitar work, Richards' singing is something you either love, well ... kinda don't mind or hate. His mid-gig stint on the mike was the only time the crowd's adoration waned.

But by Honky Tonk Woman (and accompanying semi-pornographic cartoon on the big screen) and the final chords of Jumpin' Jack Flash, a city so often deprived of world class live rock had been cured of its ills.

As for the Stones themselves, any suggestion these old trojans would be in need of some medical recuperation after such a lengthy tour are dismissed.

The man whose skin looks like it needs a good iron proves the band really do just love the crowds and the commercial and artistic juggernaut that is the Stones roadshow.

Richards has suggested the band may be fired up and fit enough to take the tour cycle into 2004, envisaging limited touring for two or three months.

"It's strictly a feeling I have," Richards said. "We won't go totally fallow. Everyone's moaning, 'Oh, my back!' but I don't think they want to let it all drop. It's easier to keep the machine well-oiled. That's my prophecy."

Roll on.
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