Clips & Pix: The Rolling Stones/She’s A Rainbow

Yesterday, ticket pre-sales started for the 2019 U.S. leg of The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour. The tour kicked off in Europe last September and October and resumed in May 2018 before coming to its conclusion in July. Altogether, it included 25 gigs. The above clip of She’s A Rainbow was captured during a show in Berlin on June 22. I’ve always dug this tune, which the Stones first recorded for Their Satanic Majesties Request, their sixth British and eighth American studio album. They actually played the song, based on an online fan vote. BTW, that’s the great Chuck Leavell on the lovely piano!

Recently, Mick Jagger talked to the Los Angeles Times about the 2019 U.S. leg. “The stage design will be somewhat the same,” he noted, “but I don’t know about the set list. We haven’t gotten around to that yet.” Commenting more generally on how the Stones decide on a setlist, Jagger said, “You try and go into the back catalog and you always want to find unusual stuff, but sometimes it doesn’t sound right…Then sometimes you find something that really works that you never thought you’d do. We started doing ‘She’s a Rainbow’ [at two shows in June] and found that people really like it, and they really requested us to do it. We find that sort of song goes down really well.”

Whether She’s A Rainbow will become part of the setlist for the U.S. tour leg remains to be seen – I hope it will! Meanwhile, Keith Richards just told Rolling Stone “Maybe this will be the last one.” While at age 74 and after playing with The Rolling Stones for some 57 years he could be forgiven for calling it quits, frankly, I don’t buy it. Richards simply doesn’t strike me as the type of person who would retire, unless it would be for a serious health reason. Perhaps he meant this could be the last time the Stones play big stadiums…I don’t know, oh no!

What’s clear is that according to the current tour schedule, the opening U.S. gig will be on April 20 in Miami. At this time, 15 shows have been booked. Some of the other dates include Houston (April 28), Seattle (May 22), Washington, D.C. (May 31), Philadelphia (June 4), Foxborough, Mass. (June 8) and East Rutherford, N.J. (June 13 and 17). Undoubtedly, more gigs will be announced. I already got my ticket for June 13. Hey, you never know, maybe this will be the Stones’ last tour after all, and I’ve really wanted to see them one more time!

Sources: Wikipedia, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stones website, YouTube

5 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Rolling Stones/She’s A Rainbow”

  1. I’ve always hoped the Stones would do some non-arena / stadium shows. A run of nights in a smaller venue… kinda like when they did Stripped. Connect with the fans in a completely different way, y’know?

    But yeah, like you, I can’t imagine Keef means he might retire. Possibly thinking about their ages and the demands of such a tour? He’s always gonna want to make music… maybe just change up how it’s delivered to folk.

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  2. Sonny Boy and I are headed to Foxborough for this one. My fourth Stones, his first. I like bringing him to these shows. He likes Classic Rock and gets a kick out of knowing how seminal these bands are to musical history. When we saw The Who, I said, “Do you realize that at least a couple of these guys were playing at small clubs in London in the early Sixties?” Blew his mind.

    Fun fact – John Paul Jones arranged the strings on the studio version. Other fact -one of my least favorite Stones songs of all time. Just doesn’t do it for me.

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    1. That’s great. This is only the second time I’m going to see The Stones, so I really didn’t want to miss the opportunity!

      The thought one needs to buy these tickets more than six months out is kind of crazy. Here’s to hoping they’ll all be still well by then.

      I’m particularly worried about Charlie Watts who is really starting to look pretty fragile. He’ll be 78 by show time!

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