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"Some Girls" Live in Texas Print E-mail
Written by BARRY BRECHEISEN   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
It’s not hard to find a live concert of the Rolling Stones online from almost any era of their career. In fact, they’ve even released enough of them officially. If your taste is Exile on Main Street try Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones from their North American tour in 74’. If you are part of the MTV generation maybe try 81’ and catch Let's Spend the Night Together. One of my first glimpses of the Stones, aside from seeing them live, was at the IMAX larger than life with the Stones at the Max in 92’.

“The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas ’78”


Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts

Let’s face it, Mick and the boys have always been good about capturing life on the road. Although sometimes it takes a while, if not decades, for the footage to show up. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus from 1968 didn’t see the light of day until 96’ and Cocksucker Blues is still collecting dust somewhere in the Stones archives. So it’s not surprising to find a show from the Some Girls era finally getting its day. Rolling Stones live in Fort Worth, Texas on their Some Girls tour in 1978 is a moment in time during a classic Stones period. It’s also one of those shows that have been heavily bootlegged through the years - hell I have a copy of it in my iTunes right now.

So it was nice to hear they were finally going to give the show a proper release. With the success of the deluxe edition of Exile on Main Street last year, the Some Girls album is also getting the same deluxe treatment. However, they are stepping it up with a live concert along with even more outtakes than the Exile release.

If you were paying attention, or lucky enough to be invited, you may have taken advantage or had the opportunity to see the live concert on the big screen. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas ’78 premiered on the big screen all over the country, with a recently filmed interview of Mick Jagger as the opening act. Although almost seeming out of place in the theater, the interview is a very simple production that gives you a feel for the man and not the rock star. Mick candidly talks about the Some Girls album and the tour. “Humbly,” he praises the album and feels the songs still hold up today. On the artwork, Mick discusses the many issues they encountered including copyright problems to the fun in the final ladies catalog design. On the film it’s self, Mick talks about it being a different time period and how ones need to mix up theater shows and arena shows - how you need to attack them in different ways and how it keeps touring from getting mundane. Mick also comments that it’s the new tunes and their performance that is catching his eyes the most. Since the band is still getting comfortable with them live. Tunes Like “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden” that would soon be live staples for tours to come.

“We love being in Texas. If the band’s a little bit lacking in energy tonight, it’s because we spent it all last night fuckin’,” Mick proclaims half way into the show. If that’s true and well it’s the Rolling Stones, so yes, it doesn’t show. At this point, the Stones have been a band for almost one and a half decades, a few changes in guitarists (Brian Jones for Mick Taylor to Ronnie Wood) but a seasonal band in 1978. The stage is shockingly simple with no frills unlike future tours. Keith has his ballet like guitar playing flourishes, yet Mick still seems to be working on his signature Jagger swagger. Ronnie chain smokes relentlessly as Wyman and Watts hide in the shadows. The set list plays like a greatest hits tour includes “Honky Tonk Women,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Happy” and “Brown Sugar” to name just a few.

Mick playing, or more often holding, a guitar isn’t unusual as much as him on keyboards with an equally unusual appearance of a violin (performance provided by Doug Kershaw) during “Faraway Eyes.” Mick delivers an awesome and expressive performance of “Love in Vain” as Ronnie kills on the slide guitar. During “Tumbling Dice” Mick feels frisky and grabs for Ronnie’s crotch. Throughout the show Mick seems to have fun messing with Ronnie and you get the feeling that if he tried the same thing to Keith he would probably knock Mick out. During “Happy” Keith takes the appropriate lead as Mick takes control of most of the chorus and the result is fast, raw and urgent. The band seems revved up and the crowd is eating it all up.

The Rolling Stones have proven time and time again they are an amazing live band. If you need proof, then pick up the Some Girls deluxe edition or alone on Blu-ray on November 21st and see for yourself with The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas’78.

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