The Rio show features a scorching cover of "The Night Time is the Right Time," a song made famous by Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show. While backup singer Lisa Fischer is no Rudy, she and Mick Jagger tear up the stage. The band storms through "Miss You," with a million voices ready to help Jagger hit the high notes and "Get Off My Cloud" is again played. Jagger's vocal isn't as energetic as it was in Austin but the band is more vibrant and the song again sounds great.
Disc 3 features abbreviated sets from other exotic locations. The Argentinean crowd's enthusiasm nearly upstages the band in Buenos Aires. Stops in Japan as well as the band's first trip to China are also excerpted. Disc 4 features a few more songs and some interview footage with Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts. Watts' interview might be the longest of the reclusive drummer's career.
As great as this set is, there are flaws. The Austin and Rio de Janeiro shows are billed as full-length concerts, but that is a misnomer. Apparently, there is a difference between "full length" and "complete." There are a lot of fans who crave complete, single-show performances and a 4-DVD set has enough space to provide this and still have plenty of room for bonus footage. The other flaw is that The Biggest Bang is available only at Best Buy. These exclusive marketing deals are part of the reason critics think of the Stones more as a corporate partnership than a band.
Neither of these flaws should dissuade fans from buying this box set. Critics bet against them every time, but A Bigger Bang and The Biggest Bang are undeniable proof The Rolling Stones can and should continue.