"Do ya like the new songs?" he almost pleaded of the throng.
"We love them, Mick!"
"We love you!"
Maybe Mick was reminded of his quote from the '70s, "Sometimes I prefer being on stage, sometimes I prefer orgasm." That night, I'm pretty sure the stage won.
In the 1990s, the band took in a staggering $750 million from three tours. When I watched them live from Madison Square Garden on HBO early last year my eyes confirmed that these craggy, gaunt guys are about 60 years old, but when the cameras pulled back 30 years melted away and the magic was real and grew in intensity as the night wore on.
What a great show! The Stones are a better band live now than they were in the '70s when their lives, bodies, and minds were a quagmire of sex, drugs and alcohol. Age has focused them, yet taken away very little of their maniacal energy, and Keith Richards is still the greatest rhythm guitarist who ever lived.
Long live rock 'n' roll - long live the Rolling Stones!
Ireland's U2 is the most important and influential band of the post-punk era, joining ringing guitar rock, punkish independence, Celtic spirituality, innovative production techniques, and electronic experimentalism - all held together by singer/lyricist Bono's transcendent vision and charisma.
U2 — Bono (Paul Hewson), guitarist the Edge (Dave Evans), bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen — formed in Dublin in 1976 as a Beatles and Stones cover band while the players were all still in high school. In 1980 they were signed to Island Records and released their spectacular first album, "Boy," produced by Steve Lillywhite.
The band's sparkling, radiant sound jumped from the grooves from the first note of “I Will Follow” and rode Mullen’s massive drums and the Edge’s angular, careening guitar into history. Neither "Boy" nor its follow-up "October" (with the glorious "Gloria") tore up the charts at the time (though both are now platinum), but "War" — passionate, martial “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” melodic wailing “New Year’s Day,” and the fierce, new wavy love song “Two Hearts Beat As One” — turned U2 into a worldwide phenomenon in ‘83.
In preparation for '84's "The Unforgettable Fire," producer Brian Eno had a long conversation with Bono, as he later told Q Magazine. "I said, 'Look, if I work with you, I will want to change lots of things you do, because I'm not interested in records as a document of a rock band playing on stage, I'm more interested in painting pictures. I want to create a landscape within which this music happens.' And Bono said, 'Exactly, that's what we want too.'"