Rolling Stone's Forty Licks kicks

Oct. 14, 2002, midnight | By Amina Baird | 18 years, 3 months ago

On Friday, Oct 4, the Rolling Stones Forty Licks world tour erupted to a start. Keith Richards rocked out on guitar. Mick Jagger screamed the words to "Brown sugar," while prancing and pacing across the stage. The thousands of fans packed into FedEx field roared in unison with Jagger, jumping and whooping in delight. A gigantic big screen loomed above the stage, projecting brightly colored, high contrast images of the band.

As the band played the set began to morph. Running through their set, they touched all bases, including hits "Satisfaction", "Sympathy for the devil", "Get off of my cloud", and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a rolling stone." As the concert heated up, jets of fire shot out from atop the big screen, and animations of bare-naked beauties, tongues and lips took the place of the action shots of the band. Jagger shed his jacket for a sequined black and gold shirt and the fans yelled in approval.

The only drawback to the gigantic field was the low quality sound, which during the Stroke's excellent opening act was fine, due to simple power chords and rhythm. But when the Stones, along with brass, saxophone, and back-up singers took the stage it became hard to distinguish the band from the din of the crowd.

It seemed, however, that the audience didn't really need to hear the songs; they knew them well enough themselves. The ecstatic energy of the show was generated from the aging but thrilled faces middle-aged crowd who, turning themselves back in time, excitedly screamed and beamed through the show.

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