The Rolling Stones ended their 50 years of performing concerts this past Saturday night with one huge last show that was televised on pay-per-view worldwide from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Stones final five last concerts included two in London, one in Brooklyn and two in Newark, as the band wraps up their career performing onstage, although some occasional singles or albums may still yet emerge from the group before they completely fade into the sunset as one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time.
Much like The Beatles or other early British rock and pop acts, these early UK bands were often influenced by American blues or R&B covers including songs from Chuck Berry and other acts. It seemed like almost every blue-eyed British pop band wanted to do a cover version of “Money” at one time, including both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But, as The Beatles outgrew their cover song status and began to write their own material, they left most of the R&B influence well behind them. But, for The Rolling Stones, that strong R&B backbone always remained embedded in their music. It wasn’t uncommon for some major Rolling Stones concert to feature some legendary bluesman loaning a hand. Likewise, bluesmen John Mayer and Gary Clarke Jr. loaned a hand on this final concert date on the song, “Going Down”. Mick Taylor also made a guest appearance for the song, “Midnight Rambler” as well, another true blues influenced Stones’ legendary song from their vast catalog of great music they produced over the last 50 years.
Oh, did I forget to mention that both Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen also showed up to loan a hand here as well. That certainly deserves a mention as well.
A church choir even backed up, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, among other surprises in the long 2 1/2 hour long set that went through one Stones’ classic song after another. This concert read like a greatest hits list, with one great final performance after another where the band still looked in fine form despite their obvious advancing ages. Even Mick Jagger was forever entertaining as he danced through one song after another with his usual clever and amusing stage antics. He was always a great frontman for this act, both very entertaining and talented. And Keith Richards and Ron Wood are both very talented guitar players.
Whether a person paid the hefty concert ticket price or paid the hefty pay-per-view price, few would ever say that they didn’t get their money’s worth here.
The world certainly wants more Rolling Stones. This can’t be all she wrote here. This act is so good that it begs for a few more good new songs before the band really, really says sayonara.