When Legends Gather #54
Keith Moon, Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger, on the set of Rock and Roll Circus (1968)
This weekend I'm trucking to Moncton, N.B. to cover the Rolling Stones' 'A Bigger Bang' concert stop in Atlantic Canada, the band's first venture to this neck of the woods, if you don't count a quick visit Jagger made to Halifax two decades ago to slap an injunction on Cape Breton resident and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design guest instructor Robert Frank for an unauthorized screening of Cocksucker Blues.
I saw the Stones 15 years ago, on the 'Steel Wheels' tour, and even then the past-their-prime feeling was palpable, so I can only imagine what kind of vibe I'll get in the middle of an outdoor natural amphitheatre (first used for a visit by Pope John Paul II) full of 90,000 people. I've heard they're throwing in some R&B stuff into their shows, including a Ray Charles tribute, so maybe I'll hold off with the pre-judging. Right now I'm just listening to 12X5 and trying to fight back an ever-increasing feeling of dread.
I'll cut them some slack if they do 'Connection' or 'Live With Me', but I'm not getting my hopes up.