AFP, published on Thursday, 04 August 2022 at 00:17
Sixty years of career and still as much energy on stage: The Rolling Stones ended their European tour on Wednesday evening during the last concert in Berlin in the form of a moving show.
“This is our 118th show in Germany, and you’re still as hot as ever,” Mick Jagger told a crowd of more than 22,000 in German at the Waldbühne, a colorful open-air amphitheater nestled in the woods west of the German capital.
The legendary British group, on their 60th anniversary European tour, dedicated their last show to Charlie Watts, the original drummer who died last year, but in infectious joy.
“When we arrived in Berlin last night, we had a drink for his health. After five brandies (eau de vie), I spoke perfect German!” exclaimed the eternal singer of the 79-year-old group.
Mick Jagger, who multiplied the rocking and jumping goats to a standing ovation, was very complicit with his fellow guitarists Keith Richards, 78, and Ronnie Wood, 75.
For more than two hours without a break, the Stones played their leading titles interspersed with their latest opus, such as “Living in a Ghost Town” or “Doom and Gloom”.
The three historic musicians made the pleasure last by regularly interacting with the crowd, especially on “Missing You”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” or even “Midnight Rambler” which lasted almost 10 minutes.
Not surprisingly, the timeless “Start me Up”, “Paint It, Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and of course the grand finale in the form of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” ignited fans of all ages.
“It’s crazy what they are still able to do and the energy they emit at their age,” enthused Philippe Georgi, a 46-year-old Berliner, to AFP.
With him, his father Günther, “the same age as Mick”, did not lose his smile during the evening. “30 years ago he invited me to their concert in Munich, today it’s me,” said his son, moved.
In Berlin, the so-called “SIXTY” tour of the “grandfather of rock” ends, who this summer held 14 concerts in 10 countries, passing through Amsterdam, Milan, Brussels, Paris or Liverpool, where they have not played since then. 50 years.