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Start me up: Stones superfan jumps as U.S. travel ban ends

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For Elisabeth Zours, todays favorite.

The Rolling Stones - Hang Fire - Official Promo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xbtlW16Gts

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And, of course Brown Sugar!

Oh, er....

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About 25 years ago I met a Japanese guy in my school who had seen the Stones 50+ times. Wonder how many shows he’s up to now

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qazwsxNov. 8  02:28 pm JST

About 25 years ago I met a Japanese guy in my school who had seen the Stones 50+ times. Wonder how many shows he’s up to now

When I first saw the Rolling Stones in 1997, this super0duper devotee I knew in college wrote to me saying, 'I am proud that everyone associates the Rolling Stones with me'. He went on to say that he caught their first two dates in Winnepeg and Canada, scalped in Columbus (where I saw them - Ohio State University), and listed more - totalling to at least 15 different cities AND seeing them for three nights in Madison Square Garden, NYC. And the letterhead had a wax Jagger 'lip-and-tongue' seal on top. That was in 1997.

OTOH, his first job after college was being a hospital porter which ironically is what Mick Jagger did before the Stones got famous (!). Since then I've seen the Rolling Stones once more, same stadium in 2015.

Wonder how many shows he’s up to now

And I wonder the same way about this. Also in 2015 during RUSH's last tour, I met a man who saw RUSH over 2000 times and he had the first (and a space for the final date) stiched in his denim jacket back with a removable velcro 'counting number' patch. Over 2000 times from Toronto, Canada in 1974 to **** in 2015.

Now that's true devotion!

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Not a big fan of the Stones but they did write quite a few good hits. “Start me up” a true classic. Great Tele Intro followed by a grooving Bassline that’s played in a simple 4x4 b-flat, nothing fancy or deeply intricate other phenomenal bass players like Vitor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius would play but still tight in the pocket, used to love playing this as a kid back in high school when it came out. Great memories.

https://youtu.be/9TwLB9CnsRc

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bass4funkNov. 9  06:06 pm JST

Start me up” a true classic. Great Tele Intro followed by a grooving Bassline that’s played in a simple 4x4 b-flat, nothing fancy or deeply intricate other phenomenal bass players like Vitor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius would play but still tight in the pocket, used to love playing this as a kid back in high school when it came out. Great memories.

And don't forget Mick's cocky snarl. The whole album features the best of what they can do. 'Slave' features some cool falsetto and stream-of-conscience nonsence lyrics by Mick with Sonny Rollins on killer sax. 'Hang Fire' and 'Neighbors' start off with cymbal clashes and drum slams, then Mick snarls in his cocky demeanor and it's irresistable to the max. Even thought Keith sings lead on 'Little T & A' the sneering bkg vocals by Mick decorate that whole Chuck Berryesque song. The second side has its highlights too, 'Heaven' is an experimental synth delight and 'Waiting On a Friend' is an excellent ballad I remember fondly from the long cold harsh winter of 1981 - 1982. I was a teenager and radio was GOOD. And the songs all stand up today. Can we say that about Air Supply or ONJ's 'Physical'?

And then a roc-doc movie about the resulting tour was released in the cinemas in 1983 and I saw it. When I finally saw the Stones for the first time in 1997 they had done so much more yet the 'Start Me Up' intro always gets the crowd roaring in applause, cuz it 'starts them up' guaranteed. It's iconic, easily recognizable. It mentally makes me 15 again. A true anthem.

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