The Rolling Stones - From The Vault - Live At The Tokyo Dome (2015)
Blu-Ray: MPEG-4 AVC Video, 32875 kbps, 1080i, 29.970 fps, 16:9, High Profile 4.1
LPCM Audio 2.0, 96 kHz, 4608 kbps, 24-bit
DTS-HD MA 5.1, 96 kHz, 13014 kbps, 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1, 48 kHz, 1509 kbps, 24-bit)
Rock | Eagle Vision | Scans Included | 2:16:49 | ~ 46.22 Gb
Continuing the very successful From The Vault series of classic, previously unreleased Rolling Stones live shows this release is taken from their performance at the Tokyo Dome in 1990, one of ten shows from the 14th to the 27th February at the venue which were the culmination of the Steel Wheels World Tour. These were the first concerts The Rolling Stones ever performed in Japan, their previous attempt to tour there in the early seventies having fallen through...
It was the last day of August 1989, the massive Steel Wheels Tour started up at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, and it was the Rolling Stones first gig, barring a club warm-up show a couple of weeks earlier, since they played Roundhay Park in Leeds in July 1982. Between the Leeds show and their first American gig of 1989, it was by far the longest gap between gigs during what had been, to this point, a career lasting 27 years. By the time the American leg of the tour wrapped up in New Jersey, at Atlantic City's Convention Center, 5 days before Christmas, the Stones had played to over 3 million people. It was some comeback...
Less than two months later, on Valentine's Day 1990, The Rolling Stones were ushered on stage to the strains of ‘Continental Drift', a track from their latest album, cheered by 55,000 expectant fans in the massive Tokyo Dome. The anticipation, from the Japanese audience, starved of the chance of seeing a band they loved, was huge and over half a million people snapped up the tickets, costing 10,000 Yen a piece, for their ten night run, just as soon as they went on sale.
Everything about the Steel Wheels Tour was massive. The set was huge, created by Mark Fisher, who, along with Mick and Charlie, came with an ‘apocalyptic vision' of urban decay. The vast set was, to this point in time, the largest touring stage ever built; during their tour of North America it took 80 trucks to move it from city to city and a crew of 200 people to build it, along with 150 ‘hired hands' at each location.
Patrick Woodroffe's lighting was central to the success of the set and as can be seen from this film its this, along with the band's new found theatricality, that helped in taking things to a whole new level for a Rolling Stones tour.
Of course none of this would matter if the music could not match the set - fact is the Stones were on fire in Tokyo. Road-honed by nearly four months of touring America, these Japanese concerts were brilliant. Their version of ‘2000 Light Years From Home' that segues into ‘Sympathy For The Devil' has to be one of the greatest ever performances on film by the band... and let's face it there have been a few! Mick's strutting, menacing presence, is matched by Keith's guitar, that's all attack and swagger - it redefines intense.
Throughout the set, the addition of Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler and Cindy Mizelle - their three new backing singers - give the whole show added depth, along with a dash of panache. They bring soul and sass to the whole thing. Just wait until you hear Cindy Mizelle on ‘Gimme Shelter'; she and Mick produce the kind of kinetics that are the envy of every, and any, touring band.
The clue of course is in the naming of this tour - it was staged in support of the band's 19th UK and 21st American studio album. Among the twenty-three tracks that they perform in Tokyo, five come from the ‘Steel Wheels' album and they are a reminder of what a very good album it is. The standouts are ‘Mixed Emotions', which got to No.5 in the US Hot 100 and the brilliant, ‘Almost Hear You Sigh' that features some blistering lead guitar from Keith. Featuring nine American and British No.1 singles during their set, it reaches right back to their earliest days with ‘Ruby Tuesday' and ‘Paint It Black' (like you've never heard it before), through the triumvirate of landmark singles - ‘Jumpin' Jack Flash', ‘Honky Tonk Women' and ‘Brown Sugar'. There's some 70s classics in ‘Tumbling Dice', ‘Miss You' and ‘It's Only Rock 'N Roll'; the latter including some great piano work from new keyboard player, Matt Clifford, reminding us that this was the first tour that the band had ever undertaken without Ian Stewart, who passed away in 1985.
The set draws to its climax with ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', and aside from Mick's singing and cheerleading, the tightness of the band, with Bill and Charlie rock solid as usual, there are The Uptown Horns and long time tenor sax player, Bobby Keys providing further proof of why this band has never had another that even runs them a close second as a live act. They finished every night with, ‘Jumpin' Jack Flash' as their encore, and it's another reminder of how Ronnie Wood is such very underrated guitarist.
I've witnessed many Rolling Stones concerts, going way back to the 1960s, and watched every one that has ever been released on video or DVD, and this celebration of their ten nights in Tokyo is up there at the very top of the list of great performances. In years to come, when people ask, "So, were they really the greatest rock and roll band in the world." The answer will be simple, "Just watch the film of their Tokyo Dome performances; it'll tell you everything you need to know."
01. Continental Drift
02. Start Me Up Bitch
03. Sad Sad Sad
04. The Harlem Shuffle
05. Tumbling Dice
06. Miss You
07. Ruby Tuesday
08. Almost Hear You Sigh
09. Rock And A Hard Place
10. Mixed Emotions
11. Honky Tonk Women
12. Midnight Rambler
13. You Can't Always Get What You Want
14. Can't Be Seen
16. Paint It Black
17. 2000 Light Years From Horn
18. Sympathy For The Devil
19. Gimme Shelter
20. It's Only Rock‘N Roll
21. Brown Sugar
22. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
23. Jumpin' Jack Flash
Mick Jagger: Vocals, Guitar
Keith Richards: Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Watts: Drums
Ronnie Wood: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bill Wyman: Bass Guitar
Lisa Fischer: Backing Vocals
Bernard Fowler: Backing Vocals, Percussion
Cindy Mizelle: Backing Vocals
Chuck Leavell: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Matt Clifford: Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Percussion, French Horn
Bobby Keys: Saxophone
The Uptown Horns: Crispin Cioe, Paul Litteral, Arno Hecht, Bob Funks