Bridges To Babylon 1998

Filmed live in St. Louis, Missouri, 12.12.97

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VHS (Eagle Rock GEG 214). Released: 8th June 1998

 Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 17th November 1998
Run Time: 120 minutes

Let’s Spend The Night Together 
Flip The Switch 
Gimme Shelter 
Wild Horses  (With special guests Dave Matthews (voc))
Saint Of Me 
Out Of Control 
Waiting On A Friend (With special guests Joshua Redman (sax))
Miss You 
Wanna Hold You 
It’s Only Rock’n Roll 
Like A Rolling Stone
Sympathy For The Devil 
Honky Tonk Women 
Start Me Up 
Jumping Jack Flash 
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 
Brown Sugar 

It's amazing how the performance quality of the Rolling Stones fluctuates live. The world's greatest rock & roll band's records are brilliant and loose, but that looseness frequently slips into sloppiness on stage thanks largely to Mick Jagger. Sometimes he's more concerned about prancing around and milking the stadium spectacle than singing. Fortunately, Bridges to Babylon Tour '97 '98    which was filmed in St. Louis, Missouri is an exception. Jagger still struts around like the sole rooster in a hen house, but Keith Richards' guitar work is tight and bass guitarist Darryl Jones and the other backing musicians help drummer Charlie Watts keep things in place. Guitarist Ronnie Wood supplies the carefree attitude this time around. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" serve as energetic openers. "Gimme Shelter" retains its incendiary, dangerous power and background vocalist Lisa Fischer and Jagger keep each other wired. Dave Matthews makes a guest appearance to duet with Jagger on "Wild Horses." "Waiting on a Friend" was selected by Internet voters as the "fan request" song and guest Joshua Redman provides the saxophone work. "Miss You" turns into an extended jam session. The core band crosses a bridge suspended over the audience to perform "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" on a smaller stage in the middle of the field seats. Back on the main stage, Richards playfully sneaks up behind keyboardist Chuck Leavell during "Honky Tonk Women" to pound out a few piano chords with his gnarled paw. "Jumping Jack Flash" rocks along with a fairly tight groove. A robust "Brown Sugar" closes the show.