Talkin’ bout the Midnight Rambler

The Rolling Stones in Nashville 10/9/21

The Rolling Stones hit Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on October 9th with the 2021 version of the No Filter tour. It may truly be the last time as principals Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are now 78 and 77-years old respectively. The show began with a touching vignette which saluted late drummer Charlie Watts. During the strong 2-hour performance, the drummer’s stool was ably manned by Steve “Getdwa” Jordan (SNL, The Blues Brothers, The David Letterman Show and Keith Richards’ own side group, the X-Pensive Wino’s).

There was no let up in the band’s energy. If anything the Stones seemed increasingly recharged as the show progressed through surprises like a Chi-Lites cover, “Trouble’s a Comin'”, 1967’s “Connection” (Keith’s first-ever vocal lead turn) and the seldom performed “19th Nervous Breakdown.”

“Midnight Rambler” – the self-described signature song of the songwriting team of Jagger/Richards – got reworked with Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen” dropping into the breakdown. The song hinted at the blues depths the band plumbed on 2016’s Blue and Lonesome. The unfiltered sound of the band doing it the way they wanted was complimented by an impressive fireworks show worked into the ending. A bigger bang indeed!

Just after a rousing extended version of “Satisfaction” sent the revelers into the night figuring on a dissipation of energies, the evening hit an unexpected crescendo. In the parking lot as the motorcade spirited the band away, Keith rolled down the window of his SUV limo and pumped his skeletal fist skyward to further rev up the nearby fans. It was as if to say “I came, I saw, I rocked!”

Having seen The Rolling Stones over several decades, it remains remarkable how little Sir Mick’s vocals have diminished. The band, perhaps the greatest 6 decade collective art project of all time, fulfilled the blues hero worship of their youth to play music late into retirement age. The message is clear: the Stones are still kicking, catch them while you can. It’s power for living!

“Come On in My Kitchen/Midnight Rambler”