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Concert Thu Oct 12 2006

Mini Review: Rolling Stones at Soldier Field

I guess the weather was a blessing and a curse. For the fans who showed up to watch the Rolling Stones rock Soldier Field on their last (scheduled) Chicago visit of the Bigger Bang Tour, and for the band themselves, temperatures dropping into the upper 30's and a brisk lake shore wind complicated things. On the positive side, tepid ticket sales and over speculation seems to have created a buyer's market for tickets, enabling poor fans like myself to land tickets for small fractions of face value. For the band's part, they kept a stiff upper lip, and soldiered through new songs and hits with the aid of radiant heaters and tubes blowing hot air. Opening with a strong "You Got Me Rocking", Jagger lept into action wearing a silver trenchcoat and matching hat. The rest of the band looked like they had just gotten done picking up cold weather gear at a Ramones yard sale, with leather jackets and scarves. Early set highlights included a decent "Monkey Man" and Mick announcing a new song "She Was Hot". Mid show, the extravagant six story high staging came into play as Charlie Watts' drum riser was pushed onto a traveling section which slowly cruised to mid-field as the band launched into more "retro" selections including "Under My Thumb" and a spirited "Rough Justice". The traveling section made its way back to the main stage, and the band concluded the show with a classic triumvirate of "Sympathy for the Devil", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", and a stellar "Satisfaction". The band hustled back on for a quick "Brown Sugar" and departed to a fireworks show, no doubt thankful that their remaining US dates involve temperate climates or indoor venues.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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