Less than a week after playing the Trabendo Theatre in Paris, last night The Rolling Stones struck again. This time, they hit Paris’ Theatre Mogador for another small show.  (The Trabendo holds about 700, Mogador about 1800). 

They stuck with some of the classics both nights: “It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It),” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Start Me Up,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Brown Sugar” all made both shows, as did their new song “Doom and Gloom.” Last night’s gig added some other deep cuts, including “All Down The Line” from 1972’s Exile On Main Street, and “You Got Me Rockin'” from 1994’s Voodoo Lounge

With their upcoming arena concerts less than a month away, we looked at the setlists from two their recent shows, and we have a few requests for the band:

1. You played “Honky Tonk Women” both nights, but didn’t play “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”?  OK, we get it, there’s some songs that you’ve been playing forever. But drop “Honky Tonk.” Sure, they’re both classics.  But “Satisfaction” practically put you guys on the map, and turned pop culture on its ear.  You have to play that one! 

2. Drop “You Got Me Rockin’.”  That one always seems to make the setlist.  Why?  If you want to represent your ’90s era, that’s great, go with “Love Is Strong” from the same album.  Or ever better, “Out Of Control” or “Saint Of Me” from Bridges To Babylon.  

3. Exile On Main Street really was as good as the rock critics say it was! And the expanded box set version of the album that you put out in 2010 reminded us of that.  So, we’re glad you’ve been playing “All Down The Line” and especially “Tumbling Dice.” But how about bringing back “Rocks Off,” “Rip This Joint” or “Loving Cup,” especially since we hear that ex-guitarist Mick Taylor (who played on Exile) will be joining you guys for this tour? Maybe throw in “Plundered Your Soul!” (“Plundered” is an unfinished track from the Exile sessions, which Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Mick Taylor completed for the 2010 reissue). 

4. We’re glad to hear that original bass player Bill Wyman will be joining you for some of the shows also: we know he loves early blues and R&B, so definitely keep songs like “Route 66” and “Champagne And Reefer” in the set.  

5. Hey, congratulations on “Doom and Gloom,” it rocks. We hope your other new song, “One More Shot,” is as good. Definitely keep it in the set: it’s good to know that you guys are still cranking out great tunes, five decades on. 

By the way, can you add more shows?   (But if you don’t, we’re glad that you’re offering the last of your four upcoming shows — December 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey — as a pay-per-view special called “One More Shot”).  

What are your requests for the Stones on their upcoming tour?  

Brian Ives, CBS Local 


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