The Rolling Stones
A Bigger Bang Live On Copacabana Beach
Another month, another live Rolling Stones album. It got a bit boring a while ago. And then very boring some time shortly after that. I say this as a card-carrying Stones fan for some 35 years of my life. But I called time on the Live Album Bumper Boat a while ago; expected it to come in to shore. And then of course I got a nice surprise when I really enjoyed the Steel Wheels era live reissue.
Not so with this one though.
I guess I’m funny like that.
But I really don’t think it’s helping anyone, by encouraging fans of Rolling Stones Merchandise to keep collecting these audio-enabled beer-coasters.
You need a copy of Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! Obviously. And I’d go in – still – for Love You Live, I reckon that’s a great document of a fantastic live-era for the Stones. Anything after that is not essential. And all this post Steel Wheels-stuff is absolutely just the same concert over and again.
So the big selling point here is you get four songs that weren’t on the package when it was first released – as a DVD. You get yet another Tumbling Dice and Oh No Not You Again (from the album A Bigger Bang). You get Sympathy For The Devil. Which, fuck me, is on every other bloody Stones live album so hardly a selling point. Less so, because the guitar solo is aimless and wanders lazily towards country, if anything.
Nah, you just don’t need this. There’s no bigger bang at all. Tis but a whimper. And look, I was at a show on this tour – not this very show, but one rather similar, and I feel no nostalgia towards this whatsoever, despite enjoying the gig at the time. It just sounds old and tired now. Like The Stones. And yeah-yeah, like me whining about it too. I know.