Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 (CD + DVD)

The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones From The Vault, 2017

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


A decade or so ago, the Rolling Stones were becoming obsolete. Now, due to a strong retro studio release, expanded versions of some of their classic albums, and their live From The Vault series, they have reemerged as a force in rock music.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Their latest release is Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015. Recorded May 20th, 2015, at the beginning of their two month North American Zip Tour, in the intimate Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles; it was a historic occasion, as it is to date the only time the Stones has performed their entire Sticky Fingers album live.

In the twilight of their career, the Rolling Stones have managed to create just about the perfect live album. The clarity of the video and particularly the sound are superb. The guitars of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards are out front and the clarity not only shows their talent but how intricate the structure of many of the songs actually is.

The three opening songs are powerful rock and roll. "Star Me Up," "When The Whip Comes Down," and "All Down The Line" are rock and roll at its best, played by the greatest living rock and roll band.

Many of the songs from Sticky Fingers emerge here modernized and rank as definitive versions. "Bitch" and "Sister Morphine" are still edgy and painful. "Dead Flowers" and "Wild Horses" are different from most of the Rolling Stones catalogue. "I Got The Blues," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," and "I Got The Blues" reintroduce rarely played Stones classics. An extended version of "Brown Sugar" closes the regular part of the concert and leaves you limp.

The encore consists of "Rock Me Baby," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and a funky "I Can't Turn You Loose," which brings the concert to a satisfying end.

The Stones has delivered what may be the defining concert album of their career. If there is a better one in the vault, it is going to be spectacular.

Rating: A

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