Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Seahawks did not play well today. And why the Rolling Stones still matter.

Seattle didn't play well today, but I think Pittsburgh is the better team.

I watched nearly the entire game, but was only transfixed during the Stones half-time show. I watched it on a giant projection TV in a noisy bar in Seattle and had a big dopey grin. (The best Super Bowl show for the money was u2's super crazy awesome 2002 performance where they flashed the names of the people who died on Sept. 11. And played Where the Streets Have No Name. And were totally in their element.)

Both these bands playing in a huge football stadium and on TV for hundreds of millions of people makes perfect sense. They are two bands whose music actually seems to improve the more people are at the show. Both bands are careerist and calculated, but never seem to phone it in.

Mick Jagger is *the* greatest rock frontman ever. His performance today confirms that fact. He is 62 and he still is more nimble and interesting and magnetic then anyone. Plus, his voice is still really strong.

Keith Richards is the coolest rock guitarist.
Charlie Watts is a criminally underrated drummer.
Ronnie Woods' hair is criminally underrated. C'mon, it's like Rod Stewart if he used Just for Men instead of Target-brand peroxide.

But I wouldn't see the Stones live unless someone else paid for it. I'm not paying $150+ to see a band. Unless it's the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up. I would consider that.


At 11:48 AM, Blogger Brianna said...

Viva Le Stones!!!!!!!!!

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Adam said...

I guess everyone was expecting "start me up" as the opener as it's played before the start of every sporting event in the free world, but I could have gone for something different.

Is it a sad commentary on the more recent generation of entertainers that the Stones are still better and more relevant than about anybody else?? Agree on the U2 show, powerful stuff.


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