So who the *****
is JackDaniels ? Well, JD is a 45-year old
Stonesfan with StonesMusic flowing through
all his veins ("My Flow Of Energy").
Let me explain a little:
It was somewhere
in 1971 when my older sister lets me -at
age 12- listen to the live album "Gimme
Shelter", a compilation
of "Get Yer Ya-Yah's
Out" and "Got
Life If You Want It.". Especially
Honky Tonk Women
made my day. It took me some time however
to realise I had become a Stonesfan. At
first it was blues in general that grabbed
me: John Mayall, Alvin Lee, Allman Brothers
Band, and later on rock-bands like Deep
Purple, Led Zeppelin and a lot of others
I listened to. At age 14 I bought MyFirstStonesAlbum:
Head Soup. Although Angie
was very nice, my main attention was drawn
to songs like Winter,
Coming Down Again,
Hide Your Love.
To this day I still consider Goat's
Head Soup, altough certainly
not their best, a very underrated album.
While growing up
and looking forward to my first Stones Concert
already there was talk of 'their last concert'
every time they went on tour. And that has
been so until today. When I was 17, I should
have gone to the concert in The Hague, Zuiderpark
in 1976. I don't really remember whyI did
not attend that concert. It must have been
erased from my mind....tickets sold out
.... whatever. Well we all have our youth
trauma's and this was probably mine .
was to be in "De Kuip" in Rotterdam
in june 4, 1982. And to do some catching
up I also went on june 5th. At that time
I had bought about twenty tickets for all
my friends (which they paid for, of course)
divided over these two dates. And it was
great fun. I smuggled in my Pentax Camera
with 200 mm Zoom and made some pics, amongst
which two great close-up's of Keith an Mick.
At a certain point Mick threw buckets of
water into the audience. I was sitting at
the end of the 'catwalk' (where Mick was
running to frequently to meet the audience
at both sides of the stadium) at the righthand
side. A perfect spot to make some photographs.
I knew he had seen me and at one time he
took a bucket of water and made the move
to throw it in my direction. As I saw this
coming I quickly wrapped my camera in a
towel which was hanging over my shoulder
(I had hid the camera in the towel when
we went through the gates). For
some (other) pics of this concert go to
Then from '82 it
became silent until The Urban Jungle
Tour started the nineties. Although
they made some albums and did some other
things during the Eighties. For me, they
had actually stopped !!! My interest was
at an all time low in that period. Working
an my career, falling in love, in short
I was too busy. And the Stones-peak was
over too. The level they had reached in
the end sixties, beginning seventies was
gone. I did buy albums like Dirty
Work, Emotional Rescue
merely to keep my collection complete. I
rarely listened to them, and still don't.
was an exception in the eighties, but then
again it was old material from the seventies.
did wake me up. It still didn't bring back
the 'quality' of the seventies but it was
a lot better then its predecessors. And
then, after a long wait, I finally went
to my third Stones Concert: May 21, 1990
in "De Kuip" in Rotterdam again.
In the nineties
we all could enjoy some great concerts ata
large number of cities in The Netherlands:
Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Groningen, The Hague,
Landgraaf and Nijmegen. It proves that The
Netherlands has a relative great number
of StonesFans in relation to other European
countries. And we get rewarded for that
in every tour.
Rock'n Roll Band in the World
And now we're in
the 21st century. And .... they're still
here. 60 and still rockin'. All talk about
they're being too old, their musical technical
quality is deteriorating.... Personally
I think it's all a non-discussion. Of course
they are old and of course their technical
skills are (maybe) not wat it used to be.
So What!!!. They are 60+ !!! They have entered
the league of the other great blues and
soul artists: John Lee Hooker, B.B.King,
Muddy Waters, and so on. Playing until you
drop. I for one certainly hope that the
Stones still have the energy, stamina to
hold on, to keep on playing. I don't mind
them ending up at The North Sea Jazz Festival.
They were, are
and ever will be ....
Rock 'n Roll Band in The World.