2.26.2014

KURT TEK: THE ROLLING STONES PLAY ABU DHABI!

Mick Jagger (Reuters) of the Rolling Stones perform during a concert in Abu Dhabi, Feb. 21, 2014.




Ronnie, Mick and Mick Taylor (Reuters)

Some thoughts on the concert from Kurt Tek 
(Senior F-16 Advisor at Global Aerospace Logistics)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mick Jagger (C), Charlie Watts (L) and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during a concert in Abu Dhabi, Feb. 21, 2014. (Reuters)



KURT TEK:

Number 1: They were on time, like they had their watches hacked at the Greenwich Observatory or something.

Number 2: No warm-up band- just the 'Stones! That was a nice surprise...

They opened with Start Me Up, a bit too "common" for my taste, but they hit most of the greats- Midnight Rambler, Brown Sugar, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Satisfaction, Tumblin' Dice, You Can't Always Get What you Want, Gimme Shelter, Honky Tonk Women... Plus two encores, starting with Sympathy for the Devil.


Mick was in great form, very good mood, articulate and knowledgeable about the local area and spoke some Arabic. Moved like a 30-year old, and had great crowd interaction.


Keith played great but made a point of stopping one song, Slippin' Away, and starting over when he wasn't happy with the intro.


Charlie was solid as ever, and Ronnie did well. I never noticed before, but he uses his middle finger a lot when playing lead- unusual (to me, anyway)- normally it's the index and ring finger, and pinky, just the way most blues scales are aligned on the fretboard...


Mick Taylor played on a couple too, most notably Midnight Rambler.

Excellent sound quality, without needing earplugs. Huge monitor screens all over so people everywhere could see. Tremendous show and opportunity overall! K

(They did NOT play (This May Be the) Last Time.)


 Kurt Tek: Stationed in Abu Dhabi the capital and second largest city in the United Arab Emirates. He is a senior F-16E instructor pilot over there. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He plays guitar, is a huge Rolling Stones fan,is one of Deniz Tek's younger brothers, and was able to go see THE STONES play in Abu Dhabi! Kurthas contributed other articles on RK and you can read more here KURT TEK

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