Mick Jagger allayed any fears of another show cancellation on Wednesday night.
The Rolling Stones singer was in fine voice at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, despite having been forced to cancel last Saturday’s Hanging Rock show with a throat infection.
Ticket holders for the Stones’ Hope Estate performance on Saturday night can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Maitland’s biggest Rolling Stones fan, Oakhampton’s Mitch Power, who sports a tattoo of the group’s iconic tongue logo behind his ear, was at the Sydney show and said the band were phenomenal.
“It was rock ‘n’ roll heaven, it lived up to everything you could want,” Mr Power said.
“You see gods come out on stage, it’s like going to see The Beatles, it’s history.
“They played all their massive hits.
“The lighting and the sound were so good.”
Wednesday night’s setlist opened with Jumpin’ Jack Flash and included Paint It Black, Miss You, Tumbling Dice, Gimme Shelter, Start Me Up, Sympathy For The Devil and Brown Sugar.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who was an official member of the Stones from 1969 to 1974 and played on their Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St. and Sticky Fingers albums, rejoined the band to perform Midnight Rambler and the show closer (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
The vocal load was lightened for Jagger with guitarist Keith Richards singing a three-song set in the middle of the show.
This was only the second time in the band’s history that Richards had sung three consecutive songs on stage.
Although Mr Power loved the band’s performance, he was disappointed in Sydney’s subdued crowd. The diehard fan will also be at Saturday’s Hope Estate show and believes the vineyard audience will be more willing to dance.
“Everyone was sitting down [in Sydney] and I got in trouble for obstructing the walkway,” Mr Power said.
“I just don’t know how a human can sit there through Midnight Rambler and watch [the show] as if they’re at a lecture.
“It was a disgrace.
“But [the show] will be unbelievable at Hope Estate.”