Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Rolling Stones at Churchill Downs

First of all, every weatherman in Louisville should be fired from their job. All day on Friday all the local weathermen predicted a dry evening for the Rolling Stones concert. It ended up raining most of the night. It started at some point during Alice Cooper's set. One had to smile when the 60+ year old Alice Cooper sang about the angst of being 18 or the joy of when school's out for the summer! Shortly after the Alice Cooper set, the Rolling Stones hit the stage and opened with one of rocks greatest songs, "Jumpin Jack Flash". The energy rarely let up and Mick Jagger at age 63 has more energy than many men half his age. Except for a few of their newer songs from "A Bigger Bang", most of the 40,000 people who were there sang along to every song. As one would expect, it was an older crowd and we all felt a little pumped as the songs of our youth and lives filled us with nostalgia and a joy some may not have felt in a while. Of course, I feel this all the time because I am still out there enjoying such concerts on a fairly regular basis. It has been a great year for music so far and there are still three months to go! My friend and I got soaking wet as we stood in the rain. In spite of that we had a great time and this night will be added to a treasure trove of memories that will warm the heart someday. When the show was over and we were walking through the crowds of people and down the streets of the surrounding neighborhood, we didn't even notice that we were wet and cold.

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