Rolling Stones/Scorcese- “Shine A Light”

I checked out the Rolling Stones concert documentary directed by Martin Scorcese called “Shine A Light,” filmed in 2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NYC.

OK, first things first, if you have never seen the Stones play live, go see this movie!! (April 4th release) You are going to have the best seats EVER to a Stones show for MUCH less than I ever paid to see them on tour!

In some ways this is just like any concert video/dvd you’ve already seen. It’s a full show with some old interview footage thrown in. However the sound and picture here are SO clean that at times you almost forget that you aren’t actually AT the show. It’s really amazing how much you’re IN the show. You get to see their reactions, facial expressions, and the way they interact with each other throughout the gig. It’s incredible for any musician or fan to get to see this perspective! The best part is that you get to see the pure joy on these guys’ faces. Mick running full speed down the stage towards the audience. Keith & Ronnie lovingly wailing on their guitars. They are SO in the moment and totally get how lucky they are. You also get to see many, many wrinkles, which serve to remind you throughout the show that it’s almost impossible for them to be THIS tight at their age!!

As soon as the concert begins, your heart leaps as the band comes out with “Jumping Jack Flash.” They then hit “Shattered.” Beautiful! Keith Richards shifts to his acoustic guitar for an absolutely poetic version of “As Tears Go By.” Something about that nostalgic song, and a wrinkled Mick and Keith delivering it after all these years makes your eyes just well up.

The only negatives I will state about the film is that the setlist may leave you feeling pretty disappointed. Keeping that in mind, they do hit some staple tunes that will bring you back if you drift off. “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Start Me Up,” and a killer encore of “Brown Sugar” and “Satisfaction.” It was SO hard to resist the urge to stand up and cheer after each one!

For one “country” song they brought out Jack White. If you’re a White Stripes fan you’ll probably enjoy this. If you’re a Stones fan you’ll be annoyed that they wasted a song with it. Same thing when they trot out Christina Aguilerra. However, they brought out Buddy Guy to do a blues song and I figured I’d hate it. Turns out it was one of the best ones of the night!

There are definitely some cool Scorcese moments, like the matrix-esque shot of Keith Richards spitting out his cigarette and the amazing aerial of Manhattan at the end. WhoA.

All in all, this movie is TOTALLY worth seeing for anyone that loves Rock. THIS is truly what it’s all about.

One of the final old clips that they show is of a young Mick Jagger being interviewed just before they hit the stage. The interviewer asks;

“Can you picture yourself at age 60 doing what you’re doing now?”

Mick wistfully answers, “Yeah… easily.”

A damn good lesson for all of us.

“…I said, ‘Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
on my cloud baby…”

-The Rolling Stones
“Get Off Of My Cloud”


1 Response to “Rolling Stones/Scorcese- “Shine A Light””

  1. 1 Vojtech
    April 6, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Lovely review! I can’t wait to see it.

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