Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 and have since been considered music royalty for their classic rock anthems such as, ‘Paint it Black’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, as well as their recent (and equally brilliant) tunes such as the 2013 song ‘Doom and Gloom’.
Consisting of frontman Mick Jagger; guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood; and drummer, Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones brought the stage to life with light and sound, opening to raucous applause with their classic hit ‘Start me Up’. This, of course, got everything really “Starting Up” and the crowd went wild with excitement. They played a stellar two hour set playing tracks like ‘Emotional Rescue’; ‘Tumbling Dice’; ‘Miss You’; ‘You Got Me Rockin’, and ‘Slipping Away’. They even included the track ‘Angie’ and managed to make the approximately 30,000 capacity of Yas Island’s du Arena seem 10 times smaller. The slow, beautiful, piano driven song made it feel like the band was playing at an intimate venue; dragging out the bridge so the vibe could resonate through our ears.
“Mick Taylor led the crowd on a guitar-driven journey filled with the wonders of guitar feedback, improv solos, and sweet melodies”
Highlights of the show included ‘Midnight Rambler’ during which the former Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor, led the crowd on a guitar-driven journey filled with the wonders of guitar feedback, improv solos, and sweet melodies. ‘Gimme Shelter’ played at the crowd’s request following an online poll taken recently.
The Stones ended with ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and it was evident how enraptured the audience was as they erupted into applause and chanted for an encore. They obliged with ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Brown Sugar’. Our collective excitement was like electricity in the air as we screamed for more, and they weren’t done yet, as they came back for a second resounding encore of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, alongside the Al Khubairat Singers, and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ with Mick Taylor – launching into it with the intent of blowing the roof off the arena.
The entire set was breathtaking. They played most of the songs I wanted to hear and every song sounded better than on their respective albums. The Rolling Stones possessed an incredible energy on stage, even after playing worldwide for almost fifty years.