It appears that the Stones are more than ready to roll: For the second time
in as many weeks, the rock vets have turned up at a small bar to get their
ya-ya's out before hitting the road with their mammoth Bridges to
Babylon tour next week.
Thursday night (Sept. 18), the group commandeered Chicago's Double Door
club (located in Wicker Park) for a set that featured not only live staples such as "Honky Tonk
Woman" and "Start Me Up," but also a few surprises, including "Star
Fucker," "Sister Morphine" and "Crazy Mama."
"It's one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen," Double Door co-owner
Sean Mulroney told ATN by phone as the Stones were rocking out on the club's stage. "There's
about 500 people here," he said, "and about 2,000 outside." After the show
was announced on radio Thursday morning, hundreds of fans swarmed the club,
hoping to buy one of about 400 $7 wristbands that guaranteed admission to
When the Rolling Stones announced their tour plans last month, they pledged
to keep things interesting by playing a number of small club dates in
addition to their usual stadium shows. The group made its first appearance
at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern two weeks ago during a break from tour
rehearsals. The tour itself - -which has been selling out nationwide -- kicks
off next Tuesday (Sept. 23) at Chicago's Soldiers Field.
"It's a great, great set," Mulroney said, with the band barely audible in
the background. "Mick and Keith look fantastic. They seem to be really
enjoying playing a small room. The crowd's way into it of course, 'cause
you can see from anywhere in the room."
Mulroney said his club was no stranger to million-selling mega bands,
noting that the Smashing Pumpkins -- who will open a number of upcoming shows
for the Stones -- have played the Double Door on several occasions.
The Rolling Stones' set at the Double Door also included: "Little Queenie,"
"19th Nervous Breakdown," "You Got Me Rockin'," "The Last
Time," "Let It Bleed," "Shame, Shame, Shame," "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar." [Fri., Sept. 19, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]