Rolling Stones in the End Zone… Sorta

The legendary Rolling Stones are finishing up the second leg of their 2006 US tour, and when they stopped in Seattle last week, yours truly got a chance to check it out. Thanks to our very own kick-ass AR man, ol’ Gazzer here got to see things backstage and from the showfloor. Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, is where it took place. The Stones cranked out their classic rock in front of a huge stadium crowd. The picture you see here–taken with my trusty cellphone camera, hence it’s general crappiness–is from about 15 feet away from the portable stage that emerged from the huge mainstage. This changed the slightly anonymous feel of an arena show to the intimate feel of a club gig. That’s Chuck Leavell on keys, Ronnie Wood on guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, Mick Jagger (red shirt) on vocals, Darryl Jones on bass and Keith Richards on gutiar. Darryl, I’m sure you know, is an Ampeg man. On the mainstage he had two SVT-AV cabinets straddled by a very vintage SVT head. On this mini stage he had another Ampeg rig, though I couldn’t quite make out what it was. Trust me… as long as he had Ampeg, his tone was tops!


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