Are you getting enough Satisfaction? Not enough Champagne and Refeer in your life? Well not to worry, The Rolling Stones are here to help, with their new Documentary Concert film, Shine a Light.
Directed by none other than Martin Scorcese; Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood are more than happy to kick ass and rock out on stage for your viewing pleasure. The Movie concert which clocks in at just about two hours is the closest things to being on stage most people will ever experience. With inspiring special guest performances from Christina Aguilera, Jack White and Buddy Guy; this film will have you standing up and applauding from your seat. Don’t feel weird, I did it too.
You’d think that with their combined age of over 200 years old these Rock n’ Roll icons would be happy to retire and collect song royalties. Thankfully though, they have no intention of slowing down. The film centers around the Stones 2006 performance at The Beacon Theater in New York City. Not to give away the whole playlist, but such favorites as “Brown Sugar”, “Jumpin Jack Flash”, and “Sympathy for the Devil” are included in the concert.
On the directorial side of things, Scorcese doesn’t seem to give us a full story. It’s evident he prefers to let the concert speak for itself. There is only about 15 minutes of behind the scenes footage and preshow shenanigans before we are thrust into the opening song. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because this performance is almost full throttle all the way through. Inter-cut in the live performances are snippets of newsreels, interviews, and scarily young footage of the Stones in their early days. Also, be on the lookout for a cameo crowd appearance from Bruce Willis.
On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to see The Rolling Stones perform live last year at Dodger Stadium. While the concert was fantastic, I felt a little jipped because my seats were not exactly what you would call “close” to the stage. However, having just seen this film, I feel totally vindicated. So, if you’ve never gotten to see the Stones live, here’s your chance to get up close and personal with Jagger and crew. Not to mention, for the price of a movie ticket you’ll never get a better concert experience.
Two quick things to remember.
- See it in IMAX, trust me its worth it.
- Get there early. Because while the Stones always put on a great show, it’s up to you to pick the seats.
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