Hello Airplaners, Rolling Stones fans, and other old rockers:

Hope the weekend is getting off to a great start.  One of the bands that I have been fanatical about besides the Jefferson Airplane would be the Rolling Stones (Until the end of the Mick Taylor era).  I bring this to light because it seems at least monthly somebody will make disparaging remarks about one of the major events in the Stones career.  It is imperative we all have our voice heard.  People should think as they please, but can we have a rule that at least some thought is generated from the brain to the voice box?

July 5, 1969 is one of the most historic days in rock and roll. The Stones concert in London’s Hyde Park would pay homage to the late Brian Jones and usher in the new and extraordinary era of Mick Taylor (1969-74).

Here are a few of the common and unnecessary critiques that have me banging my head into a plethora of walls over the decades. It has been mentioned 1,346,789 times (Unjustly) that newcomer Mick Taylor looks nervous. This is earth shattering news. He had less than 48 hours notice the permits were in place and they could perform. If your first show were in front of over 100,000 people and your band mates lost somebody that they had often spent more time with than their own families, if there weren’t butterflies he wouldn’t have a heart or soul. Keith’s guitar is out of tune during “Satisfaction.” There is a first. No musician has ever had this before. It is amazing that any of the Stones could get through the day knowing Brian’s departure is now in a permanent sense.

The band isn’t inspired. Then why did they play the longest version of “Sympathy For The Devil” (19:00) ever performed? If you look at the complete list of songs they could have easily made the show a hit factory. There are a myriad of tunes that only a hardcore Stones aficionado would be able to name correctly.  You can see the complete concert below.

1 EULOGY FOR BRIAN 2:42
2 I’M YOURS SHE’S MINE 2:12
3 JUMPING JACK FLASH 3:10
4 NO EXPECTATIONS 3:42 
5 MERCY, MERCY 3:13  
6 STRAY CAT BLUES 3:43
7 I’M FREE 2:25 NF
8 DOWN HOME GIRL 5:22
9 LOVE IN VAIN 4:39
10 LOVING CUP 5:38
11 MIDNIGHT RAMBLER 8:09
12 SATISFACTION 4:24
13 HONKY TONK WOMEN 3:40
14 STREET FIGHTING MAN 3:42
15 SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL 19:01

Thanks as always for your time and for letting the old Airplane Man have his say.

Be well always,

Craig Fenton

Author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent”

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