Horses, Jockeys, and Tongues- Oh My! The Stones at Churchill Downs

Beginning in the middle of a rainstorm, The Rolling Stones endeared themselves to the surging masses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on September 29 by whipping out "It's Only Rock and Roll," and catapulted an already chaotic party into full meltdown. Inhabiting a loose, garage band type feel, The Stones made the Kentucky faithful feel right at home, aggressively attacking A Bigger Bang's "Oh No Not You Again" with a vengeance.

Mick Jagger strutted across the towering stage, centered at midfield on the legendary horse track, and belted out a sinister "Midnight Rambler." Keith Richard's return to full speed following brain surgery was a boon for his grooving take on "Little T & A" from 1981's Tattoo You recording. The mobile stage moved toward the center of the field with the Stones knocking out a whip smart version of "Miss You" from the 1978 Some Girls album.

Whether they were energizing 50,000 with the dark tones of "Paint It Black" or leaning heavily on Ron Wood's tight rhythm guitar playing on "Satisfaction" and Charlie Watts' insistent drum patterns during the inevitable Kentucky Derby -referenced "Dead Flowers," The Rolling Stones at Churchill Downs on September 29 resonated through the cool chilliness of the lightly falling showers, staying on top of their game and once again staking a claim to the title of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.                             

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