Title - 'The Rolling Stones: From the Vault: Hampton Col.'
Artist - The Rolling Stones
From The Vault is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. The Rolling Stones: From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981 is the first title in the series, with 'L.A. Forum Live In 1975' to be the second.
The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 was the most successful tour of that year taking a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. I know that doesn't sound a lot today, but their ticket prices weren't high end like they are now back then; so consider that!
The tour was in support of the critically and commercially successful Tattoo You album. There were fifty dates on the tour which ran from Philadelphia at the end of September through to Hampton, Virginia on the 18th and 19th of December. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards’ birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.
Jam packed, quite literally, with all their hits and so much more from the time, the Hampton Coliseum show (much like the L.A. Forum gig) is two-and-half hours worth (that's right, you heard me) of pure, unadulterated Stones! Beginning with a devastingly vibrant 'Under My Thumb,' they quickly back it up with 'Let's Spend The Night Together,' 'Shattered,' a Stones version of the Motown classic, 'Just My Imagination,' and such other classic as 'Beast Of Burden,' 'Let It Bleed,' and both 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Miss You.'
Going on to feature other Stones classics such as ‘Time Is On My Side,' 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ 'Waiting On A Friend,' and, of course, the powerhaus trio of 'Brown Sugar,' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'Start Me Up,' let's hope more bands take note and put out old shows as well! There's even a moment mid-show where after Mick introduces the band, they all wish Keith Richards a happy birthday - and then break out into the "song" also!
Oh, and just so you know, the footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the 1981 show.