'The Rolling Stones - Havana Moon' [BR+2CD]
(The Rolling Stones / Blu-ray+2CD / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 'Havana Moon' captures the historic, once in a lifetime concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this epic, record breaking concert features the hits "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "It's Only Rock n' Roll", "Gimme Shelter", "Brown Sugar", "Satisfaction", and many more.
DVD Verdict: In truth, these days (and yes, I saw them on their recent 50th Anniversary Tour to Buffalo, NY, The Rolling Stones are more quantity than quality. The songs remain the same, the instrument playing can still be done blindfolded, and even catching them on one of their live experiences has become a less and less chance. I mean, the band no longer head out on exhaustive 147-date treks like the Bigger Bang tour, and settle instead for 40 dates, or even 30 dates each "Greatest Hits" tour now.
'The Rolling Stones - Havana Moon' is a visual and earful of two and a half hour music from their March 25th performance in Cuba’s capitol, the first major international rock act to play the island (although someone told me that the UK's Manic Street Preachers might have also done it, but that hasn't be quantified with me as of writing this).
So, with The Stones having seemingly always understood the purpose of grand gestures – free concerts a specialty of theirs, playing to 1.5 million people on Copacabana beach in 2006 among them, they now took their tour to Cuba - under a Havana Moon, of course. Filmed at the end of the América Latina Olé Tour 2016 Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood got to do what they do best, and put on a visually spectacular set to over 1.5 million adoring fans.
Director Paul Dugdale does a great job here of bringing us, the viewer into the throng gathered. We get an immediate sense of The Stones’ live, up close and personal experience with the crane shots hovering above a vast crowd, the close-ups of banners fluttering, and The Stones themselves smiling, having fun, and Jagger just flailing around like a limp rag doll.
1. It's About Time ... 2. Jumpin' Jack Flash 3. It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It) 4. Out Of Control 5. Angie 6. Paint It Black 7. Honky Tonk Women 8. Band Introductions 9. You Got The Silver 10. Midnight Rambler 11. Gimme Shelter 12. Sympathy For The Devil 13. Brown Sugar 14. Still Getting Better... 15. You Can t Always Get What You Want 16. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.
1. Jumpin' Jack Flash 2. It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It) 3. Tumbling Dice 4. Out Of Control 5. All Down The Line 6. Angie 7. Paint It Black 8. Honky Tonk Women 9. You Got The Silver 10. Before They Make Me Run 11. Midnight Rambler.
1. Miss You 2. Gimme Shelter 3. Start Me Up 4. Sympathy For The Devil 5. Brown Sugar 6. You Can't Always Get What You Want 7. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.
With a set list that, give or take, doesn’t stray much beyond 1980, everyone gathered their was a captive audience, all knowing exactly what music they were going to get, going to hear, and for free! So, they were happy as clams and although the songs are instantly familiar, the band consistently manages to find a few more licks and ticks to add to them - to, shall we say, liven them up a wee bit!
The final third of the set is where the hits truly pound out though, with singles such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Start Me Up”, “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Brown Sugar”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” all managing to keep the packed crowd on their feet for the entire show! Indeed, as that last song is played, and the cameras fly around atop the heads of those gathered, there isn't anyone who doesn't face the stage, who isn't sweating, who isn't invested still right up until the very end. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.