Shanghai Banging 2006
Live at Shanghai Grand Stage, China, April 8, 2006.
By all accounts, reading the reviews of this show at the It's Only Rock n Roll [IORR] fan site, this was an almost all-foreigners concert with only a smattering of Chinese nationals in the audience. You are reminded of the old Colonial concessions where the colonial powers were given enclaves to run. But the Stones don't care. They still give of their best as evidenced by the chumminess between Mick and Keith and even Ron Wood is playing his best.
This show is short by Stones standard, just under two hours. But it's a solid show. Too bad Mick and the Stones still have not played for the Chinese. Perhaps because of the language barrier, the Stones rock 'n' roll of the past has no fans in China. Cui Jian's generation and the current generation were all inspired by punk rock.
The Sex Pistols or The Clash would have gone down well in China. But then they wouldn't be allowed in. Unlike the Stones, their music and their values still represent a threat.
After Mick sings the opening Start Me Up, he practices his Mandarin "nihou Shanghai?" And if any native Chinese were in the audience, they were probably attached to an expatriate arm, as Mick had suggested at the press conference. You can barely hear a cheer on this excellent audience recording released on the Japanese [?] Exile label every time Mick practices his Mandarin. So why play China? Why not when the lure is the "filthy lucre"?
Another concession to the locals was the inclusion of Chinese rocker Cui Jian who according to eyewitnesses was struggling with the notes and lyrics to Wild Horses. Another mismatch. Even when Cui Jian thanks the Stones in Mandarin, there's hardly a cheer from the audience who probably don't understand what he's saying.
Track 01 Opening (4.1MB)
Track 02 Start Me Up (6.0MB)
Track 03 You Got Me Rocking (5.4MB)
Track 04 Oh No Not You Again (6.5MB)
Track 05 Bitch (6.9MB)
Track 06 Wild Horses [with Chinese rocker Cui Jian] (8.0MB)
Track 07 Rain Fall Down (7.9MB)
Track 08 Midnight Rambler
Track 09 Gimme Shelter (8.9MB)
Track 10 Tumbling Dice (6.2MB)
Track 11 The band introductions (3.8MB)
Track 12 This Place Is Empty (4.7MB)
Track 13 Happy (5.3MB)
Track 01 Sympathy For The Devil (10.3MB)
Track 02 Miss You (9.0MB)
Track 03 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (6.5MB)
Track 04 Paint It Black (6.6MB)
Track 05 Jumping Jack Flash (8.1MB)
Track 06 You Can't Always Get What You Want (9.8MB)
Track 07 Satisfaction (15.8MB)