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The Rolling Stones live in Anaheim 1978
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July 23, 1978: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, USA
Let It Rock/All Down The Line/Honky Tonk Women/Star Star/When The Whip Comes Down/Beast Of Burden/Lies/Miss You/Just My Imagination/Shattered/Respectable/Far Away Eyes/Love In Vain/Tumbling Dice/Happy/Sweet Little Sixteen/Brown Sugar/Jumping Jack Flash

From The Los Angeles Times:
That last took place at Anaheim Stadium in 1978 during the first show of a two-day stop on the “Some Girls” summer tour. It was still de rigeur at the time for critics and biographers to depict skinny British person Mick Jagger as some kind of dark Lucifer, hypnotizing audiences and commanding their wills with the merest quiver of his sushi-like lips.

It was an awesome power to behold, especially on this particular occasion, which happened like this:
The Stones were in mid-song. Suddenly a shoe sailed past Jagger, followed shortly thereafter by a thong.

The lips quivered. “Hey, stop throwing your shoes!” Jagger shouted in the same commanding voice he once used to opine: “You mumble got to mumble mumble mumble tumbling dice.”

Perhaps the audience, dulled by recreational drugs and Ron Wood’s brick-like guitar solos, only heard the word “shoes.” In any case, they obliged by chucking a few more Jagger’s way. Earth shoes were popular then, as I recall.

“Awright then, let’s have them all!” a clearly irked Jagger/Lucifer yelled, and within moments he’d collected enough soles to fill a dozen PayLess stores, or purgatory, if there’s a difference. Before it was over, the footwear was several layers thick, and most of the Stones were scampering to avoid the larger or less stylish ones, with only the godlike Charlie Watts remaining impassive behind his drum set.

Just a couple of years ago in a radio interview, Keith Richards was asked which moment of which concert had stuck most in his memory through the decades, and he answered immediately: “It was those shoes, man, those shoes,” and he dissolved in laughter.

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