The Rolling Stones

First Night in Philadelphia 1999

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When the Rolling Stones toured the U.S. in 1999, the reviews were mixed. Some of the more harsh reviewers argued that the band had long since outlived its usefulness and should have broken up in the early '70s. Not only were those reviews overly harsh -- they were also a perfect example of a cynicism for the sake of cynicism. Recorded live at Philadelphia's First Union Center on March 15, 1999, this double-CD bootleg points to the fact that while the Stones were past their prime, they could still be lively and entertaining. No, the Stones of 1999 weren't the Stones of 1966 or 1971, but they were far from boring. Hearing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform "Jumping Jack Flash," "Bitch," "Honky Tonky Women," "Midnight Rambler," "Brown Sugar," and "Paint It, Black" in 1999 was a lot like attending a Little Richard or James Brown concert in the '90s -- the artists weren't cutting-edge anymore, but it was still enjoyable hearing them perform old favorites. Recorded from the soundboard, First Night in Philadelphia 1999 offers generally good sound quality with occasional rough spots. This bootleg isn't for the casual listener, but die-hard fans will appreciate it.