The Rolling Stones are coming to Lima on March 6? I looked at the online ad and couldn't believe my luck. Finally I was going to see them live - before they expire, which can be any day (the boys are in their 70's). I told Jeremy, my neighbor in Cusco, and got him excited too. Then our other neighbor Amy decided to join us as well.
The day of the concert we took a taxi to the Estadio Monumental a couple of hours early and got off about a kilometer short as we got stuck in heavy traffic. We, and thousands of others, walked towards the stadium avoiding people trying to sell all sorts of Stones memorabilia, and beer, every couple of meters along the way (I eventually bought a Peruvian flag with the Stones’ tongue logo in the middle).
After standing in long lines for what seemed like forever, we finally got inside the arena just as the Stones started their first song. More than 90,000 people roared. It was a special occasion: the band had toured South America many times but this was their first performance in Lima. And what a performance. Full of energy and fun. Can't go wrong with their catalogue of hits, mixed with five decades of nostalgia.
That 7-year-old kid in Abadan in the late 1960's who used to listen to Stones' records played by his older sisters was now 54, in the capital of Peru, watching the band live. Yeah!
I watched the whole concert through my camera's monitor, trying to record every moment. Here are some of the best.
Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil (Lima 2016) from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Rolling Stones: Miss You (Lima 2016) from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Oh Yeah! Mick Jagger gets the crowd going from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Rolling Stones: Paint It, Black (Lima, 2016) from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Rolling Stones: Angie (Lima, 2016) from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Rolling Stones: It's just a shot away (Lima, 2016) from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.
Ron Wood Jamming in Lima from Jahanshah Javid on Vimeo.