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Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

THE Rolling Stones are ready to treat Ir­ish fans to a longer setlist on Thurs­day than they’ ll usu­ally play on the No Fil­ter tour.

Stones pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor Dale Sk­jer­set tells me the band will be try­ing out dif­fer­ent op­tions dur­ing their Croke Park gig as it’s the start of a new leg of the tour.

Mick Jag­ger says he loves Ire­land and he isn’t spoof­ing as he spent a lot of time here through the early years with var­i­ous mem­bers of the Guin­ness fam­ily, of­ten staying at Leixlip Cas­tle in Co Kil­dare.

His shows here with The Rolling Stones are leg­endary. In 1965, the band played Belfast, Dublin and Cork. They fa­mously took the train from Belfast to Dublin’s Con­nolly Sta­tion for their gig in the cap­i­tal.

They played a to­tal of six shows in Ire­land between Jan­uary 6 and Jan­uary 8 that year.

Fans still rave about their Stones experience at Slane Cas­tle in 1982. Tick­ets back then dur­ing yet an­other re­ces­sion were £12 each! The Chief­tains were the warmup act.

They played an in­ti­mate gig 21 years later at The Point in Dublin, now the 3Arena, in 2003. My abid­ing me­mory of that night is be­ing blown away by the en­ergy of the band. They were like a bunch of teenagers on stage, de­spite be­ing in their 50s.

In 2007, they re­turned to Slane Cas­tle and once again de­liv­ered a phe­nom­e­nal show. Jag­ger even man­aged to ut­ter a cú­pla fo­cal to the de­light of the crowd. The Stones have been busy re­hears­ing for their Cro­ker gig in re­cent weeks, and Jag­ger’s stamp is all over the show, in­clud­ing the stage de­sign and other tech­ni­cal as­pects.

“I pretty much go through the de­sign and run through dif­fer­ent op­tions,” he says.

Pure sat­is­fac­tion: Mick Jag­ger and the Stones will test tunes out on the Croke Park crowd

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