Rolling Stones: From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum (Live In 1981)

Keef’s legendary on-stage birthday bash.

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When the Stones took off on their 1981 US tour, Tattoo You was their longest-reigning US chart-topping album and Start Me Up their last UK Top 10 hit single. The tour set new records for scale and profits, with December 18’s more intimate indoor show at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum broadcast as an early pay-per-view event.

Charging through a two-hour set weighted towards the more recent albums, the band (augmented by keyboardists Ian McLagan and Ian Stewart) were on cracking form, Jagger’s padded-shoulder US football top and aerobic cheer-leading presages 80s excesses, while Ronnie Wood’s manic eyes and shakiness betray his raging freebasing habit.

Meanwhile, recently cleaned-up Keith celebrates his 38th by euphorically feeling each stinging note and fire-spitting riff he rips from his Telecaster – which he uses to clobber a stage invader during Satisfaction. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, this DVD is a prime addition to any Stones archive./o:p

Kris Needs

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!