Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago, as I'm typing this (about 8:56 P.M. E.S.T.) George Nipe III and I were sitting in Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia, along with about 55,000 others watching the Rolling Stones. It was a superb show (in support of their album A BIGGER BANG), marred somewhat by a forty-five minute delay eight songs into their first set after police received a bomb threat targeting the stage area. I think the highlight of the show was a crushingly good rendition of "Sweet Virginia" and the portion of the performance where a section of the stage detached itself and rolled the entire band along a catwalk, creating an island in the middle of the crowd. The next day Jagger told a newspaper reporter that the Charlottesville show was one of the very best gigs they'd ever played.

I should also mention that on this day in 1969, The Beatles released one of the top ten greatest singles ever, "Something" b/w "Come Together". (In case you're wondering, the greatest single of all-time was "Strawberry Fields Forever" b/w "Penny Lane". Others that I can think of off the top of my head..."Down On The Corner" b/w "Fortunate Son", "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution", "Don't Be Cruel" b/w "Hound Dog", "We Can Work It Out" b/w "Daytripper", "I Get Around" b/w "Don't Worry Baby", "Ruby Tuesday" b/w "Let's Spend The Night Together", "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" b/w "God Only Knows", "Alone Again Or" b/w "A House Is Not A Motel", "Whole Lotta Love" b/w "Living Loving Maid", "19th Nervous Breakdown" b/w "As Tears Go By", and that's a lot and that's all I can think of...man, I loved 45's! Oh..."Train In Vain" b/w "London Calling"!!! I'll think of more later...)

"I must be careful not to get trapped in the past. That's why I forget my old songs." -- Mick Jagger