Because the Rolling Stones may be just a palm tree mishap away from extinction, it was probably a good idea to document the group’s mysterious stage magic while they still have some mojo left. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is enough of a Stones fan to take the Shine A Light challenge.
Some might question the rationale of issuing a CD version of the music performed at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2006, when so much time and effort was invested in having the two shows shot in IMAX by a stellar team of Oscar-winning Hollywood cinematographers and cameramen. But if you’ve seen what the Stones look like now, removing the visual component could actually be a selling point.
Despite their advanced age, the guys know that this one’s for posterity and gamely tear through old faves with impressive verve, ably assisted on three numbers by guests Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera. Long-time fans may be weirded out by the sequencing of the disc, which closes with Start Me Up and Brown Sugar, but I guess some concessions had to be made so that Sympathy For The Devil would be track 13.
Shine A Light opens in theatres Friday, April 4.