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Rolling Stones provide plenty of satisfaction during Orlando stop

ORLANDO — Right from the opening notes of the opening song — “Jumping Jack Flash’’ — the Rolling Stones proved they aren’t your grandparents’ grandparents.

Mick Jagger pranced and preened, gestured and gesticulated. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood traded licks and Charlie Watts kept a blistering pace on drums.

Though they have more wrinkles than a litter of Shar Peis, the Stones could not have been any more animated if they were animatronic.

The uptempo tour down memory lane continued with a grooving version of “It’s Only Rock and Roll,’’ and “All Down the Line.’’ Jagger did his trademark pigeon walk, hip shakes and struts. After a brief shout out to Orlando, the band went into “Tumbling Dice,’’ a sweat-soaked Jagger swaggering down the long stage into the sold-out Citrus Bowl crowd of more than 60,000, who went nuts.

Though mostly playing old faves, the Stones snuck in “Doom and Gloom,” one of their newest songs, in which Jagger picked up the guitar, one of his four songs with an ax.

But then the Stones took it back with a vengeance. The iconic zipper cover of the “Sticky Fingers” album flashed across the three huge screens as the band launched into a set from that disc.

Before a soulful version of “Moonlight Mile,’’ Jagger made a few jokes. “Cinderella left her pants in my room,’’ he said.

He seemed less thrilled announcing the ubiquitous nod to marketing – the “winner” of an online contest by fans to pick one of four songs. But any dissatisfaction melted away as Jagger belted out a spirited version of “She’s So Cold.”

Richards, who truly looks mummified, then took the mic for a couple of songs, starting with “Happy,” and laughing at himself and his growly voice.

The rest of the show was a list of guaranteed crowd-pleasers from back in the day, including a long and bluesy “Midnight Rambler,” “Miss You,” “Gimme Shelter” (with a bravura solo by Stones’ backup singer Lisa Fischer, who also dueted with Jagger) and “Sympathy for the Devil,” which opened with the video screens showing a burning fire, the signature opening percussion beat and Jagger, clad in a feathered cape, taking the stage as Richards’ slashed through the opening guitar note.

They eventually got around to “Brown Sugar,” after which the band pretended to say goodnight, which everyone in the crowd knew would be a short-lived intermission.

A few minutes later, the University of Central Florida Chamber Singers came on stage to perform the choral opening of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” the intertwined voices adding richly to the song. Throughout the tour, local choirs have been taking the stage for that number.

And the show closed with a raucous “Satisfaction.” By that point, after nearly 150 minutes of nearly nonstop, full-on aural assault, the senior citizens onstage left the audience amazed and exhausted.

And thoroughly satisfied.

“I don’t know how they do it,” said one fan. “I was just watching and I’m wiped out.”

The Stones’ 15-city Zip Code tour kicked off in Los Angeles on May 20 with a surprise show at the Fonda Theater, where they played the entire “Sticky Fingers” album. The tour, a rolling greatest hits machine, is taking place as the Stones re-release that classic 1971 disc, featuring songs like “Brown Sugar,’’ “Wild Horses,’’ “Sister Morphine’’ and “Dead Flowers.’’

How amazing are the Rolling Septuagenarians? Consider this: With a combined age of 216, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts were all born before D-Day. Ronnie Wood, at 68, is the youngster in the group. (OK, bassist Darryl Jones, who has been with the band since the early 1990s, is the real baby, at the tender age of 53).

The Orlando stop, the only one in Florida, attracted people from across the state and beyond, including the Tampa Bay area.

“This is a bucket list show for me,” said Tiffany Bell, 39, of Brandon. “I’ve seen James Brown and Tina Turner, but I’ve never seen the Stones.”

For Shaun and Ellen Lovejoy of Largo, who saw their first Stones show in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1970, it was a chance to see if the band still had it.

“I want to see if Mick can still jump around, “ said Shaun Lovejoy, 67.

The answer, of course, was yes.

haltman@tampatrib.com

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