(Photos by A Curious Introvert/Videos from youtube)
What an amazing night watching The Rolling Stones perform in Detroit at Comerica Park during the 2015 Zip Code tour and Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts kept a sold-out crowd, consisting of mainly baby boomer fans, on their feet from the first beat until the last fireworks exploded during the final song of the night, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. The energy of Jagger, the guitar playing of Richards and Wood, the wonderful back-up musicians and singers, the great sound and stage and hearing a majority of my favorite songs (Gimme Shelter, Tumbling Dice, Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Woman, Bitch, It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) and You Can’t Always Get What You Want) led to this concert joining my top five favorite concerts alongside Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, U2 and Eric Clapton. My husband, a baby boomer, who loves The Rolling Stones and tie-dye shirts, had never seen Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones live and by the end of the night the concert ranked at the top of his favorite concert list.
While the crowd appeared to be a baby boomer reunion there were also many fans from Generation X, maybe some like me, who have spent the majority of their life listening to music from the baby boom generation instead of music from their own generation. After realizing my top five favorite concert bands are from the baby boom generation, I looked over my entire music collection today and discovered the majority of the music I listen to is from that generation. Some of my other favorites, in addition to my top five concert performers, are Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Queen, Rod Stewart, Sting and the Police. As a member of Generation X, I have been known to make a few snarky comments about baby boomer musicians I do not enjoy, such as, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Grateful Dead and occasionally Led Zeppelin and the Doors, but I can’t be too snarky when my generation offered the Spice Girls, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys. I am adamant though that my generation offered a better version of the song Good Vibrations than the one by the baby boomer Beach Boys.
Several things I noticed while looking for Generation X artists in my collection is that I must have went through a country phase at some point (Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to name a few), two of my favorite Generation X guitarists I became aware of was due to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads concerts (John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa), many Generation X artists have been unable to achieve the longevity of baby boomer artists and that the reason I like two Generation X musicians, LL Cool J and Will Smith, is not because of their music but their TV shows and movies (I never miss an episode of NCIS Los Angeles). One of my favorite shows on TV is Lip Sync Battle hosted by LL Cool J and following is a video of two Generation X artists, Common and John Legend, performing two songs by baby boomers (Lionel Richie and MC Hammer).
The opening act for The Rolling Stones in Detroit was the Cincinnati, Ohio band Walk the Moon, who I discovered was very good (they were so good I am refraining from making a snarky millennial generation comment). The Rolling Stones had several different opening acts throughout their tour and one of my new favorite Generation X artists, Kid Rock, opened for the Stones in Columbus, OH. I am a late fan to the music of Kid Rock, but this summer his song First Kiss has been a regular on my playlists. Since Detroit’s own Generation X artist Kid Rock opened for the Stones during the Zip Code tour, I am ending this post with a Generation X video and Rolling Stones video (from a 2006 concert in front of 1.5 million fans) to celebrate our great night at Comerica Park and the 50th Anniversary of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction as the No. 1 Billboard song on July 10, 1965.