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A Bigger Bang Live on Copacabana Beach

Written by Randy Patterson

STONES DVDCDBOX 3D2Click Above To Order Your CopyA Bigger Bang Live on Copacabana Beach
Artists: The Rolling Stones
Studio: Mercury Studios

Formats: CD/Digital?DVD/Vinyl


Reviewed: August 2021

Boomerocity is an unabashed Rolling Stones fan. That fact has been clear since pretty much this site launched. Consequently, we’re always stoked whenever the bad boys of rock and roll release something new to avid fans like me.


Three years before Boomerocity launched, the Rolling Stones put one of the biggest free concerts in history.


The venue: the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro
The date: February 8, 2006
Attendance: Approximately 1.5 million

I remember watching the show when the footage first became available in 2007. Now, thankfully, the historic concert is available on DVD, CD, and vinyl. The show is now re-issued with some additions such as four songs that were not in the original 2007 DVD release, The Biggest Bang, are featured for the first time on A Bigger Bang: “Tumbling Dice”, “Oh No, Not You Again”, “This Place Is Empty”, and “Sympathy For The Devil”.

This concert brilliantly showcases this impactful two-hour set, which runs the gamut of The Rolling Stones’ career: “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”, “Brown Sugar”, “Start Me Up”, and “Satisfaction” and “Wild Horses” swerve between then-new tracks “Rain Fall Down”, “This Place Is Empty”, and “Rough Justice” from Bigger Bang. The setlist also boasts a cover of Ray Charles’ “Night Time Is The Right Time”.

All the songs are from the Copacabana Beach show, with the exception of “Rough Justice”, which is from the 2005 Salt Lake City concert video available in the Deluxe Edition.


Right from the film’s opening moments, when The Rolling Stones emerge on their own purpose-built bridge leading from the Copacabana Palace Hotel, there’s an electric energy that courses through the air, ricocheting between the band and the 1.5 million people in attendance. Aerial shots convey the sprawling enormity of the crowd, watching not only from the beach, but from boats moored at the water’s edge. As Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts fire on all pistons from one track to the next, the crowd continues to meet their energy in furious fervor, waving Brazilian and British flags while rocking out in the tropical evening sunset. It was truly a highlight of this tour, which supported the band’s 2005 album Bigger Bang.


“Not that we're unused to playing some of the biggest shows in the world, but I must say Rio did take the cake,” said Keith Richards.


“‘It was amazing,” states Mick Jagger. “It was a really good audience. They know how to enjoy themselves on those occasions.”


The Deluxe 2DVD+2CD edition is packaged in a 12 X 12 40-page book, with the Copacabana concert on DVD and 2CD, along with an exclusive bonus DVD including a November 2005 concert in Salt Lake City, UT, also from the Bigger Bang tour.

The holidays are just right around the corner so pick up a few copies for the Stones fan on your gift list.

Tracklisting
RIO

  1. Intro
  2. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  3. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
  4. You Got Me Rocking
  5. Tumbling Dice
  6. Oh No, Not You Again
  7. Wild Horses
  8. Rain Fall Down
  9. Midnight Rambler
  10. Night Time Is The Right Time
  11. Band Intros
  12. This Place Is Empty
  13. Happy
  14. Miss You
  15. Rough Justice
  16. Get Off Of My Cloud
  17. Honky Tonk Women
  18. Sympathy For The Devil
  19. Start Me Up
  20. Brown Sugar
  21. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  22. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


SALT LAKE CITY (Bonus show – deluxe versions only)

  1. Start Me Up
  2. You Got Me Rocking
  3. She's So Cold
  4. Tumbling Dice
  5. Rain Fall Down
  6. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)
  7. Wild Horses
  8. All Down the Line
  9. Night Time Is the Right Time
  10. Slipping Away
  11. Infamy
  12. Miss You
  13. Rough Justice
  14. Get Off Of My Cloud
  15. Honky Tonk Women
  16. Sympathy for the Devil
  17. Brown Sugar
  18. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  19. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  20. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction