The press release for the Rolling Stones ‘Some Girls – Live In Texas 1978’ states the band is at the “top of their game,” but to be honest, after recently seeing their live concert releases “Havana Moon” and “Ole Ole Ole,” I’d say nearly 40 years after the famous Texas concert, Mick, Keith, and the boys are still at the top of their game.
In 1978, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, and Bill Wyman were riding high as arguably the biggest rock band in the world. They had just released their 16th studio album, ‘Some Girls,’ on June 9, 1978, and were out on the road supporting it. The rock & roll circus rolled into Forth Worth, Texas, and laid stakes at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on July 18, 1978.
With the punk attitude of the 1970s, the Stones adapted and stripped down their stage set up and just played a 17-song set which would go down in history. The night was electric as the boys from Brittan opened the show with the blues rocker “Let It Rock” and by the time they hit their third song, “Honky Tank Women,” the band was chugging along at full steam. “Star Star” aka “Trafficker” harnessed that punk vibe as Mick commands the audience with a snarl in his voice. The bad boy attitude carries over into “When The Whip Comes Down” and “Beast Of Burden.”
At nearly nine minutes, “Miss You” is filled with an edgy breakdown featuring the masterful keyboard work of Ian McLagan and the guitar duel from Richards and Wood is poetic. In all, the Stones would play seven of the ten cuts from ‘Some Girls’ on this night including a few deep cuts like the ballsy “Respectable,” country sad lament “Far Away Eyes,” and a cover of the Temptations “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)”
The songs off of ‘Some Girls’ were soon to be classics, but the Stones had already amassed a collection of hits from previous albums they would delight the crowd with on this night including “Tumbling Dice,” “Happy,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
It’s amazing to think the Rolling Stones were 15 years into their career as a band when ‘Some Girls – Live in Texas 1978’ was recorded. But what’s mind blowing is the band is still going nearly 40 years after this concert and they still sound just as good.