Film/DVD Reviews







“Stalking the bowels of an arena like the world’s skinniest bullies, they prowled out in person, limbs twitching in that collective reflex of theirs … rock’s barnstorming lifers…” – SF Gate / Chronicle

For the majority of my life, I guess I have been blatantly in denial. Despite many of (well indeed most )of my friends praising the relative musical merits of the Stones-I could not personally understand their appeal.That all changed however this summer when I was fortunate enough to be able to be working at two of the shows on their No Filter Tour as it landed in the UK. My thoughts on the Manchester show has already been highlighted on this website. Suffice to say that I am a new convert to the bands musical cause-outside of the fact that they have created so many classic anthems they are still up on stages and rocking out with a youthful vigour and energy which long belies their much advanced years. This release, however, is part of a series-I think there are now six such Live Stones releases. Reviewing the other ones in the series there generally appears to be a common element in that they showcase the band usually in a stripped down fashion without their general bells, whistles and production excesses.

On 13 July 2018, Eagle Rock Entertainment release From The Vault: No Security – San Jose 1999, the latest in the acclaimed and collectible From The Vault series. Mining the previously unreleased treasures of the band’s archive, this is a simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD + 2CD, 3LP, and Digital.

No Security captures a stand-out Stones show, with the band on searing form during the closing leg of their American tour in San Jose.  Celebrating their return to the city that originally hosted them in 1965, the Stones played to 33,000 people over two nights – intimate by their current day standards.  The band opened with ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, hitting the stage with no security, no inflatables, no bells or whistles – just undeniable on-stage camaraderie – a tight-as-hell band delivering the ultimate rock show to their adoring fans.  Treating the crowd to an up-close and personal experience on the B stage and leaving a frenzy in their wake, with Jagger pausing to take photographs of the crowd and high-fiving fans – it felt like a special night for both the Stones and the audience, “We’re here to have a good time” said Mick Jagger, and San Jose was excited to join the party.

The set list spans from the mid-sixties hit singles to the Bridges to Babylon album, including a bluesy, dramatic version of ‘Midnight Rambler’, a dark and swaggering ‘Out of Control’, and the rarely performed live, ‘Some Girls’ and ‘Saint of Me’.  The show was an electrifying, anthem-packed, cross-generational hot ticket, concluding yet another chapter from the band that wrote the book on rock ‘n’ roll.

The No Security tour was a mostly arena-sized continuation of the Bridges To Babylon tour, which had grossed in excess of $274 million.  No Security saw the Stones adopt a more stripped back approach, concentrating on the music and playing smaller venues, using fewer special effects and providing an unforgettable fan experience.

Tracklisting: 1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 2. Bitch 3. You Got Me Rocking 4. Respectable 5. Honky Tonk Woman 6. I Got The Blues 7. Saint Of Me 8. Some Girls 9. Paint It Black 10. You Got The Silver 11. Before They Make Me Run 12. Out Of Control 13. Route 66 14. Get Off Of My Cloud 15. Midnight Rambler 16. Tumbling Dice 17. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) 18. Start Me Up 19. Brown Sugar 20. Sympathy For The Devil

Many classics played but also a few lesser-known songs as well-I have now made it my own personal mission to try to collect the complete Rolling Stones from the Vault series. A reasonably priced addition to any rock fans collection.


Mark Dean

I'm a 40+ music fan. Fond mostly of rock and metal - my staple musical food delights. Originally from Northern Ireland, I am now based in the UK-Manchester. I have a hectic musical existence with regular shows and interviews. Been writing freelance for five years now with several international websites. Passionate about what I do, I have been fortunate already to interview many of my all-time musical heroes. My music passion was first created by seeing Status Quo at the tender age of 15. While I still am passionate about my rock and metal, I have found that with age my taste has diversified so that now I am actually dipping into different musical genres and styles for the first time.
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