Shine A Light, the new Rolling Stones film & album: encore

The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band – and self-promo specialists – in the world.  No doubt about that.  Whenever new Stones product is about to hit the streets, boy do you know about it! 

With a few weeks to the launch of Shine A Light, the new film/double live album, the Stones are everywhere once again – in the mag racks (on the covers of current issues of both major heritage rock monthlies, UNCUT and MOJO); on the radio; in newspaper and magazine website advertising; and, I’d bet my life on it, TV/radio programmes, ads and interviews will be lined up ready to roll nearer the release dates. 

Some people disdain the Stones’s strong commercial impulse.  I applaud it – great musicians, great self-promoters; rich men, satisfied customers.    

Gerry Smith    



Shine A Light, the new live Rolling Stones 2CD, recorded at the Beacon, New York City in late 2006, is set for UK release on Monday 7 April.  (Tracklist below.)

 It’s followed on Friday 11 April by the nationwide UK release of the film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese.  And preceded on Wednesday 2 April by the film’s UK premiere – in London, but also to be shown in 100 cinemas nationwide: tickets cost £12.50.  

Album tracks:

Jumping Jack Flash


She Was Hot

All Down The Line

Loving Cup (with Jack White)

As Tears Go By

Some Girls

Just My Imagination

Faraway Eyes

Champagne And Reefer

Tumbling Dice

You Got The Silver


Sympathy For The Devil

Live With Me 

Start Me Up

Brown Sugar


Paint It, Black

Little T and A

I’m Free

Shine A Light

I’ll be passing on the CD and the cinema show, but waiting to buy the DVD in about three months – unless it’s as ludicrously overpriced as the last two Stones concert DVDs – Forty Licks and The Biggest Bang – which, combined, cost a cool £100 – about £75 too much – when I last looked in HMV!   

Gerry Smith


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One Response to “Shine A Light, the new Rolling Stones film & album: encore”

  1. Andrew Says:

    A Stones event is akin to man landing on Mars — and probably only slightly less expensive!

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