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The Rolling Stones thrilled and divided reviewers

From "impressive" to "old cassette tape", this is what the Danish media wrote about Roskilde Festival's biggest name


Mick can still move like Jagger (Photo: Scanpix)

July 4, 2014
17:13

by Andreas Jakobsen


Thousands of young and old rock fans cheered when the Rolling Stones entered Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival last night and painted it black for two and a half hours.

The Copenhagen Post has collected snippets from the reviews from six of the biggest newspapers in case you missed the show.

Rocked the festival
Berlingske's reporter was impressed by the ageing rockers and gave the concert a five-star review.

"When the oldie 'Wild Horses' was played, the tempo was lowered, the sound was found and suddenly they took off. Jagger showed that his voice still possessed the same nerve that gives the classic rock songs their character."

Berlingske 

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Jyllands-Posten agreed that the Rolling Stones were not ready for a headstone just yet.

"The more than 50-year-old band was high-spirited on Roskilde Festival's big stage. All four band members seemed incredibly energetic and Mick Jagger was an impressive whip."

Jyllands-Posten

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BT also gave them a five-star review under the headline: "The goofs are forgotten before you can say Rihanna" – a sarcastic note to last year's headline.

"Have I seen The Rolling Stones perform better than at Roskilde Festival last night? Yes, probably. Does it mean anything? No, not really. Why? Because the British gentlemen quite simply rocked that festival!"

BT

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Sagging Stones
But not everyone was impressed. Ekstra Bladet's Thomas Treo, a reviewer infamous for his long résumé of one-star reviews, wrote that viagra had failed the sagging Stones, but still gave them three stars.

"'Hugger I jer?' ('Are you having a nice time?') asked Mick Jagger in peculiar Danish as if he was reading from a teleprompter. And we did, for it was a hyggelig evening with The Rolling Stones. But the kings of diabolic music are not supposed to be hyggelige."

Ekstra Bladet

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Politiken graded the concert an average score of three stars out of six and wrote that it had too few magical moments. Mick Jagger was praised for being the most insisting and stable force of the faded band.

"The Rolling Stones struggled with tuning in on the right tempo (and keeping it!) all night. They started off and ended with fireworks, but in between, it was an inconsistent and bumpy affair that most of all sounded like a cassette tape that had been left in the windowsill for decades."

Politiken

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Gaffa music magazine were also at the concert and gave it a favourable review of four stars.

"Name and salary taken into account, it was a terribly bad start by the ageing Rolling Stones. The classic musical interplay varied a lot in quality and especially the historical guitar-based drive came a long time after dark had fallen."

Gaffa

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By doing some simple maths, it gives the Rolling Stones an average of four stars out of six, which proves that the granddads of rock ’n roll have still got it.

The Rolling Stones - average score

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