A one-off U.S. concert, Wood's first-ever solo show in the United States, smoked from start to finish Saturday night in Atlantic City.
For his first "solo" show ever in the United States, legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and singer Ronnie Wood pulled two hours worth of magic out of his musical bag of tricks.
At the Golden Nugget Atlantic City on Saturday, April 21, Woody played to a standing-room crowd inside the casino's Grand Showroom. Woody, whose new art gallery at the Nugget opened the previous night with a private reception — it is slated to remain open for three months in conjucntion with an exhibition in New York — sang songs from the Rolling Stones ("Black Limousine", "It's Only Rock and Roll") his earlier band the Faces ("Ooh La La, "Stay With Me") in addition to several songs from his 2010 album I Feel Like Playing ("Thing About You," "Sweetness My Weakness," "Spoonful") and his previous solo albums.
Woody packed the intimate Golden Nugget showroom, taking the stage around 9:30pm, dressed in a black coat, white shirt, silver necklace and a gray Justin Bieber tank-top underneath, which was exposed at the end of the set, before he and the band came back for an encore, closing with "Stay With Me," which, like many of the songs, the enthused crowd sang along with, dancing in between the rows of seats.
The band Woody assembled for this one-off show in Atlantic City met up at the Golden Nugget on Thursday and basically rehearsed the show non-stop for a couple days.
You couldn't tell, but then again, these are some of the best musicians in the world.
Willie Weeks was his sensational self on bass, holding down the rhythm section with fellow music veteran Steve Jordan on drums. The Stones' (and Allman Bros. Band member) Chuck Leavell played keyboards — and sang "Statesboro Blues" — and also swapped spots a few times during the high-energy show with Hammond B3 player Andy Wallace.
Bernard Fowler sang on many of the tunes, either up front as Ronnie played his git, including some mean slide work, singing the parts that Rod Stewart would have sang in the Faces or Mick Jagger would have sang with the Stones.
Fowler kept the crowd on its toes for the entire show, urging the fans — who came from as far as Argentina and the Pacific Coast — to sing along, clap their hands and boogie down with this funky band (which should record an album together).
Woody, sober for two years, was in great spirits, raising his arms and thanking the crowd after each song, talking about the venue and giving shout-outs to Atlantic City.
The reggae-infused "Sweetness My Weakness" was among the many highlights of the set. Bob Dylan's "Seven Days" appeared early in the show and smoked. The Faces and Stones jams got the most response from the crowd, but there wasn't a low point or any lull in the musical bliss for two hours.
After saying goodbye and walking off stage, Woody and the band came back for a pair of songs, this time wearing a red "Life's A Game - Roll with It" Golden Nugget T-shirt.
The band then assembled at center stage and bowed before the lights went up.
Although most of the band was seen walking through the Golden Nugget post-show, Wood, who'll be 65 in June, went back up to his room for a little R&R.
Hopefully, this one-off show was recorded. It would make a sensational live release.
Watch: "Seven Days" Live at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, April 21, 2012:
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