The Rolling Stones arrived back “home” to England on Thursday June 9, 2022, when their SIXTY tour took them to Anfield in Liverpool. They did a rare live version of “I Wanna Be Your Man”, and the fans were singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as they waited for the encores.
I had been at home for a short trip, following the Munich Germany show. As it typically takes 8 hours, more or less, to get from door to door from home and to the next location, or the other way around, I basically get one day at home and waste almost two days on travel. That is the price to be paid for getting home between shows on tour. For the next few shows I can’t keep going home, so after Amsterdam I just stay on the tour. It is just so exhausting with all the travel.
To get to Liverpool I was flying from Oslo to Manchester, then train to the Manchester city center, then another train to Liverpool. As I walked out of Liverpool Lime Street Station, I had four images in front of me. First of all my hotel, to my front left, an ugly looking container style building branded Holiday Inn City Center. So it was an easy walk 5 minutes. Great! To my very left, there was an old style pub building named “Crown Hotel”. In front of me, a large shining advertisement board for a large shopping center with parking, and to the right, a beautiful old building which seemed to get sort of lost in all the construction works in front of the train station.
Liverpool is famous for The Beatles, also for football – Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. I spent the time in Liverpool walking around in the city. Most of the city in my area seemed to be shopping centers and bars, a bit Dublin style, with drinking and loud music. My favorite area was by River Mersey – the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. It’s a great and relaxing area, not as busy and high on noise level as the city area around Lime Street Station.
Show day, I had a 45 minutes walk to the show. Most fans took the bus, there were queues, long queues. The show, such a great show! See reports through the links below. The return home? SAS canceled my direct flight home, so it took me all day, 13 hours, to get home from Liverpool, leaving Liverpool by train before 6am, via Manchester nightmare airport, then Copenhagen airport stopover, some hours waiting, then Oslo, then a one and a half hour waiting for trains to run due to a train power problem in Oslo, and finally at home in the evening at around 7pm. The long and winding road back home…