By Josh Hertzog   Published Sep 09, 2005 at 5:19 AM

{image1}When the Rolling Stones took the stage Thursday night at the Bradley Center, it was a concert for the ages.

From the young boy adorned in a Stones t-shirt two sizes too big, to the over 50 gentleman who thought he still could wear a tight leather vest with no undershirt, the performance crossed generations, providing classic rock 'n roll entertainment for all.

Buddy Guy started things off, providing some straight-to-the-bone blues. The solos were excellent, as Guy hammered away on the guitar, reinforced by a strong saxophonist.

It was a solid blues performance, but it got old quick for the crowd in the still half-full Bradley Center. The solos became mundane, and the songs all seemed to merge into one. The anticipation for the Rolling Stones -- or as fans outside the Bradley Center were overheard to quip while entering the venue, "the Rolling Bones" -- grew stronger by the minute.

After the to-be-expected delay between acts, the Stones emerged as a large video screen at the back of the stage played what seemed to be a Rolling Stones version of the Atari classic Asteroids. The mostly filled Bradley Center roared.

What better for an opening song than "Start Me Up?" Mick Jagger strutted his stuff like a Victoria's Secret model on the runway, a youthful hop in every step. Clearly, Jagger is not your typical 62-year-old.

Soon after, they performed "You Can't Always Get What You Want" -- easily the highlight of the night, as Jagger's interaction with the crowd created a joyful unity between band and audience. The group played an extended version of the song -- no one appeared to want it to ever end.

Next up was a cover of Ray Charles' "Nighttime is the Right Time," and the group invited Guy back out for a stellar guitar solo.

Jagger is the life force of the Rolling Stones, and nothing made that more obvious than when Keith Richards performed two songs while Jagger ran backstage for a "breather." This was the only low point of the show, as Richards vocal skills can hardly match his cohort's.

Jagger headed back on stage, and "Miss You" was -- rather appropriately -- next on the set list. As the band played it, the stage started to move. What at first looked like technical difficulty turned out to be one of the coolest moments of any rock concert.

The mobile stage went from the far end of the Bradley Center, straight to the center, where a smaller stage was partially assembled. The moving stage connected to the smaller one, and a whole new stage was created, just like a puzzle piece. And as the stage moved, the band kept playing to the insane roars of the fans.

Classics such as "Honky Tonk Woman," "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" rounded out the two-hour performance, which kept the upbeat crowd on its feet.

Of course, the crowd got some "Satisfaction," as the Stones came back out and performed the tune as their encore.

Old as the Rolling Stones may be, they've been doing it for decades, so it's only fair to say they've still got it. Fran and Sue Jablonski of Elm Grove couldn't agree more.

"They've given '60s rock a 21st century edge," Jablonski says. "It was wonderful!"