When Jonny asked me back in March if I wanted to drop $300+ on floor seats to see the Rolling Stones with him and Uncle B at Levi’s Stadium, my first reaction was…eh. I saw them back in 2005 at Soldier Field in Chicago with Derse and it was an amazing show and an even more amazing weekend with friends in Chicago. Seemed hard to top. Especially, considering how much older the Stones are now. I mean, they’re really getting up there. Mick Jagger is 76 and Charlie Watts is fucking 78. But then again, I thought – this might be my last chance to see them. Besides, how many chances in life do you get to see the Stones with your buddies? So I made the correct decision and ponied up for the tickets. Then, about a month and a half before the May concert date, news broke that the show was postponed because Mick had to undergo surgery to replace a valve in his heart. This sounded pretty scary and made me wonder if I’d actually ever get to see the Stones again. Fortunately, Mick made a full recovery and the concert was rescheduled for a Sunday night in August. Not an ideal day off the week to see a show, but I was happy that Mick pulled through and the Stones marched on. Here are a few pics from that night.
Conclusion: The show was amazing. The Stones played rough and kind of sloppy (as usual) but that’s what makes them so appealing to see live. If they were too polished, it would be boring. Keith fucked up a bunch of times and missed some guitar solos and stuff. That was expected and he doesn’t give a fuck anyway. What wasn’t expected was how good Mick looked. He was on fire – dancing and doing his normal peacock strutting across the stage like he still had his old heart valve. It made me tired just watching him. I’m not sure how long they’ll be able to keep this up, but Mick showed no signs of slowing down.
Update: It sounds like the Stones weren’t fans of Levi’s Stadium either.