Live Music

Rolling Stones: No Filter Tour at Levi’s Stadium

The official concert poster for the Rolling Stones 2019 No Filter show at Levi’s Stadium

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.

The lot scene at the Stones show. Not quite a Dead show, but still fun. Lots of oldsters wearing black pants, black shirts, black leather, black boots. Women my mom’s age with Stones tees they bought at Target and cut the neck out of. Suck em down boys.
Arrival on the floor
Levi’s Stadium is a surprisingly awful place to see concerts. There aren’t any vendors at floor level, so you have to fight your way through the stands up to the main level and wait in line with the commoners if you want a beer. Then fight your way back down. Nice view up there, though.
Mick and Keith. I think this was the first time I’ve ever seen Keef without a headband.
The best part of a Stones show is during the middle of the set when they relocate to a tiny stage in the middle of the crowd. This gives them a chance to gather close and feel like a small club band again. At the Santa Clara show, they played “Sweet Virginia” and “Let It Bleed” acoustic on the little stage. It was pretty amazing.
The author, Brennan, and Jonny. It’s only rock and roll, but we obviously like it.

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.

Goodnight, Stones. Hope to see you again

Update: It sounds like the Stones weren’t fans of Levi’s Stadium either.