Mick Jagger In Peak Form During Stones Tour Opener

June 24, 2019
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage on the opening night of the european leg of their No Filter tour at Croke Park on May 17, 2018

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On Friday night (June 21st) the Rolling Stones kicked off their 2019 "No Filter" North American tour dates at Chicago's Soldier Field marking the band's first gig since Mick Jagger's successful heart valve procedure in April. By all accounts, Jagger's performance during the 20-song concert showed absolutely no signs of any health issues, delivering yet another age-defying showcase.

Opening night was a no frills affair, with no special guests, and no real surprises -- save for the inclusion of the 1989 Steels Wheels opener "Sad Sad Sad," which hasn't graced a Stones setlist in nearly-17 years -- and the long-white haired Keith Richards now sporting a head full of newly rinsed light-brown locks.

Prior to the show, Ron Wood spoke to The Mirror and shed light on how the Stones found out that Mick Jagger needed the routine heart procedure: "We knew it was something serious. I think he needed a bit of support, which we gave him. We thank our lucky stars. This was certainly a swerve, a left-hand ball, for us. We weren’t ready for this."

He went on to say, ""We just tried to stay positive and wait until the surgery had been done. When we got a big thumbs-up from that, and from Mick, we breathed a sigh of relief and were able to carry on with our lives again."

Over 44 years since first hitting the road with the Rolling Stones, Ron Wood says that he and Keith Richards have a sixth sense about how to intertwine their guitar work onstage: ["That was something that Keith and I have always luckily had from the start. We never planned, as such, what we are gonna do individually. We have a knack of if one goes this way, the other one will slide in this way. On a certain number, we don't even look at each other. If I wanna take the solo, I'll take it, right? And if he wants to take it, he'll take it."

The Stones' opening night setlist on Friday at Chicago's Soldier Field:

"Street Fighting Man"
"Let's Spend The Night Together"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Sad Sad Sad"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Angie"
"Dead Flowers"
"Sympathy For The Devil"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"You Got The Silver"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Miss You"
"Paint It, Black"
"Midnight Rambler"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Brown Sugar"

Encore
"Gimme Shelter"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
June 25 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field (with Whiskey Myers)
June 29 - Oro-Medonte, ON – Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (with the Glorious Sons + the Beaches)
July 3 - Landover, MD - FedEx Field (with Ghost Hounds)
July 7 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium (with Gary Clark, Jr.)
July 14 - New Orleans, LA - Mercedes-Benz Superdome (with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest the Soul Rebels)
July 19 - Jacksonville, FL - TIAA Bank Field (with the Revivalists)
July 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field (with Des Rocs)
July 27 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium (with Bishop Gunn)
August 1 - East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium (with The Wombats)
August 5 - East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium (with Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
August 10 - Denver, CO - Mile High Stadium (with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats)
August 14 - Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field (with Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real)
August 18 - Santa Clara, CA - Levi’s Stadium (with Vista Kicks)
August 22 - Pasadena, CA - Rose Bowl (with Kaleo)
August 26 - Glendale, AZ - State Farm Stadium (with Kaleo)
August 31 - Miami, FL - Hard Rock Stadium (with Juanes)

On Friday night (June 21st) the Rolling Stones kicked off their 2019 "No Filter" North American tour dates at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The concert marked the band's first gig since Mick Jagger's successful heart valve procedure in April.

Just released is the latest multimedia archival release from the Rolling Stones -- Bridges To Bremen. The previously unreleased German concert was captured on September 2nd, 1998 during the band's 1997/1998 97-date Bridges To Babylon tour.

The film has been completely restored, remixed, and remastered and will be available on digital, DVD and double-CD, Blu-ray and double-CD, triple vinyl and digital audio.

The Bridges To Babylon tour signaled a new era for the Stones, marking the first time the band went on the road with a permanent B-stage, and also ushering in the digital era when fans could vote on the band’s website for a track they wanted to hear at the show -- with the Bremen show featuring the fan-voted Black And Blue deep cut "Memory Motel."

In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray portions of the package includes four bonus songs taped live in September 1997 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

CHECK IT OUT: The Stones on June 21st, 2019 performing "Sad Sad Sad" live in Chicago: