The Rolling Stones are hitting the road again. The classic rock band’s No Filter tour will carry on in 2020. The band has announced 17 new dates across the United States. The No Filter tour had a bump in the road or two last year after a health scare for lead singer Mick Jagger, who underwent heart surgery, but the tour ultimately ran as smooth as butter, leaving fans mostly satisfied.
Missing the Road
“There’s something about the rhythm of hitting the road,” Mick Jagger said in the announcement. “It gets in your blood.” Not even a heart issue slowed Jagger down. The tour delay aside, he’s in great shape on stage, dancing and strutting as he does. Keith Richards is still Keith Richards. Charlie Watts remains zen on the drums. And Ronnie Wood is all smiles as he plays. Together, they’re putting on grand rock shows, not living in the shadow of their glory years. They’re more practiced and experienced than ever, and it shows. They’re like well-oiled machines by this point or, according to some critics, products.
No Filter Tour Sells
Considering how much bank the band has made on the No Filter tour, it’s no surprise they’re in a rush to tour again. So far, the three-year No Filter tour has made $415.6 million. The tour kicked off in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, and next year, will come to a close in Atlanta, Georgia. Unless, of course, the Stones announce new dates, which is totally a possibility.
No Filter Ticket Costs
Once Keith Richards was asked about the very high Rolling Stones ticket price. He didn’t even know how much they cost to begin with, but when he was told, he said, “That sounds right.” For the most part, only the richest of their fans can attend their shows and get a decent view. Any young and hungry fans? Good luck. Tickets are valued at hundreds of dollars. The most expensive ticket goes for $499.50, plus fees. For a lot of people, the price of seeing the Rolling Stones is hefty, but more than likely, worth it. The band, now all in their mid-70s, are still rocking but they don’t tour all the time. If the band comes to your town, it’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if you haven’t seen them play live yet.
Playing for the 1%
It’s been said for a long time, but the Stones used to sing against the man and now they play to the man. Their crowd is mostly made up of people who have no trouble affording very expensive tickets. That’s their audience now, and in a way, it’ll always be disappointing. It’s one of the downsides of their concerts. The crowd is older, more reserved, and not exactly partying like they’re at a rock concert. It’s a whole different vibe at a Stones show. One time, Anthony Keidis of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers called them the worst band to open for because of that one. He described it as playing at a shopping mall, in which it was more about merchandise and image than the music. At the end of the day, however, it’s still great music.
No Filter Playlist
On the No Filter tour, the band is taking it easy a little bit. They’re not performing two and a half or three hour shows like Paul McCartney or some of their peers. They don’t play many deep cuts, either, with a few exceptions. It’s mostly the hits fans want to hear, such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Brown Sugar,” “Monkey Man,” and “Start Me Up.” All great songs, of course, but who else doesn’t want to hear “Moonlight Mile” every now and then?
Their shows run about two hours, but with breaks between songs, the show clocks in more around 90 minutes. Imagine that, paying $500 for 90 minutes of entertainment. Rock shouldn’t overstay their welcome, but if there’s one thing the No Filter tour does leave to be desired, it’s variety and deep cuts. Truly hardcore fans won’t hear a lot of their favorites. The playlist is maybe a little too obvious and predictable and more for casual fans and listeners.
May 8: San Diego, SDCCU Stadium
May 12: Vancouver, BC, BC Place
May 16: Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium
May 20: Nashville, Nissan Stadium
May 24: Austin, Circuit of The Americas
May 29: Dallas, Cotton Bowl Stadium
June 6: Buffalo, New Era Field
June 10: Detroit, Ford Field
June 14: Louisville, Cardinal Stadium
June 19: Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium
June 23: Pittsburgh, Heinz Field
June 27: St. Louis, The Dome at America’s Center
July 1: Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium
July 5: Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
July 9: Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium