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The Rolling Stones Return to Chicago

Mitchell Deligio | The PhoenixThe Rolling Stones performed one of two nights at Soldier Field on Friday, June 21.

Tens of thousands of fans got satisfaction seeing the Rolling Stones June 21 at Soldier Field. The crowd welcomed the band’s first performance in Chicago in six years with standing ovations, sing-alongs and cheers.

Before the Rolling Stones appeared on stage, eight-piece soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones opened up the show.

As fans filled the stadium, they applauded the band after each song. The crowd was all warmed up after St. Paul & The Broken Bones finished its set and was ready for the main event. 

The Rolling Stones began its “No Filter” tour in Chicago opening with its hit song “Street Fighting Man.”

Throughout the performance, the band members ran down a runway to a smaller stage so they could be closer to fans. Vibrant colors and animations splashed across Soldier Field’s screens as the bright lights illuminated the stadium. 

Keith Richards rocked out playing the guitar and Ronnie Wood swayed with the crowd as he strummed his bass guitar. Charlie Watts beat the drums showing a smile as the night went on. 

The band made frequent costume changes — switching up outfits every other song. Later on in the night Mick Jagger threw off his shirt into the audience and changed into the “No Filter” tour shirt. 

The Rolling Stones’ “No Filter” tour was originally supposed to begin in April in Miami but was rescheduled due to Mick Jagger undergoing heart valve surgery, according to CBS news.

Now recovered, Mick Jagger was going strong as he pranced around the stage, flinging his hands in all directions and dancing with other fellow Rolling Stones band members. 

There was no quiet moment at Soldier Field as the entire stadium sang along with the iconic band. Regardless of age, fans new and old tried to imitate the famous moves of Mick Jagger. 

The Stones rocked out for more than two hours, performing 20 songs ranging from “Sad Sad Sad,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” The audience seemed to enjoy every second, filling the stadium with energized cheers.

Throughout the concert Mick Jagger showed his love for the city of Chicago, asking the crowd if people liked their Buona beef dipped or dry and congratulating the new mayor Lori Lightfoot. This tour marks the 38th time The Rolling Stones have performed in Chicago since its first U.S. tour in 1964.

The Rolling Stones concluded its set with an encore of “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

When the show ended, fireworks erupted behind the stadium and the audience went wild as the band walked off for the final time, with the screen promising to see the city again soon.

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