So, after we all jumped out of our skin upon hearing of Mick Jagger's health scare and then heart surgery, here we are a mere 4 days before the boy get back on the road with the rescheduled No Filter Tour at Soldier Field June 21 & 25 in Chicago, IL.
It was a total shock when the ENTIRE tour got postponed so suddenly, after rehearsals had already begun. And aren't the Stones lucky to receive Super Duper Pre-Tour Physicals that we mere mortals would never have received? Most of the things that Charlie, Ronnie and now Mick went through would have killed us mere mortals because they would not have been caught until it was too late. Thank God for Rock Star physicals for insurance purposes!
Anyway, here I sit on a (another) rainy Monday morning contemplating my first show of the No Filter Tour which is at FedEd Field in Landover, MD (Washington, DC metro) on July 3. My card has been charged the whopping $590 for a Pit ticket, and I shall find out on July 3 if I am indeed in the Pit and on Keith's side of the field.
It's been 4 years since I last saw the Rolling Stones. My last show was in Buffalo, NY on July 11, 2015. That was my 81st life time show. In the past I used to see the Stones upwards of 10 times per tour, but I just can afford it anymore. Nor have I had the funds to travel to Europe for shows, my last show abroad being London 2007. I am not retired, nor am I independently wealthy. And aside from that, I don't have the NEED to see the Stones as often as I used to, especially when we're talking stadiums over arenas and clubs. So for No Filter 2019 I plan on DC & Philly, with NJ on the back burner as a maybe, just maybe.
I sure hope we get some surprises in the set and that the Stones change up more than 1-2 songs per night. Will they? Who knows. I still enjoy every show, even if it's all war horses.
I have had almost all my Stones dreams come true. I've been blessed and fortunate that way thanks to various Stones personnel and Shelley Lazar God rest her rock n roll soul. I have met all the Stones at least once and met my hero Keith Richards several times during tours with hugs, handshakes or a kiss, not to mention twice privately in wardrobe (Las Vegas 2006) and in his dressing room (Pittsburgh 2015). I've been in the front row, backstage, met the Stones' family members, all more than I ever dreamed of. It's been a fantastic journey with my favorite rock n roll band...and here's to making more memories! See YOU ON TOUR this summer!!!
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