The Rolling Stones Play Hit-Packed Tour Opener

The Rolling Stones are back!!!! The band opened its 2018 “No Filter” European tour last night (May 17th) at Dublin, Ireland’s massive Croke Park, playing a 19-song set spanning from the band’s “Swinging ’60s” early days through their most recent album, the Grammy Award-winning set, Blue & Lonesome. The group kicked things off with a triple shot of classics opening with “Sympathy Forth Devil,” into “Tumbling Dice,” before playing “Paint, It Black.” After a double dose of blues standards from the latest album, the Stones played the first rarity of the night, bringing the Tattoo You favorite “Neighbours” back into the set for the first time since 2003.

Other classics included “Wild Horses,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It),” “Honky Tonk Women,” along with Keith Richards‘ tender take on the Voodoo Lounge tearjerker, “The Worst.” The band played a two-song encore featuring  “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

  • After more than 50 years of performing live, Mick Jagger has learned how to read an audience within minutes of hitting the stage every night: [“The audience is, like, very enthusiastic, or maybe medium enthusiastic, or they seem a bit tired, or they’ve been in the heat all day. And you can tell from their reaction in the first few minutes how the audience is gonna be, and how you should approach the mood of the concert. You watch them and you listen. And also, you have to hear how the sound is. Sometimes, it’s, like, a good balance onstage — sometimes it’s not, and you have to adjust things and you tell the sound guy, ‘That’s too loud . . . that’s not loud enough.’ And how is the band playing? Are they kind of playing well straight away, or are they a little bit lackadaisical — or whatever. So, y’know, that first five minutes is really key.”] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC: . . . is really key)

The Rolling Stones’ opening night setlist: May 17th, 2018 at Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park  (via Setlist.FM):

“Sympathy For The Devil”
“Tumbling Dice”
“Paint It, Black”
“Just Your Fool”
“Ride ‘Em On Down”
“Neighbours”
“Wild Horses
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
“It’s Only Rock N’ Roll (But I Like It)”
“Honky Tonk Women”
“Before They Make Me Run”
“The Worst”
“Miss You”
“Midnight Rambler”
“Start Me Up”
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
“Brown Sugar”

Encore:
“Gimme Shelter”
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

 

  • The Rolling Stones European tour dates (subject to change):
    May 22 – London, England – London Stadium
    June 5 – Manchester, England – Old Trafford Football Stadium
    June 9 – Edinburgh, Scotland – BT Murrayfield Stadium
    June 15 – Cardiff, Wales – Principality Stadium
    June 19 – London, England – Twickenham Stadium
    June 22 – Berlin, Germany – Olympic Stadium
    June 26 – Marseille, France – Orange Velodrome
    June 30 – Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena
    July 4 – Prague, Czech Republic – Letnany Airport           
    July 8 – Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium