Rolling Stones Play Heinz Field

The rock and roll Gods smiled on the sea of Rolling Stones’ fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field last night.  Steady rain fell for some time prior to showtime and during the opening act AWOLNATION.  Then shortly before the Stones were to hit the stage the skies cleared, displaying a magnificent rainbow.

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Photography by Peyton Dempsey@focus.pgh (Instagram)

After 51 years of performing, the Stones showed their age only in the lines on their faces.  Everything else sounded like a band still in their prime.

With  the first chords of “Jumping Jack Flash”, the band’s opening number, the stadium was filled with an energy that only the Stones can generate.

Simply, The Rolling Stones were magnificent and somewhat magical, defying the laws of time and age.

I have seen the Stones several times over the decades and each show has been as good or better than the last.  They never disappoint.

Richards and Woods have the chemistry that develops from years of interplay.  Their playing was awesome on “Tumbling Dice” and ” Start Me Up” and compelling on their jammed out blue roots “Midnight Rambler” and “Sympathy For The Devil”.

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Charlie enjoyed the spotlight and intrigued the home crowd sporting his black-and-gold socks.  His drumming was in typical Charlie style throughout the show and was particularly highlighted on “Miss You”.

And then there’s Jagger, a marvel at 71– he danced, pranced and gyrated across the stage like a man half his age.  Jagger cracked jokes, saying, “It’s the first time we played Heinz Field; we were all brought up on those beans,” and paid homage to Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol who designed both the “Sticky Fingers” and “Love You Live” album covers.  Although his vocal range was not quite what it was at 25 or 45, there are few who can deliver a song any better.  He never missed a note on “Moonlight Mile”, was absolutely superb on “Paint It Black”, and playful on “Honky Tonk Woman”.

Backup singer Lisa Fischer shared the spotlight on “Gimme Shelter” but the night belonged to Mick and any doubts as to whether he is still the best front man in the world were put to bed at Heinz Field.  The Rolling Stones proved once again that they are the greatest rock and roll band in the world.