What to know about the Rolling Stones show in Nashville on Saturday


We know it’s only rock and roll, but it’s no small feat that the Rolling Stones are making a big comeback to Music City this weekend.

The rock legends bring their “No Filter” tour to Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Saturday – their first local appearance since 2015, and their sixth concert in Nashville in their 59-year career.

It will be their first, of course, without founding drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August at the age of 80.

Whether you’re planning to join Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and company in person – or just planning to hear their licks echoing along the Cumberland River – here’s what you can expect.

Vote for your favorite

Several of the Stones’ greatest songs pull a wide-brimmed hat to the sounds of Nashville, and you can certainly plan to hear at least one on Saturday. Who? It’s up to you.

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On this tour, the band lets fans vote for a song to add to each concert’s setlist, and Saturday’s ballot is packed with country songs.

You can choose from “Far Away Eyes”, “Dead Flowers”, “Let It Bleed”, “Sweet Virginia” (our choice) or the song that already has it in the bag, “Wild Horses”.

In 2018, Jagger spoke to the Tennessean about country music’s early influence on the band.

“Keith and I were particularly interested in country music (growing up). These songs were popular. Unlike the blues, which was a bit hidden in people’s minds, country music and those people’s hits were very common.

A tribute to Charlie Watts

Prior to Watts’ death on August 24, it had already been announced that the drummer would be absent from the new tour, along with longtime Stones collaborator Steve Jordan.

But Watts’ drums will be the first thing fans hear from The Stones on Saturday, as they opened each show with a video edit of Watts, set to one of his regular beats.

“Charlie was the heart of the band,” Jagger recently told Howard Stern. “… we really miss him. We’ve done so many concerts with him, and so many tours with him and so many recording sessions. It’s strange to be without him, but when he was sick he said, ‘Well, you know, you’ I have to do this tour. Don’t stop because of me. “So we did.”

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Where will Mick Jagger appear?

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in concert in Adelaide, Australia, in October 2014.

So far, Jagger has made a point of visiting a local landmark at several of his tour stops in 2021, including the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens outside Pittsburgh, and the Thirsty Beaver Saloon in Charlotte. , North Carolina.

It’s been his style at Music City for years. In 2015, on two separate trips, he visited the Parthenon replica in Centennial Park and the trails around Radnor Lake.

What’s the plan for 2021? Will the man who gave us “Honky Tonk Women” finally brave Lower Broadway and be inspired to write an extra verse about party buses?

… Hopefully not.

Who opens?

Blues-based swagger rock will begin long before the Stones hit the stage, thanks to their first act, Ghost Hounds.

Last month, the Pittsburgh-based band released their latest album, “A Little Calamity”, on Maple House Records. They are led by the charismatic Belter Tré Nation, but the band’s ranks also include lyricist and rhythm guitarist Thomas Tull, film producer and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Stones’ Past in Nashville

This will be the group’s sixth concert in Nashville. They played their first concert at the Municipal Auditorium in 1965 and returned in 1972.

25 years later, they rocked Vanderbilt University stadium on the 1997 “Bridges To Babylon” tour, and came to the Gaylord Entertainment Center (now known as Bridgestone Arena) in 2002.

Their last concert here was also at Nissan Stadium (then LP Field) in 2015, but the band also chose Nashville to host their touring exhibit, “Exhibitionism” in 2018. It was housed in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum – a single story below the stage of the Municipal Auditorium where they made their Nashville debut.

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A production the size of a stadium

According to the band’s longtime production manager, Dale Skjerseth, more than 40 trucks are needed to transport the “No Filter” show from town to town, with around 150 crew members preparing for the show.

“The guys are in a good mood,” Skjerseth said at a press conference ahead of the tour’s kickoff.

You can expect fireworks and a slew of massive video screens, but the real “pyrotechnics” of the show come from Jagger, who still dominates the scene at 78.

Skjerseth said the stage offers “a lot of flat running spaces for Mick to set everything up, and a flat area, which is most important. “We are aiming for the sound, the importance of the sound and what the band really is.”

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If you are going to

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s show through Ticketmaster, and prices start at $ 66.50 for the next level. The start time is 7:30 p.m. CT.


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