Start 'Em Up: Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour kicks off tonight in Chicago
Rolling Stones fans will finally get the satisfaction of seeing the rock legends perform again when the band launches its 2019 No Filter Tour of North America tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago. The trek was delayed for about two months because frontman Mick Jagger needed to undergo a heart-valve operation a few weeks before the original April 20 start date.
Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tells the CBC that he and his band mates were incredibly relieved when Jagger came through the surgery in great shape.
"We thank our lucky stars," Wood says.
Ronnie notes that everyone in the group was really taken aback when 75-year-old Jagger informed them about his heart issue, shortly after they'd started rehearsals for the tour.
"He called us to his room, we knew it was something serious," Wood recalls. "I think he needed a bit of support, which we gave him."
Wood says that once the band got "a big thumbs-up" from Jagger and his doctors that the surgery was a success, "we breathed a sigh of relief and were able to carry on with our lives again."
He now says the band can't wait to hit the stage.
"The way rehearsals were sounding…we're ready," he maintains. "We just need an audience now."
Ronnie also tells the CBC that the shows likely will feature a secondary stage where The Stones will play a short acoustic set that'll include gems like "Play with Fire" and "Sweet Virginia."
"We'll suddenly be among the people who thought they had bad seats," Wood points out."
You can check out a video of Jagger playing guitar onstage at Soldier Field while rehearsing for the kickoff show on The Stones' Twitter feed.
Here are all the No Filter Tour dates:
6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/25 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/29 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Burl's Creek 7/3 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 7/7 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium 7/14 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 7/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 7/27 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 8/1 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/5 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/10 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 8/14 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 8/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 8/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 8/26 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 8/31 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium