The Rolling Stones played to a packed Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 10 after postponing their show, originally scheduled for May 26, so Mick Jagger could undergo a transcatheter aortic valve replacement in early April. With a physique that belied his 76 years of age, let alone a heart condition, Jagger brought a level of energy to the stage, simplistically configured by 2019 standards, that included a runway that allowed him to continually dance and sway his body and his hands up to the middle of the football field.
Known for being courteous and smart, in addition to his relentless workout schedule, Jagger apologized to the crowd for having to change the date of the show and expressed his appreciation of their understanding, right after the opening number, an inspired “Street Fighting Man,” that sent the message that he’s still got it.
A full two-hour continuous set included “Sympathy for the Devil”, a 15-minute version of “Midnight Gambler”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, “Brown Sugar”, “Paint it Black”, and an inspired performance of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” ended with a more-than-credible delivery (probably after some much needed oxygen while the crowd roared for the encore) of “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” the song that started it all 54 years ago.
The stadium was full, including the area on the field sold as standing room only behind the reserved folding-chair seats. Only the area behind the stage was not sold, because it would have been impossible to see anything behind the huge speaker and graphics tower on either side. The average age of concertgoers around the stadium was about 50, with tickets costing in the hundreds of dollars for most seats.
Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats opened the show and were warmly welcomed by the home town crowd.
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