The Rolling Stones haven’t performed in Kansas City since their show at Kemper Arena on April 6, 1999, a span of 16 years and 82 days.
Saturday night, they will perform at Arrowhead Stadium.
This time, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts are in their 70s and Ronnie Wood is 68. Could this be the Stones’ final show in Kansas City?
If Saturday is their Kansas City swan song, it seems as though fans will get a memorable one. Reviews of shows on this leg of the Zip Code Tour have been generally positive (OK and maybe a little generous).
From a review of a recent show in Columbus, Ohio: “Jagger’s spins and rockified two-step have all the same verve and vigor they had when he was 17 instead of 71.”
From the Hollywood Reporter’s review of the tour opener in San Diego in May: “(Jagger) might have smiled three times, but the perpetually sullen look on his face is scant disguise for an eagerness to wow. … Singing? Yes, he’s still quite good at that, too, actually, bringing some sensitivity to ‘Moonlight Mile’ amid the aggressively affectless drawl that is his stock-in-trade.”
From the Los Angeles Times’ review of the same show: “Mid-set jams ‘Street Fighting Man’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’ showcased the Stones’ musical dexterity, while Jagger, 71, relied on his physical dexterity to run the stage. As skinny and fit as ever, he pumped the crowd with timeless grace.”
The shows have been running roughly 2 hours and 10 minutes long. The Stones have been going on around 9:30 p.m. Set lists have comprised 19 songs and have changed slightly from one show to the next.
The Stones have been taking requests online and playing them at each show. In Arlington, Texas, it was “Rocks Off,” which they preceded with a snippet of George Strait’s “All My Exes Live in Texas.” In Columbus, Ohio, it was “Paint It Black,” which they preceded with a snippet of “Hang on Sloopy,” the official rock song of the state of Ohio. In Nashville it was “Dead Flowers,” which they performed with Brad Paisley, who opened the show.
Other requests played: “She’s So Cold,” “Some Girls” and “Street Fighting Man.”
The Stones bring with them a large supporting band: Darryl Jones, bass; Chuck Leavell and Matt Clifford, keyboards; Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fischer, background vocals; Tim Ries and Karl Denson, saxophone. A local choir has also been enlisted to perform on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
The Rolling Stones will perform Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium. Ed Sheeran opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.50 to $346.
Arrowhead parking lots will open at 3 p.m. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Ticketmaster is offering advance parking: general, $27; premium, $45. On concert day, all parking is $30 cash only at the toll gates. Bus/RV parking is $70.