Energetic Rolling Stones rock MN crowd with focus on classics


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A wet morning and afternoon did nothing to damper spirits at TCF Bank Stadium Wednesday night, where the Rolling Stones put on an energetic show – while focusing on songs considered longtime fan favorites.

The Current's Andrea Swensson lauded Mick Jagger's energy on the mic during the 2-hour, 15-minute show, managing to sing while strutting and dancing up and down the catwalk.

Swennson said the band – Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Woods – "proved that they could still play with the jagged imprecision and giddy looseness of a band just feeling one another out for the first time in a garage."

And play they did, kicking things off with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)," and "All Down The Line" in front of a crowd of 42,500 fans.

The band actually put the setlist online – you can see it here.

Jon Bream with the Star Tribune seemed equally thrilled. The band focused on tracks from the 1960s and '70s he wrote, and called the performance "a celebration of Jagger in all his jitteryness and the indestructible strength of the Stones’ songs."

The latter half included a performance of "Gimme Shelter" with extra vocals from the opening act, Grace Potter.

And after wrapping up "Brown Sugar," the Stones came back out for an encore of two iconic songs: "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" – which was assisted by Minnesota's VocalEssence Ensemble – and "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction."

The Pioneer Press' final takeaway? "Well, they don't call them the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band for nothing."

Ross Raihala said the band "barely seemed to age a day" when comparing them to their most recent Twin Cities appearance a decade ago.

Jagger also gave some shout-outs to the city itself (which he took some time this week to tour around), reviews noted. The 71-year-old mentioned Minnehaha Falls, Mall of America, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and even the Gophers' “ski-u-mah-mah” chant.

The Star Tribune also spoke with fans about the pleasures of an outdoor concert – even with rain falling close to start time.

Here are some photos and tweets from the evening.

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