On May 28, 2013, Rolling Stones performed at the United Center in Chicago, where they were joined on stage by guest Taj Mahal for the Dave Dudley song “Six Days on the Road.” According to an announcement on the official Rolling Stones website, Mahal previously performed with the Rolling Stones in 1997 on the “Bridges to Babylon” tour. Majal was also a performer on “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus,” an all-star concert that was filmed for television in 1968, but the project was shelved until it was released on home video in 1996.
AEG Live is the promoter of the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour, which features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor as a guest on all the tour dates. The tour has been named “50 and Counting” as a celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary.
The May 28 concert in Chicago did not include “Happy,” which has guitarist Keith Richards on lead vocals. “Happy” has been a mainstay at most Rolling Stones concerts since the song came out in 1972. The Stones also skipped playing the song at their Los Angeles concert on May 20, 2013. Instead, Richards has been singing “You Got the Silver” at concerts where “Happy” is not part of the set list. In addition to “Happy,” the other song that Richards has been consistently singing lead vocals on for the 2013 tour is “Before They Make Me Run.”
As of May 8, 2013, select concerts on the tour will feature a song performed by request from fans who voted online via the official Rolling Stones mobile app. For each concert, fans will be given a choice of five different songs to vote for, and the Rolling Stones will perform the song that gets the most votes for that concert. The Rolling Stones also did this for their “50 and Counting” concerts in 2012. At the concert on May 28, 2103, the song performed by request was “Rocks Off.”
There have been celebrity guests at almost every one of the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts. On previous concerts of the 2013 tour, the celebrity guest stars were:
- Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani (at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2013)
- Tom Waits (at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 5, 2013)
- John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt (at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on May 8, 2013)
- Katy Perry (at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 11, 2013)
- John Mayer (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif, on May 15, 2013)
- Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on May 18, 2013)
- Carrie Underwood (at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on May 25, 2013)
The vast majority of the reviews from fans and critics have been positive about the Rolling Stones’ performances on this tour so far. And even though many fans have complained about the tour’s ticket prices (which range from $85 to $600 per ticket), various reports from fans and the media are that the concerts have been playing to full houses.
The tour’s concerts in England are sold out, but for the tour’s concerts in North America, tickets have not immediately sold out and are being sold on the day of the show. Tickets are more likely to be discounted closer to the concert date. The $85 tickets for the North American shows are randomly assigned, and the ticket buyers won’t know where their seats are until they pick up their tickets at the venue.
Here are excerpts of reviews of the Rolling Stones concert at United Center in Chicago, on May 28, 2013:
“In the midst of another-night-at-the-office greatest hits show for the Rolling Stones, the eternal drummer Charlie Watts kept things swinging. He smashed a cymbal so hard it looked as if it had been cracked by a two-by-four. And he even allowed himself a smile as the 2 1/2-hour show wound down Tuesday at the packed United Center. Though the Stones’ set lists have become pretty predictable over the last couple decades, it’s still a lot of fun to watch the band interact. Watts, his posture erect, his hair silver, his wrists bringing the sticks down like dancing sledgehammers, made everything move in the first of three Chicago concerts.
“The interaction of Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood had its own choreography, a shake and shimmy of jutting elbows and snaking, nearly invisible hips … But nothing could top Richards and Wood on acoustic guitars for the unusually tender “You Got the Silver,” with Watts – as usual – adding just the right feel on brushes. No wonder the drummer was grinning, however briefly, at the end. It was a good night back there in the Stones engine room.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Let’s be clear: $600 is an absurd amount to pay for a concert ticket, even for the Rolling Stones. Thousands paid just that to see the Stones at Chicago’s United Center Tuesday (it’s the first of three concerts there, wrapping up Monday) … Except for those fans who would say they weren’t strictly paying for a concert. They were paying for an experience, for lifelong memories, for a chance to say “I was there” … In that regard, what the Stones offered Tuesday was something very special … But the star above everyone else in the Stones, and practically every other rock band, is model frontman Jagger — strutting around on tiptoes with crooked knees, flinging his hands like he was trying to shake them loose …
“Matching the motions with exhilarating musicianship was guest performer and former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, whose colorful riffing became the undisputed guitar highlight of the night — all the more impressive in that it was performed at one point with Taylor down to one knee. Later, for closer (“I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” he performed sitting on the stage, legs crossed, swaying with his guitar in his arms like he was rocking a baby to sleep, while Jagger sang with the urgency of a man trying to wake up the world. You couldn’t put a price tag on moments like these.”
Here is the Rolling Stones’ set list for their concert at United Center in Chicago, on May 28, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
Rocks Off (by fan request)
Six Days on the Road (with Taj Mahal)
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
You Got the Silver
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)