On May 25, 2013, Rolling Stones performed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, where they were joined on stage by guest Carrie Underwood for the Stones song “It’s Only Rock N’Roll (But I Like It).” According to an announcement on the official Rolling Stones website, this concert was the first time that the Stones performed “Angie” on their 2013 tour.
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 concert also marked the return of “Happy” to the set list. “Happy” (which has guitarist Keith Richards on lead vocals) has been a mainstay at most Rolling Stones concerts since the song came out in 1972, but the Stones skipped playing the song at their Los Angeles concert on May 20, 2013.
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 25, 2103, the song performed by request was “Street Fighting Man,” which the Stones previously performed at their surprise show at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on April 27, 2013.
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)
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 from reviews of the Toronto concert on May 25, 2013:
Toronto Globe and Mail
“The race is over, the victory lap is happening, and for the first time in many, many years, it felt like time was back on the Stones’s side … But at the ACC, this time around, with no new meaningless album to promote and no points to make, the concert was a pressure’s-off celebration, with the rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Darryl Jones nimbly supplying the groove. Greying guitarist Keith Richards, sloppy but passable, was not the tough-guy pirate with the skull ring on his knobby fingers anymore … The vibe is looser now, with the former bad boys no longer needing to play to an image (or even a stature, really).”
“Toronto welcomed home its favourite foreign musical sons as The Rolling Stones brought their 50 & Counting tour to the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night in front of some 13,000 fans … ‘It’s great to be back in Toronto,’ said Jagger initially before screwing up the venue and then correcting himself. ‘It’s great to be back at the Rogers, I mean, the Air Canada Centre.’ Forgetful, maybe briefly, and wrinkly, definitely, but the Stones still have plenty of heart, soul and seemingly boundless energy as the foursome was joined by bassist Darryl Jones, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, backup singers Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fischer and saxophonists Bobby Keys and Tim Ries.” (Rating 4 out of 4 stars)
“And pricey though it is, the Stones’ show remains something to behold … It’s natural to assume that a band celebrating its 50th anniversary would be slowed severely by time. And yet, guitarist Keith Richards — who’s 69 but looks older, with a face marked by grooves as deep and worn as a first vinyl pressing of “12 X 5″ — and 65-year-old Ron Wood conjured spiralling, sinewy guitar riffs with as much power as ever, while 71-year-old drummer Charlie Watts still seemed unflappable almost to the point of mild boredom. While those Stones didn’t roll so much as stay more or less stationary, Jagger — set to turn 70 in a matter of months — proved he’s still an electric presence. Initially clad in a purple velvet jacket and matching silk shirt with black trousers so tight those in the front row could likely count the change in his pocket, Jagger made it clear that he’s the engine powering this band as its odometer ticks up into the hundreds of thousands of kilometres.”
Here is the Rolling Stones’ set list for their concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, on May 25, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
You Got Me Rocking
Paint It Black
Street Fighting Man (by fan request)
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (with Carrie Underwood)
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
You Got the Silver
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)