The Rolling Stones

June 29, 2019    Burl's Creek  Oro-Medonte, Ontario

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Review by Michael Oshust


The Rolling Stones kicked off Canada Day weekend celebrations on June 29, 2019, with an energetic, loud show at Canada Rocks. 71,000 plus fans descended upon Burl's Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, for the day-long festival.  

As the sun slowly descended, and a steady breeze of fresh air began to relieve the crowd. Suddenly, the overlying chaos died down, and everyone was silent as all eyes went centre-stage.

The Rolling Stones have a rich history with Ontario, in particular, Toronto. The band headlined Toronto's SARSStock in 2003, rehearsed in the hangers at Pearson Airport for several tours, played at the Palais Royale in 2002, and recorded the "Love You Live" album at the El Mocambo (1975) and the "Light the Fuse" album at the Phoenix Concert Theater (2012).

According to frontman, Mick Jagger, the show marked the band's 35th in Ontario. Not only did Saturday night's show mark the only Canadian stop on the critically acclaimed 'No Filter' tour, but it saw the band's return to the country for the first time in more than six years. "I'd like to thank you all for coming out in the middle of the country," said Jagger, acknowledging the dedication of his fans.​ 

The band played favourites like "Tumbling Dice," "Miss You" and "Sympathy for the Devil," as well as rarities like "Sad Sad Sad" from 1989's Steel Wheels album and "Before They Make Me Run" from 1978's Some Girls album.

Watching Ron Wood solo with a wide grin on his face, or any of the band members, laughing and just embracing and touching each other reassuringly with genuine affection brings their relationships into view, and perhaps due to recent health scares, it seems more personal than a business these days. The band showed they were there for the music, the fans, and for fun. Even in their early and late 70s, band members Jagger, Wood, Richards, and Charlie Watts collectively exceded all expectations.

At the end of the show, the band left fans with a cryptic message on their four massive LED screens, reading: "See you soon.”

Shortly after the show, The Rolling Stones tweeted "What a night! Thank you Canada"


Street Fighting Man

Let's Spend The Night Together

Tumbling Dice

Sad Sad Sad

She's A Rainbow (Fans Vote)

You Can't Always Get What You want
Angie (acoustic performance on the catwalk)

Dead Flowers (acoustic performance on the catwalk)

Sympathy For The Devil

Honky Tonk Woman

Slipping Away(Keith Richards on vocals)

Before They Make Me Run (Keith Richards on vocals)

Miss You

Paint It Black

Midnight Rambler

Start Me Up

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Brown Sugar

Gimme Shelter





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