The Rolling Stones have been a world famous band since before the Bears called Soldier Field home. They’ve toured America in each of the past six decades, including when prep Brian Urlacher had hair; then when bald young adult Brian Urlacher terrorized NFL offenses; and now again as retired Brian Urlacher once again has a full head of hair.
The first concert I ever attended was in high school – The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. My buddy Richard talked me into it. We took the BNSF downtown, drank beer and smoked weed. I remember giant blow-up demons rising behind the band as “Sympathy for the Devil” played. I stared at the video board as ladies lifted their shirts during “Honky Tonk Women”. Mind-blowing experience for a 16-year-old.
Fast forward to this past Friday night: the elderly rock stars once again graced the stage at Soldier Field. Mick Jagger fell ill earlier this year and word was the tour was cancelled. Back in good health, Mick let it be known the tour would begin June 21st…in Chicago. There I was, in attendance with Rich’s brother Jim. I met him at Union Station. We stopped for a few drinks at a bar on Jackson then cabbed it to the show. Again, as an adult, my senses were overloaded with the glory of rock ‘n’ roll.
I tried live in the moment but I had to take at least one video. Figured why not Sympathy for the Devil?