That was a bang. The Rolling Stones announced on Thursday that they intend to extend their Sixty European tour with an additional concert. And that will take place on August 3rd in the Waldbühne. There are around 20,000 tickets for this concert. They will be sold from June 29th, 12:00 p.m. via eventim.de. The organizers expect that the show will be sold out quite quickly.
The second concert of the anniversary tour marking the 60th anniversary of the legendary band took place in Munich on June 5th. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and their cronies kicked off the stage show with a tribute to drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in August 2021.
Photos from the life of the bandmates were shown, which were projected onto huge LED screens. The program included timeless songs like “Start Me Up”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Miss You”, “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Gimme Shelter” and of course “Satisfaction”. Almost traditionally, 19 songs from the hit list were counted.
It is probably not very surprising that the choice for the final concert fell on the Waldbühne. After all, the memories of wild youth years are transfigured over time.
And the Stones were wild when they first performed at the Waldbühne 57 years ago. Of course, her fans were even wilder. At that time, the youth magazine “Bravo” had sent the still young Rock ‘n Roller into the ring as the “toughest band in the world”. Already in Tegel, where they landed late from Munich, they were greeted with screams by 11 to 15 year olds.
Riots later broke out, breaking almost everything that wasn’t made of stone. The damage caused by the rioters, who were still known as “hooligans” at the time, was almost DM 300,000. There were 85 arrests and 87 injured. At that time, the band’s music was still quite controversial in parts of society, it was years when boys could still annoy their parents with long hair.
On September 15, 1965, the young rioters never really enjoyed the music anyway, because the band had to end the concert prematurely because of the tumult.
Many years later, at the 2006 concert, the mood was much more civilized, sustained by mutual respect. Mick Jagger thought it was “really wonderful to be back in Berlin”. And the Tagesspiegel critic raved at the end “A league of its own: The Rolling Stones prove in the Olympic Stadium that they are simply the greatest”.
By the time they returned to the Olympic Stadium four years ago, Mick Jagger was already a great-grandfather and long-time knight, appointed by the Queen herself, as well as Honorary President of the University of London. Of course, he didn’t show his status as a dignitary during the stage show. And among the 67,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium there were by no means only people of the same age, but numerous 30 and 40 year olds.
Music is infinite. Mick Jagger will be 79 years old at his next Waldbühne concert.
In Munich at the opening concert he is said to have sung and danced as if time had hardly affected him. The band could probably have filled the Olympic Stadium. But at a certain age, no matter how good your physical shape, a nostalgic sentimentality creeps in, a secret longing for happily closing circles.