Rolling Stones Rock the Rose Bowl

The Rolling Stones return to Pasadena, announce a Rock on Mars in their name, and bring down the house with timeless hits

Published : Friday, August 23, 2019 | 4:02 AM

The Rolling Stones took the stage at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, 2019. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Rolling Stones brought their massive No Filter Tour show to Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and packed the stadium with 55,474 fans on Thursday night. It was their first time at the Rose Bowl in 25 years, since the Voodoo Lounge Tour.

The Rose Bowl date, which was rescheduled from May, drew Rolling Stones fans from Pasadena and beyond. Attendees heeded advice and arrived early to avoid rush hour.

Frontman Mick Jagger and his band, comprised of Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts, played their famous songs including “Start Me Up,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and the winner of the fan vote, “She’s a Rainbow.”

In addition, a special announcement was made by actor Robert Downey Jr., that there would be a rock named after The Rolling Stones on Mars. Back on Earth, The team behind JPL’s InSight lander has named a Martian rock after the band: ‘Rolling Stones Rock.’

Jagger dropped the name of some of his favorite LA landmarks including Brennan’s in Santa Monica, which has started its famous turtle racing again, and the 1980s and ‘90s hotspot, Spago’s.

The sold-out show drew a range of concert-goers, from the very young to those who were more mature. Jagger put on his famous physical moves and impressed the crowd as he is 75 years old and underwent successful heart surgery last April, which was the reason for the postponed series of concert dates.

The Stones sold thousands of T-shirts and merch and many fans made a long weekend out of the show, opting to stay at local hotels and with friends in Pasadena.

Pasadena police said Friday morning they made only three arrests during the concert, two for public intoxication and one for drug possession.

The band goes on to Glendale, Arizona, next and wraps the tour in Miami.


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