Three months after it was originally scheduled, The Rolling Stones will begin the U.S. leg of the No Filter tour with the first of two shows tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The tour was postponed when Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in April. Radar Onlinereports that precautions are in place to ensure his safety on the road. A source told the site, “They have three doctors on eight-hour rotations. Mick wears a monitor while performing and keeps a defibrillator nearby. They have emergency routes planned from every hotel and venue to the closest hospital."
As usual, many are wondering if this will be the band's last go-round.
Mick Jagger talked about being asked if their next tour was The Rolling Stones' last one:
"They started asking the question, 'Is this gonna be your last tour?' in 1966. I distinctly remember that. I always dated that from there. You know, I'm not the Oracle of Delphi and they're [the press] not the three graces. So I don't know -- definitely not in my mind anyway."
Ronnie Wood says the goal of the tour is to spread "pleasure."
"I do believe that it gives people hope, you know, the music that we put out, and it just takes them into a little surreal world again for a bit and take all their troubles away in the light of what's going down. Yeah, we just want to spread some smiles and get some serious grooves interacting with the audience."
The Stones have 17 shows scheduled across the country through August 31st in Miami.