Fans waited eagerly for Rolling Stones to 'Start Me Up'
Rain ends as TIAA Bank Field opens, but heat continues
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After months of delays as Mick Jagger recovered from heart surgery, fans were counting down the hours and minutes until the Rolling Stones concert began Friday night at TIAA Bank Field.
Fans were hopeful the legendary rockers would give them some satisfaction during what was promised to be a two-hour set in Jacksonville, one of only 13 American cities on the No Filter Tour.
Paul Crichton, who has attended 35 Stones concerts, was as excited as the first-timers.
"They’re going to see the greatest thing on this planet. There is nothing else like the Rolling Stones," Crichton said.
Another fan in line Friday afternoon said he's been to 21 shows.
"They're the greatest band in the world," Glenn Ponder said.
As a line started to form to get into the stadium, News4Jax was told some were still available at the stadium box office. Ticketmaster was also an option as resales are also available online. Prices ranged from $69 to $500.
The stadium's parking lots opened at 4 p.m. -- $40 per car. The gates to The Bank opened at 6 p.m. The show started at 7:30 p.m. with The Revivalists. Mick, Keith, Karl, Dick, Ronnie and Charlie were expected to take the stage about 9 p.m.
There were things you could and could not bring.
You could bring:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, that are not bigger than 12 inches by 6 inches. You could also use a one-gallon plastic freezer bag.
- You could also bring clutches with wrist or shoulder straps that are not bigger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
You could not bring:
- Oversized tote bags
- Backpacks of any kind
- Fanny packs
- Seat cushions
- Diaper bags
- Camera or binoculars cases
- Outside food and beverage (News4Jax was attempting to find out whether fans can bring in empty water bottles to fill once inside.)
What to expect:
It will be hot and rainstorms are a concern, although the latest Weather Authority forecast is that the showers were expected to end by the time the stadium opened. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue had about 45 firefighters at the stadium and two buses will be available for people to cool off, with more on standby.
If you don't like spoilers, don't continue reading.
Those who have followed the tour report that the Stones' set list has been pretty consistent (although the band added the 1969 hit "Mercy Mercy" during their Washington, D.C., concert two weeks ago):
"Street Fighting Man"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Sad Sad Sad"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"You Got the Silver"
"Before They Make Me Run"
"Paint It Black"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
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