Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones + Ghost Hounds @ BC Place Stadium, Vancouver - July 5th 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: The Rolling Stones + Ghost Hounds @ BC Place Stadium, Vancouver – July 5th 2024

Last night, BC Place in Vancouver, BC, was transformed into a rock ‘n’ roll haven as The Rolling Stones took the stage for an unforgettable night. With a legacy that spans over six decades, The Stones continue to prove why they are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. The sold-out show was a testament to their enduring appeal and the timelessness of their music.

Opening the evening was Ghost Hounds, a rock ‘n’ blues band from Pittsburgh, PA. Known for their blues-inspired rock sound, Ghost Hounds brought a soulful energy to the stage that perfectly set the tone for the night. Their performance was a masterclass in musicianship, earning them a legion of new fans among the attendees. The band’s ability to captivate a large stadium audience is a clear indication that blues rock is not only alive but thriving for the next generation of rock enthusiasts.

The Rolling Stones at BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 5 2024 © Jamie Taylor

As the lights dimmed and the anticipation reached its peak, The Rolling Stones made their grand entrance, kicking off their set with the iconic “Start Me Up.” The energy was palpable as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts (in spirit) took the stage, backed by an enormous 50-foot video wall that added a stunning visual dimension to each song.

It’s awe-inspiring to see a band of individuals in their 80s perform with such vigor and passion. Mick Jagger, in particular, was a force of nature, dancing and running around the stage with the enthusiasm of a performer a quarter of his age. His vocals were powerful and precise, proving that he still has what it takes to command a stadium full of fans. The nearly two-hour set was a journey through their extensive catalog of hits, each song more electrifying than the last.

One of the highlights of the evening was the fan-chosen song, “Street Fighting Man,” which hadn’t been performed live in about a year. The song was selected via social media voting, adding an interactive element to the concert that fans appreciated. The band’s rendition was nothing short of spectacular, reminding everyone why this track remains a fan favorite.

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones at BC Place in Vancouver, BC on July 5 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Keith Richards took center stage for three songs, delivering heartfelt performances of “Tell Me Straight,” “Little T&A,” and “Before They Make Me Run.” While his gravelly voice may not have the polish of a pop star, the emotional charge in every note was undeniable, endearing him even more to the audience.

Backup singer Chanel Haynes delivered a show-stopping performance during “Gimme Shelter.” Led hand-in-hand to the center of the arena by Mick Jagger, her powerful vocals and raw emotion sent chills down the spine. Her voice was a perfect complement to the band’s instrumentation, adding a layer of intensity that left the audience in awe.

The setlist for the night was a perfect blend of classic hits and newer tracks, including “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “Angry,” “Wild Horses,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” Each song was performed with a level of precision and enthusiasm that showcased the band’s enduring talent and love for their craft.

Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones at BC Place in Vancouver, BC on July 5 2024 © Jamie Taylor

The encore featured “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” and the anthemic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” bringing the night to a rousing close. The energy in the arena was electric, with fans singing and dancing along, completely immersed in the experience.

The concert was a meticulously orchestrated event, with a huge selection of merchandise available for fans, including a custom date-specific poster and matching T-shirt for Vancouver. The venue team did an excellent job managing the large audience, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and the venue remained clean and safe.

Now, let me share a personal highlight. I had the chance to snag a “Lucky Dip” ticket, which is a $50 gamble where you don’t know your seat until you pick up your ticket at will call the day of the show. To my utter delight, I ended up with a pit ticket right next to the stage! Being so close to The Stones was an unbelievable experience, watching Mick Jagger strut and Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood work their magic just a dozen feet away was surreal. It’s moments like these that make concerts unforgettable.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones + Ghost Hounds @ BC Place Stadium, Vancouver - July 5th 2024 © Jamie Taylor
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones at BC Place in Vancouver, BC on July 5 2024 © Jamie Taylor

Overall, The Rolling Stones delivered one of the best performances Vancouver has seen in a long time. The combination of timeless music, electrifying performances, and stunning production made for a night that fans will cherish for years to come. It’s clear that The Rolling Stones are still delivering one of the best live performances around, and we can’t wait to see them rock the stage again.

Check out a fan-shot video of The Rolling Stones performing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

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