Rolling Stones coming to Prague

The British rockers bring the No Filter Tour to Letňany Airport

Mick and the boys will be coming to Prague during an already concert-filled summer. The Rolling Stones just announced new dates for the No Filter Tour and will be at Letiště Letňany on July 4 for an open-air concert. Tickets go on sale March 9 at 10 am on

“NO FILTER! The news you’ve all been waiting for! The Rolling Stones are bringing the No Filter tour to the UK and Ireland this summer, with some additional European shows!” an enthusiastic Mick Jagger said on Twitter, adding a short promo video with riffs from “Paint It Black,” “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” and “Doom and Gloom.”

Prague is the penultimate date on the short tour, with Warsaw currently slated as the end.

“It's such a joy to play with this band, There's no stopping us. We're only just getting started, really,” guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement.

Jagger was particularly excited about the UK and Ireland dates. “This part of the No Filter tour is really special for the Stones. We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland. It’s always exhilarating going to cities we haven’t played for quite a while and also some new venues for us like Old Trafford & The London Stadium,” he said.

The band has already played some dates on the No Filter Tour in the fall of 2017. The setlists have had about 20 songs, typically starting with “Sympathy for the Devil” and “It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)” and working up to “Jumpin' Jack Flash” and an encore of “Gimme Shelter” and “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.” Along the way, there are some unusual choices like “Dancing With Mr. D” and “Miss You.” Keith Richards also gets a chance to sing a few songs. The setlist for the summer tour may vary.

The Rolling Stones in January were awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome at the 60th Grammy Awards in Madison Square Garden. The album consisted of covers of famous blues songs. “All of these songs have antecedents. We’re paying our respects, but we’re taking the blues forward and hopefully introducing them to a whole new generation of fans.” Mick Jagger said at the time. Some blues covers are also in the show.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums and 18 live albums. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The Stones have been Prague favorites since they played the first big show after the Velvet Revolution at Strahov Stadium, one of the world’s largest, in August 1990. The stop was added to the Urban Jungle Tour at the request of then-president Václav Havel. It was promoted with the slogan, “Tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in,”

What many people don’t realize is the Stones were so touched by the graciousness of Václav Havel that they paid to install the floodlights around Prague Castle so it can be seen at night. Havel had been embarrassed about the shabbiness of the city’s landmarks after the fall of communism.

A review of that show in The New York Times marveled at Mick Jagger for “still strutting [and] still jumping” at the age of 47. Those numbers are now reversed, and Sir Mick is 74. And still strutting.

Fans in 1990 were familiar with the music, even though it had been banned. “Czechoslovak followers of the Rolling Stones said the band's ‘Black and Blue’ album from the 1970’s was its only album sold officially in Czechoslovakia before the revolution in November. But Czechoslovak fans kept up with the Stones and other Western rockers by listening to bootlegged recordings and foreign radio broadcasts,” the Times stated.

The Stones have been to Prague already four times in total, and the last concert was 2003 at Letná as part of the Lick This World Tour.

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