Empower Field Rocks: Welcoming The Stones Back to Denver

Article Contributed by Backstage Flash | Published on Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Fifty-eight years have passed since their 1965 Colorado debut at the Denver Coliseum. Much has changed since then as far as concert venues and technology, but the one thing that has not changed is the pure rock n’ roll the Rolling Stones deliver with fire and fury to the ever-present adoring fans! The Stones are coming back to Colorado, and we can’t wait to welcome them on June 20th, 2024, at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver's premier sports and music stadium.

Keith Richards | The Rolling Stones

The band was in and out of Colorado during the '60s and '70s, having a long storied history with the Rocky Mountain state that reads like a fantasy trip of rock and roll extremes that have endured the test of time. The band seems to love the vibe here as they have been coming back for so many decades, wowing crowds at every show. They played in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1969 and 1975, and both shows were on Colorado State University property. One of those venues is Moby Arena on campus in Fort Collins, and every time I pass the building, I think about what the show was like in the smallish basketball arena. The other show was in front of forty thousand Rolling Stones fans at Hughes Stadium just west of the campus that has since been torn down, but once again the memories of rock and roll exist in the open field that once hosted the Stones.

Mick Jagger | photos by Backstage Flash

They have played at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1978 and 1981 and Denver in the '90s and 2000s. They might as well take up residency in Colorado, and we will certainly make them feel at home. With all of this history of years past, thankfully it leads us to the present day. The band is still healing from the loss of Mr. Charlie Watts, the original drummer, but they have found a way to carry on with a new album, a major U.S. tour, and Steve Jordan now behind the drum kit. Charlie was a big fan of Jordan and recommended him as his replacement if needed.

Ronnie Wood & Keith Richards | The Rolling Stones

The band sounds amazing, the new music is fresh and full of life. Mick Jagger’s voice sounds extraordinary on the new tracks, and we can’t wait to hear some of these songs in a stadium setting. The new album "Hackney Diamonds," the first studio recording in eighteen years from the band, was well worth the wait. Two of the tracks were recorded with Charlie before his passing, and Bill Wyman also joined the boys in the studio. So, the original rhythm section of Wyman and Watts is on the album. Jordan provided the drumming on the rest. Special guests Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder are also on the record.

Get ready for the Stones in 2024!

The whole thing is exciting as hell, and if you are a Stones fan, I am sure you are excited to see the band in 2024. The pre-sale details are included here - https://rollingstones.com/tour/.