Record crowd for Rolling Stones on Plains of Abraham in Quebec City

Record crowd for Rolling Stones on Plains of Abraham in Quebec City

Main pic: The Rolling Stones – Festival d’été de Québec. 15 July 2015 – Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

Wednesday 15 July 2015 – Starting bang on the scheduled time of 9.30pm and playing a set lasting over 2 glorious hours, the 93,000 record crowd were treated to a show. What. A. Show!

The Festival d’Été de Québec organisers closed the entrance to the site 20 minutes before the start as it was full.
A lockout – something I’ve never seen here before.

Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts kicked things off with ‘Start Me Up.’ This got everyone going. Over 90,000 fans bouncing and singing along.

From start to finish this show was one great big party.

Jagger, Wood, and Richards used all of the stage, including a specially constructed walkway out into the crowd.

These guys have got moves. They ran, they preened, they swaggered, they pouted, they postured, they strutted. They’ve probably patented it, but they moved like Jagger!

‘Merci bien. Bienvenue au Zip Code tour’ said Jagger.
Speaking French throughout the evening, he asked if people were from Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay?
‘OK, that’s enough towns, let’s get on with this’, he continued.

Guitarists Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards were impressive throughout. Both with a lit cigarette as almost a permanent fixture as they played.

In the run up to the show, the Stones invited people to vote for a song to be played during the concert. The choice, Street Fighting Man proved popular.

‘Quelle belle soirée’ said Mick as he kept things going. How they can keep going for this length of time during a show is beyond me.

‘You feeling good, Quebec?’
Jagger really didn’t need to ask that. Yes, yes Quebec was feeling very good indeed.

During the evening the band gave the limelight to the other performers – an impressive gang on the keyboards, bass guitar, saxpohone, and backing singers.

Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter Lisa Fischer deserves a special mention for her performance during the show.

Spectators were treated to many of the groups greatest hits  such as Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Sympathy for the Devil, You Can’t Always Get What you Want, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and more.

The show involved multiple costume changes, including an array of leather jackets of all colours.

Jagger, at one point, let it be known that they’ve been coming to Quebec province since 1965. This was their 13th visit.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. This particular night finishing with an awesome rendition of Satisfaction.

The band and backing musicians came together at the finish to bow to the audience.

What gentlemen. What a show. I think it’s safe to say you’d be waiting a long time to see that bettered.

The Rolling Stones on the Plains of Abraham at the Festival d’Été de Québec 2015 – They started us up, they got us going, they made grown men (and women) cry, and they more than satisfied us.

The Rolling Stones – Festival d’été de Québec. 15 July 2015 – Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

The Rolling Stones – Festival d’été de Québec. 15 July 2015 – Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

The Rolling Stones – Festival d’été de Québec. 15 July 2015 – Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

The Rolling Stones – Festival d’été de Québec. 15 July 2015 – Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

The Rolling Stones Festival d'été de Québec, 15 juillet 2015.  Scène Bell des Plaines d'Abraham. Crédit photo: Philippe Ruel.

The Rolling Stones
Festival d’été de Québec, 15 juillet 2015.
Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham. Crédit photo: Philippe Ruel.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
If you’re a music-lover then Quebec City is always the place to be in July.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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