The Rolling Stones‘ 15-city Zip Code tour got under way Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego, where the zip code is 92101. The two-hour-and-15-minute set started with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and ended with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” followed by fireworks as the band made their escape from the stadium.
While the title of the tour is a tie-in to the June 9th deluxe reissue of their Sticky Fingers album, the one with the zipper on the cover, they did not perform the entire album as they had last week at a surprise theater show in Los Angeles. Mick Jagger told the sold-out crowd that “we got away with it” at that L.A. show, but earlier revealed to us they might not do the whole album on tour, because five of the album’s 10 songs are ballads. Sunday, they selected four songs from it, including “Bitch” with opening act Gary Clark Jr. guesting on guitar. And the song the fans voted for was “Street Fighting Man.”
The Stones were the first act to play at Petco Park, back in 2005. Sunday, Jagger joked that Petco — a chain of pet stores — “provided all of our backstage catering. I personally like the chicken and venison tin.”
The staging was a typical Stones monstrosity, stretching from left to right field, with a ramp that extends out into the audience. The stage rises nearly to the third deck of the stadium and has two huge video screens on both ends.
Among the celebrities in attendance were basketball great Bill Walton, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and actors Matt Damon and Katie Holmes.
Up next is zip code 43210 on Saturday — Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
The Andretti Autosport number-25 Indy car that was wrapped in a Zip Code tour skin finished 21st out of a field of 33 at Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The tour will reach the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4th.
SUNDAY NIGHT’S SET LIST: