Zurich Switzerland and Letzigund Stadion is the location for show number four on the No Filter Tour 2017. They performed at the very same stadium in 2014, so I know the place, and I know where to stay, without having to travel any extra. I am at the virtually next door Crowne Plaza Hotel Zurich, just like in 2014, with just a five minutes walk to the venue. It seems like “everyone” I know is at the hotel. There are fans from all over Europe, many from UK, also from the rest of Europe. We are a big family and we share the same passion – The Rolling Stones!
Spielberg Austria was the next stop on the tour, a place in the middle of nowhere, as it seems. I was at the same location in 1995, i.e. twentytwo years ago. Then The Rolling Stones performed a show at what was then called Zeltweg, Austria, August 1, 1995. It is a Formula One racetrack, still is, now called Red Bull Ring. That time I was on tour with Interrail travel across Europe. This time there was no time for train travels, I was flying in and out. Still, my “home base” was the beautiful nearby Austrian city of Graz. It may have been twentytwo years ago, but the memories from Graz 1995 was still in my mind. I wanted to see Graz one more time.
I had five great days in Hamburg Germany during The Rolling Stones No Filter 2017 Tour opening. Following a short night with five hours sleep, I was on the Hamburg main train station catching a train to the next Rolling Stones show location München Germany. For most of the shows on this tour I would go home to Oslo Norway between the shows, but this was tour start, so I wanted to do the five and a half hours train ride from the north to the south part of Germany.
Zurich to Lucca was one of the travels I did without going home between the Stones shows this summer. First I took the train from Zurich to Milano, then another train from Milano to Firenze (Florence). I checked in at Grand Hotel Baglioni, which has been on my wish list for a long time during Firenze visits, due to their rooftop garden. However, I got a room with no windows, and Firenze was overcrowded, with slow service everywhere I went, so I checked out early and took the train to Pisa. Then another train half an hour or so to Lucca.
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Arnhem is the second stop of The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017 in The Netherlands, following the show in Amsterdam two weeks ago, on Saturday September 30. I flew directly from Stockholm into Amsterdam on Friday October 13, the day after the Stockholm show. Then a train taking 1 hour 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport into Arnhem. With the Arnhem show on Sunday Oct 15, I will be three days in Arnhem, such a luxury, with plenty of time to sleep and relax during the week-end!
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The Eagle Has Landed! Tuesday afternoon September 5, 2017, at around 6pm, The Rolling Stones flew from London UK into Hamburg Germany with their special tour plane, ready to start their No Filter Tour. On my own account, I had planned for being in Hamburg from Wednesday and on, in case there were a couple of soundcheck and dress rehearsals there. So when I got the news about the Stones had landed late Tuesday, I did know I would not loose anything important arriving next day.
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London UK is the city I have been to most times away from home. My first trip to see the Stones live in London was in 1982, two shows at Wembley Stadium that summer. Since then I returned to see every single performance by The Rolling Stones in London, as well as in UK; also many solo appearences by the band members, including Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. I could write a book about my London Stones travels, including sleeping in the streets for club shows, may be later. This is just a quick tribute from my travels this year.
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The Rolling Stones do always prepare for a new tour by rehearsing songs, stage arrangements and so on. They might pop up for a guest spot on a song or two outside the Stones, outside touring, but it would be very rare for The Rolling Stones to play a one-off show outside tours, without rehearsing first. Personally I do believe the rehearsals are private, not for the public. Still, there is a lot of interest in these rehearsals. I will try to comment on the rehersals without becoming a “reporter”. It is a fine line between reporting and stalking so please be patient with me on the subject. Many parts of the rehearsals are private, still I will try to explain a bit, so that fans may get some satisfaction… Picture on the top of these pages: Fans from Argentina flying in with hopes to see their favorite band at the rehearsals in London. With success…
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Norway is clearly defined by four seasons climate wise. Some say the summer is the best part of the year, others live for the winters. Spring and autumn bridge these extreme times of the year. Personally I love all the four seasons. Still, it is in the summer you are able to explore most of our remarkable and beautiful country. The past two summers of 2016 and 2017 there were no tours with The Rolling Stones, unlike 2013, 2014, 2015, when I was away from home touring, so I did realy enjoy summertime in Norway this year as well as last year.
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The Rolling Stones were booked for two shows in Las Vegas on Wednesday October 19 and Saturday October 22, 2016. This was a short “mini-tour” of four public shows, plus a couple of corporate/private shows, not available to the public. The Las Vegas crowd is very different from any other crowd in a city in USA, or any other country, as most of the fans travel into Las Vegas, not just from nearby, but from all over USA. For these two Stones shows, there would be fans coming in from all over the world.