One of the greatest rock n’ roll bands in history, The Rolling Stones, kicked off Canada Day weekend celebrations on Saturday with an energetic, rowdy show at Canada Rocks. Tens of thousands of fans — 71,000 to be precise — descended upon Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ont., for the day-long festival.
According to frontman Mick Jagger, the show marked the band’s 35th show in Ontario alone, and since April 23, 1965, The Rolling Stones have established a deep-rooted connection to Canada, frequently make a point of celebrating it.
From headlining Toronto’s biggest-ever charity event, SARSStock, in 2003, to recording multiple live albums across the nation — Love You Live (1975) and Light the Fuse (2012) — the four-piece band have created a rich history in Canada and earned the hearts of millions.
Not only did last night’s show mark the only Canadian stop on the critically acclaimed No Filter tour, but it saw the band’s return to the country for the first time in more than six years.