ROLLING STONES SET TO TAKE OVER CLEVELAND

The biggest concert of the summer is finally here.

Why it matters: The Rolling Stones' Hackney Diamonds '24 tour marks the legendary band's first concert in Cleveland in more than 20 years and is expected to draw about 50,000 fans to Browns Stadium on Saturday.

Flashback: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company last played Northeast Ohio in 2002 at Gund Arena.

  • The band was supposed to stop here in 2020 for its No Filter tour but canceled the show due to the pandemic.

The intrigue: Jagger and Richards are both 80 years old, and guitarist Ronnie Wood is 77.

  • Yes, but: The band released its 24th studio album, "Hackney Diamonds," to rave reviews last October.

State of play: Reviews of the current tour (hilariously sponsored by AARP) have praised the Stones' 19-song set, which spans 60 years of hits.

  • The 180-foot-wide stage with a lengthy runway is backed by nearly 50-foot-tall digital screens.

What they're saying: Dan DeLuca of The Philadelphia Inquirer called the show "thrilling" while praising drummer Steve Jordan, who replaced Charlie Watts, who died in 2021.

  • "Watts' clean, precise style and regal mien are surely missed," DeLuca wrote, "but Jordan's muscle gives the band added juice."

Zoom in: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is hosting a Rolling Stones-themed weekend, featuring a revamped Stones exhibition starting Friday, a tailgate party Saturday and a trivia contest on Sunday.

If you go: The concert begins at 8pm with opening act Ghost Hounds. The Stones are set to perform after 9pm.

  • Tickets for the concert are still available, starting at $159.

Go deeper: Summer concert roundup

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