The Rolling Stones have a long history with the Czech Republic and the former Czechoslovakia, and this summer will continue that relationship with a newly-announced concert date this summer.
Once denounced as a capitalist machine by the former communist establishment in Czechoslovakia, the Stones famously played in Prague to a crowd of more than 100,000 at the invitation of newly-elected president Václav Havel in the summer of 1990, months after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet regime in former East Bloc countries.
“Tanks are rolling out, and the Stones are rolling in,” read materials promoting the ‘90 gig. The band accepted no payment for the concert, and tickets ran for a mere 250 crowns – with all proceeds going to a charity for disabled children organized by the president’s then-wife, Olga Havlová.
Since that historic concert – one of the most storied, perhaps, in Czech history – the Rolling Stones have played in Prague on an additional three occasions.
But the last of those was way back in the summer of 2003 when 80,000+ fans came to see them perform at Letná Park, in a concert introduced by Havel (the band also played in Brno in 2007 during their A Bigger Bang tour.)
Havel, who credited rock music as a instigator in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, is unfortunately no longer with us. But a pair of his old friends still are: Mick Jagger and Keith RIchards, both of whom will turn 75 later this year, and they’re coming back to Prague with the rest of the Rolling Stones for the first time in 15 years.
The band has just announced the second leg of their No Filter tour, which began last year and now includes an additional 11 dates through the summer of 2018. Those include six dates in the UK and five throughout Europe, with stops in Berlin, Marseilles, Stuttgart, Warsaw, and Prague.
The Rolling Stones will play at the Letňany Airport on July 4, 2018 – a date that might cause conflict for some fans in the country. Rock for People, one of the Czech Republic’s biggest music festivals, begins on the same day at Hradec Králové.
Others in Prague will get a rare chance to see what might be one of the band’s final concerts.
Tickets to see the Rolling Stones in Prague on July 4 will go on sale beginning on March 9.