Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rolling Stones announce North American tour

As expected, The Rolling Stones have announced dates for a spring North American tour.

The Stones, who rocked London and New York in 2012, revealed that they will kick off their "50 And Counting" tour in Los Angeles at the Staples Center (date TBA pending NBA/NHL playoff schedules.)

The tour debut will be followed by performances in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.

The band will also return to London's Hyde Park on July 6, almost 44 years to the day of their first show at the Royal Park.

"50 And Counting" continues the exhilarating celebration of the band's first 50 years—five decades of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe.

The Rolling Stones were recently crowned the 'Best Live Band' at the NME Awards in London, and over the past 12 months have thrilled fans with their release of a greatest hits collection, "GRRR!," a groundbreaking documentary film "Crossfire Hurricane," a photographic book "Rolling Stones: 50," and have taken the stage by storm for their first live shows in many years. The tour is the band's highly anticipated return to the stage.

"'50 And Counting' has been pretty amazing so far," said Jagger. "We did a few shows in London and New York last year...and had such a good time that we thought...let's do some more. It's a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear...with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It's great fun to be able to get that close to the audience."

"From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was the gates...let us out!" said Richards. "Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people."

Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10AM local time and will be available at

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Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

The stage design for the tour is based on the band's ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones' set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones' show.

The band will also play London's Hyde Park on Saturday, July 6 following a headlining appearance at UK's Glastonbury Festival on June 29.

The Rolling Stones "50 And Counting" tour will be the band's first venture with worldwide tour promoter AEG Live's Concerts West.

Rolling Stones
"50 And Counting" tour dates

TBA – Los Angeles - Staples Center – (tickets TBA)
May 05 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (on sale April 8 @ 10AM PST)
May 08 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion (on sale April 8 @ 10AM PST)
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena (tickets TBA)
May 15 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center (tickets TBA)
May 25 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre (on sale April 8 @ 10AM EST)
May 28 – Chicago, IL – United Center (on sale April 8 @ 10AM CST)
June 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden (tickets TBA)
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (tickets TBA)

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