Rolling Stones Announce New Tour Dates For North America
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.03.2013
50 years and counting...
Billboard reports that The Rolling Stones have released dates for their "50 and Counting" North American tour. They will begin early next month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (the date is undecided as it depends on NHL playoffs) and finish up on June 18 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. CitiCard members will get to access pre-sale tickets on Friday through the Private Pass program. You can get details here.
AEG Live will promote the shows. While only nine shows have been announced so far, there will be eighteen in total, and it's likely that multiple shows at the same venue will happen. The band are treating the showas as "destination" events, much like their five 50th anniversary shows last December in London and the New York area. New York is not present on the tour, but they've already covered that area with shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Also not included are Texas and the Southeastern US, at least for now. There could be other dates added. The Official Rolling Stones App (presented by Citi), will have a deal for updates and exclusive content. The deal was set up by New York City-based agency MAC Presents, on behalf of the Stones.
While Philadelphia is the last date announced, the tour will not stop there. The band will then go to the UK for the Glastonbury festival on June 29, and then have two more shows at London's Hyde Park on July 6. It's possible that more dates could follow in international amrkets, and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will probably be involved. A deal was made by Dainty and Virgin Music to promote the North American tour in March, but it fell through for financial reasons. AEG Live got involved with a guarantee of around $80 million. Dainty and Virgin paid an estimated $25 million for last year's show, which grossed $38,687,010 and sold 73,702 tickets.
Here are the tour dates:
Early May: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
May 5: Oakland (Oracle Arena)
May 8: San Jose (HP Pavilion)
May 11: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
May 15: Anaheim (Honda Center)
May 25: Toronto (Air Canada Center)
May 28: Chicago (United Center)
June 12: Boston (TD North Garden)
June 18: Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)