Rolling Stones Postpone Australian Concert AFter Death Of L'Wren Scott
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.18.2014
Mick Jagger needs time to grieve...
Billboard reports that the first date of The Rolling Stones' tour of Australia has been postponed after the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott. The band were set to perform at the Perth Arena on March 19. Scott died of what appears to be suicide.
The band arrived in the city early yesterday and were greeted by fans. Their tour was set to visit seven venues in Australia and New Zealand, finishing on April 5 at the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. The Perth show has been removed entirely while Jagger copes with the tragedy.
Frontier Touring and Concerts West said the date would "not be going ahead as scheduled." The statement added: "No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available."
It's unknown if the rest of the tour will be changed, as there have been various unconfirmed reports. One story claimedt that Jagger flew back to the US on the band's "Tongue" plane. A representative of the band said they "gathered together in Perth where they're dealing with the situation" and the reports of Jagger leaving the country were, "to their knowledge", not accurate.
The second date of the show, on March 22, is the first show for the redesigned Adelaide Oval. The state government of South Australia pledged Australian $450,000 ($423,000) to get the band for an Australian $535 million ($503 million) redevelopment of the stadium. At the time, joint-organizers International Entertainment Consulting (IEC), Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring and AEG Live said the concert was "easily going to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stage and production Adelaide has ever seen". They claimed it would have so much staging and production it would take 60 trucks to carry it all.
The band haven't performed in the country since the "A Bigger Bang" tour in 2006, in which they visited Sydney and Melbourne. Fans in Perth and Adelaide haven't seen them since the "Voodoo Lounge" tour in 1995.
Scott and Jagger have dated since 2001. She designed his costumes for the band's 50th anniversary tour (which won the Concert Marketing & Promotion category (with Citi) at Billboard's Touring Awards).
Here is the band's current schedule:
March 19 - Perth Arena (*postponed)
March 22 - Adelaide Oval
March 25 - Sydney Allphones Arena
March 28 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
March 30 - Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, Vic
April 2 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 5 – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland