The Rolling Stones announced today that they will kick off their "50 and Counting" tour in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The tour debut will be followed by performances in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.
"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 like...open 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 www.rollingstones.com.
Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.
The band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black," "Jumping Jack Flash,""Tumbling Dice,"and "It's Only Rock and Roll," curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.
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.
"50 and Counting" Tour Dates
TBA Los Angeles STAPLES Center TBA
May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST
May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST
May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA
May 15 Anaheim Honda Center TBA
May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST
May 28 Chicago United Center On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST
June 12 Boston TD Garden TBA
June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA
For more information, please visit www.rollingstones.com.