Following a fun, and seemingly expensive, guerrilla marketing campaign rock royalty The Rolling Stones have finally announced their first real tour since 2007. The North American segment of the “50 & Counting Tour” starts off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on a date to be determined depending on the hockey playoffs and is currently set to come to a close at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 18th, before the Stones head overseas to play Hyde Park in London on July 6th.
Perhaps the most accomplished act still performing these days, The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th Anniversary is 2012 by playing a series of five guest-filled shows. In addition to jamming with former band members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman, the Stones also welcomed a bevy of superstars such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen to guest at various points during the 50th Anniversary run. The only guest revealed for this tour will be Mick Taylor.
The Rolling Stones last played Hyde Park in 1969 as part of the Stones in the Park free outdoor festival that took place on July 5th, 1969. Not only was the 1969 Hyde Park show guitarist Mick Taylor’s first gig with the Stones, but it went down just two days after Brian Jones’ death. The dates announced today come in addition to the group’s previously revealed headlining slot of this summer’s Glastonbury Festival on June 29th.
Here’s the full list of Rolling Stones tour dates…
TBA – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
May 5 – Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA
May 8 – HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
May 11 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
May 15 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
May 25 – Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON
May 28 – United Center – Chicago, IL
June 12 – TD Bank Garden – Boston, MA
June 18 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
June 29 – Glastonbury
July 6 – Hyde Park – London, UK
As you see there’s plenty of room for the band to add additional shows, whether that be multiple night runs in the cities revealed today or adding the likes of New York City and Atlanta. Those holding CitiCards will be able to participate in a presale that starts this Friday via Citi’s Private Pass program. Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago will go on sale beginning Monday, April 8, at 10AM local time via www.rollingstones.com. As far as pricing, as an example for the Oakland show tickets range from $142.75 – $571.50, while Chicago ducats go from $185 – $600.
[Hat Tip - Billboard]