After 8 long years, the dream has been realized. Jagger and Richards on American soil, performing live on stage. The Rolling Stones have announced the summer tour to start May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park which will mark the first time the band has played live in America since 2007. The tour is set to hop back and forth across the United States and Canada, hitting 15 cities on the way.
The Rolling Stones are also accompanying the tour with the release of their 1971 smash success Sticky Fingers album as a deluxe version including bonus tracks. The album went Gold and contains hits like “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” and “Sway.” The Deluxe version will be including a special version of “Brown Sugar” that will actually include Eric Clapton on the guitar! Fans are hoping to see the album played through as well as seeing some old favorites from other albums as well. Sticky Fingers was named the “No 1 Greatest Album Cover” of all time by VH1 in 2003, and now it’s apparent the Rolling Stones are going to capitalize on the recognition to cross market the tour.
The band has said that it will in fact be playing sets filled with many of their singles, as well as what they are calling “special gems” that are sure to delight their more hardcore followers. The stage will be a true work of art, extending way into the audience, itself and covered in lights, mechanical features, and razzle dazzle. It’s hard to believe that after all these years, these old guys can upstage much younger artists in showmanship and entertainment.
Keith Richards was asked in an interview why he still carried on touring at his age. His response was mild but encouraging:
“We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America,” Keith Richards added. “I can’t wait to get back on the stage!”
Tickets go on sale in the United States on April 13th and April 11th in Canada. The show is scheduled to hit San Diego, Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, and finishes up in Quebec, Canada.