Having played the New York area in December, the Stones announced today (April 3) that they will kick off their 50 and Counting Tour this spring in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center (the date has yet to be announced, pending the NBA and NHL playoff schedules). The tour will also hit Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia. Mick Taylor, Stones guitarist from 1969-1974 (including classic albums Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street), will reprise his role as a guest throughout the tour, as he did during the Stones’ 2012 dates.
Mick Jagger said in the press statement announcing the tour: “50 and Counting has been pretty amazing so far. 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.”
Keith Richards added: “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! ‘Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people.”
Tickets for the Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago concerts go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10 a.m. local time via the Stones’ official site.
50 AND COUNTING TOUR DATES 2013
Date: TBA – Los Angeles STAPLES Center – On Sale: TBA
May 5 – Oakland Oracle Arena – On sale 4/8 @ 10AM PT
May 8 – San Jose HP Pavilion – On sale 4/8 @ 10AM PT
May 11 – Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena – On Sale: TBA
May 15 – Anaheim Honda Center – On Sale: TBA
May 25 – Toronto Air Canada Centre – On Sale 4/8 @ 10AM ET
May 28 – Chicago United Center – On Sale 4/8 @ 10AM CT
June 12 – Boston TD Garden – On Sale TBA
June 18 – Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center – On Sale TBA