Stones Roll Out Billboards But No Satisfaction

by Steve Spohn
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Official marketing from The Rolling Stones organization began in advance of the formal tour announcement, which looked like it would happen Thursday, March 19th – according to strategically placed billboards – but there are rumors a ticketing issue has caused a delay.

Fans may have to wait until March 31st to get satisfation.

In the meantime, we do have some additional details regarding potential tour stops and promotional performances, as the band’s schedule is in the final throes of completion:

First, it looks like the three cities vying to secure the May 27th “mystery show” are Seattle, Salt Lake City and Denver – with Denver as the heavy favorite as of now.

Second, there is a very good chance The Stones will perform on SNL, leading up to the tour kickoff in San Diego on May 24th.

Third, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show may air a special “Stones Week,” featuring a performance from Mick and Keith.

Check the tour schedule below, updated as of 12 p.m. March 21.

StonesTour SongMango.comUPDATE (as of 8 a.m. March 18): Here are a few areas of note on the tour schedule.

There is a six-day gap between the tour kickoff date in San Diego on May 24th and the next official stop in Columbus, OH, on May 30th. It’s highly unlikely that six-day gap will remain empty so we are dropping in a “Mystery Show” placeholder on May 27th (see updated tour schedule at bottom). There will be a show, but it remains unclear exactly where it will be. Seattle, Salt Lake City and Vancouver are in the mix, according to the Stones fan website, (It’s Only Rock’n Roll).

Unfortunately, Santa Clara, CA, is out. As we previously noted, the Santa Clara stop was at odds with Raleigh, geographically speaking. Santa Clara was initially rumored to be slated for June 29th and Raleigh for July 1st. The logistics of traveling from Kansas City on June 27th to Santa Clara on June 29th and then all the way back to Raleigh on July 1st was inefficient at best. It appears that inefficiency was enough to drop it from the schedule.

LPFieldTitans SongMango.comOrlando has a new date of June 13th, and the Nashville show will take place June 17th at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. Please see updated schedule below.

ORIGINAL POST (from March 15): There is both good news and bad. First the bad news, and I’ll preface the gloom with this: Oftentimes negotiations surrounding potential tour stops happen right up until the week of the tour announcement. It is now believed that stops at Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl are out.

As far as Red Rocks goes, the band definitely wanted to play the iconic amphitheater in Morrison, CO, and Jeep’s sponsorship of the hallowed venue made the financial challenges of playing a small, 9,000-plus capacity venue possible. Remember, Jeep sponsored the Stones’ recent shows in Australia. However, it appears negotiations stalled, and sadly, the band will not be playing there.


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The good news for Los Angeles is there will be at least one tour stop, and probably two promotional-type shows somewhere in the city. These will likely go down around May 20th. In advance of Paul McCartney’s recent tour, he did Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show from Hollywood Boulevard – and The Stones could very well do the same. Another one of the promo events – it is rumored – could be held at the Nokia Theatre. Any way you slice it, Los Angeles is getting at least one show.


Sticky Fingers tracks (click image to enlarge)

Although it appears the band will indeed play and feature their classic 1971 Sticky Fingers album on the tour, it looks like it will be played in its entirety at two to-be-determined, “very special” smaller shows. This makes sense since the Sticky Fingers album – which contains a number of slower songs, like “You Gotta Move” and “Sister Morphine” – might have trouble keeping the attention of an entire football stadium. And if there’s one thing Mick Jagger hates, it’s losing an audience.

Book your refundable hotel rooms now, if you haven’t already. Here’s the tour schedule as we see it:

Los Angeles Promotional Show – May 20 (and a possible second date)
Petco Park, San Diego, CA – May 24
Mystery Show – May 27 (Denver, Seattle and Salt Lake City in the mix)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH – May 30
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN – June 3
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX – June 6
George Bobby Dodd Football Stadium, Atlanta, GA – June 9
Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL – June 13
LP Field, Nashville, TN – June 17
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – June 20
Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI – June 23
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO – June 27
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC – July 1
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN – July 4
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI – July 8
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY – July 11
Le Festival d’ete de Quebec, Quebec City, QC – July 15

Now we’re ready for tomorrow’s formal tour announcement.

Here’s some classic Stones’ footage – complete with backstage antics – to get you cranked up for the tour:

We gathered our information from industry insiders, industry outsiders, scalawags, ragamuffins and the world’s greatest Rolling Stone fan website, Shidoobee.

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Steve Spohn is a former Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon Television executive. Growing up near Princeton, NJ, led to a musical addiction, with WMMR in Philly and WNEW in NYC providing the daily dose. When not attending or planning to attend Bruce Springsteen concerts, he's plugging away as a screenwriter in Beverly Hills. Reach Steve at