Rolling Stones hit small towns on American tour
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones, now in the
second week of their delayed European tour, said on Tuesday
they will return to North America in September for a two-month
stadium jaunt that will take them to smaller markets such as
Kansas, Montana and Idaho.
The trek gets underway on September 20 at Gillette Stadium
in Boston, the city where they launched their “A Bigger Bang”
world tour last August, and will wrap on November 18 at Los
Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, a venue they last played in 1997. More
dates will be announced.
They will also return to the New York area, Chicago,
Seattle, the Bay Area, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
New stops include Halifax, Nova Scotia (September 23),
Wichita, Kansas (October 2), Missoula, Montana (October 6),
Regina, Saskatchewan (October 8), Austin, Texas (October 22),
and Boise, Idaho (November 14).
“There is plenty of time for rehearsals and to be able to
make some set changes — we’ll have a variety of material ready
so we can keep it fresh,” singer Mick Jagger said in a
statement, alluding to complaints from some quarters that they
play the same old songs every show.
Guitarist Keith Richards added that he was “feeling great”
after hurting his head three months ago while on vacation in
Fiji, necessitating surgery that forced the band to delay its
European tour by six weeks.
Tour promoter Michael Cohl said the band would cut its
hefty ticket prices by an average 10 to 15 percent — to $89
for stadiums and $99 for arena shows. In most cities, students
will get an additional $20 per ticket discount.
Tickets for the New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax and
Regina shows go on sale to the public on July 31. A pre-sale
for American Express members begins on Wednesday — Jagger’s
63rd birthday — in Boston, New York and Chicago. RadioShack
Corp. will sponsor the U.S. dates.
Here is the itinerary:
September 20 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium
September 23 Halifax, NS Halifax Commons
September 27 E. Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
October 2 Wichita, KS Cessna Stadium
October 6 Missoula, MT Grizzly Stadium
October 8 Regina, SK Mosaic Stadium
October 11 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
October 17 Seattle, WA Qwest Field
October 20 El Paso, TX Sun Bowl
October 22 Austin, TX Zilker Park
October 27 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
November 3 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
November 5 Oakland, CA McAfee Coliseum
November 8 Phoenix, AZ Cardinals Stadium
November 11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
November 14 Boise, ID Idaho Center
November 18 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium