July 25, 2006

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