The Rolling Stones “50 and Counting” tour for 2013 has been announced will open in May in Los Angeles with other cities that include Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
Singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards, Ron Wood and former Stones member Mick Taylor, drummer Charlie Watts and their band mates will play a run of shows in North America and England in May and June, including a second Southland date May 15 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The first show on the tour, at Staples Center, is in flux pending the dates of NBA and NHL playoff games involving L.A. teams. The group also has two performances on tap back home in England, announcing a July 6 date in London’s Hyde Park in addition to their previously announced headlining slot June 29 at the Glastonbury Festival.
“’50 and Counting’ has been pretty amazing so far,” Jagger said in a statement. “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.”
Richards, in the same statement, 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 Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday at 10 a.m. local time Citi card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program.
There’s no word yet about any additional shows, but a Stones spokeswoman indicated that more may be added if there’s enough buzz around the performances announced Wednesday.
The tour is promoted by AEG Live’s Concerts West, the first time the Stones have used Concerts West as their tour promoter.