Set to tour Australia … Mick Jagger (L), Keith Richards (R) and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones. Photo: Reuters
If you want to see the world’s biggest (and arguably oldest) rock superstars, The Rolling Stones, perform on what is expected to be their final visit, keep late March free because they will be playing a handful of major concerts in Australia.
The Stones have been confirmed for a huge gig at the revamped Adelaide Oval on March 22, 2014, in front of a potential 70,000 crowd, with Melbourne and Sydney gigs expected to be announced in coming weeks. The band’s 50 and Counting world tour ran from November last year until June 2013, but it was widely speculated they would play additional dates.
A music industry source told Fairfax Media that Melbourne will be hosting two Stones gigs on the 2014 tour. At least one Sydney gig is planned although more could be added, with demand for tickets likely to be strong, although ticket prices are expected to be expensive. Tickets to The Rolling Stones’ show at London’s 02 Arena last November ranged from $ 162 to $ 640, with VIP packages costing over $ 1600.
Co-promoter Frontier Touring released a statement from Mick Jagger saying: “It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval … we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!’’
In a major surprise former Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor will join them as a special guest in Adelaide. He played with the band from 1969 until 1974 when he quit the band after disagreements with Keith Richards. Taylor has had a celebrated 50-year career also playing with Bob Dylan, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Mike Oldfield, Little Feat and The Grateful Dead, as well his own solo work.
The Rolling Stones first toured Australia way back in February 1965, playing three Melbourne gigs (at the Palais Theatre), three in Sydney (at the Commemorative Auditorium Showgrounds), two in Brisbane, and single shows in Perth and Adelaide.
Daniel Wills of the Adelaide Advertiser reported today that the South Australian Government lured the band to Adelaide next year using taxpayer funds in a deal worth close to $ 500,000.
The Stones last visit to Australia was in April 2006, when they played only two shows on their A Bigger Bang tour – at Telstra Stadium in Sydney and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Prior to that, the Stones played eight arena concerts across Australia in February and March 2003.
The Stones are not expected to tour the world again after 2014; Mick Jagger is now 70 years old, Keith Richards 69, Charlie Watts 72 and Ronnie Wood 66.