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Rolling Stones to Tour U.S. This Summer

If you're in one of these 15 cities, you can see the Rolling Stones in concert this summer. Tickets for all U.S. shows go on sale Monday April 13.

If, like me, you aren't in one of those cities, you know what they say: [More...]

The tour is coinciding with the re-release of "Sticky Fingers." My favorite song from that album is "Dead Flowers."

You can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers via the U.S. mail
Say it with dead flowers at my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

I hope the Stones live forever. I'd bet they outlive me. But in case they don't, I promise not to be bitter they are skipping Colorado. They are still my favorite rock band of all time, and they'll get nothing but fresh roses from me.

How many times have you seen the Stones in your life? I can remember: 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1994 (in Las Vegas), 1999, and their most recent concert here, Thanksgiving Day, 2005.(7 times in 43 years, not nearly enough, but more than I need.)

Long live the Rolling Stones.

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    I've seen the Rolling Stones three times ... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:38:10 AM EST
    ... in three different cities. The first time was 1981 at the Seattle Coliseum (now Key Arena, and the longtime former home of the late NBA SuperSonics), during my sophomore year at UW. I saw them again when they played Honolulu's Aloha Stadium during their 2001 "Steel Wheels" tour. Last time I saw them was 22 months ago at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

    Since I know that a diehard and longtime Stones aficionado such as yourself would appreciate it, Jeralyn, I'll match your offerings with a classic live performance from June 28, 1966, as the band concluded its North American tour in Honolulu.

    On this particular recording, you can hear Mick Jagger tell the audience, tongue in cheek while introducing the band members, that this was to be the Stones' very last concert tour. That pledge apparently went the way of the Honolulu Police Dept.'s public request that audience members remain seated throughout the performance, which you'll also hear just prior to the band's arrival on stage.

    The Stones' tight half-hour set was broadcast live by local rock station KPOI, which is how it first came to be recorded and preserved in the station's archives. It catches the band -- who were then a bunch of irrepressible 20-somethings -- at their most raw and vital, an aural window to a time when they'd quickly storm their audiences' senses from onstage and take no prisoners. You can clearly pick out several unmistakably distinct guitar riffs from the late Brian Jones, which leaves one to ponder the possible musical direction the group might have taken, had he lived and grown old with his mates.

    Anyone who hasn't seen the Stones live, I strongly urge you to treat yourself and go.

    Aloha.

    Orlando...hmm, (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 07:28:47 AM EST
    that's a long drive from the Keys  Could go by boat.

    In the newly renovated Citrus Bowl (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by ruffian on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 10:07:39 AM EST
    just a half hour from me...I've never seen them, maybe this is the year.

    TL Floridians, let me know if you want to make a party of it!

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    Which is more expensive? (none / 0) (#17)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 10:42:42 AM EST
    (1). Ticket to the Cirtrus Bowl, or
    (2)   RT airfare to NY.  

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    :-) Don't know yet....I could easily (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 10:44:33 AM EST
    back out of this idea after they announce the ticket prices!

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    Tickets are pricey (none / 0) (#20)
    by Reconstructionist on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 11:36:48 AM EST
      I don't know about this tour but I paid $350 per (+TM charges) in 2005 for really good seats, and I think the nosebleeds were $100+. You also have to get a little  lucky to even get the chance to buy the best tickets even if you are at your computer the second they go on sale.

     But, I do see this:

    5. Tickets might be cheaper than you think.

    At the Stones' Staples Center stand in 2013, the band released a last-minute brick of tickets for $85 a pop. That's much less than the stereotype of paycheck-eating tickets they're known for these days (last time, it was $250-$600 each). So if the April 13 on-sale date rolls around and your eyes bug out at the entry fees, don't lose hope quite yet.  


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    Or you could just drive to Key West today (none / 0) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:11:16 PM EST
    and watch Jimmy Buffett on a video screen at Higgs Beach... if you weren't lucky enough to win tickets to his free concert tonight at the 360 seat San Carlos Theater on Duval Street.

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    saw that, but I know Jimmie, (none / 0) (#33)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:58:03 PM EST
    and his manager.  Still not going, and I could make that one by boat, but it would be dark on the way back.  

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    I should have tried to bum tickets from you (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:19:03 PM EST
    rather than place my chances in the hands of fate with the odds strongly against me in the lottery.

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    Never (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 09:42:17 AM EST
    Oh the pain!!!!!

    ;-)

    Tangential topic Joni Mitchell in ICU (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by smott on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 09:47:54 AM EST
    Mitchell is one of the greatest songwriters (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 10:09:42 AM EST
    of all time.  She's better than Bob Dylan, with a better voice to boot.

    It's hard to believe the Stones are still doing it.  They'd have to be pickled in viagra to do what they used to do.

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    Sx times.... (none / 0) (#1)
    by bmaz on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 12:31:00 AM EST
    for me. And agree with every word you said. I may try to go to San Diego to catch the show there, but not sure.

    The Rolling Stones (none / 0) (#3)
    by kchockdee on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:50:28 AM EST
    Site violator. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:33:18 AM EST
    yes, yes he is. but, (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by cpinva on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 06:01:26 AM EST
    you must admit, that was a really nice looking house!

    ok, funny mick jagger story for ms. merritt:

    many moons ago, when I was but a young sprout cpa, I had occasion to work for a non-profit in DC. amongst my colleagues was a young woman, in her early 30's, who was a HUGE stones fan, being particularly enamored of mick jagger. she goes on vacation (to where, I forget, it matters not) for a week, and apparently has a great time. so great a time that, when she boards her plane for the flight home, she more or less stumbles on to it and then to her seat, where she proceeds to zonk out. it isn't until halfway through the flight that she finally regains enough consciousness to notice who she's sitting next to: the mickster himself! upon realizing this, she basically freezes for the rest of the flight, and never actually says a word to him, which he no doubt appreciated. she's been kicking herself ever since!

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    have they announced who's going to be (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:46:29 AM EST
    responsible for wheeling out mick jagger's un-dead corpse on stage?

    Hey, the Rolling Stones have outlasted ... (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:23:28 PM EST
    ... David Letterman, who's retiring next month, and who once made fun of the Stones' ages with his "Top Ten Names for the Rolling Stones 1994 Tour":

    (10) Van Full of Grandpas
    (9) The Rolling Stones Live! -- plus Keith Richards
    (8) Guitar-playin' Geezers
    (7) Brown Sugar and Lots of Bran
    (6) Metamusical
    (5) The "$140 Million in the Bank Isn't Enough" Tour
    (4) Cocoon 3
    (3) Hey! You! Get Offa My Barcalounger!
    (2) Instruments Hooked Up to the Clapper Tour
    (1) Grumpy Old Men

    Aloha.

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    In the Movie... (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:01:55 PM EST
    ...'Almost Famous', which is suppose to be circa mid-70's, a band manager(Jimmy Fallon) is trying to sell himself and tells the band they need to cash-in before they get too old.  Part of his pitch:
    If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken.
    The movie was filmed in 2000, so Mick was well into his 50's.

    But it's pretty funny how many jokes have been made about the Stone's ages, and they can sell out stadiums at will.  Remarkable.

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    perspectives age along with us (none / 0) (#31)
    by Reconstructionist on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:49:59 PM EST
      I thought the Stones were old and it might be my last chance to seem them in 1975. At the time by far the oldest was 38 year old Bill Wyman, Mick was just a few days past his 32nd birthday and Keith was still 31 (admittedly a bad looking 31). I'm now old enough to be the father of the 1975 Stones.

       Elvis was only turning 40 in 1975 and he was from my mother's generation. Chuck Berry was probably the oldest rocker in 1975 and he was basically on oldies act at a doddering 48. Later, Keith and Mick turned 48 way back in 1991.

    In the 70s, rock and roll was still new enough that there was no  conception of "old people" playing it. But that was just because they were young and we were younger. I don't think anyone ever batted an eye at blues, jazz, country, folk or "pre-rock pop" musicians playing as long as they were able.

       

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    I was a cameraman at Altamont (5.00 / 2) (#34)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:02:32 PM EST
    for the Maysles Bros. film.

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    I thought (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 06:33:30 AM EST
    it was Keith Richards not Jagger that was a member of the undead.

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    9 times (none / 0) (#9)
    by Reconstructionist on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 08:30:35 AM EST
    1975, 1978, 1981 (x2), 1989, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2005

      I really think the only strong album they have put out in the past 40 years is Some Girls, but even in 2005 they were still a great live act.

      One thing I've never been able to manage is seeing them in one of their rare small venue appearances.

    Some Girls... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 09:18:54 AM EST
    was their last great album...but Tattoo You has really grown on me over the years.  Keith's vocal track "Little T&A" alone is worth the price of admission.

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    It's Also... (none / 0) (#27)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:50:01 PM EST
    ...my favorite jacket art, ever.

    I was just reading that only two original copies of 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' are know to exist.  Which seems beyond unbelievable.

    I really like '2000 Light Years From Home' and keep trying to like the rest of the album.  But it won't take.

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    That must mean (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Reconstructionist on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:55:45 PM EST
     2 mint copies

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    I Found What I Originally Read (none / 0) (#41)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:04:31 PM EST
    The Rolling Stones, 'Their Satanic Majesties Request', 1967. It's believed there are only two copies in existence of this padded silk sleeve promo version. Value: £2000.

    LINK


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    Satanic Majesties... (none / 0) (#42)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:13:41 PM EST
    had another couple good tracks...Citadel, She's a Rainbow.

    Psychedelia is not their forte though, I concur.  

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    small venue (none / 0) (#22)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 01:07:31 PM EST
    The reason I flew to Vegas to see them in 1994 was it was a 3,000 seat venue and a lawyer friend, who represented Denver's largest rock promoter, mentioned in court one day he had two extra tickets in the 3rd row, which he gave me so I could take the TL kid, who had never seen them.

    He also gave us passes, that would give us admission to an after show party the Stones would be at. When the show was over, and we got in the limo with the lawyer to go to the party, the lawyer decided he didn't feel like going. So we all went back to the hotel.

    On the ride back, the TL kid was pretty upset, and the lawyer told him, "Let me tell you something kid. Never go to a party where you are the least important person there." We laughed about it for years afterward, it was really good advice. And even more years after that, the TL kid's first job out of law school was for that lawyer.

    The small venue was great.

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    I might never (5.00 / 2) (#32)
    by Reconstructionist on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:54:17 PM EST
     go to a party if I followed that rule.

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    Only twice.... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 09:16:44 AM EST
    Bridges to Babylon Tour at Giants Stadium NJ 1997, and the Licks Tour Madison Square Garden 2002.

    I find it hard to do stadium and big arena shows anymore without really good seats...the sound usually sucks.  I've been spoiled by the small venues with great sound, and no seats!  I really hate seats at shows, then I feel guilty for standing, but god damn it you're supposed to stand.

    The Stones would be an exception, but I don't think I'm trekking up to f*ckin' Buffalo this summer.

    Sticky Fingers...the last installment in the greatest 4 album run in the history of rock-n-roll. I can't pick a fave off that record, so I'll pick 3...Sway, Can't You Hear Me Knockin', and Dead Flowers.  

    Come to the world's largest music festival (none / 0) (#16)
    by Towanda on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 10:22:48 AM EST
    (so 'tis said, by some measures) and by far the smallest venue on the tour, when the Stones start off Summerfest in Milwaukee -- aka "the Big Gig," eleven days of more than a hundred bands on multiple stages outdoors on a lovely lakeshore.  

    Interesting story about why the Stones' booking agency contacted Summerfest to "have some fun" with a show "designed with a 'thrust that extends deep into the audience, allowing the Stones to directly interact with their fans,'" with "groundbreaking sets" and "cutting-edge technology":  http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/festivals/how-summerfest-scored-the-rolling-stones-b99472466z1 -298230691.html

    It's got to be the biggest kickoff to the Big Gig going for decades now, and the gathering will rival the Harley Davidson get-togethers at Summerfest for people-watching fun, too.  And, yes, there will be beer.  It's Milwaukee.

    I MIss Summerfest... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 01:44:54 PM EST
    ...'the party under the freeway', but I really miss Bastille Days, and going down to north beach to see the Violent Femmes.  They played every year on my bday and the crowds were decent, but not anywhere near ridiculous.

    I sort of know Gordon Gano, in that I worked at the Pfister Hotel, which he stayed  at often, but he would always ask me for some spare change.  I was in college and would just laugh and say he should be giving me money, then I would give his a couple bucks from the parking lot till.

    I always assumed his 'staff' didn't give him money for drugs, but who knows, that guy wasn't exactly normal, and the money wasn't exactly mine.

    I also miss all the other fests on the grounds throughout the year and Saz's fried cheese.

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    Bastille Days = my favorite festival (none / 0) (#30)
    by Towanda on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 03:31:30 PM EST
    of the many and weekly festivals all summer long, since we have to make the most of a summer that is not long enough.  The world's largest Irish festival, our IrishFest, also is a favorite for me, with my heritage -- but that's also a reason that Bastille Days is a favorite . . . plus the part of my heritage that is cheap likes that Bastille Days is not at Summerfest so there is no entrance fee.  

    And mmmmmmm, beignets.

    And another favorite, the last of the summer, is the lovely Indian Summer festival of our First Peoples, the largest powwow in the nation for the first nations here.  That is at Summerfest grounds, but appropriately so, since our First Peoples first lived there as much as ten thousand years ago. . . .  

    And mmmmm, their Great Lakes Metis (French Canadian and First People) version of beignets, fry bread.

    As for the Femmes, we probably passed a funny cigaret at their concerts "up the lakefront" from "down by" Summerfest, Scott. By the way, they have gotten back together in recent years, a few times -- for revivals at Summerfest, of course, so nearby the north beach.  And you worked at the Pfister?  We probably passed each other on "the Ave" -- and you know what that means in Mwokeespeek -- as I worked nearby for years, in my youthful years.

    So, come on home for fried cheese curds!  Some things never change, including our favorite form of fat, breaded in fat, fried in fat, and then dipped in a fatty sauce.  Mmmmmm.  And you could see the good changes at Summerfest, such as (thanks to a court victory) opening the island to the public.  Indeed, as these are public grounds, much of Summerfest is open to the public in the off season, too, for cross-country ski trails and more along our lovely shore.

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    I had forgotten about this (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by BarnBabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:23:45 PM EST
    Woe de me. I lived in Wis for a year and forgot all about going to Summerfest. I am afraid to say it was either the beer or the other stuff or both. Ha. Can't do that anymore. I wish I had been a bit more wild and gone to Woodstock. Now THAT was a concert.

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    Instead of taking tabs of acid to sell (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 11:11:03 AM EST
    one could take nitrate and Prilosec.

    Yeah, our ski lockers (5.00 / 2) (#35)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:07:59 PM EST
    in Aspen went from joints, to grams, to Ibuprofen in a few short years.

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    Yep (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:19:56 PM EST
    you know you are grown up when your monthly prescription drug bill is larger than your recreational drug bill.

    Personally not there yet.

    In other news, and please don't respond to this and create an OT sub thread, the governor of Arkansaa has said he will not sign the law in its current form.   Surprising the hell out of me.  He says that in part it's because his son signed the petition against it.
    I like Asa for the very first time.

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    My man.... (none / 0) (#43)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:17:09 PM EST
    I would think the more Babylon meds ya need, the more bush doctor meds ya need???

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    And Metamucil (none / 0) (#37)
    by Zorba on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:19:45 PM EST
    n/t

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    I see a guy walking around with (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 04:23:31 PM EST
    a sign around his neck saying

    LOOSE FIBER GUMMIES

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    Don't forget (none / 0) (#44)
    by Zorba on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 05:33:14 PM EST
    Loose Viagra.   ;-)

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    Sticky Fingers... (none / 0) (#21)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 11:42:07 AM EST
    ...album originally had a working zipper and belt buckle. The zipper was damaging the vinyl, so they had to hire people undo the zipper a bit.  There is a picture(that I can't find), of old Asian ladies unzipping the zippers in a factory.

    Also the junk shot was rumored to be one of Warhol's lovers, not Jagger, as Warhol did the artwork for the album.

    Wild Horses (none / 0) (#25)
    by BarnBabe on Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 02:11:35 PM EST
    I like all the favorites of the Stones. I looked at the play dates and see nothing in my area of PA. Even Pittsburgh is a 5 hr drive. Now if I still lived in San Diego, I would definitely be going. There are things in life that you can look back and say, 'So glad I did that when I had the chance'. I drove 5 hrs to DC with friends to see the Beach Boys and watch the fireworks over the Washington Monument. I wish I had been able to see the ones in Boston in '76. Sometimes is it just fun to be there for the moment. Years ago Sinatra was doing a Super Bowl Show with Liza.(No, not half time, heh). I tried to get tickets when they went on sale to take my Mom for her birthday as a surprise. All sold out. But a day before the show a friend asked me if I still wanted tickets as she had a friend who was able to get better seats and would sell them for $50 ea. My Mom was thrilled and sang all the songs and swayed with the music. It's  nice to be upfront to the stage, but it is really great just to be there and part of the excitement. You have a lot of friends J, so make sure you make your wishes known. Just in case. Might just be worth the short plane ride. My favorite Stones song is Wild Horses. I actually like Leon Russell singing it and wish they would have him on stage playing the piano. We lost so many greats recently. This will be the first year that Bobby Keys will not be with the Stones. And Joe Cocker is gone also. So glad that Jagger can still swagger on that stage. Gives the rest of us hope. Heh.