Start Me Up Wednesday: The Rolling Stones New U.S. Tour

#StartMeUpWednesday is here. The Rolling Stones have been teasing today's 9 am announcement of their 18 city U.S. tour all week. There are billboards up in some cities, like Chicago. Las Vegas seems to have made it. I'm writing this before the 9am announcement so no one knows for sure which cities will be included.

If Denver doesn't make the list, I'll be:

To get the latest, head over to The RollingStones.com, Rolling Stones on Twitter, Rolling Stones on Instagram, Rolling Stones on Facebook, and of course, @GRRRegory [Update below]

The list is out. Tickets go on sale for some cities tomorrow for those with a Citicard.

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    Music and Spirituality (5.00 / 1) (#52)
    by P3P3P3P3 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:03:06 PM EST
    human beings have a "spirit" residing within themselves, it is considered a part/piece of God,  most folks are familiar with the phrase "God Is Love", so then it also relates to our spirit being in a right relationship or at peace and harmony with/around Love, during the 60's peace & love had their own sign and symbol, in a way similar to the cross

    so it is no wonder that folks gravitate to music, everyone has their favorite "American Idol" or "Guitar God", which cheers them up and makes them happy and energizes them

    some of this relates to our mental state, in our hectic, busy lives, our attention focuses on the "meanies" (menial jobs, paying bills, basic survival) this can be depressing and cause us to be influenced by "greed" (I want more) and "selfishness" (get away, you can't have any more taxes) so our mind in a way, loses "love", some folks turn on the radio at work to "easy their minds" and whistle while they work, or when they are driving to maybe "keep them awake" (sane)

    if I may mention King David for an example:

    "now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.... whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him."...1Samuel 16:14,23

    music does soothe the heart of the savage beast (nature)

    this is opinion, and for a change do not have any links, you are welcome to share also

    The first concert (none / 0) (#1)
    by DebFrmHell on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:34:46 AM EST
    I ever attended was The Beatles in Houston.  Back then, you were a fan of those handsome young men  or the Stones with Liver Lips Mick fronting that band of scoundrels.

    I still have never seen the Rolling Stones.  


    I think... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:34:15 AM EST
    the Beatles/Stones debate for women is similar to the Mary Ann/Ginger debate for men.  

    You can tell a lot about a person by whom they prefer.


    Clapton is God! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oculus on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:50:38 AM EST
    Where are you seeing Slowhand... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:01:45 AM EST
    Germany, Austria, Czech Republic?  And is there room for me in your luggage? ;)

    I've seen the Beatles but (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:47:36 AM EST
    The stones are just so much more exciting. I don't think I've missed a single U.S. tour since the 70's. W

    hen my son was about 13. I flew him to Las Vegas for a show at a really small place, only 3,000 tickets. very unusual at the time. One time I stayed up all night to be one of the first arrivals for an outdoor festival concert in Fort Collins. Another time in Denver, I almost had a riot on my hands because I had bought an extra seat for my cameras.

    I was enthralled watching the  concert in NY on Pay Per View. I have huge pictures of them in m office. They are now 69, and I can't help bu think this is their last tour. I'd hate to miss it. They are IT, and it would be a shame for anyone to miss them. The are a vital piece of musical history and culture. The tix will be expensive, so if you are going to go, strart saving now or sell something you no  longer need - like an antique handme-down or whatever else you have. It's totally worth it.

    Closest I've ever come to (none / 0) (#12)
    by brodie on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:27:19 PM EST
    seeing Stones in concert was watching them on a theater closed circuit setup in the Midwest back in 1964, the TAMI show from the Santa Monica Civic Aud.

    Another Q:  What is it about some musical artists that causes adolescent and teen girls to scream?


    Never saw 'em.. (none / 0) (#17)
    by jondee on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:21:50 PM EST
    but I saw Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Lightin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton..And later for the garbage -- as the fella said..

    Just one man's opinion, but watching and listening to an ant-sized band with giant video screens, in a stadium the size of one of the moons of Jupiter ain't rock 'n roll to me.


    Stadium shows suck... (none / 0) (#22)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:13:06 PM EST
    but arena shows are cool, as long as you get good seats on the floor.  I've grown tired of stadium shows and nosebleed seats in arenas too, thats not the ideal way to rock...club dates will always be where it's at.

    Won't be surprised if the Stones add some club dates here and there, I'm sure they miss it as much as we do!


    The average age of the Rolling Stones ... (none / 0) (#26)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:47:08 PM EST
    ... is greater than that of the U.S. Supreme Court. You're right. It would be a shame if we didn't take advantage of the opportunity to see them while they're still touring.

    We're going to to attend their May 15 concert in Anaheim, CA. By coincidence, we had planned to be in Pasadena at that time, on our way back east for Elder Daughter's college graduation. My brother's already scored the tickets. Can't wait.


    Congratulations.... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:32:04 AM EST
    LA, Oakland, San Jose, Toronto, Vegas, Anaheim, Chicago, Boston, & Philly.

    And for the rest of us, Congratulations Stones, "you've gone and broken another heart, torn it apart."

    Speaking of tour news... (none / 0) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:08:19 PM EST
    No Richie Sambora for the Bon Jovi stop at Pepsi Center.  


    this is terrible (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:37:44 PM EST
    I probably wouldn't have bought the tickets had I known that. He's really a critical part of the group. Between this news and not having a citicard to get advance Stones tickets, today is not my day for music. (I even called citicard to see if I applied and was approved today whether I could use the card tomorrow morning. The answer was no, it takes 7 to 10 days.)

    Maybe they'll have Bruce sit in! (none / 0) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:57:29 PM EST

    I liked bothe the Beatles (none / 0) (#10)
    by brodie on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:16:05 PM EST
    and stones back in the 60s but appreciate the latter's longevity.  Beatlees still my fave though.

    Q for Stones experts:  Is there a consensus on whether Jagger or Richards was the main driving force in the writing of original songs?  For instance, with the Beatles I'd guess most observers would credit McCartney at 55%, Lennon 35% and Harrison 10%, roughly, with full credit to all for writing both music and lyrics either alone or together.

    You have to alter those percentages (none / 0) (#11)
    by CoralGables on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:24:17 PM EST
    ever so slightly as Ringo did write one song entirely on his own.

    I know but was hoping (none / 0) (#13)
    by brodie on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:29:40 PM EST
    we could overlook that as it complicates the numbers even more and besides I wanted just to consider the regular productive songwriters.

    Quality tune though from Ringo.


    Quality drummer, too (none / 0) (#16)
    by sj on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:01:36 PM EST
    I've been looking for a place to post this:  13 reasons to give Ringo some respect

    But McCartney didn't write anything to equal (none / 0) (#30)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:04:35 PM EST
    Marianne Faithfull is in a class by herself. (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:37:20 PM EST
    She brings the experience of a lifetime to her work. Broken English is a great album.

    She is indeed (none / 0) (#37)
    by sj on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:17:03 PM EST
    I so loved Blazing Away when it came out that I loaned it to a friend.  He, in turn, went promptly to Tower Records to purchase his very own copy.  And who was there doing a meet and greet?  None other than Marianne herself.  She thought the serendipity of it all was a "lovely story."

    I thought it hardly seemed fair.


    Tower Records! (none / 0) (#42)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:14:26 AM EST
    It won't be long before anyone who mentions that late, lamented music store chain will be dating themselves.

    I love Faithfull's introspective 1999 album Vagabond Ways -- great rainy weather music. "As Tears Go By," it ain't.


    Tower wasn't in Denver (none / 0) (#47)
    by sj on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:20:43 AM EST
    all that long in the grand scheme of things.  From my point of view they were there just long enough to put my favorite music store out of business.  It was an independent called "Disky Business" which sold both new and used CD's.  Listening stations with comfortable chairs were set up and one could listen to any CD -- new or used -- in part or in entirety before purchasing.  For its size, it had an amazing inventory.

    On weekends the staff had a knowledgeable person in each section (World, classical, rock, country, etc.) to assist with selection.  It was one of their staff that found the right music to ease me into my current love of opera.

    I bought a lot of music there.  If it was still there I would drop iTunes in a heartbeat.


    We have a store like that ... (none / 0) (#54)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:52:16 AM EST
    ... here in Honolulu, called Jelly's. It's maintained a very loyal customer base, and has outlasted Tower Records.

    Are they calling this one... (none / 0) (#18)
    by Dadler on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:24:07 PM EST
    ...the Geezer Groupie Tour? These guys are fossils at this point, but they can still jam. The moves, however, yikes, I'm worried a hip is gonna break sometimes. But, hey, better to break it doing what you love.

    Perhaps call it "Metamusical"? (none / 0) (#27)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:49:27 PM EST

    Jagger moves and struts (none / 0) (#28)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:12:43 PM EST
    he doesn't do gymnastics, I'm not worried about his hip. I find their ability to move so well inspiring.

    Have you seen this incredible Gaga-Stones version of Gimme Shelter from their last tour? Gaga is the one with hip issues now (developed not long after this show -- she's great in the video) -- Jagger is fine. I've probably watched it 20 times or more, I really wish I could have seen it live. (check out the height on Gaga's shoes.)

    Don't you think "Geezer" or "fossil" is a bit of an exaggeration for those who are not even 70? I'd hate to be called that at any age.


    lol; Lady Gaga looks like Leon Russell. (none / 0) (#31)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:08:19 PM EST
    No way does someone that good at (none / 0) (#32)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:23:52 PM EST
    putting over a song merit being called a geezer.

    But I do wonder if Gaga's hip issues came from wearing shoes like those freaky heels.  The irony is that she's the one (on that stage) who's prematurely aging.


    Ever been around teenagers? (none / 0) (#34)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:32:19 PM EST
    Let's face it, Jeralyn -- while you and I are obviously aging very gracefully, look fabulous, and can still rock with the best of them, we're nevertheless getting older. And anyone who's over 50 is over the hill to teenagers. It's been that way from time immemorial. And I daresay most all of us often thought of our elders as living fossils when we were that age:

    "You better believe it, you know my dream's still alive.
    You can love it or leave it -- I'm never going to be thirty-five."

    - Joe Jackson, "Nineteen Forever," Blaze of Glory (1989)

    (You may have also inadvertantly pointed out a possible cause of Lady Gaga's recent hip problems, when you told us to "check out the height on Gaga's shoes" in the video. I did, and couldn't help but notice how she was walking and strutting, which often looked neither very comfortable nor natural. I think that sometimes, our desire to be fashionable overwhelms our innate common sense -- and I've always thought of Lady Gaga as eminently sensible.)


    SENSE OF HUMOR (none / 0) (#35)
    by Dadler on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:35:26 PM EST
    Geezer Groupie Tour is funny. Hell, I had Geezer Gangbang Tour originally. Which is much funnier.  Come on, J, they are senior citizen rock stars. It's okay. Seriously, my tongue was mostly in my cheeck, but since the average life expectancy in this nation is less than a decade away, yes, they are, by contextual human definition, fossils. But damn cool ones.

    And I'd bet the Stones have a few more health issues than we'd ever find out about.  They have treated their bodies like garbage dumps, and they look like sh*t, sorry, but Mick looks like a corpse, but again, a damn cool one.

    BTW, I like the original GIMME SHELTER way better, but that was very cool, thanks for the link. Peace.


    From what I've read (none / 0) (#43)
    by kmblue on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 04:42:51 AM EST
    Mick is the healthiest member of the group.  He works out, doesn't smoke, and has taken good care of himself.  Keith looks like a corpse, but then he always has ;)

    Keith will outlive them all... (none / 0) (#44)
    by kdog on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:08:35 AM EST
    you watch.

    Aside from his good English stock, Keith partly credits his use of high grade pharmacuetical drugs, as opposed to the stepped on street sh*t with god knows what it in it, for his longevity.  
    It's good to be in the world's greatest rock-n-roll band;)

    Musically speaking, Keith has aged much better than Mick imo.  I find Mick's phrasing to be somewhat off compared to footage of gigs in their prime and their recordings.

    The real wonder of the group is Charlie Watts...to bang skins for 2 hours at his age?  That's serious fortitude. Keith has said they'll go as long as Charlie can go.


    That would be quite an (none / 0) (#46)
    by brodie on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:58:22 AM EST
    achievement for Richards since he seems to be a heavy smoker and has been for decades.

    So advantage Jagger, particularly for being a non smoker and for all that exercise he gets prancing around the stage.


    Richards on smoking... (none / 0) (#48)
    by kdog on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:36:52 AM EST
    I've heard him tell a story where his wife will say "Really Keith? Another cigarette?  You just smoked one."  And Keith replies "Yeah well it wasn't long enough".

    Long live the king!


    My great aunt was a heavy smoker. (none / 0) (#53)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:36:11 AM EST
    She lived to be 94. Smoked like a chimney to the end.

    Back in the 60's (none / 0) (#19)
    by NYShooter on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:50:59 PM EST
    the closest I got to the Rolling Stones was when the nightclub I was working at hired a band from a certain booking agency, That agency happened to be the one that booked and managed the Stone's first American tour. And, the second tier band we hired was called "the Pigeons," who, later, in a return booking, was renamed, "The Vanilla Fudge."

    I'll skip over the fact that "The Fudge" were the scummiest group of <x0zxs&#'s> I've ever had the misfortune to encounter, and go right to the big laugh I had when looking up this group on Wikipedia. If anyone here remembers the Fudge, you'll maybe know that the only real "hit" they had was a re-make of the Supreme's "you keep me hanging on." Why I had that laugh was in how they squeezed their limited repertoire to the Nth degree: "The Greatest Hits, The Best of, The Best of the Greatest hits," and so on.

    Oh, not to mention approximately 100 "comeback" tours. lol

    The VF, I believe (none / 0) (#20)
    by jondee on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:02:36 PM EST
    were the band Frank Zappa said left the groupie in the waterfront hotel tied to the bed "with" a shark in his infamous "Mud Shark" story..

    Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice did go on to play some nice stuff with Jeff Beck after VF, though..


    O.K. you made me do it (none / 0) (#23)
    by NYShooter on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:29:51 PM EST
    I hadn't heard of Zappa's comments but, if that incident is true, I would not at all be surprised.

    The nightclub I worked at was one of the busiest hot spots in up-state NY.....a Studio-like 54 spin off. And, since we had a steady stream of bands booked, a big, continuous problem was finding accommodations for them. After months of trial & error I finally found the perfect place for the bands to stay at when they came to town. It was a nice big cabin, secluded, isolated in the woods, with a pond right out in front. The owner and I signed a long term agreement that the cabin would be available to us every weekend. All the bands that came and stayed there absolutely loved it. They had 24 hour room service, and being secluded, they could practice (and party) to their heart's content. The only thing I told the bands was, "don't ruin a good thing. Other bands would be following them and I had promised the owner that the bands would be respectful of his property. I never had a problem because the bands knew they had a good thing going and didn't want to ruin it either.

    And, then came the Pigeons/ Vanilla Fudge,

    No need for details; the place was destroyed! It cost us thousands to reimburse the owner, but worse than that was the owner telling me, "I don't care what you're willing to pay, don't ever call me again."

    Way to go Fudge; I thank you, as do all the bands that followed and had to fend for themselves.


    ew (none / 0) (#24)
    by sj on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:55:29 PM EST
    Ah, Zappa's Edgewater Inn story. (none / 0) (#40)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:49:31 AM EST
    I first heard that tale as a freshman at UW; it used to be played on a local FM rock station, because it allegedly took place at that Seattle luxury hotel.

    Further, one of my dorm mates at Lander Hall was completely and totally into everything Frank Zappa, so he'd play it, too -- and I swear, he had the entire friggin' thing memorized, word for word, and would recite it as it played.

    I didn't know it was the Vanilla Fudge that Zappa was talking about. Coupled with Shooter's story about the Fudge, Zappa's tale -- which I thought was rather creepy -- finally makes sense to me after 34 years.


    I saw the Stones in 1974 (none / 0) (#29)
    by shoephone on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:35:17 PM EST
    The "Goat's Head Soup" tour. My wonderful sister took me and my three best friends for my 15th birthday. Thrilling, to say the least. Jagger didn't stop moving for one second. The only caveat...Ron Wood had just joined them and he's no Mick Taylor, my favorite Stones lead guitarist.

    I wouldn't pay ten dollars to see the old geezers now, but that's just me. I'll always have 1974 at the Fabulous Forum!

    If I'd ever gotten to see the Beatles, I probably would have died from the excitement. We were such Beatles freaks in the 60's, we collected all the paraphernalia, including those mulit-colored drinking cups they used to hand out at the Union 76 gas stations...

    My older sister and her then-fiancee ... (none / 0) (#41)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:58:05 AM EST
    ... took me and my best friend to see Elton John on my 15th birthday, also at the Forum.

    Oh, how grown up and sophisticated I felt when the first joint was passed my way, and I took a toke nonchalantly and passed it on, as though I did this all the time.


    I enjoy music (none / 0) (#33)
    by P3P3P3P3 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 08:38:35 PM EST
    and post a lot of links for it, but don't like wild crowds much, I'll see a few a year, been into  Smooth Jazz more, I guess mellowing as I age, same with Robert Plant, though classic rock is the best, Queen and Freddie Mercury were a great live act, my first was Elton John during the late 1970's

    Robert Plant has become a lot more ... (none / 0) (#39)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:02:31 AM EST
    ... eclectic and venturesome musically as he's aged. His critically acclaimed collaboration with bluegrass-country artist Alison Krauss, Raising Sand (produced by T-Bone Burnett), won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It's one of my favorites. For anyone who hasn't heard it yet, here's a little taste.

    Mornin' Donald (none / 0) (#49)
    by P3P3P3P3 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:25:14 AM EST
    right on, I just noticed my "link" under Robert Plant did not go through, don't know what happened.....I am smiling, because it is the exact same link you posted in reply

    this gives me a lead in to share a favorite local band...

    folks enjoy the Smooth Jazz of George Benson's "On Broadway"

    Chicago has the Classic Rock Band "Off Broadway" here's "Stay In Time"


    Well, ya got me cruisin' Youtube for Stones cuts (none / 0) (#38)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:29:52 PM EST
    and I stumbled across this little piece they wrote about the once and future Justin Bieber, way back in 1969:

    Monkey Man

    I always wondered.... (none / 0) (#45)
    by kdog on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:20:07 AM EST
    what the lemon squeezer was for.

    I'm a cold Italian pizza
    I could use a lemon squeezer

    Drug paraphenalia reference?  Testicle reference?  Whatever the case may be, monster f8ckin' track!

    "You Got The Silver" off of Let It Bleed is one of my all-time favorite love songs...Keith sings it so beautifully.