On Wednesday Rolling Stones Confirm North American and UK Tour Dates was a top story. Here is the recap: The Rolling Stones have been teasing a big announcement that many speculated was about a North American Tour and this morning the band confirmed American dates as well as an additional UK date.
The North American 50 And Counting tour will include nine dates not the 18-dates that were rumored. The tour is set to kick off in Los Angeles.
An exact date for the kick off date will be announced later due to the NBA/NHL playoff schedules. The trek will feature additional stops in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
Across the pond, band will play London's Hyde Park on July 6, almost 44 years to the day of their first show at the Royal Park. The show follows a headlining appearance at UK's Glastonbury Festival on June 29.
The band lineup for the tour will include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood and former member Mick Taylor, who played guitar in the band from 1969-1974 (including the albums Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street) will be a guest throughout the tour.
"'50 AND COUNTING' has been pretty amazing so far," said Jagger. "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."
"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!" said Richards. "Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people." - Grab the dates and watch the tour announcement video.