The Rolling Stones announced a world tour today (May 10) at a press conference at New York's Juilliard School of Music. The trek will be produced worldwide by Michael Cohl, under his Concert Producti
The Rolling Stones announced a world tour today (May 10) at a press conference at New York’s Juilliard School of Music.
The trek will be produced worldwide by Michael Cohl, under his Concert Productions International banner. Cohl has produced every Rolling Stones tour since Steel Wheels in 1989.
The band will play a mix of clubs, theaters, arenas and stadiums. The tour begins Aug. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston.
Ticket prices will average $100 in the stadiums and $110 in the arenas, not counting the gold circle seats, which Cohl defines as the “five or 10% where we try to get the high-priced ticket people to pay for the tour.”
The Stones last hit the road in 2002-03 on the Licks tour and—predictably—were the top-grossing act of 2003. The band rang up just under $300 million from 116 dates on the global Licks tour, second only to the band’s mammoth 1994-95 Voodoo Lounge tour, which took in $320 million.
Cohl has been working on the tour for about a year and the band may stay out that long as well. “We’re announcing we’ll play the world, but right now the only thing that’s set is somewhere around 40 shows in North America,” Cohl says.
The strategy follows a now-familiar Cohl/Stones modus operandi: announce in May, begin in the fall, play until the beginning of December, take a break, “and then off we go to South America, the Far East, and then Europe next summer,” Cohl says. “That’s the plan.”
With a new album on the way from Virgin, this will be the first time since the Bridges to Babylon tour in 1997-98 that the Rolling Stones have toured to support new material.
The line-up on the road will be core Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, along with all-star sidemen Chuck Leavell (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass) and Bobby Keys (horns), as well as the Licks tour horn section and back-up singers.
Tickets to many dates go on sale this weekend.