“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer,” vocalist Mick Jagger said of the tour. “We are looking forward to being back onstage and playing your favorite songs. People say, ‘How come you’re still doing this?’ but I can’t believe I did this when I was 20.” Guitarist Keith Richards adds, “We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America. I can’t wait to get back on the stage!”
In 2012, The Rolling Stones only ranked #33 out of 50 on the Top Grossing Tours list, and only pulled in 35.5 million…but they only played 6 shows. The Stones mounted a mini-tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band. The celebration kicked off in Paris with a warm-up show at the La Trabendo Night Club . Then, two shows at London’s O2 Arena in November, a stop at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, and a two-night stand at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Stones also were a late addition to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy, a benefit show at Madison Square Garden in New York City that also included fellow top-grossers Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Roger Waters, and Paul McCartney.
In 2013, the band mounted the massive 50 and Counting Tour, an arena run celebrating their 50th anniversary. In the last year, The Stones have released another greatest album, the live concert film Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live, and the riveting documentary Crossfire Hurricane. The The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest recording artists of all-time. Throughout their incredible 50-year career, their music remains timeless. The band has released over 100 singles, more than 20 studio albums, and sold over 200 million records worldwide. – by Matt Bishop