Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 7:42 a.m.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones this morning confirmed that they are coming to MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 11 with their tour “50 & Counting.” Mick Taylor, who was a member of The Stones from 1969 to 1974, will be a special guest of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood for the complete tour.
Pre-sale tickets to CitiCard bank holders will start Friday in certain locations, with the general public sale Monday. Specific MGM Grand ticket sales will be announced later.
The official news confirms our Vegas DeLuxe exclusive as far back as Jan. 31 that the group would play Las Vegas. It’s still possible that a second date at MGM Grand will be added to the tour stops because only the first few definitive dates were revealed at 6 a.m. PT.
Still to be announced will be the tour’s kickoff date at Staples Center in Los Angeles because of possible NHL and NBA playoff games. The Stones will be in San Jose on May 8 before Las Vegas and in Anaheim on May 15 after Las Vegas, so it’s highly possible that multiple concerts will be added.
In addition to the above three California cities, dates are set for May 5 in Oakland, May 25 in Toronto, May 28 in Chicago, June 12 in Boston and June 18 in Philadelphia. The band moves on to England on June 29 for the Glastonbury Festival and then London’s Hyde Park on July 6.
This morning’s announcement from frontman Mick and Keith contained no information about ticket prices, but they are expected to be steep -- possibly as much as $2,000 for VIP tickets.
Mick, on the band’s official website, revealed plans for the setlist and stage: “It’s a good show. Lots of classic stuff everyone wants to hear with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like the lips and goes out 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. We had such a good time with a few shows we did in London and New York last year, we thought let’s do some more. ‘50 & Counting’ has been pretty amazing so far.”
Classic hits “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll” will be included. The stage is designed on the group’s famous tongue and lips logo. It also will have video screens and special effects, with the latest in cutting-edge technology.
Keith added: “From Day 1 of rehearsals, it sounded so fresh. You could tell everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like, ‘Open the gates, let us out.’ It is the life and blood of us to play to people.”
As Vegas DeLuxe readers know from our previous stories, the tour was originally to be presented by Australian promoter Paul Dainty, who had secured two dates at MGM Grand. But his $80 million guarantee to the group fell apart.
The conglomerate AEG, which present the Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John shows at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace and the new Def Leppard residency “Viva Hysteria” at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel, immediately intervened.
London’s Daily Mirror is reporting that each member of the group will wind up with more than $15 million from the new dates, earning as much as $1 million at some stops. New dates and cities on the U.S. and Canada tour will be announced shortly.
The Stones’ last global tour was “A Bigger Bang,” which ran from August 2005 through August 2007. The short burst of “50 & Counting” shows at the end of last year were sold out, with tickets averaging $530 apiece!
Fingers crossed that the proposed second date at MGM Grand will be added back onto the touring map.
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