Make Canoe my Homepage

Update: Rolling Stones unveil tour dates

- April 3rd, 2013

In what could be the most uneventful tour announcement ever, the Rolling Stones unveiled details for a nine, yes, nine-date North America tour.

This comes after rumours circulated for weeks that the band would be hitting 18 cities. There’s just one Canadian stop.

The tour, called 50 and Counting, will start in Los Angeles next month (tour kickoff date will be announced soon), and will make its way to Toronto on May 25 at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the T.O. gig go on sale April 8 via rollingstones.com and Ticketmaster.ca at 10 a.m. ET.

UPDATE: A second show has been added for Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 6. Tickets go on sale on the same day as the original date.

Here’s hoping you are getting a nice tax refund this year – the top ticket will run you a whopping $624.50 and the cheapest one will be $166.50.

The short trek ends in Philadelphia on June 18. This is just a hunch (sarcasm alert), but expect more dates to be added once the nine sell out, which will match the original rumoured 18 dates.

The band will also play London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, July 6 following a headlining appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival on June 29.

“’50 and Counting’ has been pretty amazing so far,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement on Wednesday.

“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.”

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

stones

The dates were unveiled via video message from the band on YouTube (see below).

Rolling Stone reported that Mick, Keef and co. will be paid $4-5 million per show.

50 and Counting tour dates:

TBA Los Angeles Staples Center TBA

May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA

May 15 Anaheim Honda Center TBA

May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST

May 28 Chicago United Center On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST

June 12 Boston TD Garden TBA

June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA

Follow me: @johnwillms
Friend me: facebook.com/john.williams1

Rolling Stones tour to start in May?

- March 21st, 2013

The Stones will be rolling back into North America for 18 arena dates, according to Billboard.

However, what we don’t know is the when and where — that still needs to be confirmed. That announcement is expected in the next few weeks, and of course, we’ll have it here when it breaks.

stones

Recent rumours making the rounds hint the legendary rock act will begin the jaunt on May 2, which was previously reported by Rolling Stone.

“May 2nd is the launch day,” an industry source told the mag. “I’ve heard West Coast cities – L.A. And Seattle. But I think they’re going to do some back East as well.”

With the Stones’ close ties to the Toronto area, it’s a safe bet that there will be at least one date north of the border in Hogtown.

Billboard also reported that AEG Live have stepped in at the last minute to promote the 18 gigs, with the financial terms somewhere in the $80 million-dollar range.

There’s a few reasons to keep on touring.

Follow me: @johnwillms
Friend me: facebook.com/john.williams1

Pearl Jam books Canadian date

- January 23rd, 2013

Pearl Jam have booked two early dates in the 2013 calendar, and it includes one stop north of the border.

The Seattle rockers are playing London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens on July 16, as well as Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 19. Both gigs are billed as “An Evening With Pearl Jam,” meaning you will probably have full PJ for 3 plus hours, with no opening act.

Tickets for both shows go on sale on February 9.

CS_pearljam_JW013

The band, via its official website, promises an announcement in the coming months of more North American dates in the fall, which goes in line with a likely summer/fall drop date for their brand new album.

Pearl Jam sent out a few teaser tweets preceding the Chicago date announcement, that included a photo of a stage set up on what appears to be Wrigley Field with the two-word post “Looking good!” and the hashtag #StayTuned. It will mark the first time they’ve played the historic ballpark.

Follow me: @johnwillms
Friend me: facebook.com/john.williams1