Everybody expected that sooner or later we'd get word that the Rolling Stones would tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Now, it's on . . . but calling it a "tour" is a little bit of a stretch. We're talking about just four dates: The band will play at London's O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th, then it's across the pond to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13th and 15th.
A press release quoted in Rolling Stone (the magazine) say there's going to be:
. . . an "all new, custom-built set design with a stage based on the band's ubiquitous and celebrated tongue and lips logo, which will reach out into the crowd and become a truly must-see and -hear experience, with integral video screens and effects enhancing the sort of high-octane adventure for which the band's concerts have been famous for decades."
The ticket prices fo the Newrk shows range from $98 to $813; the seond Newark show will be available in a pay-per-view broadcast on December 15. Insiders think there's a pretty good chance that if things go well at these four shows, the band will annouce a more ambitious tour schedule for 2013. It does seem hard to believe that they'd build any kind of elaborate stage set for just four shows.