Looks like Rolling Stones will finally get some satisfaction -- the band is going on tour and is headed to the Bay Area.
Ending months of nervous speculation, the Rolling Stones have announced plans for their long-awaited 50th anniversary tour, which includes concerts May 5 at Oracle Arena in Oakland and May 8 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday (April 8) at www.rollingstones.com. Prices range from $142.75-$571.50, according to Ticketmaster.
The band unveiled its tour plans on Wednesday. The 50 and Counting Tour, which commemorates the Stones' 50th anniversary in 2012, kicks off its North American run in Los Angeles, with the date dependent on working around pro basketball and hockey playoff schedules. The tour will also visit Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
"50 and Counting has been pretty amazing so far," the Stones' Mick Jagger said in a statement. "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."
The announcement ends a long guessing game by fans, many of whom were wondering if the Stones would ever mount a worldwide tour again. After all, the musicians aren't exactly kids anymore. Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards are both 69, drummer Charlie Watts is 71 and guitarist Ronnie Wood, the baby of the bunch, is 65.
The band laid somewhat low during its actual 50th anniversary year, performing only a handful of shows in a few select cities. It also appeared at the star-studded 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Stones finally ended the suspense in recent days by launching a countdown on the band's website and social media pages, pointing toward a major announcement to be made on Wednesday. And a billboard advertising campaign featuring the Stones logos and such appropriate song titles as "Start Me Up," and fans knew that something good was in store for them.
Now, says Jagger, the band is prepped to take its tour around the globe.
"It's a good show," he said in a statement. "Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear ... with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off 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."
As an added treat, Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.
The band last rolled through the Bay Area in November 2006, performing a show at the Oakland Coliseum as part of the A Bigger Bang tour. That global trek pulled in more than $550 million, which makes it the second highest-grossing tour of all time. The only one to top it was the U2 360 Tour, which did better than $730 million in ticket sales during its 2009-2011 run.
The Stones' most recent release is "GRRR!," a (mostly) greatest hits package released late last year. Besides containing such longtime fan favorites as "Sympathy for the Devil," "Ruby Tuesday" and "Street Fighting Man," the set also features a pair of new songs, "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot."
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