If you try sometimes, you just might find that the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary tour which never materialized in 2012 will finally make its way to South Philadelphia in June.
The Stones' '50 and Counting' tour will play the Wells Fargo Center on June 18. The tour kicks off in early May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (weirdly, the opening date is not yet announced due to potential NBA and NHL playoff game scheduling conflicts.) Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Stones from 1969-74 and who sat in for "Midnight Rambler" during the band's December shows in London, Brooklyn and Newark, N.J., will be a guest throughout the tour.
There is not yet an on sale date for the Wells Fargo show, which is the last date listed on the Stones' North American tour. (The band will go to Europe in the summer, playing the Glastonbury festival on June 29.)
Will there be only one show, if the first sells out? Let's see: It had been previously leaked that the tour, which is being promoted by AEG Live, will include 18 shows. But there are only nine cities listed on the itinerary, which goes from L.A. to Oakland to San Jose to Las Vegas to Anaheim to Toronto to Chicago to Boston to Philadelphia. Do the math!: The smart money says the band will play two shows in each market.
The question is, just how high will Mick Jagger and the band push the ticket price ceiling? For the New York area shows, face value topped out at over $700.
Also, it had also been rumored that the band, who released two new Don Was-produced songs on their GRRR! best-of compilation that came out last year, has been working on a new album with Was in Paris. There's no mention of new music, though, in the press release the Stones put out this morning, so it sounds like '50 and Counting' will be a pure greatest hits tour, for better or worse.
Here's my Inquirer review of one of the Stones' anniversary shows in Newark from last December.