WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
The Rolling Stones launched their 50 and Counting tour last Friday in Los Angeles, and now we know where the run will wrap. On Tuesday, the band announced the North American trek will come to a close June 24 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Tickets for the tour closer go on sale this Monday. The band plays in San Jose, CA tonight, before they move on to Las Vegas on Saturday.
The co-president of the concert promotion company handling the Rolling Stones 50 and Counting tour refutes reports slow sales have led to deep discounting of some tickets. AEG Live executive John Meglan told Billboard, “It’s unfortunate in our business that everybody wants to be cynics. The fact is, the tour is doing great and we have no problems whatsoever.” Meglan added that the 1,000 paperless $85 tickets per show made available on the band’s website and Facebook page were not as a result of “$600 tickets turning into $85 tickets, I can assure you of that.”
If you’re one of the lucky few to score an $85 ticket to one of the Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting tour shows, you might have enough money left to drop $750 on a new band box set. The Brussels Affair box set featured the band’s October 17, 1973 gig at Brussels, Belgium’s Forest Hills Arena on 180-gram vinyl, a limited-edition book of photos of the ’73 Goats Head Soup tour (some signed by Mick Jagger), a tour lithograph and a tongue-and-lips-styled watch. As one record executive said, the Brussels Affair box set is “not cheap, but it was never meant to be cheap.”
Just four days following a rare television appearance by The Doors drummer John Densmore on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which he hinted a limited reunion that would include “a one-off or a couple of benefits” with bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger “would make sense,” the band has launched an interactive iPad app, available exclusively for $4.99 on the APP Store. Coincidence? Perhaps. According to a press release, the new app outlines the band’s history “through interactive content, music, photos, videos, memorabilia and graphic novel.”