The dates start out with the Pretenders opening the shows. Buddy Guy, Dr. John and Shemekia Copeland, Soulive, Jonny Lang, The Strokes, No Doubt, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Shaggy, and Sheryl Crow round out the array of stellar opening acts.
The tour kicks off September 3 at Boston’s FleetCenter. Dates stretch through the start of February. After a North American run, the Stones will hit Mexico, Australia, Europe, and for the first time, China, over the course of a year.
Unlike previous tours, the band will be playing a mixture of venues, stopping by arenas, stadiums, theatres, and clubs. In some markets, fans will have the opportunity to see three totally different shows in different-sized venues.
The tour will make use of three completely different productions and setlists, furthering the band’s efforts to mix things up. All concerts will feature a significant set of classic Rolling Stones hits as well as new songs.
Ticket prices run the gamut of $50 on up to $300 for Golden Circle arena seats, depending on venue size and market. Some of the North American gigs have long been sold out while tickets remain for many others.
A consistent presence on the road. The Rolling Stones have three of the top-grossing North American tours of all time, including 1994’s Voodoo Lounge outing.
Their last forays were 1997-98’s Bridges To Babylon and 1999’s No Security outings. Several artists, including Sugar Ray, Ryan Adams, The Corrs, Jonny Lang, and the Goo Goo Dolls traded opening slots on those shows.