Stones Set For Asia
The Stones will perform April 8 for a capacity crowd at the 11,500-seat Impact Arena on the outskirts of Bangkok, Neil Thompson, a promoter at BEC-Tero Entertainment, told The Associated Press Wednesday.
“The Bangkok venue is the biggest venue in Asia,” he said. “They’re bringing everything in, sound and lights.” The Stones have not played in Thailand before.
Thompson said the rock band would spend three days in Bangkok after stops in Shanghai and Beijing, China. They also will play in Hong Kong, Singapore and India on the Asian leg of their Forty Lick tour.
With prices ranging from $35 to $188, tickets are expensive by Thai standards, but cheaper than those for some of the band’s other Asian dates – front-row seats in Beijing go for $750.
Tickets for the Bangkok concert go on sale Saturday.
Cui Jian, China’s most famous rocker, will open for the Stones in Beijing. Cui is hugely popular in China but has rarely been allowed to play big shows in the capital because he performed on Tiananmen Square during the 1989 pro-democracy protests.
Cui, 42, said he taught himself to play the guitar in the 1980s by learning Rolling Stones and Beatles songs.
“They are my heroes,” Cui told the Associated Press on Sunday. “It’s a big honor for me.”
When the Rolling Stones first rose to fame in the 1960s, China was on the verge of the radical 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, which reviled Western pop culture as spiritual pollution.
Their music first became available in China only after the start of economic and social reforms in the late 1970s.