Stones Do Europe, Super Bowl

The Rolling Stones have dropped a double whammy of concert news, announcing plans to perform at Super Bowl XL as well as a mammoth European summer tour.

The group will perform at halftime during the 40th anniversary of the NFL championship, which will take place at Detroit’s Ford Field February 5th. The game, watched by 133 million in the U.S. last year, is being broadcast to more than 225 countries and territories.

The Super Bowl performance will take place in the midst of the band’s ongoing tour of North and South America.

The Stones’ Euro tour will kick off May 27th at Barcelona, Spain’s Olympic Stadium, continuing through Western and Eastern Europe for more than three months. More than 30 concerts are confirmed across nearly 20 countries, finishing in the U.K. at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium August 29th.

A specially designed seating arrangement will allow for several hundred seats to be “built directly into the stadium set,” according to organizers, effectively giving fans the opportunity to share the stage with the band.

“The band is redefining the concert experience – there is nothing even comparable to the thrill of being onstage with The Rolling Stones and seeing a stadium show from the band’s perspective,” tour director Michael Cohl said.

“For fans, this will be the greatest tour yet.”