Stones Announce New Dates

The Rolling Stones have announced the first revamped European leg of the Bigger Bang Tour but the second half looks like it’s taking a little more work.

A week after announcing that 15 shows would need to be moved, it seems that John Giddings from London’s Solo Agency – who produces the dates for Michael Cohl’s CPI – is still trying to re-schedule Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels, Gothenburg, St. Petersburg, Brno, Warsaw, Athens, Zagreb and Frankfurt.

All of them are likely to be moved back to 2007, when Giddings may have chance to slot in some shows at the new Wembley Stadium, if the builders get a move on.

The new itinerary will cover 21 stadium shows in 11 countries and that’s likely to be it for the summer of 2006.

So far, the only original dates to find new slots are Bergen Koengen (moved from June 6th to September 1st), Horsens Outdoor Forum (June 8th to September 3rd), Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium (June 20th to July 14th), Milan San Siro Stadium (June 22nd to July 11th) and Paris Stade De France (July 5th to 28th), although it looks as if the French capital has to drop from two shows to one.

The casualties of the re-jig are Nurnberg Easy Credit Stadium, which was July 10th, and Leipzig Zentralstadion July 12th. But what’s happening to Belgrade – originally scheduled for July 7th – is anyone’s guess. It isn’t on the list of re-scheduled shows or among the canceled and postponed shows.

Both the German shows could have been lost because the new run starts July 11th, four days later than first announced and two days after soccer’s World Cup Final.

It starts at Milan San Siro Stadium, which would have been hard to put back to September or next spring because both the city’s major soccer teams play their home matches there.

Germany has more dates than any other country and Nurnberg and Leipzig look to have been sacrificed to accommodate the one Italian date.

The new schedule is Milan July 11th, Vienna July 14th, Munich July 16th, Hannover July 19th, Berlin July 21st, Cologne July 23rd, Paris July 28th, Amsterdam July 31st, Stuttgart August 3rd, Zurich August 5th, Nice August 8th, Porto August 12th, Valladolid August 14th and Almeria August 16th.

The U.K. shows are all on the original dates which are London August 20th and 22nd, Glasgow August 25th, Sheffield August 27th and Cardiff August 29th.

The Norwegian date in Bergen September 1st and the Danish show in Horsens September 3rd have been tacked on to the end of them.

“We are delighted to announce the Stones tour is back on track and thank all the fans and ticket holders for their patience,” Cohl said in a statement. “We have put in as many shows in as many countries as was feasible. This is still going to be the most incredible rock show ever.”

– John Gammon