Stones Confirm Adelaide Date

The Rolling Stones confirmed they are returning to Australia in March, promoters Frontier Touring and AEG Live announced Nov. 20.

So far only one show has been announced, at the reopening of the  March 22.

The show, to 70,000 fans, will be co-promoted with Australian/UK sports and entertainment company iEC. Former Stones member Mick Taylor will be a guest.

15,000 of the 70,000 tickets will be available for the low end A$100 ($93.90), promoters said.

More dates will be announced for Australia, with one stop for New Zealand.

It is believed that one of the Australian shows will be at the picturesque Hanging Rock, outside Melbourne, which Frontier Touring’s Michael Gudinski is trying to turn into a major venue.

He has staged shows there by Bruce SpringsteenLeonard Cohen and 

So far only one show has been announced, at the reopening of the .

“It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval… we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!” Mick Jagger said.

The Stones last played Adelaide in 1995 on the Voodoo Lounge tour, to 28,000 at Adelaide Football Park.

They bypassed the city on the Licks (2003) and Bigger Bang (2006) tours.

It is believed that Jagger, a cricket enthusiast, couldn’t resist playing on the globally renowned sporting ground.

The South Australian Government chipped in A$450,000 (US$422,520) to lure the band, Premier Jay Weatherill confirmed.

“Hosting the world’s greatest rock and roll band at Adelaide Oval will be a superb way to celebrate the completion of our world-class stadium,” he said.

The Stones show will come at the tail end of a major series of festivals February and March, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to Adelaide.

These include the Adelaide Fringe, attended by 1.59 million last year, as well as Adelaide Festival and the Clipsal 500 V8 race, which draws 300,000.