Australian promoter locks in Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows

Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote four Rolling Stones concerts in November – two at London’s O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – according to FL contacted Dainty for a response only to be told “Paul is travelling so is unavailable. There is no comment”.

Dainty and Virgin boss Richard Branson have reportedly paid the Stones $US25 million for the four shows. However, as The Independent notes “even if the two venues were filled to capacity, this would mean tickets would have to sell for in excess of £200 each simply to cover the cost of the amount being lined up for the band, never mind staging costs and venue hire.” So either the rumour about the shows is false or we can expect to see several more shows added to the tour. According to Boxscore, The Stones’ last tour, the Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007, grossed a lazy $558 million.

In July, Keith Richards dropped hints to the BBC about possible live shows revealing that “We’re playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals … We’ve got together, and it feels so good.” The guitarist/author of the autobiography you bought for Father’s Day last year added: “There’s things in the works; I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet.” Last week Mick Jagger fuelled speculation about the band’s 50 anniversary plans by tweeting a photo announcing that he “Had fun in the Paris studio this week!”.

In other Stones news, a new documentary on band, Crossfire Hurricane, will debut in November. Directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10), the film features never-before-seen footage and interviews with the band “invit[ing] the audience to experience firsthand the Stones’ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson. Crossfire Hurricane allows the viewer to experience the Stones’ journey from a unique vantage point. It’s an aural and visual roller coaster ride”.