Rolling Stones promoter denies plans for Aus tour

Although local promoter Paul Dainty has partnered with Richard Branson to present the upcoming Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows, don’t expect the band in Australia anytime soon.

Following the announcement of the four shows – two in London and two in New Jersey – FL contacted Dainty for comment on the possibility of Australian tour dates only to be told that for now there are “just these four shows and we are proud to be the promoter of these historic events”.

The four shows mark the launch of new global promotion business, Virgin Live, which sees Dainty joining forces with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Dainty hasn’t offered much detail on what the alignment will mean for Australian fans, simply telling MusicWeek that “I’ve worked with the Rolling Stones for many years and I still get a buzz every time I see them live, these four shows are without doubt a must-see event”. He said he was extremely excited to be partnering with Virgin. “There will be a lot more to say about Virgin Live soon but, for now, it’s all about the Stones.”

Despite what Dainty told FL, the band’s guitarist Keith Richards said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there are more shows beyond the four scheduled for later this year. NME reports that during an appearance on BBC 6Music Richards explained that the Stones had no plans of calling time on the band when the mini-tour winds up. “Nobody has given us a heads up but this band isn’t going to wind up with four shows,” he said. “Next year looks like it is on … The band wants to get these four gigs under their belt and then think about next year after that. Anything is possible with this band.”

During the BBC radio interview Richards also addressed rumours that the band will be paid £16-million ($25-million AUD) for the shows. “I just wanna do some shows and I don’t want to charge over the bloody top,” he said. “I’m a bit out of the loop with showbiz. £16m sounds about right to us.” The cheapest tickets for the Stones’ London gig are £95 (£106 including fees), while the most expensive general admission standing tickets are £375 (£406 with fees). The final show on the schedule – December 15 – will also be telecast live via pay-per-view.

Last week, the band has released a new single ‘Doom and Gloom’, one of two new cuts from the band’s soon-to-be-released umpteenth “best of” GRRR! (the other new track, ‘One Last Shot’, was recorded in the same Paris session).

GRRR! will be released on November 12.

Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows:

Sunday, November 25 – The O2 Arena, London

Thursday, November 29 – The O2 Arena, London

Thursday, December 13 – Prudential Center, Newark

Saturday, December 15 – Prudential Center, Newark

Tickets on sale Friday, October 19 (London) and Friday, October 26 (Newark)