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Australian promoter locks inRolling Stones 50thanniversary 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”.

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LiveForever94 said on the 31st Aug, 2012

such a missleading title..


MorningAfterboy said on the 31st Aug, 2012


Andeh said on the 31st Aug, 2012

chronological thoughts

*opens article*

Im gonna go home and rewatch the Mick Jagger SNL for the millionth time. I reccomend you do the same (he plays with Foo FIghters and Arcade fire, at the end doing a medly of shes a rainbow and ruby tuesday with Winn and Regine, and spends every sketch he is in making fun of himself. so load up your not quite legal way of getting shows and enjoy a laff)


benjiman1981 said on the 31st Aug, 2012

I just got excited and my wallet got scared..... for no damned reason.


BeShakey said on the 31st Aug, 2012

The Guardian estimated that the average ticket would have to cost 200 pounds just to cover the Stones' fee.


p1owz0r said on the 31st Aug, 2012

Jagger still looks awkward with a guitar. $100 says Keith Richards unplugs it before they go on stage every time.


mondo22 said on the 1st Sep, 2012

So a couple of days ago, I read the article saying that FL is making some big changes for the better and wants to be come a highly reputable hub for music journalism. Im just left wondering what the benefits of making a misleading title for this article are for FL? I mean sure, it's not as if you've lied, but the title at first glance does suggest that a local promoter has locked the Rolling Stones in for Australia dates.
I probably wouldnt even be going if they were coming here. I just don't think making a misleading headline, just so that the article can get plenty of hits, is a good way to convince people that this site is all about reputable music journalism.


grattan said on the 9th Oct, 2012

Keef - We've got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can't talk about any of that at the moment. They've put the gag on me on this. You can hint!

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 9th Oct, 2012

Concerts in London and New York? How preposterous.


grattan said on the 15th Oct, 2012


daveyac8881 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

Not even in NY! In Jersey! Most exciting thing to happen there since Coyote Ugly


Fatal1992 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

if you care to read, it was an australian promoter booking shows. it doesnt specify in the title that he was booking australian shows. for exampe, an american promoter can book shows in india or south africa if he liked


gumbuoy said on the 15th Oct, 2012

If you care to read, you'll see Mondo acknowledged that while the headline was factually accurate, it was still also designed as pure linkbait.

It can be 2 things.