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The Rolling Stones announce tour dates

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After many months of speculation, and following up on their successful set of shows last November and December, The Rolling Stones have announced the dates for their 50 and Counting Tour. As reported by Billboard last month, there will be fewer than 20 shows on this leg of the tour—18 to be exact. However, only nine of those shows have been announced thus far.

Although this could change, the first confirmed show is on May 5 in Oakland, CA, and the leg currently ends on June 18 in Philadelphia, PA.

The tour dates are below. Click here to find an upcoming concert and place an order for tickets.

Rolling Stones Tour Schedule

DateCityVenue
05/05 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
05/05 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
05/08 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
05/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
05/15 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
05/18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
05/20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
05/28 Chicago United Center
05/31 Chicago United Center
06/03 Chicago United Center
06/12 Boston, MA TD North Garden
06/14 Boston, MA TD North Garden
06/18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
06/21 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center

Update 4/15: Newly announced dates added.

Are high prices hampering Rolling Stones ticket sales?

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When The Rolling Stones announced their November and December tour dates one month ago, there was an immediate reaction from some fans that ticket prices were too high. Despite the grumbling, though, tickets sold out very quickly on the primary market.

Back here at TicketNetwork.com, sales were fairly brisk for the first few days tickets were available, but since then there have only been a handful per day. So what happened? Unlike most cases where high prices indicates a high demand for the artist or band's tickets, the prices were initially set so high that it kept casual fans away. When I first looked at the data in late October, the average ticket price was $2,444. Today it is $1,555; that's a drop of almost $900, but it still very high compared to some other artists. For example, Paul McCartney fans were paying an average $287 for tickets listed on TicketNetwork.com when they first went on sale, and more than twice as many sold during the first month as have for The Stones.

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Keith Richards hints at a full Rolling Stones tour in 2013

In the week's most anticipated concert news, The Rolling Stones announced that they are performing four concerts before the end of the year. However, there may be more to come, according to Keith Richards. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Richards noted, "Nobody's actually given a heads up on that, but I don't think that this band is gonna wind up all of this for four shows." They have a highly promoted compilation album coming out next month, so I'd guess that there's a greater than 50% chance this tour happens.

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The Rolling Stones to play four shows in November and December

Finally! After months of speculation that they would head back to the stage, it's official. The Rolling Stones will play four concerts toward the end of the year. The first two are November 25 and 29 at the O2 Arena in London, while the final two are at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on December 13 and 15.

Rumor-swapping about a possible couple shows toward the year's end, or even an entire tour, has been high since August when The Stones, well, announced that a further announcement was coming. The result of that was the announcement of a new greatest hits album, GRRR!

Although there are only four shows at the moment, Rolling Stone magazine is speculating that these shows are a lead-in to a full tour in 2013. I guess we'll see.

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