Research by Michael Merritt
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With every new date for a top event, whether Kanye or Britney, Wicked or West Ham, fans with less-than-bottomless pockets sometimes cringe. It’s extremely rare to hear a true music lover ever state that they regret digging deep for those nosebleeds to see their longtime favorite musician, but before they make the commitment, many will lament the cost. For Rolling Stones fans, high ticket prices are part and parcel with their fandom.
A quote from Rolling Stone highlights fans’ displeasure:
"Can the Rolling Stones actually need all that money… How much can the Stones take back to Merrie England after taxes, anyway? How much must the British manager and the American manager and the agency rake off the top?... [It] says a very bad thing to me about the artists' attitude towards the public. It says they despise their own audience."
And that quote was published in the November 15, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. You can read the whole piece here, it’s definitely worth a peruse. As per the date of original publication, concertgoers were being asked to fork over $8.50 tops for tickets to the Stones’ tour supporting their album Let It Bleed. At the time, other top acts like The Doors had ticket prices topping out at $6.50. Today, that would get you a venti frappucino and a dirty look from the barista because you’d have nothing left for the tip.
Fifty-three years is a long time to stick with anything - or anyone - and with the launch of their 2015 ZIP CODE Tour, The Rolling Stones show no signs of letting up. The tour, scheduled to support the remastered edition of 1971's killer Sticky Fingers, will see the band playing stadiums across the U.S. So in honor of Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie hitting the road again this summer and fall, we're looking back at the best Stones songs through the decades.
1960s - "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) from the album Beggar's Banquet
Sure, they came on the scene with much more family-friendly fare in 1962, but the Rolling Stones quickly separated themselves from that other group from across the pond as the "bad boys" of British rock. "Sympathy for the Devil" perfectly captures just how much they embraced their reputation while staying true to their blues-inflected rock roots. Iconic not only for its musicality but its subject matter, the song had folks clutching their pearls across the globe. After already causing a stir with earlier sexually "explicit" (for the day) tunes like "Let's Spend the Night Together" and rumored Satanism in the group, "Sympathy for the Devil" was a bit of Mick thumbing his nose at critics. Allegedly, the tune was also inspired by the works of Baudelaire, which underscores just how bright the members of the Stones really are - Jagger was a student of business at the famed London School of Economics until that whole music thing really took off.
After months of rumors and speculation, The Rolling Stones have FINALLY confirmed they will be going on tour in the United States this summer. Yesterday, the British rock band announced they will embark on the “ZIP Code” tour, which will take them to 15 cities across North America. Beginning on May 24 in San Diego, the tour will make stops at some of the country’s largest venues, including Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
According to the Rolling Stones' website, the band will be able to directly interact with their fans thanks to a stage that will extend into the audience. They will also be using “cutting-edge” technology, including the use of video screens and special effects to better enhance the experience for concertgoers.
Get ready for more Rolling Stones concerts! Billboard is reporting that The Rolling Stones will play "fewer than 20 U.S. dates" in the first half of 2013, according to "multiple sources." If confirmed with an official announcement, this will continue the run of 50th anniversary celebratory concerts that began late last year with shows in Newark, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; and London, England.
It's been quite the active time for the band. Besides the performances in December, they released GRRR!, a compilation album, in November.
If they're to tour in the first half of the year, tickets will need to go on sale relatively soon. Nothing on that yet, but we'll post more information when it comes in.
Did you know that The Rolling Stones turn 50 this month? That's when the band's original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, and Dick Taylor began performing. The makeup of the band has changed a few times over the last 50 years, finally settling on Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts. Yet, that's nothing compared to what else has happened in music during that time. We've compiled just ten of them here, but there are so many more: