Thursday, May 9, 2002 @ 4:47 PM
The Rolling Stones Annouce The
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The Rolling Stones announced plans for their upcoming World Tour 2002/2003 on Tuesday, May 7, at a press conference that was held after the group landed in a blimp in New York City’s Van Cortland Park. The band, comprised of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, literally descended upon fans and members of the press, who witnessed the spectacle in awe.
Their tour is slated to begin on September 5th of this year at Boston’s CMGI Field. The Stones will be playing shows in both stadiums and arenas, as well as gigs in small clubs. In the past, more intimate club gigs were always slated as surprise gigs, and were announced at the last moment.
The Rolling Stones still hold the record for the three most attended tours of all time, “Bridges To Babylon,” “Steel Wheels,” and “Voodoo Lounge.”
Coinciding with the tour, the Stones will be releasing a CD set, containing some of their greatest hits, as well as previously unreleased material from the band. The Stones will be recording new material for the album in Paris, and thereafter, the band will be on their way to Toronto for rehearsals for the tour.
So far, the Stones have not publicly revealed the name of the tour, which will relate to the title of the upcoming album package that will be released by Virgin Records.
The Stones will be finalizing their concert tour in the States in February of 2003, and from the U.S., the band will continue touring in Europe, Japan, Australia, and in other countries.
The opening acts have not been announced yet, although some dates will include No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, and Jonnie Lang.
The Rolling Stones originally formed forty years ago, in 1962. A year later, drummer Charlie Watts joined the group. Guitarist Mick Taylor replaced Bryan Jones, who died in 1969, after drowning in his swimming pool under the influence of drugs and alcohol. After Taylor departed from the band, guitarist Ron Wood took his place in 1975 as Keith Richards’ perfect foil. Bassist Bill Wyman announced his own departure from the group in 1993, and Darryl Jones has since filled in for him. As with the past several tours, the Stones will be joined the extraordinary back-up singer, Bernard Fowler.
ROLLING STONES – WORLD TOUR 2002/2003
09/05/02 Boston CMGI Field
09/08/02 Boston The Orpheum Theatre
09/10/02 Chicago United Center
09/13/02 Chicago Comiskey Park
09/16/02 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
09/18/02 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
09/22/02 Philadelphia Tower Theater
09/26/02 New York Madison Square Garden
09/28/02 New York Giants Stadium
09/30/02 New York Roseland Ballroom
10/04/02 Washington, DC FedExField
10/12/02 Detroit Ford Field
10/14/02 Cleveland Gund Arena
10/16/02 Toronto Air Canada Centre
10/18/02 Toronto SkyDome
10/20/02 Columbus Nationwide Arena
10/22/02 Ft. Lauderdale National Car Rental Center
10/23/02 Miami American Airlines Arena
10/26/02 Atlanta Turner Field
10/31/02 Los Angeles STAPLES Center
11/02/02 Los Angeles Edison Field
11/04/02 Los Angeles Wiltern Theater
11/08/02 San Francisco Pac Bell Park
11/14/02 San Diego Sports Arena
11/23/02 San Antonio SBC Center
11/25/02 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center
11/29/02 Las Vegas Venue To Be Confirmed
01/08/03 Montreal Molson Centre
01/10/03 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
01/25/03 Houston Reliant Stadium
01/30/03 Phoenix America West Arena
02/01/03 Denver Pepsi Center