mercredi 08 mai 2002

THE ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR 2002/2003


The Rolling Stones announced today, the kick off of their Rolling Stones World Tour 2002/2003 at Boston’s CMGI Field on September 5, 2002. The band announced 32 dates in the U.S and Canada (more to come) and will then tour Europe, Australia, Mexico and the Far East in 2003, hopefully including their first concerts in China.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood made a spectacular entrance into Van Cortlandt Park, in an eye-popping blimp decorated with the legendary Rolling Stones tongue. They descended upon an amazed crowd of U.S. and international press and fans to talk about the World Tour at a press conference beamed live via satellite.

The unique concept for the tour will showcase the band’s diversity as musicians and performers with three dramatically different shows by playing stadiums, arenas and theatres/clubs all in one tour. Each show will combine the spectacular production and charismatic performances that fans have come to expect. The Rolling Stones, working closely with the design team responsible for the sensational sets and dramatic effects on previous tours (Steel Wheels, Voodoo, Lounge, Bridges to Babylon, No Security) will create three totally different productions (sets, lighting, special effects) offering fans completely unique experiences at each venue.

Fans can choose to see the band up close in an intimate club/theatre setting or the grand scale excitement of a stadium experience. In some markets, fans will have the opportunity to see three totally different shows on different nights providing an incredible musical event .All shows will feature a significant set of classic Rolling Stones hits as well as new songs.

“Only The Rolling Stones would dare to come up with a concept so ambitious - three dramatically different shows in three different venues, said Michael Cohl, tour promoter. It will be a spectacular musical event.”

The Rolling Stones hold the all-time record for the three most attended tours of all time, “Bridges to Babylon,” “Steel Wheels” and “Voodoo Lounge. “Some of the opening acts that will share the stage with the Rolling Stones are: No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang with more acts to be announced later this week.

Rolling Stones World Tour 2002/2003 is presented by E* TRADE Financial. “The Rolling Stones are recognized as one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time,” said Mitch Caplan, President and COO E*TRADE Group, Inc. “We are thrilled to present this history making tour and excited about the experience and opportunities it will provide our customers.”

Tickets will go on sale for shows in Boston and Chicago on Saturday, May 11, for San Francisco on Sunday, May 12, and New York on Monday, May 13 with additional markets to follow. In keeping with the band’s philosophy of making their shows accessible to all fans, tickets for the stadiums, arenas and theatres/clubs will be available in a broad range of price categories. There will be a limited number of Gold Circle seats while the remaining 95% of the house will average $85 for stadium shows, $100 for arenas and all tickets for theatre/club shows will be $50. Buys will be limited to 12 tickets per person for stadium shows, 8 for arena shows and 2 for theatre/club shows.

Beginning today, music fans can go online to http://www.samgoody.com to join getAccess, a live entertainment membership program, for the opportunity to purchase two tickets to one show on the U.S. leg of the tour before they go on sale to the general public. Exclusively available at http://www.samgoody.com, getAccess enables members to purchase tickets as early as May 8 for shows in Boston, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Pre-sales for many other dates on the tour will be available through getAccess in the weeks ahead and fans should check the Samgoody.com website for the most up-to-date information. Consumers purchasing tickets through getAccess will have their choice of available seats at a variety of price points.

Fans will have an unprecedented opportunity to follow the tour online through Virtual Ticket at http://www.rollingstones.com. Every ticket sold for the tour will include membership in the Rolling Stones fan club. Updated daily, users will be given an exclusive insider’s look at every aspect of the tour. From rehearsals and preparations to on-going coverage via audio and videos streams, downloads, set lists and news and much more. RollingStones.com also heralds the launch of the official Rolling Stones Fan Club. In addition to following the tour, members will enjoy access to tickets, exclusive merchandise and other fans, in what is sure to be the premier destination and community place for Stones fans yet.

The Rolling Stones are completing negotiations to release a retrospective CD of their greatest hits from 1963 to the present with the addition of some new songs. The band will go into the recording studio later this month.

Other plans include a new book, a comprehensive history of the Rolling Stones which will include interviews with the band and photos from their own archives. It will be published by Chronicle Books in the U.S. and Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK in September of 2003.

Rolling Stones World Tour 2002/2003 will be promoted and produced by Grand Entertainment Touring and RZO Piecemeal Ltd.

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