They’re rolling: Stones add 2 shows to tour
NEW YORK — If you’re upset that the Rolling Stones won’t be coming to your city on their upcoming tour, don’t be too stressed, the rockers say more shows may be added.
“Normally when you announce a tour like this, you announce part of it, you leave it to be, you see what happens, you might do a date here and another date there. You don’t want to be completely hand fast, so you do leave some dates in between,” Mick Jagger said Thursday. “So we’ll see what happens.”
The Stones announced this week that they will kick off their “50 and Counting” tour in Los Angeles; the date will be announced later. The second show is in Oakland on May 5. They also will visit Las Vegas, Toronto, Chicago and Boston, and wrap in Philadelphia on June 18.
On Friday, the band said second shows have been added in Toronto and Chicago.
The announcement came months after the foursome performed a sold-out, five-city stint in New York, New Jersey and London.
Jagger called those shows a test.
“We just said, ‘Let’s do these five shows before Christmas and see how it goes and see if we enjoy it, see if the audience seems to have a good time, and if that works, then we’ll try to see if we’ll do more,’ ” he said. “We still wanted to keep it kind of limited. We didn’t want to have that yawning (tour) of hundreds of shows lined up for the next 18 months.”
The Stones have at least three days in between tour stops, a sign that more shows may be added. Or the time could be used for rest.
“I think it’s a little bit of both,” Keith Richards said. “The band wants to pace themselves, but at the same time ... I guess what’s been announced is the bare-bones and we will play it by ear from there.”