You may put any worries that the popularity of the Rolling Stones might be flagging to rest. When a communique was announced from the Stones’ camp through You Tube that they would play four concerts in celebration of their 50th anniversary, demand was unprecedented. Fans attempting to order online at Ticketmaster for the London O2 Arena dates, scheduled for November 25 and 29, were almost immediately greeted with an electronic mea culpa that high demand prevented a timely transaction of tickets. Indeed, all seats–ranging from £95 to £375–sold out within a breath-taking seven minutes. The luckless are faced with resorting to second party reseller sites, where the tickets are running as high as an equally breath-taking £12500.
Those in the U.S. might have better luck; tickets for their New Jersey dates at the Newark Prudential Center will officially go on sale October 26 for the December 13th and 15th dates. The December 15th date is also scheduled to be broadcast as a Par Per View event. These four live dates are part of the band’s official “50 Years and Counting” celebration which includes a new greatest hits collection, “GRRR!” and a new single, “Doom and Gloom.”
Apparently the publication of guitarist Keith Richards memoirs–which sent tongues a-wagging with its tart treatment of Jagger–has done little to diminish the luster of the Glimmer Twins.