Stones countdown begins
Those plucky upstarts in the Rolling Stones announced a new round of touring and a reissue of their beloved 1971 LP “Sticky Fingers” on Tuesday. Here are five facts you should know going into the mania for Mick & Co.
1. There’s no L.A. date. Angelenos will need to hold tight for now, but the Zip Code tour kicks off in San Diego on May 24. Let the surprise Coachella-set rumor-mongering begin!
2. The tour is tied to a “Sticky Fingers” reissue. The band promises that the revisited album will come in all contemporary formats (so rest easy, vinyl vermin) and will have a slew of unreleased tracks and live recordings.
3. The tour has some sad undertones. It’s the band’s first tour since the death of longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys, who played on “Sticky Fingers” and other classic Stones albums and died from liver cirrhosis last year. It’s also the first extended tour since designer L’Wren Scott, Jagger’s partner since 2001, died last March in the middle of the band’s international 14 on Fire tour. 4. Onstage, they’ve still got it. 5. Tickets might be cheaper than you think. At the Stones’ Staples Center stand in 2013, the band released a last-minute brick of tickets for $85 a pop. That’s much less than the stereotype of paycheck-eating tickets they’re known for these days (last time, it was $250-$600 each). So if the April 13 on-sale date rolls around and your eyes bug out at the entry fees, don’t lose hope quite yet.