Stones count­down be­gins

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Au­gust Brown

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.

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