Rolling Stones Get Their Ya Yas Out on 2015 North American Tour

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 8:59 PM
Rolling Stones Get Their Ya Yas Out on 2015 North American Tour by Jim Wertz

When I was ten the adults in my life agreed that I should see The Rolling Stones. It may be my only chance to see Mick and the boys, they said.

That was 1989 and the Stones were scheduled to open their Steel Wheels Tour at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium on August 31. But the stadium was condemned in July after more than 70 years of concerts and athletic events, so the Stone’s moved their show across the street to Veteran’s Stadium.

After an energetic two hour opening set by Living Colour, The Rolling Stones took the stage for more than three hours, including all the hits and a rock n’ roll induced power surge that blacked out South Philadelphia. Not a bad introduction to what concert going should be like, to be sure.

When they played Honky Tonk Woman, sixty foot tall blow up dolls bookended the stage with animated arms which interchangeably brought cigarettes and beer bottles to the ladies’ mouths. When the venue went dark to start Sympathy for the Devil, Mick Jagger’s silhouette danced across the crowd from a perch next to the famed replica of the Liberty Bell atop the stadium.

Most of the band’s members were in their 40s then, and after Mick had danced in the streets with Bette Midler in the mid-1980s there wasn’t much reason to believe the show would go on into the 1990s.

Fast forward to 2015, four studio albums, nine live albums, and 25 years later, and...wait for it...this might be your last chance to see the Rolling Stones.

On Tuesday morning The Rolling Stones announced a fifteen city North American stadium tour that will kickoff in San Diego on May 24. Tickets will no doubt cost $4,000 for the upper deck, but if the stagecraft and showmanship has evolved even a little over the past three decades, it might just be worth the investment. The tour will come to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on June 20 and land at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo in July. Here’s the full lineup:

May 24 - Petco Park, San Diego

May 30 - Ohio Stadium, Columbus

June 3 - TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

June 6 - AT&T Stadium, Dallas

June 9 - Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta

June 12 - Citrus Bowl, Orlando

June 17 - LP Field, Nashville

June 20 - Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

June 23 - Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee

June 27 - Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

July 1 - Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh

July 4 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis

July 8 - Comerica Park, Detroit

July 11 - Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo

July 15 - Le Festival d’été de Québec, Quebec

Tickets go on sale April 13.

Jim Wertz can be reached at jWertz@ErieReader.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @jim_wertz.

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