Ford Field/Comerica Park For The Rolling Stones This Summer?
It seems as though when the Rolling Stones return to North America, they’ll be ditching the arena gigs that marked the recent 50 And Counting dates and hitting stadiums. The Las Vegas Sun reported that the Stones had a June 13th date “penciled in” at “Sin City’s” 16,800-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena, but after the massive success and payday of the their recent 14 On Fire European and Australian shows, it’s looking like the football stadiums will be getting the band’s business this summer.
Last week Ron Wood, while promoting his latest book, the signed, limited edition tome — Ronnie Wood: How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, let it slip that the Stones will be back on the content this summer. No official announcement has come from the Stones’ management.
- Mick Jagger feels that after playing to such enormous crowds over the Stones’ career, the typical 20,000-seat arenas have turned into the small scale type shows the band actually prefers — but that doesn’t mean they can’t rise to the occasion and rock a tremendous audience at the drop of a hat: “Well, I think a stadium show has to be a massive show because you can’t really see that much. You have to have the most massive video, you have to have lots of stuff and keep the whole thing going. I mean, to me, a very good arena show — if it’s a good arena — is relatively intimate. So, you’re able to hold the audience, hopefully, without any kind of gimmicks. I mean, of course, it’ll be fun to have a few. It’s not really about that to me.”
- This summer will mark Ron Wood’s 40th anniversary as a member of the Rolling Stones.
- Recently released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray are two classic Rolling Stones concerts from 1975 and 1981. The two shows are the first in the band’s From The Vault series, L.A. Forum – Live In 1975 and Hampton Coliseum – Live In 1981. The new series offers up the concerts on film, CD, and LP.
- The July 12th 1975 show, which was recorded during a five-night L.A. stand, marked the Stones’ first tour with Ron Wood on lead guitar. Both Wood and the band made a concerted effort at the time to state that Wood was only “on loan” from the Faces, whom he toured with later that year, but just about everybody knew once he hit the stage, that “Woody” was the seventh and latest Rolling Stone.
- Billy Preston, who was the band’s keyboardist for the tour, takes the mic for two of his ‘classic 70s hits — “That’s Life” and “Outta Space.”
- The December 18th, 1981 concert, which was recorded in Hampton Roads, Virginia, took place on the final night of the band’s North American tour in support of Tattoo You — which just happened to fall on Keith Richards‘ 38th birthday. The show was broadcast on pay-per-view cable at the time, and has made the video bootleg rounds ever since.
Check out the official promo video for the Stones’ 1998 hit “Saint of Me”: