By Jim Johnson

All signs are — literally — pointing to the Rolling Stones announcing their 2015 North American tour dates on Thursday (March 19th). Jambase.com posted that just as they did back in 2013, the band has taken out billboards in cities featuring a key phrase or title from one of their classic hits and the Stones’ legendary tongue and lips logo. All of the band’s social media outlets showcase the hashtag “#SatisfactionThursday.”

 

San Diego’s ABC-TV affiliate reported Thursday’s announcement will be followed by a pre-sale for AMEX card holders on Thursday, March 26th with a general onsale set for Monday, March 30th — with the band reportedly opening the tour on May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park.

  • Keith Richards was asked who out of all the Stones has been most itching to get back on the road: “I’m always itching, so you can put me at a definite Number One. But, I’d say that there’s a certain kind of collective itch (laughs) that goes on eventually. And we all sort of look at each other and say, ‘Well, you up for it?’ And then we start scratching. Y’know, it’s one of those things. Nobody seems to make a real decision and say: ‘We’re gonna do this or that.’ It sort of a look in the eye, really, ‘and say, ‘Come on, let’s go (laughs)'”

 

  • Charlie Watts admits that he’s never even considered the Rolling Stones to be an institution: “I don’t look at the Rolling Stones like that. Y’know, it just. . . they’re a group of people that I know that become the Rolling Stones when they get together. Y’know, something happens around us and happens when we play that is either magic, or (a) catastrophe — whichever way you look at it. It always has done and I assume it always will.”

 

SIDE NOTES

  • Last November, the Rolling Stones topped a Billboard list of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists in the era from 1990 through 2014. Britain’s original bad boys beat out U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Bon Jovi –– all five of whom have each grossed over $1 billion.
  • The Stones topped the list grossing an astounding $1,565,792,382; U2 came in second with $1,514,979,793; and “The Boss” — Bruce Springsteen — rounded off the Top Three with a whopping $1,196,116,507.

Check out the video for the Stones’ “Emotional Rescue”:

 

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