||sorry to start a new thread but i was not sure where to post it
Rolling Stones to Announce New Tour Next Tuesday
Thu May 2, 5:56 PM ET
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones plan to drop in from the sky next week to announce their first tour in three years, a U.S. government official said on Thursday.
The veteran British rockers will commandeer a blimp and cruise into Van Cortlandt Park, New York City's third largest park, in the northwestern Bronx, on Tuesday at about 12:45 p.m. EDT. The site's wide open spaces, used for football and cricket matches, make it a practical landing area.
An official at the Federal Aviation Administration (news - web sites) told Reuters that Stones operatives had sought permission "and we're trying to accommodate that request," although he did not think there would be a problem. Stones publicist Fran Curtis declined to comment about the blimp plan as did city park officials.
Similarly, details of the North American tour are being kept under wraps. Unconfirmed speculation has focused on a tour of indoor arenas in the fall. Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert trade publication Pollstar, said indoor shows are more lucrative than stadiums as overhead is lower and groups can charge higher prices to patrons who prefer more comfortable surroundings.
Three of the highest-grossing North American tours of all time were undertaken in stadiums by the Stones, including the top-ranked 1994 "Voodoo Lounge" road show, which grossed $121.2 million. Bongiovanni expected the 2002 tour to be the biggest of the year assuming the Stones play enough dates.
This year, veteran acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Billy Joel-Elton John pairing and Paul McCartney have enjoyed strong ticket sales.
NOT AN ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The Stones last toured in 1997-1999, playing their last show in the German city of Cologne in June. Since then, singer Mick Jagger has issued a solo record and produced a movie, the new World War II thriller "Enigma." Guitarist Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts have also released albums, while guitarist Keith Richards has been tinkering in his basement studio, and attending movie premieres and tennis matches.
The tour will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Stones' first public performance -- but don't call it a 40th anniversary tour. Stones officials noted that the lineup at the group's first show, July 12, 1962 in London's Marquee Club, was slightly different and that Watts did not join until 1963.
The Rolling Stones are not expected to release a new studio album to coincide with the tour. Instead, they will reportedly issue a retrospective with a handful of new tracks. Officials at their Virgin Records label -- a unit of Britain's EMI Group Plc (news - web sites) -- referred calls to Curtis, who declined comment.
Sources, however, said privately held ABKCO Records, which controls the copyrights from the Stones' 1960s heyday, planned to reissue digitally remastered and repackaged versions of their early albums in both the American and long-deleted U.K. formats.
Grand tour announcements in New York are a tradition for the Rolling Stones. In 1975, they brought traffic to a standstill by playing "Brown Sugar" from the back of a truck. In 1989, they detailed that year's tour during a sweaty news conference from a train in Grand Central Station.
[Edited by moy]
||Cool thanks Moy!
If I was certain of the time I could go.
Maybe i will....
Maxy gets an hour for lunch...
Sometimes I streeeeeeeettcchhhh it a little.
||finally an article with all the information a poor fan could want. mucho gracias, moy!
||Atta boy Moy, Thanx!
||Maxy, for God's sake...GO TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE! Tell them that your not feeling well after lunch..you know food posioning etc....GO THERE, BASK IN THE GLOW OF KEITH'S AURA, TAKE SHADE FROM MICK'S LIPS AND GO!
||Almost the same article by the BBC
Stones' flying visit to announce tour
This is the 40th anniversary year of the Rolling Stones' first live performance
Veteran rock band the Rolling Stones have said they will announce details of their first world tour in three years next week - and in true jet-setting rock 'n' roll style.
The British group said on Thursday that they planned to charter an airship especially for the occasion next Tuesday.
After that, they intend to fly into Van Cortlandt Park in New York before making their historic statement to eager fans.
The Rolling Stones, fronted by Mick Jagger, are one of the most legendary and enduring rock groups in music history.
Jagger: Still loves a live stage show
They have scaled down their live performances and record production in recent years. But the tour will coincide with the 40th anniversary of their first public performance.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in New York confirmed the group had sought permission to land in the park.
"We're trying to accommodate that request," he added.
However, the Stones are otherwise keeping details of their tour under wraps.
Unconfirmed speculation suggests it will focus around a set of indoor arena gigs in the autumn.
Either way, music analysts predict it will be the biggest tour by a rock band this year.
The group's last world tour lasted from 1997 to 1999. They played their last show in Cologne, Germany in June.
Since then, Jagger has issued a solo record and produced the World War II thriller film Enigma, which starred Kate Winslet.
Keith Richards: Also works on his own projects
Guitarist Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts have also released albums.
The Rolling Stones are not expected to release a new studio album to coincide with the tour.
Instead, they will reportedly issue a retrospective with a handful of new tracks.
Grand tour announcements in New York are a tradition for the Rolling Stones.
In 1975, they brought traffic to a standstill by playing Brown Sugar from the back of a truck.
In 1989, they detailed that year's tour during a news conference from a train in Grand Central Station.
||they forgot to mention the B2B tour announcement at the brooklyn bridge (was that the one?)
Van Cortlandt Park is an interesting selection. If you recall the 1979 movie, The Warriors, the Warriors Gang gets framed for the murder of a rival gang leader at a truce meeting that is taking place in in Van Cortlandt Park. they must make their way back to Coney Island from the Bronx, 27 miles in one night fighting every gang along the way.
||I'll bet Jagger is actually liking this!
No 40 year milestone crap either huh.???
The art of the understatement is still alive and well.