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Announcing The Tour - NYC May 7, 2002
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05-05-02 02:44 AM
Happy Motherfucker!! Will The Stones Go Over Like A Led Zeppelin?
Friday May 03, 2002 @ 04:00 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff


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Of all the crazy schemes that rich musicians have pulled over the years, this may just take the cake. It's not enough to just send out a press release or have a low-key press conference anymore. Apparently, it's go big or go home, implying that media won't be interested unless we're wowed by promotional tricks and flashy gimmicks. While we would have likely covered this news anyway, we'll admit that the Rolling Stones' newest promotional ploy has certainly captured our attention.

The aging rockers are set to announce their 2002 tour (the first in three years) and are looking to do so in style. It seems the Stones will touch down in one of New York City's largest parks for the big announcement. You're probably thinking they'll be coming down in a helicopter or a small plane but the band has much more grandiose ideas. According to a U.S. Government official (by way of Reuters), the Stones have been looking into obtaining permission to land a blimp in the middle of one of the park's larger fields.

A blimp! Do you know how much it costs to rent a blimp for a day? No? Well, neither do we, but we're pretty confident it's more than $100. If you ever wonder why the Rolling Stones need to charge the ridiculous amount of money that their tickets sell for, we'd say this is a major factor. If they're spending this much money on telling everyone what cities they'll stop in, there's no doubt that the price tag is going to be mighty steep. It may also be a good indication that the tour will be gigantic, complete with crazy laser shows and giant statues of those trademark lips. OK… maybe the lips are a stretch but we're pretty sure they're gonna do something equally astounding.

The big announcement will be made on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at Van Cortland Park in New York. The band will also reportedly release a new record this year consisting primarily of previously released tracks to coincide with the tour. The Stones do plan on including a couple new tracks on the disc to keep things interesting but it will mainly act as a retrospective to unofficially celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's first public appearance.

But back to the blimp. We'll repeat one more time: They'll be arriving to a press conference in a big freakin' blimp. A blimp! Crazy!

—Neil Haverty


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