||Although before the official announcements, they claim 16th October at the ACC and 18th October at the SkyDome.
||here it is:
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
The Rolling Stones T.O. bound
Sun learns Rolling Stones have two dates here -- Oct. 16 & 18
By JANE STEVENSON
NEW YORK -- Time really is on their side.
The Rolling Stones are hitting the road again -- 40 years after their first performance in London, England -- including two mid-October dates in Toronto, The Toronto Sun has learned.
The veteran British bad boys of rock will perform on Oct. 16 at the Air Canada Centre and on Oct. 18 at the SkyDome as part of The Rolling Stones 2002-2003 World Tour, which will visit stadiums, arenas and clubs -- sometimes all three in the same city.
EXPECTED TO REHEARSE HERE
The Stones also are expected to rehearse in Toronto for their latest jaunt -- as they have done twice before -- and there is the possibility of a surprise club show.
The tour, which kicks off Sept. 5 in Boston, is scheduled to be announced today during a lunch-hour press conference in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
The reason for the unusual location is the Stones' plan to arrive in a blimp, The Sun has confirmed, although their grand entrance depends on the weather. With grey skies looming over the city last night, the event could be rescheduled until tomorrow.
Only 32 cities on the first leg of the tour will be unveiled initially, but so far there is at least one other Canadian date -- Jan. 8 in Montreal at the Molson Centre. There are also plans to travel to Mexico, Australia and the Far East next summer.
Ticket prices will average $85 for the stadium shows, $100 for the arena dates and $50 for the club gigs.
Tickets for the two Toronto shows aren't expected to go on sale until the middle of this month.
Mick Jagger -- seen here strutting his stuff at the Air Canada Centre in 1999 -- and the rest of the Rolling Stones are set to rock Toronto for at least two dates in October.
In some quarters, the Stones' latest trek would be considered their 40th anniversary tour, given it will begin in late 2002 and continue into 2003.
However, while the band formed in 1962, drummer Charlie Watts didn't join the lineup until 1963.
Guitarist Ron Wood arrived even later in the mid-'70s.
The remaining four group members -- frontman Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, Wood and Watts, who range in age from 55 to 61 -- last hit the road in 1999 on their No Security Tour.
Before that was the 1997 Bridges To Babylon trek, which also saw the band make a stylish entrance to a press conference held underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The world famous bridge was closed so the Stones could drive across in a vintage Cadillac convertible with Jagger at the wheel.
Since the band's last tour, Jagger, Wood and Watts have all released solo albums. Jagger also has produced the World War II drama Enigma.
So far there's no confirmation on whether a new Stones recording will accompany the tour, but there has been talk of some kind of retrospect with a handful of new tracks.
Rolling Stones Photo Gallery
[Edited by Jaxx]