Stones jump back to Melbourne
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THE Rolling Stones will rock Melbourne in April – 40 years after they first appeared here.
An Australian tour was confirmed yesterday by the band's record label, Virgin.
Stones world tour promoter Michael Cohl has offered a limited date run in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Paul Dainty, the band's Australian promoter, is still firming up performance dates.
The Stones will tour the world to promote their new album, A Bigger Bang – their first studio album in a decade – to be released in September.
A new single, Streets Of Love, will go to radio stations this week.
Stones guitarist Keith Richards said yesterday the band had a lot more to give.
"We are not doing this for nothing," Richards told the Herald Sun.
"And when I say nothing, I don't mean money.
"You couldn't buy (drummer) Charlie Watts if he didn't want to do it. There is passion, but nobody in the band talks about it in terms of passion or a quest.
"We don't need to. It's either there or it isn't.
"This is not a matter of regurgitating or nostalgia.
"Somewhere inside us all there is a feeling that, yeah, there is a lot more to be found out yet."
He said the British band endured because they paced themselves.
"You can't do this if we don't get along. It's like, 'How are you feeling today? Can you hit the high C? How's the knee?'."
The Australian visit was strongly tipped when the Stones put New Zealand on a world tour schedule earlier this year.
Virgin Records said yesterday the Stones would perform 35 US dates, then tour South America, the Far East, New Zealand and Australia.
Ticket prices in the US will range from $A90 to $450.
The tour, titled Onstage, opens in Boston on August 21.
The Stones will bring their arena production to Australia and New Zealand.
But the possibility of smaller-scale theatre shows is likely to be discussed.
According to Virgin Records, the new Stones album comprises 16 tracks and is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of hard-hitting, high-powered rock and blues.
The Stones first toured Australia in January 1965. Their last visit was 2003 when their 40 Licks show, essentially a greatest hits set, sold out three nights at Rod Laver Arena.
||That 1st tour, was Rolf Harris on that bill? Or was that the one after? And, wasnt Roy Orbison on one of the tours as well? I know they played the Palais.
Man, what would you give to see them there again?
||Looks like I'm going to Melbourne next year.