Rolling Stones Take 14 on Fire Tour to Australia, Japan, Abu Dhabi
Rolling Stones announced on Wednesday that they’re due to tour Australia and New Zealand next year, with five shows in Asia kicking off proceedings before they head down under.
At present, the ’14 On Fire’ tour is set to kick off on February 21st with a one-off show at Abu Dhabi’s du Arena, before moving to Tokyo for three dates (February 25th, March 4th, March 6th) at the Tokyo Dome. The Asia leg is due to wrap on March 9th at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
The collectively-older-than-time-itself group are then scheduled to travel to Australia on March 19th to play the Perth Arena, then the Adelaide Oval on March 22nd, Sydney’s Allphones Arena on March 25th, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on March 28th, the iconic Hanging Rock site at Macedon Ranges on March 30th and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on April 2nd, before heading east for a single New Zealand date at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on April 5th.
“Can’t wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia and New Zealand,” said frontman Mick Jagger in a statement. “It’s been a while since we’ve played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.”
The band’s setlist is due to feature well-known classics like “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” as well as a few deeper cuts, and a cover or two thrown in for good measure.
Highly reliable internet word has it that the Adelaide Oval show is now sold-out.
Frontier Touring and AEG Live are co-organizing the Australia visit, the band’s first since 2006 on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Frontier Touring managing director Michael Gudinski commented on The Rolling Stones’ return to Australasia, saying: “it’s been a life-long ambition of mine to bring the legendary Stones back.”