The Rolling Stones will announce details of their 2013 World Tour this Wednesday, 3rd April (sometime on Thursday local time) and most importantly, Australia is likely to be on the itinerary.
The band have been posting a series of short news items on their official website counting down to the announcement of the tour, which News.com.au reports will be promoted by AEG Live around the globe.
The most recent of these had the title 4 Days To Go… and an image of the band’s signature tongue logo with ‘Start Me Up’ next to it. A hash tag at the bottom – obviously designed to be spread on Twitter – was also included: #StartMeUpWednesday.
AEG Live have jumped at the opportunity to promote the Stones’ tour after a deal with Paul Dainty and Richard Branson’s ‘Virgin Live’ – who promoted their five shows in London and New York last year – fell over. A number of sources report that Virgin Live were unable to prop up the $20 million advance that the band requested for the tour, and AEG Live met their demands over a 45-minute phone call.
In Australia, AEG Live owns Sydney’s Allphones Arena and the new Perth Arena. So, if there are Australian dates and the band opt not to do stadiums, it would be natural to expect them to play at those venues.
Showbiz 411 report that the 50 And Counting… world tour will include at least 18 North American shows, starting on 18th May in Vancouver. They also believe the Stones will do two shows in London’s Hyde Park in July.
Earlier this week The Rolling Stones announced their first show of 2013 as the Saturday night headliner of the UK’s Glastonbury Festival on 29th June.