The ticket demand for the Rolling Stones upcoming 50 and Counting tour is quite high, as can be expected, with shows already being sold out. But when you take a look at the tour schedule it appears that the band have left room for extra shows on purpose, since there are several days between each performance.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Mick Jagger confirmed that the relaxed tour schedule does mean more shows will probably be added: "Normally when you announce a tour like this, you announce part of it, you leave it to be, you see what happens, you might do a date here and another date there. You don't want to be completely hand fast, so you do leave some dates in between," said Jagger.
The Stones have already added extra shows in both Chicago and Toronto, where the band will be playing the United Center, and the Air Canada Center respectively. From a fan perspective, the fact that it is an arena tour is both good news and bad news. The shows will be much more intimate that a stadium concert, but tickets will be harder to come by.
In a separate AP interview Keith Richards confirmed what Jagger said, but also added that the relaxed tour schedule will let the aging rockers get some rest between shows: "I think it's a little bit of both," Richards said. "The band wants to pace themselves, but at the same time ... I guess what's been announced is the bare-bones and we will play it by ear from there."
When the Stones did their five-date mini tour last year they brought along many special guests, like Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and The Black Keys. According to Richards there is a strong possibility for some surprise appearances this time around as well: "I have a feeling there's more openness about playing it the same way," Richards said. "I can't name names or make promises, but that area of the show is open."
The tour is set to kick off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at a date still to be determined, with the second show taking place in Oakland, CA on May 5. For complete tour details, visit the Rolling Stones official website.