Will the Rolling Stones Tour Again?
Dubbed “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world,” the Rolling Stones have been thrilling concertgoers for more than half a century.
In fact, fans of the long-lived band were already buying tickets in anticipation of the No Filter 2019 tour when frontman, Mick Jagger, was forced to cancel shows so he could address medical issues involving his heart.
Now, a lot of people are wondering whether the veteran rock band will ever tour again. Here’s what we know so far:
UK Tour No. 1
In 1963, the Rolling Stones embarked on a whirlwind package tour that took the band throughout Great Britain where they played 10-minute sets in dive bars and dance houses in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and London.
Fronted by Brian Jones and managed by Andrew Loog Oldham, the scruffy combo were on the same bill as the Everly Brothers, Mickey Most, Bo Diddley, and English chanteuse, Julie Grant.
On the fifth night of the package tour, local critics denounced the Stones, telling readers that the burgeoning musical group wore “caveman hairstyles” and sang songs that could not be understood.
In response, lead singer Mick Jagger said that he gave the Stones “about another two years” of popularity.
First American tour
In June 1964, the Rolling Stones kicked off their first U.S. tour with two shows at Carnegie Hall. Afterward, the rock combo visited Omaha, San Antonio, Detroit
The band also spent time recording their soon-to-be first No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now,” at Chess Studios, explains ThoughtCo magazine.
Second US tour
October 1965 saw the Rolling Stones kick off a North American tour at the Montreal Stadium in Canada. After wowing the crowd with such songs as “Paint it Black,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the five-piece band from coast to coast, including shows in New York City, Memphis, Denver, and Baltimore before ending the tour with a bang in at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
During this groundbreaking tour, the Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show where they performed “Let’s Spend the Night Together” with slightly reworked lyrics.
Since their successful 1965 tour, the Stones have gone on the road with acts as diverse as Herman’s Hermits, the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Foreigner, and Stevie Wonder.
The Rolling Stones also went on tour with The Eagles, Prince, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In fact, fans are so accustomed to regular Rolling Stones shows, it was fully expected that the 2019 tour would go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, that was not to happen.
2019 tour canceled
Despite massive ticket sales, the Stones announced delay of the No Filter US tour until further notice. Slated to start at the Hard Rock auditorium in Miami on April 20, the show will probably go on, but not right now. In a statement released by the Miami Herald, typically energetic Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said he was “hugely disappointed” but looking forward to retaking the rock stage as soon as possible.
As we go to press, the word is that Jagger is expected to fully recover from the medical condition that precluded the start of the No Filter tour. He will be having surgery to replace a heart valve and have a stent inserted. Concerts West and AEG Presents, who are promoting the 2019 tour, advise ticket holders to hand onto their tix which will be valid when the concert tour is rescheduled. So, yes, the Stones are expected to tour again, just as soon as Jagger’s doctors give him the green light.