The Stones are ready to roll once again, following the undetermined mishap experienced by Keith Richards while on holiday in Fiji. The mysterious April 27th accident has never been completely explained, but rabid Rolling Stones fans are ecstatic to welcome the Press Release announcing that the A Bigger Bang Tour has been rescheduled.
Richards has been given an all clear from physicians to resume to performances with the Rolling Stones on tour. The band and its extended entourage had been scheduled to launch the European leg of the A Bigger Bang Tour in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, May 27, 2006. Several dates have been postponed with only two cancellations in Germany.
The Rolling Stones World Tour Promoter, Michael Cohl, stated, "We are delighted to announce the Stones tour is back on track and thank all the fans and ticket holders for their patience. We have put in as many shows in as many countries as was feasible. This is still going to be the most incredible rock show ever."
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are launching the 'A Bigger Bang' European Tour in Milan, Italy, at the San Siro Stadium on Tuesday, 11 July 2006. Quipped Richards, "Excuse me, I fell off of my perch! Sorry to disrupt everyone¹s plans but now - It's FULL STEAM AHEAD! Ouch!!"
All concert tickets purchased for rescheduled dates remain valid. Concert promoters anticipate making another announcement once details of the new schedule for all of the postponed concert dates from the 2006 itinerary are ironed out. Ticket holders are asked to remain patient. Dates in Nurnberg and Leipzig are the only casualties of the tour shuffle and will not be rescheduled for 2006 or 2007.
Before this unanticipated tour mishap following the band's appearance in New Zealand, wild rumors had been circulating among the hardcore fans that the Rolling Stones were seriously considering returning to the United States for more dates in the Fall of 2006.
This speculation is fueled by the fact that only two European dates were rescheduled in September 2006, leaving the group's Fall 2006 calendar wide open to stage another tour of American cities. At 62 years of age, nine weeks may not be an adequate amount of time for Richards to relax and recover from his Fiji fiasco.
Still, the Rolling Stones' 45th Anniversary is in 2007, and Euro dates will have to made up next summer. Presently, 21 stadium concerts are now planned for 11 European countries. It's inconceivable to imagine the Stones retiring from the road. Fans are advised to get their Ya-Ya's out while they can with this current world tour!
Euro ABB Tour itinerary:
Tue 11 July - Milan Italy, San Siro
Fri 14 July - Vienna Austria, Ernst Happel Stadion
Sun 16 July - Munich Germany, Olympiastadion
Wed 19 July - Hannover Germany, AWD - Arena
Fri 21 July - Berlin Germany, Olympiastadion
Sun 23 July - Koln Germany, Rhein - Energie Stadion
Fri 28 July - Paris France, Stade de France
Mon 31 July - Amsterdam Holland, Amsterdam Arena
Thu 3 Aug - Stuttgart Germany, Gottlieb - Daimler Stadion
Sat 5 Aug - Zurich Switzerland, Dubendorf Airfield
Tue 8 Aug - Nice France, Le Palais Nikala
Sat 12 Aug - Porto Portugal, Estadio do Dragao
Mon 14 Aug - Valladolid Spain, Estadio Jose Zorrilla
Wed 16 Aug - El Ejido Spain, Estadio Santo Domingo
Sun 20 Aug - London UK, Twickenham Rugby Ground
Tue 22 Aug - London UK, Twickenham Rugby Ground
Fri 25 Aug - Glasgow UK, Hampden Park
Sun 27 Aug - Sheffield UK, Don Valley Stadium
Tue 29 Aug - Cardiff UK, Millennium Stadium
Fri 1 Sept - Bergen Norway, Koengen
Sun 3 Sept - Horsens Denmark, Forum Horsens
St. Petersburg, Russia
Brno, Czech Republic
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On With The Show
The Rolling Stones announce revised Euro Tour dates
by Timothy Tilghman