Gigs & Festivals

Rolling Stones announce 50th anniversary shows

By | Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

The Rolling Stones

So, as entirely expected, The Rolling Stones have announced some 50th anniversary shows – two at London’s O2 Arena and two at the Prudential Center near New York on 25/29 Nov and 13/15 Dec respectively.

Tickets for the UK shows will officially go on sale on Friday, though are available now to American Express customers or people who want to own an expensive boxset too. Whatever, the cheapest ticket from an official seller is going to cost you over £100. Oh, and tickets were already being resold on Seatwave for up to £11,000 yesterday. So, you’d best think quite hard about how much you want to go to this before you commit.

Maybe hearing the members of the band asking if you’re ready will help. Do that here:

As also expected, the shows are the first project for new global touring enterprise Virgin Live, a joint venture between the Virgin Group and the Dainty Group.

Australian promoter Paul Dainty, head of the Dainty Group, told CMU: “I’ve worked with The Rolling Stones for many years and I still get a buzz every time I see them live, these four shows are without doubt a must-see event. I am extremely excited about this collaboration with Virgin. There will be a lot more to say about Virgin Live soon but, for now, it’s all about the Stones…”

And Richard Branson added: “Today marks the beginning of Virgin Live and what a beginning! In the future Virgin Live plans to make a real difference to how fans experience, interact and enjoy live events – Virgin Live gigs will be truly people driven. It’s great to join forces with Dainty Group to launch Virgin Live with the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary shows. Who would have believed, that a relationship with the band that started in the 60s, would still be going strong five decades later with us working together again on these amazing shows”.

The band also have a new single out, which you can listen to here if you want: