Monday, June 24, 2013

The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour Rolls into Verizon

Look who's rolling into town. It's been 50 years since the Rolling Stones performed their first live concert (at London's Marquee Jazz Club) and to commemorate the golden anniversary, the Stones put together The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour. That tour (at least the American leg of) closes tonight at Verizon Center.

As in years past, rumors are circulating that this may be the last time to see the Stones perform live. Lead singer Mick Jagger turns 70 next month (guitarist Keith Richards follows in December, drummer Charlie Watts just turned 72 while the baby of the band, Ronnie Wood is only 66.) Having last seen them back in October 2005 at then MCI Center, I can tell you... they're nowhere near done yet.

The tour resumes Saturday in England at the Glastonbury Festival before two final shows at Hyde Park in London (July 6th & 13th... all sold out.) Tonight's concert is expected to start promptly at 8:00, and Metro has no plans to run an extended service to get fans home after its regular midnight closing. Keep an eye out for a special guest (or two.) Carrie Underwood joined Mick & the boys last month in Toronto (see video below) and Aaron Neville took a bow this past Friday in Philadelphia. Toss in Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift earlier; and the excitement grows for who else will visit Verizon tonight.