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Rolling Stones announce UK tour (2018)

The Rolling Stones

Story by Jack Foley

THE Rolling Stones are gearing up for their first UK tour since 2006.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the band will play five stadium dates as part of their No Filter tour this May and June. In a statement announcing the news, guitarist Richards said: “It’s such a joy to play with this band. We’re only just getting started really.”

Mick Jagger commented: “We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer. It’s always exhilarating going to cities we haven’t played for quite a while.

“The Stones audience is the glue that keeps us together,” added drummer Charlie Watts. “The best and most satisfying moment is when you are reaching the end of the show and they are all going nuts.”

The band last played the UK five years ago, with headline performances at Glastonbury and the BST Festival. However, they haven’t toured here for 12 years.

As part of the announcement, the band also confirmed that they would be featuring their classic hits as part of the set for the tour, including Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Tumbling Dice and Brown Sugar.

However, each night will also feature “a couple of unexpected tracks and randomly selected surprises from their formidable arsenal of songs”.

The group kick off the European leg of their tour at Dublin’s Croke Park on May 17, before playing the London (Olympic) Stadium on May 22.

Other dates include Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and London’s Twickenham Stadium, where they have previously played to sell out crowds.

Prices for the 2018 tour have yet to be revealed, but the cheapest seats for last year’s tour started at £86.

Fan club members can buy tickets for the UK dates from Tuesday, February 27, with the general sale starting on Friday, March 2.

The UK tour dates are (all May and June 2018)

17 – Croke Park, Dublin
22 – London Stadium

5 – Old Trafford Manchester
9 – Edinburgh Murrayfield
15 – Cardiff Principality Stadium
19 – Twickenham Stadium