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Rolling Stones announce new world tour

Story: Jack Foley

THEY say a rolling stone gathers no moss and it's certainly true of Mick Jagger and co.

The evergreeen rockers have announced a new world tour kicking off in America and Canada in the summer of 2005, before reaching Europe in 2006.

The announcement was made at a special press conference at New York's Lincoln Center on May 10, where members of the world's press and selected fans were treated to a 'surprise' gig by The Rolling Stones.

Kicking off with a live version of concert favourite, Start Me Up, a new track from their forthcoming CD, Oh No Not You Again, and another classic, Brown Sugar, Jagger and Keith Richards then headed to New York's Juilliard music school where they
unveiled plans for the new world tour.

Confirmed so far are 35 dates in the US and Canada before the band heads to South America, the Far East and, finally, Europe sometime before the summer of 2006.

Lead singer, Jagger, also refused to predict that this tour would be the band's last, declaring that such comments were designed purely to trap people into buying tickets.

And he revealed that the new album was 'about 85% done' and, with a confidence worthy of Oasis, 'kicks some ass'.

It will be released through Virgin Records in conjunction with the tour.

The European dates have yet to be confirmed but speculation is mounting that the Stones could pay the new Wembley Stadium in July 2006 - as well as a possible date at Twickenham RFC, following their success at the same venue in 2003.

What is practically guaranteed, however, is that the forthcoming tour will be another highly lucrative venture for the rockers.

Their 2003 tour saw them performing to more than 3.4 million people and grossed over £159m.

The confirmed US dates are:

All 2005:

August 21 - Fenway Park, Boston
25 - Rentschler Stadium, Hartford
28 - Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa
31 - Comerica Park, Detroit
September 3 - Magnetic Hill, Moncton
6 - Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis
8 - Bradley Center, Milwaukee
10 - Soldier Field, Chicago
15 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford
24 - Nationwide Arena, Columbus
26 - Rogers Centre, Toronto
28 - PNC Park, Pittsburgh
October 1 - Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey
3 - MCI Center, Washington
6 - Scott Stadium, Charlottesville
10 - Wachovia Center, Philadelphia
15 - Philips Arena, Atlanta
17 - American Airlines Arena, Miami
19 - St Pete Times Forum, Tampa
21 - Charlotte New Arena, Charlotte
28 - Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary
30 - Key Arena, Seattle
November 1 - Rose Garden, Portland
4 - Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
11 - Petco Park, San Diego
13 - SBC Park, San Francisco
20 - Save Mart Center, Fresno
22 - Delta Center, Salt Lake City
24 - Pepsi Center, Denver
27 - Glendale Arena, Phoenix
29 - American Airlines Center, Dallas
December 1 - Toyota Center, Houston

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