The world’s greatest, oldest and perhaps richest rock ’n’ roll band is returning to the Twin Cities for the first time in a decade, playing a June 3 concert at TCF Bank Stadium as part of their ZIP Code tour, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Don’t bother asking whether this could be the last time for the ageless Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are 71, Charlie Watts 73, Ron Wood a boyish 67. They just keep on rocking. On the Stones’ previous U.S. tour in 2013, the frontman moved like Jagger, prancing around the stage for nearly 2½ hours like a well-conditioned and well-preserved marathon runner.
Tickets go on sale April 13, with American Express cardholders getting a five-day jump. Pricing information has yet to be released.
The newly announced tour starts in San Diego on May 24 and also stops in neighboring Wisconsin for a June 23 date in Milwaukee. The 15-city tour ends July 15 in Quebec.
Now in their 53rd year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers no longer worry about releasing an album of new material in order to tour. Their last one, “A Bigger Bang,” was issued in 2005. Touring is what makes the Stones tick and cash registers click.
In 2012-13, they did 30 concerts — mostly in arenas — on a 50th anniversary tour that grossed $150 million. Tickets at Chicago’s United Center cost as much as $600, the same price as a souvenir Stones leather jacket.
In 2014, their 29 shows — mostly in stadiums — in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe grossed $165 million.
Since forming in 1962, the British rockers have played more than 2,000 concerts. Their last Twin Cities performance was in 2005 at Xcel Energy Center (top ticket price: $350). They last played a Twin Cities stadium in 1997 at the Metrodome, where they also rocked in 1994 and 1989.
The Stones were expected to announce this summer’s tour on March 19 after electronic billboards popped up around the country, including on Interstate Hwy. 494 near Eden Prairie, featuring the Stones’ logo, key song lyrics such as “satisfaction” or “start me up” and “Thursday.” However, nothing happened on that date, reportedly because of issues with the concert-ticket system. Recently, those billboards were updated to feature the word “Tuesday.”
The Stones’ concert this summer will be an unprecedented third show booked in one year at TCF Bank Stadium. Country stars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are set for June 20, and British boy-band sensation One Direction is due July 26. Until now, only two big shows have been staged at the six-year-old University of Minnesota stadium — U2 in 2011 and Imagine Dragons in 2014, as part of Major League Baseball’s All Star Game festivities.
And big Twin Cities stadium concerts this summer aren’t limited to the U of M football palace. Stadium-concert king Kenny Chesney, who inaugurated concerts at Target Field in 2012 and returned there a year later, has booked two nights at the Twins stadium, July 18-19, with fellow country hitmaker Jason Aldean.