The Rolling Stones announced the dates of their 2013 North American tour Wednesday morning, and Houstonians who were hoping to see the band on the North American edition of their 50th anniversary celebration will have to either hop on a plane or wait for a possible second leg.
The tour, announced on YouTube, will hit Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. With the L.A. date still TBD (pending the NBA and NHL playoff schedules), the first concrete date is May 5 in Oakland, through June 18 in Philly.
The Stones will also play a show in London's Hyde Park on July 6, almost 44 years to the day when the band drew nearly half a million people for a concert to memorialize recently departed founding member Brian Jones.
Obviously this is a blow to Stones fan in this part of the world who were hoping the band would swing through, but there's no reason to lose heart just yet. It's hard to believe the Stones can meet the sort of demand they're likely to encounter with something like a dozen shows, even allowing for multiple shows in the largest markets.
As currently scheduled, the tour also bypasses not just Houston and Texas, but the entire Southwest, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, and the Midwest save Chicago. And notwithstanding their handful of dates in New York and Newark late last year, it's hard to imagine they'd pass up New York City again.
The band members all seem to be in exceptionally good health for their ages, and a Stones tour is such an undertaking the only thing harder for the band to start another one might be to stop it. Their most recent outing, the A Bigger Bang tour, wound up stretching to almost 150 shows across 2005 and 2006.
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Besides, it's never been like Mick Jagger and company to leave money on the table. Estimates on the Stones' take from that last tour run in the neighborhood of $560 million.