After teasing the announcement with daily messages since last Friday, The Rolling Stones this morning confirmed what most people had assumed: they're hitting the road one more time.
In a 44-second video posted on their YouTube channel at 9:00 a.m. ET sharp, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are shown engaging in a video conference, with each saying hello in turn. Wood is shown turning away from a canvas he's painting, which bears the names of five cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia.
"Well, it's about time, gents," Wood says. "I've been waiting for this call."
The clip then cuts to concert footage of the band performing "Start Me Up," before displaying the "50 & Counting" Rolling Stones Live logo above the Twitter hashtag #StartMeUpWednesday. Jagger's voice wraps things up with the tease, "See you at rehearsal." A second, longer video also has been posted on the group's YouTube channel, featuring the band members discussing the new tour with excitement and anticipation.
A statement released shortly after the videos debuted confirms that the tour will begin at the L.A. STAPLES Center, and will also includes dates in Las Vegas, and in Oakland, San Jose and Anaheim, California. Though there's no date yet for the L.A. show, the rest of the North American tour runs through May and early June. In addition, The Stones have scheduled a July 6 concert in London's Hyde Park. Original guitarist Mick Taylor will make appearances during the trek, as he did during The Stones' recent limited road trip.
Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time at RollingStones.com. Citi cardmembers will be able to snag presale tickets beginning Friday.
The Rolling Stones also confirmed last week that they're playing a headlining set this June at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival.
Here are the tour stops, and the dates confirmed so far:
TBA -- Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
5/5 -- Oakland, Oracle Arena
5/8 -- San Jose, HP Pavilion
5/11 -- Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
5/15 -- Anaheim, Honda Center
5/25 -- Toronto, Air Canada Centre
5/28 -- Chicago, United Center
6/12 -- Boston, TD Garden
6/18 -- Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
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