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Rolling Stones 2014

No Worries

(May 30, 2014) – Not known for their sentimentality, the Stones resumed their “14 on Fire” tour without any mention of its rude interruption.

Back in March, when the Stones were about to take the stage in Perth, Australia, they received word that Mick’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott had committed suicide in New York. The Australian tour was instantly put on hold, as Mick returned to the Sates to preside over L’Wren’s March 25 funeral in Hollywood. (A memorial service was later held in New York on May 2, attended by all the Stones.)

In the midst of Mick’s grief, the Stones announced that the Australian dates would be made up next fall, preceded by a European tour this spring.

On Monday night, May 26, at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, the band kicked off their European tour to the strains of “Jumping Jack Flash.” It was Mick’s first public appearance since the tragedy, and he made no mention of it. If anything, he was jocular and sarcastic. At one point in the set, he ribbed the crowd by referencing A-ha, the Norwegian one-hit wonders from the 1980s: “I know a lot of you have been requesting ‘Take On Me,’” he said straight-faced.

Mick’s only demonstration of sentimentality (not that it was necessarily related to L’Wren) was when he sat down at the keyboards for the rarely-performed “Worried About You.”

Later, Keith dug deeper into the Stones’ catalog for his mini-set, by pulling out “Can’t Be Seen,” which he hadn’t performed live since 1990.

Mick Taylor is once again traveling with the band as a permanent guest, but, once again, he is being under-utilized. At the first show, he played on just “Midnight Rambler” and “Satisfaction.” (He did play on “Silver Train” at a Japanese concert back in March, so that’s what European fans are counting on. Not to mention “Sway” or “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.”)

Last night, for the tour’s second show – at Parque Bela Vista in Lisbon, Portugal – the Stones upped their guest-performance ante. With Bill Clinton looking on, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for “Tumbling Dice” (photo above, YouTube clip here),  followed by Gary Clark Jr. on “Respectable.” There were rumors that the 42nd president would join the Stones on sax, but alas, he never did exhale. (Or insert your own “sax scandal” joke here.)

The Stones have eleven more shows – in places like Berlin, Tel Aviv, Paris and Rome – before they wrap things up in Copenhagen on July 3. (See itinerary below.) Then they’ll take the summer off before hitting Australia and contemplating 2015.

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European “14 on Fire” Itinerary:

May 26 – Telenor Arena – Oslo, Norway
May 29 – Parque Bela Vista – Lisbon, Portugal
June 1 – Letzigrund – Zurich, Switzerland
June 4 – Hayarkon Park – Tel Aviv, Israel
June 7 – Pinkpop – Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 10 – Waldbuhne – Berlin, Germany
June 13 – Stade de France – Paris, France
June 16 – Happel Stadium – Vienna, Austria
June 19 – Esprit Arena – Dusseldorf, Germany
June 22 – Circus Maximus – Rome, Italy
June 25 – Bernabeu Stadium – Madrid, Spain
June 28 – TW Classic – Werchter, Belgium
July 1 – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
July 3 – Roskilde – Copenhagen, Denmark


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