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Fire Still Burning

(March 27, 2014 – New York City) – The Stones are determined to keep rolling. Following the unexpected death last week of Mick’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, there were questions as to how the band would proceed. But it’s now clear that they’ll be rescheduling the concerts they missed Down Under, while embarking on a newly mapped tour of Europe.

The band had just touched down in Australia on March 17 when the tragic news hit. They were smack in the middle of their “14 on Fire” tour and decided to call off the seven remaining dates. They expect to rebook those concerts (all in Australia and New Zealand) for October-November.

In the meantime, they’ve announced a spring-summer tour of Europe. It will launch on May 26 in Oslo, Norway, and conclude on July 3 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Once again, they’re calling it the “14 on Fire” tour, not just as a nod to the year 2014, but to how many shows are on the itinerary (see below).

Most of the concerts will take place at large festival sites for audiences in the fifty to eighty thousand range. Some tickets are already on sale, and can be purchased by non-Europeans on the Stones’ official web site.

In addition to hitting some Scandinavian and western European countries, the band will be playing Israel for the first time in their career. Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park can hold 100,000 people, although the local promoter expects to host 50,000. (Curiously, the June 4 concert will start minutes after Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that prohibits car travel, so some strictly-observant concert-goers may miss the first few songs.)

It’s expected that Mick Taylor will be back for the European leg of “14 on Fire.” He’d been doing a stellar job on the previous leg (which had hit the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China and Singapore before its abrupt postponement), but was somewhat under-utilized. At most of the shows, he played on just “Midnight Rambler,” as well as on two songs you normally wouldn’t associate him with (“Satisfaction” and “Slipping Away”). But he did play on “Silver Train” at one of the Tokyo shows, which was a move in the right direction. (The Stones hadn’t played that song live in over 40 years.)

As for the other Mick, he presided over the funeral of his girlfriend earlier this week in Hollywood (March 25). The other Stones gave him his privacy and stayed away, but Bernard Fowler, the Stones’ longtime backup vocalist, was on hand to sing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” It was mostly attended by Mick’s children and by L’Wren’s closest friends.

The Stones have picked themselves up after many tragedies in their storied half-century career, so we’ll see how they fare two months from now, as they take the stage in Europe.

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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