Whatever you were planning to do in May, forget it. The Rolling Stones are coming and you don't want to miss them.
After more than a year of rumors and denials, the group has announced dates for a "50 and Counting" tour that finally will bring them to Los Angeles and Orange County, at Staples Center and Honda Center.
The Staples date is yet to be announced, pending NBA/NHL playoff schedules, but the date for the Honda Center in Anaheim is on May 15. Additional performances will be in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
"50 and Counting" celebrates the band's first 50 years-five decades of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe. The tour is the band's highly anticipated return to the stage.
Jagger has told news outlets that the band enjoyed its 2012 shows in London and New York so much last year they decided to do more shows.
Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.
A press release from the Honda Center said the band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," and "It's Only Rock and Roll," curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.
The stage design for the tour is based on the band's tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones' set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones' show, according to the press release.
The band will also play London's Hyde Park on Saturday, July 6 following a headlining appearance at UK's Glastonbury Festival on June 29, the release said.
The Rolling Stones "50 and Counting" tour will be the band's first venture with worldwide tour promoter AEG Live's Concerts West, it said.
"50 AND COUNTING" TOUR DATES
TBD Los Angeles Staples Center
May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena
May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion
May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 15 Anaheim Honda Center
May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre
May 28 Chicago United Center
June 12 Boston TD Garden
June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center