The Rolling Stones Delay Upcoming Tour Dates

Published on March 17, 2020

The Rolling Stones just can’t catch a break. The iconic rock band has had some trouble touring as of late. Last year, lead singer Mick Jagger had health issues and underwent heart surgery. As a result, major concert dates on the massively profitable “No Filter” tour were postponed. Once again, the Stones have to push back some major concert dates, due to the coronavirus.

The Delay 

The Rolling Stones hit a few major cities in the United States last year, and they were going to continue doing so this summer. Starting May 8th in San Diego, the “No Filter” tour was going to continue on until July 9th in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, fans will have to wait. 

A Huge Disappointment 

Fans aren’t the only ones disappointed by the news, which is more than understandable at this moment in time. The Rolling Stones hosting a large-scale concert is the last thing the world needs right now. Still, bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Watts are disappointed, too, as they said in a joint statement:

“We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together — and we’ll see you very soon.”

The Stones Gotta Be Safe

Better safe than sorry. Some movie theaters and sports are hoping to be back by the beginning of May, but the Stones and other major touring acts aren’t taking any chances. The concert industry will continue to take huge hits, but bands like the Stones are just fine, financially. They’re not like smaller touring acts that need touring to pay the bills and get by. It’s the smaller acts seriously in trouble. As far as health goes, yes, the members of the Rolling Stones may need to take greater precautions than most touring acts. The entire band is in their 70s. The coronavirus poses a greater threat to their age group. 

Original Tour Dates

The “No Filter” tour was the highest-grossing tour in the United States last year. Considering tickets cost an average of $226, that’s no surprise. The Stones never play to cheap seats. They just don’t. When Keith Richards was once told the ridiculous price for a Stones ticket, he simply responded, “That sounds about right.” No young and broke fans of the Stones can easily go to their shows, but the older and richer can once they hit the road again. 

The problem is, when will they be able to reschedule these shows? The Stones play in large-scale football stadiums. If the shows aren’t able to happen this summer, there’s no way the Stones are playing in the fall or winter. Given the spread of the coronavirus and the news in the world, the Stones may not tour again for a long time. That’s probably true of a lot of bands. Keep in mind, London is expecting to struggle with the coronavirus until spring of next year. 

Here were the original tour dates for the Stones’ summer dates, which will now be rescheduled:

May 8: San Diego, SDMay 8: San Diego, SDCCU Stadium 

May 12: Vancouver, BC, BC Place

May 16: Minneapolis, U.S. Bank Stadium 

May 20: Nashville, Nissan Stadium 

May 24: Austin, Circuit of The Americas

May 29: Dallas, Cotton Bowl Stadium

June 6: Buffalo, New Era Field 

June 10: Detroit, Ford Field 

June 14: Louisville, Cardinal Stadium 

June 19: Cleveland, FirstEnergy Stadium 

June 23: Pittsburgh, Heinz Field

June 27: St. Louis, The Dome at America’s Center 

July 1: Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium

July 5: Tampa, Raymond James Stadium

July 9: Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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