The Rolling Stones plan on visiting Australia next year as part of their 50th anniversary tour, according to Fairfax Media.
While nothing has been officially announced yet, frontman Sir Mick Jagger confirmed the band’s intensions at the premiere of the Rolling Stones’ new documentary film, Crossfire Hurricane.
Speaking to the press at the London Film Festival, Jagger said: “Not this week, but I hope to come to Australia. I haven’t been there for ages. I’m really looking forward to it”.
Guitarist Keith Richards has also stated he believes the tour could extend beyond the four dates confirmed for London and New Jersey later in the year.
“Nobody’s actually given a heads up on that, but I don’t think that this band is gonna wind up all of this for four shows. I think they want to do something for the end of the year, and I think next year probably looks like it’s on,” Richards told the BBC.
Adding to the speculation is Virgin Live, the production company promoting the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary shows. A partnership between Richard Branson and Paul Dainty of the Dainty Group, Virgin Live has a history of bringing high-profile acts to Australia, including Prince, Eminem and U2.
The Rolling Stones have announced only four upcoming shows – two dates each in London and New Jersey - as part of their 50th anniversary tour. According to Fairfax, tickets to these shows ranged from $150 - $1000 and sold out in just seven minutes. They’re reportedly now being sold online for over 10 times their original price.
The last time the Rolling Stones toured Australia was back in 2006, as part of their Bigger Bang tour.
The Stones recently dropped their latest single, `Doom and Gloom’, from their 50th anniversary greatest hits album, GRRR!