A news reporter for Australian radio station Triple M, Nui Te Koha, has revealed rumours that the Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2013 by playing twenty free concert dates around the world. He did not, however, reveal his source.
He said, "There is going to be a big concert worldwide. The Rolling Stones are thinking 20 dates around the world. They have to be landmark cities to fit in with this vibe." Twenty dates may be a possibility, but multiple dates in major cities such as London and New York are more likely and have been regular in the Stones' past tours.
He went on, "The word is the concerts are going to be free and that it's all going to be sponsored by corporates. That's the latest mail." This is very much doubtful. The Stones went out 'with a bang' on their last tour, A Bigger Bang Tour, which made enough money to earn it the title of being the second highest grossing tour of all time, behind only U2 360 Tour by U2. They may not have the strength or energy to play enough shows to match this, but there is no reason why they would do it for free.
Furthermore, a free concert may act as an insult to hard-core fans, since it would open the floodgates of attenders who do not fully appreciate the Stones' 50-year legacy.
This is all I have heard so far, but keep a keen eye on RT.org for the latest updates. To see more about the Stones' previous tours, click here!
Where would you like to see them play next year?