Rolling Stones announce tour, including May 28 at United Center

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Open your wallets, the Stones are coming to town. The Rolling Stones made it official Wednesday when they announced their first North American tour in seven years, including a May 28 show at the United Center. Tickets will range as high as $600 when they go on sale Monday.

Nine shows were announced, and multiple dates are expected at most of the tour stops. The “50 and Counting” tour opens with a to-be-determined date in Los Angeles (even the Stones need to work around the NHL playoffs apparently) in early May, followed by May 5 in Oakland, May 8 in San Jose, May 11 in Las Vegas, May 15 in Anaheim, May 25 in Toronto, May 28 at the United Center, June 12 in Boston and June 18 in Philadelphia. The tour is then scheduled to go overseas, including a headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 in England.

The Stones, who marked their 50th anniversary last year, continue with original members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. Guitarist Ron Wood joined in the ‘70s, following the departure of Mick Taylor. Wood remains in the band, and Taylor “will appear as a special guest throughout the tour,” according to a Stones media announcement.

The band’s tours have typically been lavish, large-scale affairs, with numerous side musicians and backing vocalists and elaborate stage sets. Tickets (at $85, $150, $250, $450 and $600) for Chicago, Oakland, San Jose and Toronto go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through rollingstones.com.

greg@gregkot.com

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