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article imageMick Jagger says Rolling Stones '50 and Counting' tour may grow

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger talked with Toronto Star writer Ben Rayner on Thursday and told him the nine city '50 and Counting' tour they'll soon embark on in North America could expand. It may be up to the fans as much as the band.
"I don’t think anyone wanted to plan for 100 straight off, y’know?" he said Thursday. "Nobody wants to stare down a kind of endless tunnel. When you book 100, it does feel a bit endless at the beginning. It’s like doing 10,000 push-ups or something all at once. I just think it’s better to plan ‘OK, if we want to do more later, then we’ll do more.’ But we don’t want to be beholden to doing more.”
50 and Counting tour: Stones back on road
The tour is a celebration of the band's 50 years of rock and roll and kicks off in Los Angeles, with the exact date set when the NHL playoff schedule is known, but likely sometime in early May. It continues from there to Oakland (May 5), San Jose (the 8th), Las Vegas (May 11), Anaheim (May 15), Toronto (May 25) and Chicago (the 28th and 31st). The tour heads back to the Air Canada Center in Toronto for a return date on June 6 and from there into Boston on June 12 and Philadelphia the 18th.
Then on June 29 the Stones will headline the U.K.’s Glastonbury festival and on July 6 they'll do an outdoor show in London’s Hyde Park. Last year the band played 50th anniversary dates in London and New York and Jagger said it was the success of those dates that lead to these new dates.
“We said we we’re not going to promise that we’re gonna do more unless we really think it’s enjoyable, and people like it and it makes sense,” Jagger told Rayner. “And I think everyone did enjoy it and the audiences seemed to like it. So we thought, ‘OK, let’s do some more.’
Mick Jagger: Stones concerts an "achievement"
He said they are unsure of the set list and would take suggestions if fans were to post them on their website. At 69 Jagger seems aware prancing around on a stage playing 'Sympathy for the Devil' is pushing it but he also said it was a bit of an "achievement." However, showing he's no stranger to self-deprecating humor, he then backtracked from that a little.
"You’re out there in front of these people still doing this thing that you did in a club when you were 19, basically. You’re doing almost the same thing," he said. "So is this something to be achieved or is this just stupid? You should really be doing something more sensible.”
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