Friday, June 21, 2024

Rolling Stones Planning Possible Final Tour: They Could Follow U2 Into Las Vegas Sphere for Biggest Payday of All Time


Don’t angry with me, but the Rolling Stones are plotting their next and possibly final tour.

Antennae are up in the Stones universe for the Hackney Diamonds tour, which would make sense. The Stones have already invested a lot of time, money, and energy into the “Hackney Diamonds” album. The collection of songs has been much praised as their best record in 40 years.

The Stones are posting to social media enigmatic sign-ups so that fans won’t miss whatever is coming next. They’ve also added a post about the Las Vegas Grand Prix to Instagram.

It’s very likely that the group will follow U2 into the Las Vegas Sphere for a residency. This makes sense since the guys aren’t getting any younger. “Sitting down” in the Sphere would allow them the energy not to be constantly traveling all over the country.

A tour or a residency now would gross the group the most they’ve ever made, too. Imagine what the ticket price would be — and the scalping!

Apart from the Sphere, Mick Jagger won’t be able to resist big shows in New York and Los Angeles. “Hackney Diamonds” is built for touring. I can tell you that, having seen them in New York at the former Highline Ballroom a few weeks ago. They still have their live performance magic.

If they are indeed going to Vegas, I hope it’s by the spring and not the summer, when it’s 400 degrees in Sin City. Of course, the Sphere is air conditioned, but the outside is not!

Don’t miss listening to “Hackney Diamonds.” It’s one of those records that gets better at every turn. So far it’s found about 150,000 fans in the US. But once a tour begins, sales will take off.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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