Monday 18 December 2017

The Stones may rock Ireland one last time

STILL ROCKIN’ The Rolling Stones: Charli
STILL ROCKIN’ The Rolling Stones: Charli

Nick Bramhill

The Rolling Stones could be set to rock Ireland for the last time this summer.

The ageless rockers, who formed in 1962, are understood to be in the process of booking European dates for a new tour, which will kick off in June.

The rock legends – Mick Jagger, 70, Keith Richards, 70, Charlie Watts, 72, and Ronnie Wood, 66 – last played in Ireland in 2007, when they became one of only two bands in history – U2 is the other – to headline Slane Castle twice.

But most Irish fans never expected to see The Stones' juggernaut back on Irish soil, when observers predicted they would finally call it a day after playing Glastonbury and two sold-out gigs in London's Hyde Park last summer.

However, the band kicked off a new '14 On Fire Asia Pacific' tour earlier this month.

And this week they will head to Australia for a string of sold-out gigs across the country.

But fans in Europe are now awaiting confirmation of a rumoured European tour, which many think could be their last and which may include a gig in Ireland.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the rock greats will play Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium on June 25, after kicking off their European jaunt at Paris' Stade de France earlier that month.

The band is also understood to have signed up to headline the Pinkpop Festival in Holland, which runs from June 7 to June 9, along with their first gig in Israel on June 10.

Sources say they will then return to Europe for a string of other dates.

However, the Stones themselves have yet to officially release confirmation of the new tour.

But a band insider said: "A European tour is very much on the cards, and the likelihood is that an Irish date will be included. They've a long history of playing in Ireland, from their first gigs in the early to mid-60s to Slane nearly seven years ago." A spokesperson for the band told Uncut magazine: "The Rolling Stones have no confirmed dates in Europe."

Meanwhile, the Stones were forced to axe two of their most famous hits, 'Brown Sugar' and 'Honky Tonk Woman', from the set list of their latest gig in Shanghai last Wednesday, after the lyrics were deemed too racy by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

Sunday Independent

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