NEW YORK — The Juilliard School's graduating class of 2005 got a commencement speech to remember when the Rolling Stones provided a little musical accompaniment on Tuesday (May 10). The Stones were actually performing at the Lincoln Center, located within earshot of Juilliard, where they announced a world tour in support of their upcoming album.
Thousands of fans gathered to hear the legendary rockers unveil the new song "Oh No Not You Again" and announce a major tour of the U.S., Canada, South America, Japan and "hopefully" even China.
The Stones will kick off the campaign August 21 at Boston's Fenway Park. They'll continue touring a combination of stadiums, arenas and theaters, as they did on their 2002 Licks World Tour. Thirty-two dates have been confirmed for North America, and additional dates will be announced.
The tour will pause in December and pick up again in January, when they head to Puerto Rico, Mexico, South America, Japan, possibly China and then Europe. The band plans to wrap up the tour in summer 2006.
This time around, the Stones are expanding their outdoor stadium stage to include a special fan area that will seat 400. "You'll get a great view of our bums," frontman Mick Jagger promised.
Fan club presale tickets will be available Tuesday afternoon, while public sale of tickets for the shows in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Miami; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Calgary, Alberta, will go on sale Saturday for around $100 a pop.
The Stones hadn't performed at a press event since 1975, when they sang "Brown Sugar" on top of a flatbed truck as they rode down 5th Avenue.
Tuesday's brief concert featured "Brown Sugar" and "Start Me Up" in addition to the new "Oh No Not You Again." The latter track will be featured on the band's still-untitled album, which Jagger said was "85 percent done." He also said the record will be "very vibrant, very contemporary, but yet hard-hitting and yet classical Rolling Stones."
Dates for the Rolling Stones world tour, according to Virgin:
- 8/21 - Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
- 8/26 - Hartford, CT @ Rentschler Stadium (University of Connecticut)
- 8/28 - Ottawa, ON @ Frank Clair Stadium
- 8/31 - Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
- 9/3 - Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill
- 9/6 - Minneapolis @ Xcel Energy Center
- 9/8 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
- 9/10 - Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
- 9/15 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium
- 9/24 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
- 9/26 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
- 9/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
- 10/1 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
- 10/3 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 10/6 - Charlottesville, VA @ Scott Stadium (University of Virginia)
- 10/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 10/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
- 10/17 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
- 10/19 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
- 10/21 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte New Arena
- 10/28 - Calgary, AL @ Pengrowth Saddledome
- 10/30 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
- 11/1 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
- 11/4 - Anaheim, CA @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim
- 11/11 - San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
- 11/13 - San Francisco, CA @ SBC Park
- 11/20 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
- 11/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
- 11/24 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 11/27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Glendale Arena
- 11/29 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
- 12/1 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center