STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
Well, they’ve done it again. The Rolling Stones continue to confound the experts and befuddle critics worldwide, yours truly included, by announcing yet another tour. Tickets go on sale April 13 for a 15-date North American jaunt dubbed the “Zip Code Tour,” which begins May 24 in San Diego and winds down July 15 in Quebec.
Like clockwork, whenever a new Stones tour is announced, pun-filled headlines like, “Is this the last time?” show up in the media in full force. Every press conference from “Steel Wheels” on has asked the same thing.
At this point, you can’t fault the critics. Drummer Charlie Watts will turn 74 in the middle of the tour, frontman Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both 71, while the young buck of the group, Ronnie Wood, turns 68 in early June. Still, they keep plugging away, giving each new generation a chance to see what the hoopla is all about.
This time around, the band will be supporting the May 26 deluxe re-issue of “Sticky Fingers,” the 1971 album that remains one of the few in the Stones catalog that is pretty much flawless. The record features timeless hits like “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses,” along with brilliant songs like “Sway” and “I Got the Blues.”
“Sticky Fingers 2015,” as its being called, with its iconic zip cover — hence the name of the tour — will be unveiled in a variety of formats. The deluxe edition includes a selection of previously unreleased Stones studio outtakes from the sessions and live performances from that time that have never been available until this release.
The album was guitarist Mick Taylor’s full-length debut with the band, so it would only make sense for him to join the Stones on the road like he did for the last two tours. Hopefully, this time around, he gets a bit more stage time than the standard two songs he was allotted previously.
At this point, there hasn’t been a Philadelphia date announced, and there’s good news and bad news on that front. The good news is other major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York haven’t been tapped yet either. The bad news is there was a no “more dates to come” line in the press release announcing the tour.
But with 15 dates spread over a two-month period, it’s safe to say that at the very least, more shows will be added in the respective cities if it doesn’t expand beyond those towns. In the meantime, the big question remains: Anyone up for a road trip to Pittsburgh?
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