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The Rolling Stones to tour in 2022

The world's most venerable band is set to announce another tour,Monday, March 14. The tour is strictly a European affair, crisscrossing the continent.

By Ivor Levene

The world's most venerable band is set to announce another tour, this Monday, March 14. The tour is strictly a European affair, crisscrossing the continent. The exact dates are to be announced, but the cities expected to be hosting the band are Madrid, Munich, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Bern, Milan, London, Brussels, Helsinki, Lyon, Vienna, Paris, and Stockholm (in that order).

Photo by Ivor Levene

Photo by Ivor Levene

The tour will kick off June 1 in Madrid and will end sometime in July in Stockholm. 
How do we know ahead of time what the band's proposed itinerary is? There are the usual "on-the-fringes" reporting on the band's biggest fan site, iorr.org, which pretty much lays out the entire leg of the tour. There are other posts, clues, and the odd tidbit thrown out by bandmembers themselves.  Then there are the other clues that Stones sleuths uncover, like the cost of a hotel room or Airbnb suddenly spiking in the cities mentioned, right around the purported dates.

One incontrovertible clue that cannot be ignored is the host cities themselves. As in the recent past, the band's logo starts popping up in plain sight.  One enterprising venue, Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam even mowed the band's logo into the playing field.

Johan Cruyff Arena

Johan Cruyff Arena

Here are some other sightings:

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Lyon, France

Lyon, France

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

And of course, from the band's Twitter feed:

The Rolling Stones' Twitter feed

The Rolling Stones' Twitter feed

As with any Stones tour, there are the rumors, the biggest one being that the band will play an exclusive gig at London's Royal Albert Hall, in celebration of the venue's 150th anniversary. This rumor has been flying around for more than three years, and we probably won't find out until the day before. There is a bit of fact to support this rumor, and that is that the band's manager also sits on the board of directors for the venue.  Another rumor was that the band would perform at the foot of The Eiffel Tower and that Mick Jagger was "devastated" to learn that this was not to be, although Paris is still said to be "on the list".

Some online sources have reported that the band was to have played in Eastern Europe and those dates had to be dropped due to Putin's war in Ukraine. Perhaps we'll find out whether or not there was any truth to those reports.

Photo by Ivor Levene

Photo by Ivor Levene

Fans have been hypothesizing about this tour in this specific year, as it coincides with the band's 60th anniversary (although as far as Keith Richards is concerned, the band did not officially start until late drummer Charlie Watts joined in 1963).  The two London gigs, right in the middle of the tour are purported to be taking place in Hyde Park.  Supposedly, some weeks ago, a company in England that posts employment opportunities for festivals (fetstaff.com) had posted an ad seeking volunteers for the upcoming annual festival known as British Summer Time, and it mentioned The Rolling Stones.  That ad was purportedly taken down very soon after.

There is a deep feeling, a need almost, that diehard Rolling Stones fans have, that they absolutely believe, almost demand, that The Rolling Stones do something spectacular to commemorate their sixtieth anniversary.  They may find themselves disappointed as the individual band members have never been big on reminiscing about the past, that they really only look forwards.  Does anybody really want to be reminded how long they've been doing something?  I'm pretty sure that milestone dates in Stones history mean more to them than to the band.  I'm betting that there won't be many nods to history during the shows themselves, although that Royal Albert Hall gig does sound promising.

All will be revealed on Monday morning. And then I'll start planning.