Rolling Stones Postpone 2020 Tour

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The Rolling Stones (Photo: J. Rose; used with permission)

The Rolling Stones have announced the postponement of the 2020 edition of their No Filter tour. The March 17 news cited “the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic.” The tour’s 15 North American dates were scheduled to begin May 8. The stadium tour was first revealed Feb. 6, and would have marked their first concerts since last summer’s North American tour.

While not surprising, given the Covid-19 outbreak, this is the second year in a row, the Stones have been forced to postpone a tour.

The announcement did not speculate when the shows would be rescheduled. The Rolling Stones commented, “We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together – and we’ll see you very soon.”

Alliance For Lifetime Income, a nonprofit education organization that educates Americans about the importance of having protected lifetime income, was returning as tour sponsor.

Once the concerts are rescheduled, tickets will be available here and here.

On Monday, Feb. 3, the Stones’ various social media pages featured an 8-second clip of their famed tongue-and-lips logo flashing in the sky. The animation was set to “Brown Sugar” and was accompanied by two words: “Feeling restless.”

The Stones teased the 2019 edition of their “No Filter” tour in a similar fashion, with the Stones’ logo cropping up in high visibility spots in several cities and the band teasing images on their social media pages.

The 2019 North American tour, postponed for Mick Jagger’s unexpected heart valve procedure, ultimately began on June 21 and continued through August 30. The setlist, typically 19 songs, included such classic rock favorites as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Miss You,” “Brown Sugar” and “Gimme Shelter.”

Watch the Stones open the final date of their 2019 tour in Miami

Related: Our 2019 review of a “spectacular” Stones concert

As in recent years, the Stones have built several days in between performances. When the tour begins in May, Charlie Watts will be 78, Jagger and Keith Richards both 76, and Ronnie Wood 72.

On the same day as the tour announcement, Richards shared some news with radio listeners on New York’s Q104.3: He’s given up smoking.

Rolling Stones 2020 Tour – Postponed (Tickets will be available here and here)

May 08 – San Diego, CA – SDCCU Stadium
May 12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place
May 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
May 20 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
May 24 – Austin, TX – Circuit of the Americas
May 29 – Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl
Jun 06 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
Jun 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
Jun 14 – Louisville, KY – Cardinal Stadium
Jun 19 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium
Jun 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
Jul 27 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
Jul 01 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
Jul 05 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
Jul 09 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Related: Links for 100s of classic rock tours

Leg One of the Stones’ No Filter tour ran in Europe from Sept. 9 – Oct. 25, 2017. Leg Two was held in the U.K., Ireland and Europe, from May 17 – July 8, 2018. Leg Three was in the U.S. and Canada from June 21 – Aug. 30, 2018.

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