Rolling Stones announce Macau date for March 2014
Ageing British rockers The Rolling Stones will play a "one night only" concert in Macau come March, with two more concerts in Asia - one rumoured to be in Shanghai - yet to be announced.
The Stones, whose last concert held on Chinese soil was at Hong Kong's controversial HarbourFest in 2003, will play the 15,000-capacity Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao on Sunday, March 9.
Within hours of the announcement being made on the band's official website, rumours swirled online that the rock icons would play a show in Shanghai on March 12 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. But this could not be verified.
The Stones, formed in London in 1962, are behind classic hits such as Paint It Black, Jumping Jack Flash, and Sympathy for the Devil.
Tickets for the Macau show will go on sale tomorrow, with pre-sale tickets released today. The tickets range from HK$580 to HK$3,580. The show is part of an Asian tour, which will start in Abu Dhabi with dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
The tour, dubbed "14 On Fire", will see the band's 70-year-old frontman Mick Jagger take to the stage with fellow members Keith Richards, 69; drummer Charlie Watts, 72, and guitarist Ronnie Wood, 66.
Mick Taylor, 64, who was a member of the Stones from 1969 to 1974, will be a special guest on the tour, the website said.
The stage will feature the band's famous tongue and lips logo, which will extend out into the crowd.
The Stones have had a busy year on the touring circuit with its "50 And Counting" tour, which saw them play 17 shows over three months across the United States and Britain from May to July. "We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going," Keith Richards reportedly told the press shortly after the announcement.