The Rolling Stones have begun announcing concert dates for the European leg of their "14 on Fire" tour, but dates on the tour are being changed due to the tragic death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who was Jagger's girlfriend since 2001. As previously reported, Scott (who was 49) died of an apparent suicide at her New York City apartment on March 17, 2014. She was found hanged from a doorknob, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that Scott did not leave a suicide note, but there were no signs that someone else killed her.
[March 18, 2014 update: The Rolling Stones have announced that all of their "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed to undetermined dates. See the announcement at the end of this article.]
Rolling Stones fans all over the world have been expressing their condolences on the Internet. (See a sampling of comments at the end of this article.) The vast majority of fans have said that Jagger should take all the time off that he needs as he grieves for this tragic loss.
Only a very small minority of fans (usually people who have tickets to an upcoming Rolling Stones concert) have said that they are upset that they may miss out on a Rolling Stones concert because of the cost and inconvenience. These complainers have quickly been chastised by other fans for being insensitive to how the death of Scott is affecting her loved ones. Many fans also say that it wouldn't be right for Jagger to be pressured to do a Rolling Stones concert if he did not feel he was ready.
On March 17, 2014, before the news broke about Scott's death, the Rolling Stones had announced two concerts in Germany: Berlin at Waldbühne on June 10, 2014, and Düsseldorf at Esprit Arena on June 19, 2014. During the week of March 17, 2014, the Rolling Stones were going to announce more "14 on Fire" European concert dates, but those plans have changed.
A spokesperson for Jagger told the media that Jagger is "completely shocked and devastated" over Scott's death.
The Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform in Perth, Australia, on March 19, 2014, but that concert has been postponed.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a press conference in Australia was rumored to have happened on March 18, 2014, to give an update on the tour, but that press conference never happened.
Instead, Frontier Touring (which is promoting the Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia) posted this message on its official Facebook page on March 18, 2014: "Frontier Touring and Concerts West regret to announce that The Rolling Stones concert in Perth will not be going ahead as scheduled for Wednesday 19 March 2014. No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available. Ticket holders can check frontiertouring.com, twitter.com/frontiertouring or this Facebook page for updates. Please note no further comment is available at this time."
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones announced that they will be performing a concert at the iconic Circus Maximus in Rome on June 22, 2014, as part of their "14 on Fire" tour. The band made the announcement on official Rolling Stones outlets such as their website, Facebook and Twitter account.
Also on March 15, 2014: The Rolling Stones concluded the Asian leg the of the "14 on Fire" tour with a concert at Sands Grand Ballroom in Singapore. A special simulcast of the concert was shown outside the venue for those who did not have tickets to get inside.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones are headlining two music festivals as part of their "14 on Fire" tour in 2014: the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, the Netherlands, on June 7 and the TW Classic Festival in Werchter, Belgium, on June 28.
In the announcement Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger commented: "I love festivals in the summertime and can't wait for the tour to get to Europe."
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards added: “Let’s keep this show on the road … The band are in top form so I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe.”
Tickets for the 2014 Pinkpop Festival and 2014 TW Classic Festival went on sale at 10 a.m. local time on March 15. Both festivals are now sold out.
Pre-sale tickets for the Rolling Stones concerts in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Rome were scheduled to go on sale on March 20, 2014. The rest of the tickets for these concerts were scheduled to go on sale on March 21, 2014.
Critics' reviews of the tour have been mostly positive.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones are planning to take their "14 on Fire" tour to Europe in the summer of 2014, according to a Pollstar report published on Feb. 4, 2014. More European concerts on the tour are to be announced.
Pollstar reports that Sensible Events chief Andrew Zweck is the coordinator for the tour's European concerts, and he "will be working on a consultancy basis for AEG Live, which is handling the business for the rest of the world."
On Dec. 3, 2013, the Rolling Stones began announcing concert dates in Asia, Australia and New Zealand for their "14 on Fire" tour of 2014. The announcements were made on the Rolling Stones' official Internet outlets. Frontier Touring and AEG Live are the concert promoters for the tour in Australia and New Zealand.
As previously reported, the band's first concert that was announced on the "14 on Fire" tour was March 22, 2014, at the re-opened Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Tickets went on sale on Nov. 25, 2013. Not surprisingly, the concert sold out, as have the other concerts on the tour.
The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a special guest on the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" concerts in 2012 and 2013, will continue to be a special guest on the Rolling Stones "14 on Fire" tour.
According to an announcement made by the Rolling Stones: "The stage design for the indoor concerts is based on the band’s ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the audience. The exclusive ‘Tongue Pit’ GA Standing area inside the stage will give a limited number of fans in this area an incomparable 360-degree concert experience. Known for their groundbreaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones show."
Here is the Rolling Stones' official announcement about their "14 on Fire" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand being postponed:
The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.
The Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule these postponed shows at a later date.
The postponed shows are:
Perth Arena – 19 March - postponed
Adelaide Oval – 22 March - postponed
Sydney Allphones Arena – 25 March - postponed
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena – 28 March - postponed
Macedon Ranges Hanging Rock – 30 March - postponed
Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 2 April - postponed
Auckland Mt Smart Stadium – 5 April - postponed
Australia/New Zealand promoters ask ticket holders to please hold on to their tickets until further notice. A new schedule of dates is presently being worked on and will be advised as soon as possible. Information will be made available via rollingstones.com and frontiertouring.com as soon as available.
Here are the announced dates for the "14 on Fire" tour, which are now subject to change in the wake of Scott's death:
Feb. 21, 2014: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Du Arena, Yas Island
Feb. 26, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 4, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 6, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome
March 9, 2014: Cotai, Macau -- Cotai Arena
March 12, 2014: Shanghai -- Mercedes-Benz Arena
March 15, 2014: Singapore -- Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
March 19, 2014: Perth, Australia -- Perth Arena*
March 22, 2014: Adelaide, Australia -- Oval*
March 25, 2014: Sydney -- Allphones Arena*
March 28, 2014: Melbourne, Australia -- Rod Laver Arena*
March 28, 2014: Macedon Ranges, Australia -- Hanging Rock*
April 2, 2014: Brisbane, Australia -- Entertainment Centre*
April 5, 2014: Auckland, New Zealand -- Mount Smart Stadium*
June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival
June 10, 2014: Berlin -- Waldbühne
June 19, 2014: Düsseldorf, Germany -- Esprit Arena
June 22, 2014: Rome -- Circus Maximus
June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival
[April 3, 2014 update: The Rolling Stones have announced that the postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand will be rescheduled to take place between Oct. 25 to Nov. 27, 2014. The exact schedule is to be announced.]
Here is a sampling of comments on the Internet from Rolling Stones fans reacting to the tragic news of Scott's death:
From the Rolling Stones' official Facebook page:
"Utmost sympathies to you Mick Jagger and the family. People need to remember that you aren't just a showman but a human being with feelings and this must be absolute devastation... Australia can wait for another day. Take care xox"
"Can I just comment on how amazing this is. People seem to genuinely care. Bless the family of this poor woman and her loved ones. It's so heartwarming to see people put their wants aside for this tragic moment and offer all of this support in a time of need. It's times like these that make us remember what really makes life worth living. The Stones have been the soundtrack to many of our lives, let this moment of peace be our condolence to those who have given us so much. I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Bless everyone involved as they make the road to understanding."
"Australia has waited 13 years, we can wait a little longer! Thoughts and prayers are with Mick, L'wrens family, the band, and everyone who knew her. Sending lots of love."
"Give the man a break, he has just been given the devastating news about his long time partner….It is totally understandable that they cancel the concert…my condolences to you at this time….."
"I've been feeling a very deep sadness for Mick Jagger and the loved ones of L'Wren Scott. For her to take her own life she must have felt such a feeling of helplessness, and now I'd imagine Mick is feeling that himself.
"I can honestly say The Rolling Stones got me through my childhood. I was coping with horrible abuse, along with the fear, depression, and anger that come with it. Their music spoke to me. Without question, it helped keep me alive. I could have taken the same way out as L'Wren, and it crossed my mind. There are no words appropriate to describe that pit of desperation. Mick can never know what caused her to do this, but he can also never know just how much happiness that he's brought to millions. God be with you Mick."
"Anyone who is a true Stones fan will understand the need for any cancellations. Condolences to all affected by this sad news. Mick Jagger, take all the time you need to deal with this tragedy."
"Social media will always throw up di*ckheads. The vast majority of fans like me in Australia who have tickets, feel nothing but sympathy for mick and the whole team at this time and we will understand it if things don't go ahead. It's Mick's choice to make when he's good and ready and whatever the decision, he goes with our love and understanding. Respect."
"Deepest condolences to Mick! Hold on and keep the faith..."
"Take as long as you need....If you don't ever want to go out on the road again. ..we all will understand. ..God speed your healing Mick. Peace my man.
"So sad to know what happened to the lady of my hero. Mick, don't blame yourself, come back when you feel like coming back. Everybody's thoughs and support is there for you."
"Sorry for your loss -prayers and thoughts to you and your family from Houston Texas."
"Lost a friend two years ago to suicide....still hurting from the loss. Different from any other loss, something you feel you might have been able to prevent...although you know you know you tried and yet you stil feel guilty. Thanks for showing your support from our great city!!"
"Let Mick and the boys come back when ready for gods sake........Let Mick take all the time he needs he deserves respect from his fans for all he has given us."
"I'm sorry Mick..I know how it feels...my girlfriend committed suicide..don't feel guilty my friend...and I just lost her sister yesterday..same day of your loss...your music.helps me tho...if that comforts you....
"My deep condolences to Mick and his family..."
"So sad. Words cannot express. Life is so unpredictable. Love to Mick at this horrid time. Come back to us when you are ready."
"I am sure you would go half way across the world to attend your partners funeral. The show is not going to go on - pure ignorance. Have a bit of compassion. Thoughts are with the band, a terribly sad loss."
"Do whatever u need to do mick. You're brilliant but it is just a concert."
"I'm devastated if the rest of the tour doesn't go ahead (extremely likely), but it's nothing compared to how Mick and his partner's family would feel right now. Rest in peace, L'Wren."
"Mick, Keith, Ronnie, Charlie, I've waited this long to see you again, I can wait a little longer. Condolences to Mick and family at this very difficult time. Come back rested and happy guys. We Love You!!!"
"I love the stones and have ticket, adelaide.however,,.I dont want to see mick have to peform over his grief...rather see the guys home with they're families."
"It is so nice to see everyone being respectful and not whingeing about missing out on the show."
"Seriously can't believe anyone would complain about possibly losing an accommodation payment etc - sure you can be disappointed but put things in perspective, Mick Jagger has just lost his partner, they have notified of cancellation as soon as possible - it only happened this morning, they have announced the cancellation this afternoon. Those that can't get a refund for accommodation bookings still have the option to enjoy a night away from home (perhaps find a cool bar or restaurant) and look forward to the Stones hopefully announcing a New concert in the future."
"There are a lot of people who simply won't be able to afford another lot of flights and accommodation etc. I think everyone's heart goes out to Mick - and I for one totally respect the decision he has made not to go ahead, but you need to remember that this is devastating for a lot of huge fans who simply won't be able to go to any re-scheduled concert. It seems very flippant to just say enjoy a night away when you don't know their circumstances and how much they may have struggled to afford the trip. Just sayin..."
"Devastating? Losing a girlfriend of 13 years is devastating... being unable to go to a concert is not. Get your head straight and show some respect."
"It's pretty sad to see some people more concerned about the concert being cancelled rather than the fact that Mick Jagger has lost his partner in very tragic circumstances .. Did you honestly think he was going to get on stage & pretend alls well after such a tragedy ? Concerts can be Re -scheduled & money can be RE-funded .. Lives can not be RE-placed .. Mick needs to grieve Shame on you all for being so selfish !!"
"They will be the ones on ebay selling their 'no-show' tickets for sure!! Let them bitch!!"
"People are disgusting!!!! He lost a partner and a friend while he is on the other side of the world!!! If it was you, you would want to go back, shows can be rescheduled at a later date, having lost someone, u can never bring them back!!! You call urselves fans but can't respect the decision of your favourite band!!! Rip to his girlfriend and I hope they can all find strength to get through this."
"So people you honestly think Mick and his band are going to fly all the way home ....wait for the authorities it release his partners remains , bury her , grieve and be back to perform this weekend. Sometimes I wonder if people not only don't have a heart but a brain as well. Give Mick and his family the time, love and respect they need. Bless you Rolling Stones and be strong for your lead man."
"Deepest sympathy to Mick Jagger & his family at this sad time. Totally understand why the concert had to be postponed."
"I agree, perhaps they can just reschedule the whole tour? Don't think you get over that type of tragedy in a couple of days and be ready to put your all into a gig. I'm happy to wait."
"Absolutely disgusting that some people really are complaining about loosing money. Put yourself in his shoes, you can't buy someone's life back. His partner of how many years has passed and will not be coming back, yet the Rolling Stones can come back to Australia and is simple as that. Ugh."
"This was the right thing to do. No one should have to perform through their grief, and I certainly wouldn't want to see The Rolling Stones perform under those circumstances. Fingers crossed the gig is rescheduled and not cancelled altogether, I'm sure most people would happily wait for them to come back. Deepest sympathy to Mick and family."
"I know that if that were me, there is no way i would want to be rocking it out and pretending to have a fab time. Do what you need to do Mick, go home where you will be surrounded and supported by your loved ones. R.I.P."
"We were to fly down from Brisbane for the Adelaide concert. We understand totally if the show is cancelled. We stand to loose around $1000 if it is cancelled, but thats life. Condolences to Mick and his family."
"Just think people, if your husband/wife passed away, would you actually still go on with the show?stay on holiday?carry on with work... Or want to get straight back home..nuff said I think. I wish mick all the best."
"My 51-year-old husband has been waiting a life time to see his favourite band. It was crazily difficult to secure tickets for our wedding anniversary. However, we are more sad for Mick than we are about missing out on the concert."
"This was absolutely the right thing to do and any decent human would understand that. RIP and condolences to family and friends."
"Disappointed but completely understand - hope we get a new date at the end of the Australian tour and keep the seats we have already secured."
"Ok, can understand but what about all other dates, can you please let us know!!!"
"Put yourself in Mick's shoes. On the otherside of the world & ur partner dies.. Would you want to hear all these nasty comments?!!!! i ALWAYS insure my concert tickets & flights. Never know!!! I get that money is tight, if you booked a trip-just go & make the most of it, concert or not.... Leave Mick alone & let him do what he has to do..."
"To the complete jerks who are whining about losing money: WE'VE ALL LOST MONEY. The decent folk here don't care as we see the bigger picture, a man and those around him banding together to mourn the loss of a loved one, I for one could not give a toss about the money, when you start putting a price on a life you cheapen the greatest gift that we are given...whether he is the frontman of the greatest rock and roll band on the face of the earth or he is the guy who lives next door to you, he is still a man with thoughts and feelings who has a heart that break just as easily as any of ours...I hope that Mick and everyone around him, his family, The Lads, L'Wren's family and all affected by this loss all focus on what is important and know that the world is praying for all of you, Australia loves you all, we will be here when youre ready to come back Stones, our hearts go out to you."
"Our thoughts are with Mick and his family. We would rather see Mick and the Stones sing and dance when not in grief. Understand if it's decided to cancel all concerts. Australia is thinking of you all."
"Deepest sympathy to MIck and all families involved. I don't mind waiting for as long as they need. Please people be respectful and stop asking about other shows, just let them get home to their loved ones. Just devastating."