The Rolling Stones have been a band since 1962 and toured all over the world, but 2014 is the first year that they will perform in Israel. On March 25, 2014, the Rolling Stones' first-ever concert in Israel was officially announced. The show (which is part of the Stones' "14 on Fire" tour) will take place at HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv on June 4, 2014. Shuki Weiss Promotion and Production Ltd. is promoting the concert.
The Jerusalem Post quoted concert promoter Shuki Weiss as saying: “This is a historic and very meaningful visit. In these days when we hear calls for boycotts from around the world, it’s not taken for granted that a band of this magnitude will come to Israel.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Rolling Stones are getting about $6 million to perform in Tel Aviv. Weiss faced competition from concert promoters Gad Oron and Marcel Avraham, who were also in talks to have a Rolling Stones concert in Israel. Weiss says he's been trying to get the Stones to perform in Israel since 1988. He commented on accomplishing that goal: "The longest negotiation I ever conducted is coming to an end."
The Jerusalem Post reports: "Tickets go on sale March 27, but Pelephone customers can get tickets immediately through their carrier’s website, and get a 100 shekel discount. Shuki Weiss is also giving away a free ticket to one lucky fan who posts a photo on his Facebook wall. Lawn tickets sell for NIS 695, Golden Ring for NIS 1,790, and VIP tickets (which will include seats) for NIS 2,850."
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones were rumored to be performing at Ramat Gan Stadium in Ramat Gan, Israel (near Tel Aviv), on June 10, 2014, but the Rolling Stones are actually performing in Berlin on that date.
The reported $6 million that the Rolling Stones will get for the concert in Tel Aviv is believed to be the highest amount for any artist to perform a concert in Israel.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones are headlining a concert at the 2014 Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, on July 3. The announcement was made on March 24, 2014. NME reported that Roskilde Festival head of programming Anders Wahrén made this statement: "For years, we have dreamed of the moment when we got the opportunity to reunite the Rolling Stones with the Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival." Single-day tickets for the festival are currently on sale, but will likely sell out quickly for July 3 now that it has been announced that the Rolling Stones are performing on that date.
According to a Roskilde Festival announcement: "Our iconic Orange Stage was originally designed for the Rolling Stones tour back in the '70s. Having the band on this stage will be pure, unforgettable rock history."
The 2014 Roskilde Festival takes place from June 29 to July 6. Other artists who have been announced to perform at the festival include Arctic Monkeys, Rob Zombie, Damon Albarn, OutKast, Kasabian, Moderat, Warpaint, Merchandise, Haim, Deerhunter, Nails, Earl Sweatshirt, Major Lazer, Pusha T, MØ and Trentemøller.
The Roskilde Festival is one of several concerts that the Rolling Stones are doing as part of their "14 on Fire" tour in 2014.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have added tour dates in Oslo, Norway; Lisbon, Portugal; and Zurich, Swizterland for the Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" tour in 2014. The tour dates have not yet been officially announced, but the Daily Mirror reported the news on March 22, 2014. The Rolling Stones were going to announce these tour dates during the week of March 17, 2014, but the announcement was postponed due to the tragic death of L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend since 2001.
[March 25, 2014 update: Details about these concerts have now been announced. In addition, more "14 on Fire" tour dates have been added in Paris, Madrid, Vienna and Stockholm. Click here for more details.]
As previously reported, Scott (who was 49) committed suicide at her New York City apartment on March 17, 2014. She was found hanged from a doorknob.
According to the Daily Mirror, the added tour dates are May 26 in Oslo, May 29 in Lisbon, June 1 in Zurich. It has not yet been announced or reported when tickets for these concerts will go on sale.
The Oslo concert is believed to be the first concert that the Rolling Stones will perform since Scott's death. The venues for these concerts have not yet been officially announced, but the Daily Mirror reports that the Lisbon concert will be part of the Rockin' in Rio Festival. The Rolling Stones have been performing at mostly arenas for the "14 on Fire" tour.
As previously reported, Jagger (who is 70) is in Los Angeles with members of his family as he prepares for Scott's funeral. A spokesperson for Jagger told Us Weekly in a report published on March 20, 2014: "Mick has arrived in L.A. where he is with his daughter Karis and her family who live there."
Karis (who is 44) is Jagger's eldest child. Her mother is Jagger's ex-girlfriend Marsha Hunt. According to Us Weekly, Jagger's other adult children — Jade (who is 42); Elizabeth (also known as Lizzy), who is 30; Jim (who is 28); and Georgia May (who is 22) — have also made plans to be with their father in Los Angeles. (Jagger's two youngest children are 16-year-old Gabriel and 14-year-old Lucas, who may or may not be in Los Angeles, presumably because they are in school.)
Scott lived with Jagger in New York, London and Paris. Before she met Jagger, Scott lived in Los Angeles for several years when she was a stylist. The New York Post reports that Scott's funeral will take place in Los Angeles, according to the wishes of her brother Randy Bambrough. There have been reports that Scott's family wants her to be buried in Utah, the state she lived in when she was a child. Many of her family members still live in Utah.
An unnamed source told the Daily Mirror that although Jagger will attend Scott's funeral, the other members of the Rolling Stones will not to attend in order to avoid extra media attention. The Daily Mirror reports that the funeral, which will not be open to the public, will be held at a location that Scott's family and Jagger want to keep private.
The Rolling Stones' "14 on Fire" tour dates in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed in the wake of Scott's death. The concerts were originally supposed to take place from March 19 to April 5, 2014, but the Rolling Stones are now looking into rescheduling the concerts to take place in October and November 2014. Michael Gudinski of Frontier Touring, which is the tour's promoter in Australia and New Zealand, told Billboard: '"Everyone is working very closely together, and it's looking very likely that the rescheduled dates for Australia/New Zealand will be October-November, 2014.
In March 2014, Rolling Stones began announcing concert dates for the European leg of their "14 on Fire" tour (including concerts in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium), but dates on the tour could be changed due to the tragic death of Scott.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have announced that all of their "14 on Fire" concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been postponed to undetermined dates. The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
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.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones announced that they would 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 announced that were going to headline 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.
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 went on sale on March 20, 2014. The rest of the tickets for these concerts went on sale on March 21, 2014. Non-VIP tickets for these concerts are sold out, but some VIP tickets are still on sale.
Critics' reviews of the tour have been mostly positive.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones were 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. 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." More European concerts on the tour were to be announced, but all tour dates are subject to change.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a special guest on the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" concerts in 2012 and 2013, has been a special guest on the Rolling Stones "14 on Fire" tour.
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*
May 26, 2014: Oslo, Norway -- Telenor Arena
May 29, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal -- Rock in Rio Festival
June 1, 2014: Zurich -- Letzigrund Stadium
June 4, 2014: Tel Aviv, Israel -- HaYarkon Park
June 6, 2014: Paris -- Stade de France
June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival
June 10, 2014: Berlin -- Waldbühne
June 16, 2014: Vienna -- Ernst Happel Stadium
June 19, 2014: Düsseldorf, Germany -- Esprit Arena
June 22, 2014: Rome -- Circus Maximus
June 25, 2014: Madrid -- Bernabeu Stadium
June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival
July 1, 2014: Stockholm -- Tele2 Arena
July 3, 2014: Roskilde, Denmark-- Roskilde Festival