On Feb. 21, 2014, the Rolling Stones launched their "14 on Fire" tour at Du Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. According to an announcement on the Rolling Stones' website, the 19-song set list at the concert included "Gimme Shelter," which was voted as the favorite Rolling Stones songs by fans in United Arab Emirates.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones had their "14 on Fire" tour rehearsals in Paris, where they spontaneously invited about 27 fans inside rehearsals on Feb. 14, 2014. The band began the rehearsals in Paris on Feb. 3, 2014.
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. The European tour dates have not been announced yet, but 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.
The Rolling Stones' previous tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 2006, as part of their "A Bigger Bang" world tour.
For the Down Under tour dates in 2014, the Rolling Stones announced: "A limited selection of 'lucky dip' seats from each venue will also be available to purchase at a very special price of just $99 via www.rollingstones.com on Monday, 16 December (from 9am local time), ensuring that some of even the best tickets can be snapped up for a bargain by genuine fans."
In a statement, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger commented on the 2014 tour dates Down Under: “Can’t wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia & New Zealand. It’s been a while since we’ve played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage & playing your favorite songs.”
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards added: “We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going! The energy between the band is better than ever and we’re all looking forward to coming back Down Under. I can’t wait to get back on the stage with the boys.”
Frontier Touring’s Michael Gudinski said, “It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to bring the legendary Stones back down under and I cannot say how excited I am about their 2014 tour. With just one night only confirmed for each city plus a very special one-off concert at Hanging Rock, this tour will be talked about for decades to come.”
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."
On Feb. 20, 2014, the Rolling Stones had this announcement about the "14 on Fire" concert in Singapore, which takes place on March 15, 2014:
Thousands more fans in Singapore will now be able to catch the Rolling Stones’ performance, thanks to a free live simulcast as part of an open-to-the-public music festival, Marina Bay Sands Rocks Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza on 15 March 2014. The Marina Bay Sands Rocks Singapore festival is part of Sands for Singapore, the integrated resort’s corporate social responsibility programme. The free simulcast of The Rolling Stones concert at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom on the Event Plaza will be projected live in high definition on a giant LED screen measuring at least 12 metres wide. The concert will be pumped out through a high power, high quality Meyer sound system that will be suspended eight metres off the ground, providing an incredible audio visual experience for festival-goers.
As part of this programme, Sands for Singapore is also celebrating the talents of Singapore’s local legendary music scene with live music from popular local rock acts, including A-List with Douglas O., Heritage, Jive Talkin’, John Molina & Krueger, and ZulTania. The Marina Bay Sands Rocks Singapore festival will start at 4 p.m. This will be followed by the live simulcast of global legends The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire concert, broadcast live from 8 p.m. The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire concerts in Asia are presented by Prudential and Eastspring Investments.
“We take great pride in giving back to the local community in meaningful ways through Sands for Singapore. By securing this live feed of The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire, we will give all fans the chance to enjoy the best of global entertainment in a unique manner” said Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands.
Here are the announced dates for the "14 on Fire" tour:
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
And here is the Rolling Stones' set list for their concert in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 21, 2014
Start Me Up
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
You Got Me Rocking
Doom And Gloom
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
Slipping Away (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Before They Make Me Run (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Al Khubairat Singers)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
14 ON FIRE TOURING BAND:
Mick Taylor (special guest)
UPDATE: Reviews for the concert in Abu Dhabi have been mostly positive.
A review from Time Out Dubai said, "It’s always tempting to patronize aging rockers with phases like ‘they played like men half their age,’and the fact remains that 35 years ago the band sounded better than it does today. But where the rock was harder in the band’s ’70s heyday, late-Stones pay more attention to the roll ... But the blistering, beautiful, blissful set they played did nothing to diminish the night’s legacy."
The National's review said, "The band kicked off their latest jaunt in the capital with a two hour performance that may have lacked in surprises but packed with enough hits to keep both the faithful and first-timers happy."
Gulf News said in its review: "Storming through all the songs a fan would have wanted to hear, the foursome — plus a full band and even a choir that came on for the second encore — gave fans young and old everything expected from a Stones gig: swagger, laughs and plenty of rock 'n' roll."