On March 12, 2014, the Rolling Stones announced that they will be 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. The band made the announcement on official Rolling Stones outlets such as their website, Facebook and Twitter account.
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 go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on March 15. Other performers on the main stage of the 2014 Pinkpop Festival include Ed Kowalczyk, Flogging Molly and John Mayer on June 7; Chef'Special, the Kooks, Ed Sheeran, Editors and Arctic Monkeys on June 8; Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Biffy Clyro, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica on June 9. Other artists performing during festival on other stages include Haim, Joe Bonamassa, Bastille, North Mississippi Allstars, Limp Bizkit, Rudimental, Paolo Nutini, Robert Plant and the Sensational Spaceshifters, Jett Rebel, Kodaline, Jake Bugg, Stromae and Arcade Fire.
Tickets for the 2014 TW Classic Festival go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on March 15. The other acts on the festibal bill are Simple Minds, Triggerfinger, Arno, Seasick Steve and Admiral Freebee.
Critics' reviews of the tour have been mostly positive.
The Rolling Stones usually have a tradition of performing a "surprise" show at a nightclub in or near the city where they rehearse for the tour, but the band opted not to do that kind of "surprise" show before the "14 on Fire" tour. Tickets for the Rolling Stones' pre-tour "surprise" shows usually go on sale on the day of the show and are priced at around the same amount that the nightclub would charge for people to see an unknown band.
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. According to an announcement from the Rolling Stones on March 12, 2014: "The Rolling Stones will be playing more major shows in Europe in May and June, and these will be announced over the next two weeks."
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."
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
June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival
June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival