December 04, 2013 7:11am PT by Lars Brandle, Billboard
The Rolling Stones to Perform '14 on Fire' Tour Dates in Asia, Australia
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
The Rolling Stones’ 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand has grown into a seven-date trek. But before they head Down Under, the rock legends will play five shows in Asia, it was announced on Wednesday.
As the itinerary stands, the "14 On Fire" tour will open on Feb. 21 with a one-off show at Abu Dhabi's du Arena, before moving to Tokyo for three dates (Feb. 25, March 4, March 6) at the Tokyo Dome. The Asia leg will end on March 9 at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
The grizzled group then travels to Australia on Mar. 19 to play the Perth Arena, then the Adelaide Oval on Mar. 22, Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Mar. 25, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Mar. 28, the iconic Hanging Rock site at Macedon Ranges on March 30 and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Apr. 2, before heading east for a single New Zealand date at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Apr. 5.
Until now, only the second stop on the tour was publicly known. That show at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval is now sold out. Frontier Touring and AEG Live are co-organizing the Australia visit, the band’s first since 2006 on their "A Bigger Bang" world tour. Frontier Touring managing director Michael Gudinski says, "It’s been a life-long ambition of mine to bring the legendary Stones back" to Australia.
The Stones’ setlist will cover such classics as "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice" and "It’s Only Rock and Roll," plus some lesser known gems and a cover or two.
"Can't wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia and New Zealand," comments frontman Mick Jagger in a statement. "It's been a while since we've played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back onstage and playing your favorite songs."
As previously reported, Mick Taylor, a member of the band from 1969 to 1974, will be a special guest on what will be the band's seventh tour Down Under.
The 14 On Fire Tour:
Feb. 21: Abu Dhabi (du Arena)
Feb. 26: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
Mar. 4: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
Mar. 6: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
Mar. 9: Macau (Cotai Arena)
Mar. 19: Perth (Perth Arena)
Mar. 22: Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Mar. 25: Sydney (Allphones Arena)
Mar. 28: Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
Mar. 30: Macedon (Hanging Rock)
Apr. 2: Brisbane (Entertainment Centre)
Apr. 5: Aukland (Mt Smart Stadium)