UPDATE (MARCH 31): The Rolling Stones have confirmed a June 20 performance at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh will be the eighth date on the band’s 15-date North American tour, ZIP CODE, which kicks off in San Diego, May 24, and ends in Quebec July 15.
The band first teased the tour mid-March with a series of billboards that featured the Stones trademark tongue and lips logo and hinted at a Thursday announcement.
“Satisfaction Thursday” came and went with no concert announcement, reportedly because of ticketing issues.
Then, late last week, more billboards started to appear, this time touting a Tuesday concert announcement.
The tour coincides with the band’s rerelease of their seminal 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. The remastered album will be available May 25/26 and will contain previously unreleased material as well as live and acoustic versions of classic tracks like “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses.”
Tickets go on sale Monday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at rollingstones.com/tickets/. Prices range from $69-$375. American Express members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, April 8.
Can’t you hear them knocking?
After weeks of online speculation, it appears that the Rolling Stones have all but confirmed a Pittsburgh date on their upcoming North American tour.
Promotional billboards featuring the Rolling Stones trademark tongue and lips logo have appeared all over town, teasing an announcement to come on Thursday. Similar billboards have sprouted up in Atlanta, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Detroit, and other cities rumored to be on stops on the tour. It’s the same tactic the Stones used to tease their 50 & Counting tour in 2012/2013.
Unofficial Rolling Stones fan sites speculate that the Pittsburgh show will take place at Heinz Field on June 20.
The San Diego Union-Tribune confirms that tour will kick of at Petco Park on May 24. They also report that Karl Denson will join the band in place of longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys. Keys passed away this past December from cirrhosis. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Stones’ tracks “Brown Sugar” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” both off of the Sticky Fingers album.
Many have speculated that Sticky Fingers will be the band’s focal point on this tour, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Stones will play the album in its entirety, or simply highlight songs from the album.
The Rolling Stones last played Pittsburgh in 2005, at PNC Park on their A Bigger Bang tour.
Here’s the Stones performing “Brown Sugar” live in 1972, with Bobby Keys on sax: