The Rolling Stones are back on the road for their European “Stones 60” tour. The 14-stadium run kicks off tonight (June 1st) in Madrid, Spain and plays through July 31st in Stockholm, Sweden. The band will also perform open air shows in Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy.
The Stones’ June 9th concert at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium marks not only their first stadium show in the Beatles‘ hometown — but their first Liverpool gig in 51 years. The current shows mark the band’s first European dates since the 2021 death of drummer Charlie Watts.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards shed light on how they decide it’s time to ramp up for another string of dates: (Mick Jagger): “It sort of runs in a pretty good cycle.” (Keith Richards): “I have to wait for a phone call from Mick, saying, ‘I’m getting a but antsy (laughter) — you wanna go, and should we. . .” (Jagger): “Don’t forget, there is. . . You gotta be a bit hard-headed, there is a sort of supply and demand thing here. If no one called up and said, ‘We think, y’know, you should go and tour. . .’ There’s good times and bad times to do tours. (Richards): “In a way, Mick and I get the same feeling just around the same time. It’s then — as Mick was just saying — y’know, does all the rest of it fall into place, y’know, the business and the supply and demands and all of that. But, basically, we say, ‘Well, we’re ready — if the demand’s there, we’ll supply.'”