The Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” tour took the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas by storm on May 11, 2013. There have been guest stars at every concert on the tour so far. At this concert, it was Katy Perry. She teamed up with the Stones for “Beast of Burden,” the song that won the most fan votes for the Stones to perform at this concert. This news was announced on the official Rolling Stones website. The Green Valley High Madrigal Singers accompanied the Stones on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
AEG Live is the promoter of the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour, which features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor as a guest on all the tour dates. The tour has been named “50 and Counting” as a celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary.
As of May 8, 2013, each concert on the tour will feature a song performed by request from fans who voted online via the official Rolling Stones mobile app. For each concert, fans will be given a choice of five different songs to vote for, and the Rolling Stones will perform the song that gets the most votes for that concert. The Rolling Stones also did this for their “50 and Counting” concerts in 2012.
As previously reported, the tour began at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2013. Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani were guests at the concert.
The second arena show of the tour was at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 5, 2013. Tom Waits was a guest performer at the show.
The third arena show of the tour was at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on May 8, 2013. John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt were guests at the concert.
The San Jose concert was the first time on the tour that Taylor performed with the Stones on a song other than “Midnight Rambler.” At this particular concert, Taylor accompanied the Stones on “Midnight Rambler” as well as on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the last encore song.
Taylor also accompanied the Stones on those two songs at the Las Vegas concert, so it’s possible that this may be a pattern for the rest of the tour.
The vast majority of the reviews from fans and critics have been positive about the Rolling Stones’ performances on this tour so far.
Here are excerpts of reviews of the Rolling Stones’ concert at the MGM Garden Arena on May 11, 2013:
Las Vegas Sun
“It ended with the ultimate and triumphant Rolling Stones victory lap. Onstage and off, Mick Jagger and his rockers had one very successful visit … Scalpers who paid premium prices to up-sell tickets may have lost out last night discounting handfuls for less than they paid. MGM Grand sold its last two tickets for $750 each just 80 minutes before show time, which began 40 minutes late. These knighted gentry of England may be showing bald spots among the graying hair, but they can shame rockers half their age. In cricket terms, it was a hit for six (akin to MLB’s hitting it out of the ballpark).”
Las Vegas Sun (separate review)
“Speaking for those who are not getting any younger, to those who are not getting any older, I have one message for The Rolling Stones: Thank you. Thank you for blowing up the concept of age in general and the idea that you are ever too old to rock and roll. The Stones are the battering ram of their generation, busting through traditional ideals about when you are too aged and dignified to scamper around a concert arena as if you’re once more a teenager … The central point, as has been customary for The Stones over the past 50 years, is Jagger. He’s always performing in the face of uniquely pressurized expectations. Jagger just can’t falter, or the whole act falls apart. But he remains an impressive physical marvel … They are The Rolling Stones. They won’t be around forever, but all that music is forever young.”
Los Angeles Times
“This Stones tour isn’t about musical adventures and stretching boundaries. It’s about getting in a time machine and going back to a place you haven’t been in awhile. It might be the first time you heard ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ during a summer vacation long, long ago. Or the time ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ came on the car radio at just the right time, with just the right friends along for the ride. And by the end of the night, who cared about style? It was all about a shared experience. Rock had worked its magic yet again, if only for a couple of hours on a hot Las Vegas night.”
Not as well-received are most of the ticket prices, which have been blamed as the reason why most of the shows on the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour have not sold out days in advance. Official ticket sales are at Ticketmaster and each venue’s box office. Unofficial ticket sales are being done at secondary outlets such as StubHub. So far, the higher-priced tickets for the concerts in the U.S. and Canada have still been on sale on the night of the show in most cases.
By contrast, tickets for the Rolling Stones’ concerts in the England in 2013 sold out the same day that they went on sale. So far, Rolling Stones tour dates in 2013 have only been announced in the U.S., Canada and England.
Tickets that are available on the night of the show are heavily discounted as it gets closer to show time, according to several reports from fans on the Internet. For example, a ticket that had initially cost $600 can be sold for $85 to $250 on the night of the show.
As of now, the official price ranges for tickets are $85 to $600. The $85 tickets must be purchased at a minimum of two tickets per buyer. People with $85 tickets won’t know where their seats are until they pick up their tickets at the venue. The $85 tickets have random seating assignments that range from the best seats (the VIP “Tongue Pit” in the front) to the worst seats (all the way in the back) and anywhere in between.
In whatever way that tickets are being sold and distributed, each concert on the tour so far has had a full house, according to several reports from fans and the media.
Here is the Rolling Stones’ set list for their concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 11, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
You Got Me Rocking
Beast of Burden (with Katy Perry; song requested by fans)
All Down the Line
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Green Valley High Madrigal Singers)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)