On June 21, 2013, the Rolling Stones performed at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where they were joined by guest Aaron Neville for a cover version of the Drifters hit “Under the Boardwalk,” according to an announcement on the official Rolling Stones website. Neville’s 2012 doo-wop album “My True Story” was produced by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was.
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.
On the Rolling Stones’ 2013 tour, guitarist Richards has been singing lead vocals on two of these three songs at every concert: “Happy,” “You Got the Silver,” and/or “Before They Make Me Run.”
As of May 8, 2013, select concerts 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. At the concert on June 21, 2013, the song performed by request was “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” which also included Taylor performing on the song.
There have been celebrity guests at almost every one of the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts. On previous concerts of the 2013 tour, the celebrity guest stars were:
- Keith Urban and Gwen Stefani (at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2013)
- Tom Waits (at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 5, 2013)
- John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt (at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on May 8, 2013)
- Katy Perry (at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 11, 2013)
- John Mayer (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif, on May 15, 2013)
- Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on May 18, 2013)
- Carrie Underwood (at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on May 25, 2013)
- Taj Mahal (at United Center in Chicago on May 28, 2013)
- Sheryl Crow (at United Center in Chicago on May 31, 2013)
- Taylor Swift (at United Center in Chicago on June 3, 2013)
- Win Butler of Arcade Fire (at Bell Centre in Montreal on June 9, 2013)
- Gary Clark Jr. (at TD Garden in Boston on June 12, 2013)
- Brad Paisley (at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2013)
The vast majority of the reviews from fans and critics have been positive about the Rolling Stones’ performances on this tour. And even though many fans complained about the tour’s ticket prices (which range from $85 to $600 per ticket), various reports from fans and the media are that the concerts have been playing to full houses.
The tour’s concerts in England are sold out, but for the tour’s concerts in North America, tickets did not immediately sold out and were being sold on the day of the show. The last concert on the North American leg of the tour is on June 24, 2013, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
So far, the only tour dates for 2013 that Rolling Stones have announced have been in the U.S., Canada and England. There is speculation that the band will perform concerts in other countries in 2013, but until an official announcement is made, it is speculation. For their most recent series of concerts, the Rolling Stones have been announcing the shows about one month before the tickets for the first concert goes on sale.
Here is the Rolling Stones’ set list for their concert at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, on June 21, 2013:
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
Paint It Black
Under the Boardwalk (with Aaron Neville)
When the Whip Comes Down
Doom and Gloom
One More Shot
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (with Mick Taylor; by request from fans)
Honky Tonk Women
You Got the Silver
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Sympathy For the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with The Crossing choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)