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Rolling Stones plan a heartland swing

U.S. tour to include stops in smaller cities like Wichita, Missoula
/ Source: Reuters

The Rolling Stones, now in the second week of their delayed European tour, said Tuesday they will return to North America in September for a two-month stadium jaunt that will take them to smaller markets such as Kansas, Montana and Idaho.

The trek gets underway Sept. 20 at Gillette Stadium in Boston, the city where they launched their “A Bigger Bang” world tour last August, and will wrap Nov. 18 at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, a venue they last played in 1997. More dates will be announced.

They will also return to the New York area, Chicago, Seattle, the Bay Area, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

New stops include Halifax, Nova Scotia (Sept. 23), Wichita, Kansas (Oct. 2), Missoula, Montana (Oct. 6), Regina, Saskatchewan (Oct. 8), Austin, Texas (Oct. 22), and Boise, Idaho (Nov. 14).

“There is plenty of time for rehearsals and to be able to make some set changes -- we’ll have a variety of material ready so we can keep it fresh,” singer Mick Jagger said in a statement, alluding to complaints from some quarters that they play the same old songs every show.

Guitarist Keith Richards added that he was “feeling great” after hurting his head three months ago while on vacation in Fiji, necessitating surgery that forced the band to delay its European tour by six weeks.

Tour promoter Michael Cohl said the band would cut its hefty ticket prices by an average 10 to 15 percent -- to $89 for stadiums and $99 for arena shows. In most cities, students will get an additional $20 per ticket discount.

Tickets for the New York, Chicago, Boston, Halifax and Regina shows go on sale to the public July 31. A pre-sale for American Express members begins Wednesday -- Jagger’s 63rd birthday -- in Boston, New York and Chicago. RadioShack Corp. will sponsor the U.S. dates.