By Beatrice Thomas
British rockers will kick off their 14 ON FIRE tour with a concert at du Arena
Legendary British rockers The Rolling Stones have announced they will kick off their 14 ON FIRE tour with a one-off concert at Abu Dhabi’s du Arena on February 21.
As the band celebrates five decades together, a statement released Wednesday said fans could expect to see a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as some lesser known gems and a couple of unexpected cover versions.
Mick Jagger said: “Can’t wait to be back on stage especially in Abu Dhabi, I am really looking forward to playing all your favourite songs and seeing you all very soon.”
Keith Richards added: “The best place in the world for me is out on that stage. Standby everyone…its back to where we belong - me, Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and some friends all rocking out together. The wheels are in motion and we’re on our way…see you very soon!”
The 14 ON FIRE tour, produced by AEG Live, will see the iconic rockers head back out on the road after a mammoth run of concerts in the US and the UK in 2013. So far, dates have been announced in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, UK, France as well as Abu Dhabi.
Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a special guest for this tour.
The stage design for the outdoor concerts is based on the band’s ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the audience. The exclusive ‘Tongue Pit’ area inside the stage will give fans in this area an incomparable 360 degree concert experience.
“Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show,” the statement said.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at midday on Thursday, December 12 at www.ticketmaster.ae and selected Virgin Megastores across the UAE.
Exclusive pre-sale starts from midday Monday, 9 December and closes at midday Wednesday, 11 December 2013. A limited number of General Admission Early Bird tickets start from AED395.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.