The Rolling Stones will play their first UK concerts in five years – and the first will be at the London Stadium in Stratford.
And it is 53 years since the band last ‘starred’ in Newham, at West Ham Magistrates Court!
The dates make up the second leg of the No Filter tour that the world’s greatest rock and rock band began in Europe in autumn 2017, writes Colin Grainger.
The lads play West Ham United’s home on May 22. As I life-long fan and having seen them half a dozen times in my life, I would love to be there.
But the ticket prices are a little too steep for my liking. The £89 (plus booking fee) standing tickets are nearly sold out before tickets officially go on sale Friday. And I can’t stand up for all that time anyway.
If you’ve got an American Express card you can pre-order them from today.
If you are a Rolling Stones official club member – which I am – you could buy them last night. But the next available £129 ticket , plus £27 booking fee and tickets priced even higher than that, are a little out of my reach.
But I wish them well, and will enjoy the video highlights on my phone app unless a good fairy invites me!
The Stones have played quite a few venues in Newham over the years. East Ham Granada and East Ham Odeon being two of them.
in 1965, they visited a petrol station in Romford Road, Stratford, and peed up a wall. A few days later they were back in Stratford again at West Ham Magistrates Court.
Here’s the full report from the Daily Express of the time here…
The Stones initially intended to combine their UK dates with the European run, but were unable to due to a “lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures”.
The last time the Stones performed in their home country was summer 2013, headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage and they also gave two concerts at Hyde Park.
The rockers have been touring for 55 years, after . Guitarist Keith Richards said at the tour announcement: “It’s such a joy to play with this band. There’s no stopping us – we’re just getting started really.”