The Rolling Stones will be performing in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on 11 July as part of a European tour celebrating their 60th anniversary, according to an announcement made Monday.
While many feared that the death of drummer Charlie Watts on 24 August 2021 in London would sound the death knell for the British band, Le Soir reports that the Rolling Stones have officially announced that they are coming to Europe this summer.
They will be joined by a new drummer, Steve Jordan, who last year had already helped the band fulfil their last American commitments.
First Brussels performance since 1976
The concert in Belgium will be the first time since 1976 that the Rolling Stones perform in Brussels, the last one being at Forest National in the wake of the Black & Blue album, with Mick Taylor on guitar.
Since then, the Stones have performed exclusively in Werchter (in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2014) due to the fact that their Belgian agent, Herman Schueremans, was able to rent the Werchter pitch for cheaper than King Baudouin Stadium because he owns it.
Now a new agency– Greenhouse Talent from Ghent– is bringing the band to Belgium. The Sixty Tour will include 14 dates in 10 countries and start on 1 June in Madrid, ending on 31 July in Stockholm.
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In between, the band will play Munich (5 June), Liverpool (9 June), Amsterdam (13 June), Bern (17 June), Milan (21 June), London (25 June and 3 July), Brussels (11 July), Vienna (15 July), Lyon (19 July), Paris (23 July) and Gelsenkirchen (27 July).
Long-time fans will notice that the Brussels concert falls almost exactly sixty years after the band's first concert, held on 12 July 1962 at the Marquee Club in London.
In addition to the 60-year milestone for the band this year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will each celebrate their 79th birthdays.
Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday 18 July at 09:00.