Re: Will The A Bigger Bang Tour Wind Up As Stones' Longest Tour Ever?
Date: August 27, 2006 18:36
1989/90 - 115 shows in 51 weeks (31/8/89 - 25/8/90), plus 1 warm up show
1994/95 - 134 shows in 57 weeks (1/8/94 - 30/8/95), plus 1 warm up show
1997/98/99 - 150 shows in 91 weeks (23/9/97 - 20/6/99), plus 2 warm up shows
(BTB 1997-98 was 105 shows in 51 weeks plus 2 warm ups, No Security in NAmerica was 34 shows, and Europe '99 was 11 shows)
2002/2003 - 117 shows in 62 weeks (3/9/02 - 9/11/03) plus 1 warm up
The current tour started on 21/8/05, and in 2005 they played 42 shows plus two warm up gigs (Juilliard in May and the Phoenix Club in August)
In 2006 they have played 15 shows in the USA (excluding the Superbowl), 5 in Japan, 2 in Argentina, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, 1 each in Puerto Rico, Canada, China and Brazil, and (barring any cancellations before next week) 19 in Europe, making it 51 in all by the time thay play Horsens on September 3rd.
Following that, there are 19 more shows so far confirmed for North America later in 2006, with maybe about 5 more to be announced. There are also rumours of return trips to South America and Asia in late 2005 or early 2006.
Even with a conservative estimate of 20 shows in Europe next summer (I personally find the rumour of 40 shows hard to comprehend, although it would be excellent!), they will probably have played in excess of 140 shows on this tour by the time its rumoured to wrap up next summer. It could well top the BTB/NO Security total by the time its over.