Friday, April 24, 2015

The Drive-In Theaters - Yea, They're still out there!

The Drive-In Theater, like Apple Pie, Hot Dogs, and Baseball represent pure Americana. Fun for the whole family, and for friends and even dates. Movies combined with the outdoors while relaxing in your own car. This idea from long ago that still resonates with many today. Although its heyday has long passed, it is slowly becoming a popular thing to do again.



It all began long ago with the showing of Two White Arms the 1932 British Comedy Classic film that featured Adolphe Menjou in a story about a man who becomes bored with married life and pretends to have lost his memory so he can pursue other women. It had a different title for American audiences, that of, Wives Beware. The significant thing about this film is that it was the first film to be featured at a Drive-in Movie Theater. It was first shown in 1933.

The concept of a drive-in theater was patented by Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. on May 16, 1933. His original drive-in theater opened a month later in New Jersey on June 6, 1933. Although his own drive-in theater only operated for three years, the idea spread across America, and at its peak there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters in operation. His first advertising slogan was, "The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are." At first, prices for admission was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents per person, but it was quite common to have specials of $1.00 per carload.

The idea of watching movies from your car on a large screen appealed to many. It was a common family night out, thing to do. It was the place to hang out and socialize more than anything else. In fact, the funny wise crack that circulated whenever there was talk of Drive-ins was, 'they show movies there, don't they,' as if to say that the features were not the main point of going. They became especially popular for dates, because of the privacy this setting provided.

If you have never been to one, the theaters are like large parking lots, where you drive in and find an open space in front of a large screen/wall that the film would be projected onto. With each space, you'd drive into, you would park on a small mound, something like a small hill. It put your viewing at an upward angle towards the screen, so that the other cars would not obstruct your view. When parked, there was a speaker for sound on a pole, and you would just hang the speaker from your door window. These drive-in theaters usually had playgrounds for small children and concession stands that sold food and drinks. The fun, food runs, and socializing always takes place between features, and the theaters usually had long breaks between in order to accommodate those at the concession stands.

The theaters usually showed double features, and some even offered triple features for the crowds that liked to stay late. The main feature was often shown first, and that would have been the big Hollywood hits of the day, the other features were the B-movies.

The peak period for drive-in theaters was the 1950's and early '60's, but as color television became more widespread, attendance at these theaters began to decline.

The unique experience of the drive-in theater lives on through classic car enthusiasts, nostalgia buffs, and the curious. It's a slice of vintage Americana personified that can't be missed. Although there are only around 400 of these theaters still in operation, you could probably find one not too far from where you live. These days, they show the modern flicks and the sound is broadcast to your car radio. You can expect to pay somewhere in the area of $20 for a car load today, but the fun and the experience is well worth it.

To my surprise, I recently learned that there may be another 200 theaters opening across the country in the very near future.

Although this experience is mostly associated with America, there are some drive-in theaters in other countries as well, including: Canada - Australia - Germany - India - South Africa & Spain.

Most people prefer indoor theaters with luxury seating, air conditioning, 3D and even 4D, enamored with all of today's technology, and amenities. While some long for the good ol' days of yesteryear, going to a drive-in, is an amazing experience. It's one you'll remember for a lifetime. Here's hoping you'll make some happy memories with your family this coming summer, and find a drive-in near you.

In the comments below, feel free to share your drive-in experiences and be sure to mention the theater, they could use the free mention.

Interesting fact: Shankweiler's Drive-In, in Orefield, Pennsylvania, is the oldest drive-in theater that is still going, and is now beginning its 82 season. So Cool! Long live the Drive-In's

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google News – The Good, Bad, & Ugly



The Good - Google is giving all Android developers access to ARC. Google has released an app/browser extension called ARC Welder that packages Android APKs into applications for Chrome OS and other desktop platforms. Now converted apps can work even on Mac, Windows and Linux and any computer with the Chrome browser. Sweet!


Google Chromebook prices drop to $149. New Chromebook's from Haier and Hisense both have 11.6-inch display's, with 2 GB of RAM. These low cost Chromebooks run on the Rockchip 3288 processors. They can be bought at Walmart and Amazon now. Google is also offering an interesting iPad alternative with the Asus Chromebook Flip, a $249 laptop that you can be flip into a tablet. Worthy of note is, the more Chromebooks in the market, newer models should drive down prices of older models, and that should make them even more tempting.

Google is changing their Search algorithm to be more mobile friendly. Websites that feature pages optimized for smaller screens will be boosted in search results compared to those designed strictly for the desktop. This boost will only apply to mobile searches. Google says - "Now searchers can more easily find high quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced appropriately, and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling."

This change in Search is only for mobile Search, and does not in any way change how desktop Search works. This should prompt website developers to get their sites up to date and make them mobile friendly.

The Bad – The Wait! … and Wait and Wait...

Google is now offering cell phone service. Google’s Project Fi becomes available today, for users of Nexus 6, a Motorola smartphone that costs $649 (32GB of storage) or $699 (64GB) in the Google Play store. The roll-out today is only available for the Nexus 6. The basic service costs $20 a month. Users get unlimited - talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage. After that, it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. Google's rollover plan is like no other! Customers will get credit paid back to them for the full value of unused data. No other carrier does that! Yet!

The Bad news here is just like their much anticipated new email system, (Inbox) their cell service is really just a news splash, it isn't available for everyone yet, and even worse you have to sign-up and request an invite. If you're like me, and have signed up for such an invite, then you might be waiting for a long time to come. Some speculate that availability for all may not be ready for another 2-3 years. Ouch! OMG!

The Ugly -

Google plans to release Chromebit — a computer “smaller than a candy bar.” Prices will be less than $100, and this will be available later this summer. It looks like a simple USB memory stick, and it runs their Chrome OS. Chromebit can be plugged into any screen and turned into a computer. Not bad, huh? Unfortunately, this only works with a WiFi connection, and there is no built in storage. So, essentially it's more like an internet stick. Without any built in storage space and no built in offline capabilities, it's pretty much a useless novelty item for gadget geeks. Nothing to get excited about.

And then there's Takeout. This Google feature lets users download archives of multiple products, including, Calendars, Gmail, Google Photos, Hangouts, YouTube, +1s, and more. It does not include Google Wallet. This feature launched in 2011 under its Data Liberation Front initiative, but it did not include Search until recently. In a nutshell, it means you can download an archive of every search query you have ever made. This may be good for some, but for others it may be too intrusive and creepy.

More Ugly...The Google Glass Smart Eye-wear, no longer available for the time being, will be making a triumphant return, according to the search giant's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt.

No matter what anyone says, this device is not a good idea. It scared people. People don't want to be seen and recorded without their knowledge. This product is doomed to fail, no one wants to be seen as a glasshole or by a glasshole. Eeks! Yuk!

More Ugliness is all of the forthcoming antitrust lawsuits from abroad, but that is news generally known and not worth delving into further at this time.


All in all, we like many things Google does, and many of their products, but not everything.

Ringo Starr - Is In The Building!



Oh my my, the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame gets it right this time! Finally, Ringo Starr gets the respect he's due, although it didn't come easy.

In his speech he said, “I was doing the press earlier, and somebody asked, “Why did you wait so long,” Ringo replied, “It had nothing to do with me — you have to be invited. Finally, I’m invited and I love it,” and knowing how to please a crowd he added, “I also got lucky that it’s actually in Cleveland.”

He went on to explain his discovery of early Rock 'N Roll through a radio station he listened to in Liverpool. This station played the American radio program with DJ Alan Freed’s broadcasts from Cleveland. Every Sunday at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, we’d listen to Alan Freed. He played Bill Haley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and that’s where we heard rock and roll music, saying also that, “Alan Freed introduced us to so many great records.”

Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr into the HOF and in his speech he spoke about the first time Ringo sat in with the Beatles, while Ringo Starr was still a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm & the Hurricanes. On one night in particular, Ringo filling in for an absent Pete best, played along perfectly with their version of Ray Charles - “What'd I Say,” and I remember the moment, standing there, looking at John, then looking at George, and we were like, WTF is this?… What is this? That was the moment, and that was the beginning of the Beatles.” As Paul McCartney says...Ringo nailed it!

Closing out the ceremony Ringo was backed by Green Day, McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, and everyone else in a super jam session of the songs, “Boys”, “ I Wanna Be Your Man,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

Ringo's lengthy solo resume includes 11 top 40 hit singles, three of which were number ones. He's made 18 solo albums to date, and that doesn't include the many live albums and compilations. He tours regularly with his All-Star Band and just keeps going, using Tony Bennett and B.B. King as inspiration, he says as long as he can stand up and hold the sticks, he'll keep doing what he loves.

Congratulations Ringo, your inclusion into the HOF is long overdue.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

McDonald's Top 10 Slogans


McDonald's has for years been associated with some of the best ad slogans/catch-phrases, in our modern times. Some have endured for years, and others have faded. Over the years, their competitors have tried to do the same, but none have been as successful at delivering a memorable line than McDonald's. Below is probably their 10 most effective ad slogans.

  1. You Deserve a Break Today
  2. I'm Lovin' It
  3. Did Somebody Say McDonald's
  4. We Love to See You Smile
  5. Have you had your break today
  6. It's a good time for the great taste of McDonald's
  7. What you want is what you get
  8. We do it all for you - a.k.a - You, you're the one
  9. Look for the Golden Arches
  10. The Closest Thing to Home


In the Mid 1970s: Two All-Beef Patties...was a very popular ad campaign, and it has since become synonymous with the 70's.





How fast can you say...
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”
What was groovy then, may seem goofy now, but it was a craze that lives on...baby!

This most unusual ad first appeared in 1974. It became a phrase that everyone would try to
say. Mimicking the television commercial, with this run-on of words became a popular thing to
repeat. The real fun was in, who could say it faster and better than someone else. Admit it,
even you've probably tried to do it yourself-huh?

McDonald's is a well know international phenomenon, and many cities in many places of the world pride themselves as being modern, developed, and up-to date because of their presence. Most of the American ad slogans/campaigns are rolled out the same everywhere, but there may be some slight differences in some places. This short article focuses on the US ads that have been the most successful.

Listed below are most of the ad slogans that McDonald's has used over the past 50 yrs. In the United States. Some were not successful, and most were fairly forgettable, but there were some that were really effective, and some we'll never forget.

  • Lets eat out!(1960–1965)
  • Look for the Golden Arches! (1960–1967)
  • Go for the Goodness at McDonald's (1962–1969)
  • The closest thing to home (1966–1969)
  • McDonald's is your kind of place (1967 – January 22, 1971)
  • You deserve a break today (January 23, 1971 – April 23, 1975)
  • Enjoy the best food at McDonald's (1973, concurrent with 1971 slogan)
  • McDonald's Sure is Good to Have Around (1974, concurrent with 1971 slogan)
  • We do it all for you (also known as You, you're the one) (April 24, 1975 – May 6, 1979)
  • Nobody can do it like McDonald's can (May 7, 1979 – January 19, 1983)
  • Nobody can say good night like McDonald's can (1979)
  • You deserve a break today (August 21, 1981 – January 19, 1983)
  • Nobody makes your day like McDonald's can (1980 – January 19, 1983)
  • That's My McDonald's (1981, concurrent with 1980 slogans)
  • We cook it all for you at McDonald's (1982, concurrent with 1980 slogans)
  • McDonald's and you (January 20, 1983 – April 15, 1984)
  • It's a good time for the great taste of McDonald's (April 16, 1984 – April 10, 1988, this slogan was used on newspapers from April 16, 1984 until March 6, 1990 and in November 1993)
  • 30 years of good times and great taste (1985, 30th anniversary)
  • It's Mac Tonight (1985, Mac Tonight advertising)
  • McDonald's is your place to be (1986, also used by NBC between 1990 and 1992 as NBC is the place to be)
  • The good time, great taste of McDonald's (April 11, 1988 – March 6, 1990)
  • You Deserve A Break Today (1989–1990, concurrent with 1988 slogan)
  • Food, folks and fun (February 1990, March 7, 1990 – March 18, 1991)
  • McDonald's Today (March 19, 1991 – March 16, 1992)
  • What you want is what you get (March 17, 1992 – October 15, 1997)
  • What you want is what you get at RocDonald's today (1994, The Flintstones promotion)
  • McDonald's, where what you want is what you get (1994, Sonic the Hedgehog promotion)
  • What you want is what you get, delivered from McDonald's today (1994, McDelivery trial)
  • Do you believe in magic? (March 17, 1992 – October 15, 1997, Ronald McDonald and Happy Meal McDonald's ads)
  • Have you had your break today? (February 17, 1995 – February 18, 1997)
  • One Two Three Four... Big Mac burger! (1997)
  • My McDonald's (February 19 – October 1, 1997)
  • Did somebody say McDonald's? (October 2, 1997 – June 29, 2000)
  • We love to see you smile (June 30, 2000 – September 28, 2003)
  • Put a Smile On (June 30, 2000 – September 28, 2003)
  • Smile (2001 – September 28, 2003)
  • I'm lovin' it (September 29, 2003–present)
  • It's what I eat and what I do (2005, combined with 2003 slogan to make It's what I eat and what I do...I'm lovin' it)
  • What we're made of (2008–present)
  • Gimme Back that Filet-O-Fish (2009–present, Filet-O-Fish advertising)
  • You want it, need it, you gotta have a taste of McDonald's burgers (December 1, 2010 – present, Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Angus Burger advertising)
  • The simple joy of McDonald's (2010–2013)
  • A whole new way to love McDonald's (2013–present)
  • There's something for everyone to love at McDonald's (2013–present)
  • Choose Lovin (2015-present)


Did I miss any that you remember? Do you remember any of these? Which one was your favorite? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.

Oh yea, I did forget one...and I sure wish the would bring this one back!

Real Good, and Still Only 15 Cents

Friday, April 17, 2015

Johnny Cool - Henry Silva - Elizabeth Montgomery 1963 Noir Classic

Johnny Cool is a violent 1963 Noir Film about revenge. It depicts a different organized-crime. A more modern organized organized-crime that operates in legal ways. This picture was directed by William Asher, and is based on the novel by John McPartland "The Kingdom of Johnny Cool." This great feature stars Henry Silva and also Elizabeth Montgomery.

Produced by Peter Lawford, Johnny Cool features an interesting cast of characters. Some of Johnny's associates, and victims, include Richard Anderson, Telly Savalas, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Mort Sahl, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy also sings the theme song.

The plot has an exiled American gangster named Colini, living in Sicily, he arranges to rescue Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. Colini promises the young Giordano, now the new 'Johnny Cool that he'll inherit his empire and become wealthy and all powerful if he accepts Colini's terms. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a vengeance mission to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted against him, and forced him into exile.

Johnny arrives in New York and the carnage begins, over a three day period he kills several
of the underworld figures on Colini's list. His actions are deliberate and ruthless, his
rampage of revenge for Colini is daring and devastatingly quick. During his mission he picks
up a young woman who inadvertently becomes his accomplice. Her infatuation with Johnny is intense, however, she becomes his unknowing downfall.

This picture is a must-see because of all of the notable people involved.

It's a bit dark and moody, typical of the early 1960's, but Sammy Davis, Jr's. small part and singing make it all the more worth watching.


I'll rate it above average and give it 3½ Stars.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What does “Bae” Mean?

Bae is the popularly used term that is a contraction / dropped letter version of other words, babe and baby. It has been suggested, but never proven, that bae is an acronym for 'before all others.' The actual origin isn't worth debating. Most likely, the term began being used as a texting dropped letter substitute for 'babe' and 'baby' that became both funny and popular to use.








Bae has a few meanings. In some instances bae is used to describe something as generally good or cool, as in “This video-game is so bae.” The word is also a youthful term of endearment, referring someone's boyfriend or girlfriend, or possibly that prospect who may be in their sights. She's my bae. He's my bae. I love my bae. Or Check out that bae. These are a few examples of the silliness you may hear.

It's usually used in the context of babe or baby, and almost always grammatically incorrect. The term’s usage became popular in 2013 and is still used today.

When words get popular, one of two things tend to happen, they either become synonymous with one very specific thing, or they expand to encompass a wider range of meanings. That latter of which seems to be what's happening today. For sure, it will be used and misused, till something else comes along, so forget about grammatically correct. It's a mad, mad, all-nonsense world out there.



For some sentence examples of how others are using this word follow the link below.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

McDonald's - FREE Egg McMuffin!

McDonald's ongoing "Breakfast Wars" with rival Taco Bell has taken an unexpected turn. McDonald's is NOW giving away a free Egg McMuffin to anyone that brings in a Taco Bell breakfast receipt. The offer began April 3 and continues till April 17. That's right, in exchange for a Taco Bell breakfast receipt of any item, McDonald's will give you a FREE Egg McMuffin!


Now comes the bad news, this offer is only good at a few participating restaurants in the faraway areas of Northeast PA. Awe! :-(

The McDonald's - Taco Bell "Breakfast Wars" seem to be taking on the familiar characteristics of the old Apple & Microsoft computer software Wars...the young and trendy vs the older and boring characterizations. Only these fast-food titans are lacking in the humor department. Yawn!

The Free McMuffin for a receipt is really nothing more than headline grabbing one-upmanship. Regardless, McDonald's really isn't threatened by anyone else, especially when it comes to serving up a great breakfast. McDonald's breakfast is really the best of what they have to offer.

Forget about their burgers and other unhealthy garbage. Their breakfast RULES! They also have the best coffee and juice. If Taco-Hell serves up a coffee, it'll be reminiscent of the drudge that KFC serves and that alone will send you off to McDonald's with that receipt in hand.


Newsflash – McDonald's in San Diego is testing out 24-Hour breakfast, if that works out well, and I'm sure it will. It won't be long before other McDonald's restaurants do the same.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jack Nicklaus - 2015 - Hole In One


The Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus Roars Once More

ESPN's Scott van Pelt asked Jack Nicklaus if he had any magic left in him for the par three competition, and the 'Golden Bear' said "maybe a hole-in-one, how's that? We'll try to get one for ya."

In an odd sort of way, Jack Nicklaus predicts a 'hole in one' and then hits it during the Masters par three competition.

The legendary 'Golden Bear' thrilled the crowds, and gave us all a brief moment of magic when he aced the fourth hole during the Masters par three competition. At 75-years-young, the 18-time Major Championship winner, and six-time Masters champion, aced the fourth with a shot that arced high over the water, and then his ball, landing beyond the pin, seemed to stick for an instant before the ball began spinning back towards the hole, at first slowly then picking up a bit of speed, and then slowing again just before dropping in. As the ball dropped, the crowd roared with excitement at witnessing a bit of old form 'Golden Bear-Jack' while Golf's most celebrated Champion celebrated shaking hands, and high fiving with his playing partners.

Afterward Jack told reporters..."I never had a hole in one at Augusta." - "When I hit the shot at four, I had 123 yards or something like that, a breeze coming at us.

"I actually hit two more shots that hit right around the edge of the hole, had a chance to go in. I didn't finish up very well, but we had a lot of fun." - Jack Nicklaus, commenting on his participation in the par-3 competition.

Two other players, also aced the fourth, and altogether there were five aces recorded during the days competition, which tied the par three contest record set back in 2002.

The day for sure belonged to Jack.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lucille Ball Statue - Scary Lucy

In Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, the life-sized statue of the actress and comedian, bears NO resemblance to their beloved and the people there want it removed from their local park.


This hideous bronze statue in Lucille Ball Memorial Park, situated in the village of Celoron, New York, has been an eyesore for the locals and everyone else since 2009. There is absolutely NO resemblance to the legend of Hollywood! This statue is monstrous and grotesque. As a sculpture it is one of the worst depictions of a real person in the history of the world! This zombie-ghoul-like monstrosity should have never been displayed in a public park, it should be dropped in the ocean, melted down, or better yet...planted in the middle of a corn field!

The sculptor Dave Poulin wants more money to reface the statue, as he puts it. Apparently he was commissioned by Mark and Jetta Wilson privately. The first problem I can clearly identify here is, they should have never accepted this sculptor's work, on first sight, there is absolutely NO resemblance, secondly-after refusing to accept this, they should have sought out another sculptor.
After seeing this foul thing, they should have chosen another sculptor. It's not a statue, it's just a 400 lb. mass of mangled metal.

This so-called artist Dave Poulin, now has a reputation problem, and it's getting worse every day. The fact that those who hired him are unsatisfied, as well as everyone else, should have signaled a problem with the per se art and its audience.

Local Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost has made attempts to work with this sculptor, but this Dave Poulin wants more money!?! Something in the area of another $8,000 to $10,000. Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost has said, “We'd like to work with the original sculptor, and wish he would stand behind his work enough to step up and fix it for free.”

This is the mistake of being too nice, forget this so-called artist , and hire another artist, preferably someone who will stand behind their work. The many attempts to contact this sculptor of nightmares Dave Poulin has proven to be waste of time, he doesn't respond to requests any longer, perhaps he's in hiding.

Mayor Scott Schrecengost told The Post-Journal that having the statue redone to improve its appearance would be costly, considering other artist's bids, it would still be over $5,000. This small community should not work with Dave Poulin, they really need to hire someone else.

Public outrage and support are growing, and now there is even a couple of Facebook pages, that are trying to rally support, and they may have already raised enough to commission another sculptor to do another completely different statue.



More information can be found from the original story here...


Let's hope everything there works out for the best.


Update: Dave Poulin recently wrote to The Hollywood Reporter, "I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' though by no means was that my intent nor did I wish to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image."

"From the day of its installation," Poulin says, "I have shared my disappointment in the final outcome and have always believed it to be by far my most unsettling sculpture, not befitting of Lucy’s beauty or my ability as a sculptor. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision."

The new drama unfolding...Dave Poulin is now offering to fix it for free, and the Celoron Mayor Schrecengost says he doesn't want Poulin to retouch the statue, instead he wants a new artist to repair it.


However, it works out, at least Dave Poulin has offered his services for free and is willing to go out of his way to satisfy everyone, and that's worth mentioning and even if his Lucy was a disaster his other work is quite good.

See for yourself here

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Rolling Stones - Zip Code Tour - Tickets-Dates-New Album info.

The Rolling Stones, also affectionately referred to as The Strolling Bones continue to rock on! The band just announced that they will kick off a new 15-city North American stadium tour. It is being billed as the ZIP CODE Tour, and will start in late may and run till the 1st of July. This trek is hitting venues that were missed on their previous tour, and will be in stadiums this time around.


This news is both good and bad. It's nice to see them putting on shows, and it's nice to see the re-issue of their 1971 classic album “Sticky Fingers,” but it's unfortunate for fans that the band seems to have given up on recording new material. Mick Jagger is always quick to say that the fans are no longer interested in new material, asserting that they only want to hear the old classic hits. Without promoting a new album on tour, they render themselves a nostalgia act, and that's what is too bad. I suspect that they have little enthusiasm to push themselves as a band and appear to be out of gas-gas-gas.

Nevertheless, American Express Card Members will be able to purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, April 8th while tickets for everyone else will go on sale Monday, April 13th

The average ticket prices for Rolling Stones shows on their most recent tour cost around $350. Most of those tickets were priced above $150, and many seats on the lower level had prices of $600. Commanding high prices for concert tickets is nothing new to these guys, back in the day, (1969) Rolling Stones concert tickets went for $5.50 to $8.50, and everyone complained about that. Times change, and I say pony-up, and just get over it! It may be your last chance to see them, and no one knows how much longer they want to keep doing this. No matter what you end up paying for tickets, it's worth it, it's a better deal than buying tickets for some bullshit football game in the dead of winter for teams you don't even like! Just keep that in mind!

With the announcement of this summer's tour Mick and Keith had this to say...

We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer! We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.” – Mick Jagger

We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America! I can’t wait to get back on the stage!” – Keith Richards

In what was described as an attempt to combat scalpers and second tier vendors, the tour promoters of AEG Live tested the limits, to see what the consumers were willing to pay. As Mick Jagger himself said, “the artist is totally powerless” when talking about fighting the secondary market, other than to raise the prices. So, that was then, during their 14 on Fire Arena Tour, and this is, the here and now, with that in mind, it would be a safe bet to expect the same, and maybe even higher prices for the upcoming Zip Code Stadium Tour. However, the chips fall, the band will make something in the area of 4 to 5 million per show.

The stage design for the upcoming shows will feature a thrust that will extend into the audience allowing the band to interact with their fans. The Stones’ set design will also feature video screens and other special effects to enhance the experience of attending a live Rolling Stones show.

The tour coincides with the re-release of their 1971 classic album “Sticky Fingers.” It's one of the band's best albums. It will be available in a variety of formats, and deluxe editions will include selections of previously unreleased Stones' studio outtakes from the Sticky Fingers Sessions and some live performances from that period. These tracks may not be new to some though, as most of these outtakes have circulated around for years bootlegged. They have, however, never been available officially until this release.

Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour Dates:

May 24 San Diego, CA Petco Park
May 30 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
June 3 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium
June 6 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
June 9 Atlanta, GA Bobby Dodd Stadium
June 12 Orlando, FL Orlando Citrus Bowl
June 17 Nashville, TN LP Field
June 20 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 23 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest / Marcus Amphitheater
June 27 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium
July 4 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 8 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
July 11 Buffalo, NY Ralph Wilson Stadium
July 15 Quebec, QC Le Festival D’Été de Québec


The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE Tour visits 14 stadiums in 14 cities across the US for the first time since their Bigger Bang Tour, and wraps up with one date in Quebec, Canada. There's always a chance that they might add other dates, but that will depend on the demand and whether they're up to it. As of now, it's too soon to tell, maybe after tickets go on sale, and if they sell out fast, it's possible that they'll add some dates.


For concert-goers it will be one of this summer's highlights! For #thestrollingbones and all of their fans, it's only rock n' roll, but we like it...yes we do!


Update: April 15th 2015

Listed below are Ticketmaster prices for The Rolling Stones show in Columbus, Oh.
Prices may vary in other venues. This sampling is for the purpose of giving you an idea of what to expect if you're planning on seeing them on this tour.

There are even higher priced tickets on ebay.


Premium VIP Seating:
Emerald - $1,253.00
Diamond - $1,753.00

Prices:

    US $395.00 (US $424.35 with fees) - Floor Seating
    US $225.00 (US $243.25 with fees) - Lower Level Seating
    US $150.00 (US $166.45 with fees) - Middle Level Seating
    US $75.00 (US $86.15 with fees) - Upper Level Seating
    US $39.50 (US $48.30 with fees) - South Stands Seating