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.
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.