The band will kick off in Boston in August…

THE ROLLING STONES have announced details of a new world tour, which is due to kick off at BOSTON’s FENWAY PARK on August 21.

The band have already confirmed 35 dates in the US and Canada and then plan to tour Mexico, South America, the Far East and finally Europe in the summer of 2006.

The veteran rockers also surprised both fans and the world’s media yesterday when they played a surprise gig at the launch of the global trek (May 10).

As hundreds gathered at New York’s Juilliard School of Music for the announcement of the tour, the opening notes of ’Start Me Up’ could be heard, before a giant banner featuring the Stones’ infamous ‘tongue’ logo dropped to reveal the band.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood played three songs for the crowd, which included new track ’Oh No Not You Again’ and the classic ’Brown Sugar’.

The Rolling Stones’ ’Onstage’ tour will hit venues ranging from stadiums to theatre and club shows, and will also offer 400 fans the chance to view the show from the stage.

The tour’s promoter Michael Cohl said: “The band is redefining the concert experience—there is nothing even comparable to the thrill of being onstage with The Rolling Stones and seeing a stadium show from the band’s perspective. For fans this will be the greatest tour yet.”

The Rolling Stones hold the record for the top two most attended North American tours of all time.

In addition, every ticket sold for the tour will also include a free Virtual Ticket membership in the band’s fanclub at


Users will be able to access video and audio streams from rehearsals and preparations, downloads, set lists and news.

Tickets for the North American leg of the tour will range in price from $99 to $110 on average.

The Rolling Stones are currently working on their new studio album, which is expected for release through Virgin Records in conjunction with the tour.

The Rolling Stones’ ’Onstage’ North American dates are:

Boston Fenway Park (August 21)

Hartford Rentschler Stadium (26)

Ottawa Frank Clair Stadium (28)

Detroit Comerica Park (31)

Moncton Magnetic Hill (September 3)

St. Paul Xcel Energy Center (6)

Milwaukee Bradley Center (8)

Chicago Soldier Field (10)

East Rutherford Giants Stadium (15)

Columbus Nationwide Arena (24)

Toronto Rogers Centre (26)

Pittsburgh PNC Park (28)

Hershey Stadium (October 1)

Washington D.C. MCI Center (3)

Charlottesville Scott Stadium (6)

Philadelphia Wachovia Center (10)

Atlanta Philips Arena (15)

Miami American Airlines Arena (17)

Tampa St. Pete Times Forum (19)

Charlotte New Arena (21)

Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome (28)

Seattle Key Arena (30)

Portland Rose Garden (November 1)

Anaheim Angels Stadium (4)

San Diego Petco Park (11)

San Francisco SBC Park (13)

Fresno Save Mart Center (20)

Salt Lake City Delta Center (22)

Denver Pepsi Center (24)

Phoenix Glendale Arena (27)

Dallas American Airlines Center (29)

Houston Toyota Center (December 1)