ST. PAUL -- The Rolling Stones have confirmed they’ll headline Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on May 16.
Tickets will go on general sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 14.
The band’s website appeared to be down early Thursday, but on Instagram the Stones announced the “No Filter Tour” with a post that stated: “It’s a new year, a new decade and we’re thrilled to announce a brand new Rolling Stones NO FILTER 2020 USA/CA tour! There will be a special fan presale starting on Wednesday Feb 12 at 10am (local time) through to Thursday Feb 13 at 10pm (local time) head to rolling stones.com/tour for more info.”
A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will be available, U.S. Bank Stadium stated in its announcement of the concert.
Reps for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers teased the concert Monday by placing an ice sculpture with the band’s iconic lips-and-tongue logo outside of IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. On social media, the band released a short video showing their logo shining in the night Bat Signal-style with the caption “Feeling restless.”
Guitarist Brian Jones formed the Rolling Stones in 1962 with guitarist Keith Richards and vocalist Mick Jagger, who were childhood friends. Blues covers dominated their initial repertoire, but they soon began to score hits with their own songs like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” “19th Nervous Breakdown,” “Paint it Black” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” By the end of the ’60s, they were one of the biggest bands in the world.
Two events in 1969 – the death of Jones and the band’s infamous concert at Altamont Speedway that resulted in four deaths – seemed to signal the impending end of the Stones. But Jagger and Richards rallied and, from 1968 to 1972, made four albums widely considered to be their finest: “Beggars Banquet,” “Let it Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main St.”
In addition to their music, the Stones built their reputation with their tours, which broke records for both scale and ticket prices. They hit the road nearly every year in the ’60s and ’70s, but slowed down their pace the next two decades, taking up to four years off between tours.
In the ’00s, the band played more than 250 shows from 2002 through 2007, including a sold-out September 2005 stop at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. After a five-year break, the Stones resumed touring in 2012, but at a much more leisurely pace, playing between eight and 30 concerts a year. They drew more than 41,000 fans to TCF Bank Stadium in June 2015.
Over the past two decades, the Stones have released a pair of new albums, 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” and 2016’s “Blue and Lonesome,” a collection of blues covers they recorded in just three days. In December, guitarist Ronnie Wood told a reporter he expected a new Stones album would be out in 2020.
Drummer Charlie Watts is the oldest member of the Rolling Stones at 78, followed by Jagger and Richards, who are both 76, and Wood, 72.