Legendary rockers The Rolling Stones will be performing a one night only gig in Spain in the spring as part of an anniversary tour. Now down to three, after the death of Charlie Watts at the age of 80 in August, but still probably one of the longest-running bands on the planet, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards have just announced their world SIXTY tour to celebrate the Rolling Stones’ landmark anniversary of as many years.
The trio, now aged 78 (Mick and Keith) and 74 (Ronnie), will be playing live in 10 countries, but with their début SIXTY performance in Madrid.
They will hit the Wanda Metropolitan Centre on 1st June, with all-new production and a new design of their iconic lips-and-tongue logo, which was originally the creation of a London art college student in the 1970s, who was paid a whopping £50 (about €57.50) for his efforts.
This June will see the Stones back in Madrid for the first time in eight years – their last visit was in 2014 as part of their On Fire tour, then with Charlie still on the team, at Real Madrid FC’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
And Los Rolling, as they are referred to in Spain, have met several generations of their fan-base from the stage: Probably the most memorable concert among those who were old enough to watch them live 40 years ago was at the now-defunct CF Atlético de Madrid stadium on 7th July, 1982, when the heavens opened, soaking the band.
For those who will be in the UK at the time of the SIXTY tour, the concert at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium on June 9 will be the first in the north-western British city in over 50 years, making it a once-in-a-lifetime – or twice in the average lifetime – event; otherwise, for those based further south, two dates are planned at London’s BST Hyde Park, on 25th June and 3rd July.