The Rolling Stones have announced they will perform on May 2nd at the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The show marks the first time the band has played the historic festival, which will also feature sets that day by Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, and Tom Jones. Rolling Stone reported the festival will play over two weekends — April 25th through the 28th, and May 2nd through the 5th, with a different lineup every day.
Among those scheduled to perform over the course of Jazz Fest are Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Van Morrison, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Jimmy Buffett, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, Dave Mathews Band, Jimmy Cliff, Katy Perry, Gladys Knight, Gary Clark, Jr., Los Lobos, the Robert Cray Band, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Indigo Girls, Pitbull, Herbie Hancock — and a family tribute to jazz legend, Ellis Marsalis, led by Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Tickets for Jazz Fest go on sale on Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m.
Mick Jagger explained that at this stage of the game, the stakes for a new Stones tour are incredibly high, and said that timing and pre-production play a crucial part in any tour's success: “It requires a certain, y'know. . . tactics. It's like being a football player, or something. Y'know, if you're going to be — if you're going to last, you've got to play a bit clever. When you're young, you can just rush everything, and then once you get a bit older, you've got to be a bit more. . . Y'know, if you're gonna to do a tour, or something, that's a lot of work. You have to pay attention to the big picture, the big picture has to be right, the overall has to be right, and also the details have to be right.”
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