In October, while discussing the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary dates in London and New York, Keith Richards told Rolling Stone: “My experience with the Rolling Stones is that once the juggernaut starts rolling, it ain’t gonna stop. So without sort of saying definitely yes – yeah. We ain’t doing all this for four gigs!”
Keith may be right: early this morning, a pair of new dates appeared under the tour section of the bands’ mobile app: the first was an April 12th stop in Indio, California, listed as “Coachella 2013.” Fans posted a screengrab on Twitter and various fan sites. By 10:30 a.m. EST, the date was taken down.
— Justin Luey (@JustinLuey) December 14, 2012
The other date, Dec 27th at Huntington, New York’s Cinema Arts Centre, is for a screening of the documentary The Rolling Stones: The Ron Wood Years. But it’s unlikely that the Stones would be showing that film at Coachella. The Huntington date was also taken down this morning, leaving only Saturday’s show in Newark, New Jersey, where they will be joined by Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys.
The Stones rarely play festivals; notably they played the SARS benefit festival with AC/DC in Toronto in 2003 and the Isle of Wight in 2007, their first U.K. festival performance in three decades.