Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig

Malcolm Curtis
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Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in concert at Valle Hovin in Oslo on Wednesday evening. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / Scanpix

The Rolling Stones are planning to perform in Oslo this summer as part of their latest 14 On Fire world tour.


The ageing band of rockers are set to appear at the Telenor Arena in Bærum on May 26, in their only appearance in Norway, concert organizers confirmed on Monday.
Featuring 70-year-olds Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, 72, and Ron Wood, 66, the band is still commanding hefty admission prices for their performances.
Tickets, which go on sale at 9am on Friday, could cost a whopping  2,500 kroner ($417) for those seeking a seat, based on  the price reported for tickets in Switzerland 
Based on these prices, standing room tickets could go for more than a thousand kroner. 
The band recently postponed until the autumn concerts in Australia and New Zealand scheduled for this month and in April following the suicide last week of Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott in New York City.
Jagger flew to the US from Australia to make arrangements for the funeral of L’Wren, a fashion designer with whom he had a 13-year relationship, in Los Angeles.
The leader singer had earlier commented on the Rolling Stones website about how he was looking forward to the European leg of the tour from May to July, which includes dates in Berlin (June 10th), Düsseldorf (June 19th) and Rome (June 22nd).
“I can’t wait for the tour to hit Europe,” Jagger said.
“It’s great time of the year to be playing and tour is a good mix of festivals, stadiums and arenas.”
Concerts at the Pinkpop Festival in Langraaf, the Netherlands (June 7th) and the TW Classic Festival in Werchter, Belgium (June 28th), have already sold out.
Others have been announced for Lisbon (May 29th), Zurich (June 1) and Tel Aviv (June 4th). 
The Tel Aviv date will mark the first time the Stones have performed in Israel.
The Rolling Stones have played eight concerts in Norway before, most recently in August 2007.
Band members have publicly acknowledged disappointment over the disruption to the world tour caused by Scott’s death.
“This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are pulling together to offer Mick our support and help through this sad time,” guitarist Wood said in a statement on the band’s website.
“Without a doubt we intend to back on that stage as soon as we can.”


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