The Rolling Stones are back in rewind mode.
With their guitarists healthy after various bouts with coconut trees and rehab, the World's Greatest (and seemingly ageless) Rock and Roll Band has announced plans to play a series of encore shows in the U.S. and Canada this fall as part of their mega-selling A Bigger Bang World Tour.
"We're very excited about coming back to the U.S. and Canada," Mick Jagger said in a statement. "Most of the shows are going to be on the big stadium stage with fans on the balconies behind us. We're going to play many cities we didn't get to before and also return to some of our favorite places."
The Stones' latest North American conquest will commence Sept. 20 at Boston's Gillette Stadium, a tip of the hat to the tour's launch in Beantown a year earlier at historic Fenway Park. They'll follow with stadium and arena gigs in Chicago, Seattle, Oakland, Las Vegas and Los Angeles along with some markets they've never played before.
Among the more far-flung locales on the itinerary: Halifax, Nova Scotia; Wichita, Kansas; Missoula, Montana; Boise, Idaho; and Regina, capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Stones were forced to delay the start of the European leg of the trek after 62-year-old guitarist Keith Richards fell out of a tree while coconut picking in Fiji and bruised his noggin.
After Richards recovered at home (and agreed to play the buccaneering dad of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow in the third and final installment of Disney's record-breaking The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), the Stones had to wait until fellow guitarist Ron Wood finished up a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse before they finally got things rolling in Milan on July 11 for the first of nearly two dozen stops in Europe.
"I'm feeling great and can't wait to get there," Richards said of the North American swing.
To celebrate their return, the Stones are also cutting fans a break by lowering their average ticket price 10 to 15 percent and offering $20 student discounts. While they're still charging a small fortune for so-called Gold Circle seats, the best seats in the house, the majority of stadium seats will now go for $89 and arena seats for $99. Additionally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are giving a group of about 200 concertgoers the opportunity to join them onstage at some point during the stadium set.
Finally, everyone who purchases a ticket automatically is given a Virtual Ticket membership to RollingStones.com that will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes info on the tour as well as streaming video and audio.
Tickets for the first three dates go on sale July 31.
Here's the complete rundown of dates for the Stones' latest outing: Sept. 20 Boston, Gillette Stadium Sept. 23 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax Commons Sept. 27 East Rutherford, New Jersey, Giant Stadium Oct. 2 Wichita, Kansas, Cessna Stadium at Wichita University Oct. 6 Missoula, Montana, Grizzly Stadium Oct. 8 Regina, Saskatchewan, Mosaic Stadium at Tayor Field Oct. 11 Chicago, Soldier Field Oct. 17 Seattle, Qwest Field Oct. 20 El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl Oct. 22 Austin, Texas, Zilker Park Oct. 27 Atlantic City, New Jersey, Boardwalk Hall Nov. 3 Vancouver, BC Place Stadium Nov. 5 Oakland, McAfee Coliseum Nov. 8 Phoenix, Cardinals Stadium Nov. 11 Las Vegas, MGM Grand Nov. 14 Boise, Idaho, Idaho Center Nov. 18 Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium