Mayor Nutter And Comcast-Spectacor Announce “Rolling Stones Week In Philadelphia” From June 17 Through June 21

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Comcast-Spectacor are officially proclaiming “Rolling Stones Week in Philadelphia” from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 in recognition of two upcoming Rolling Stones’ concerts, part of the band’s “50 and Counting Tour,” coming to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, June 18 and Friday, June 21.

In a backstage ceremony, Mayor Nutter and Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko will officially present replica Liberty Bells and read a proclamation prior to the band’s performance at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rolling Stones made their first-ever appearance at the old Convention Hall when they performed there on May 1, 1965. During 11 previous visits to the City of Brotherly Love, they have performed a total of 21 performances, including two world tour openers (September 25, 1981 at JFK Stadium and August 30, 1989 at Veterans Stadium).
“The Rolling Stones are the true rock and roll giants,” said Luukko. “No other musical act in history has sustained a career like the Rolling Stones in which they can continue to sell out arenas and stadiums around the world. Their music continues to influence generations and generations of music fans around the world.”
“The Rolling Stones and the City of Philadelphia have a long and storied history,” said Nutter. “Philadelphia continues to be a must-play city on Stones tours, including this current tour in which they are only visiting eight American cities. We’re very fortunate that they continue to create music and perform here in Philadelphia for their many fans in our great city.”
“We have always loved playing in Philadelphia,” said the Rolling Stones. “The Philadelphia fans are terrific and we’re excited to be coming back for two shows on June 18 and June 21.”
As part of “Rolling Stones Week in Philadelphia,” local businesses and residents are encouraged to celebrate by renaming menu items after Rolling Stones songs, placing Rolling Stones memorabilia in their store fronts or attending one of the two shows at Wells Fargo Center.
Tickets to see the Rolling Stones at Wells Fargo Center on either Tuesday, June 18 or Friday, June 21 are available now at
While the Grateful Dead may be credited as performing the last concert ever at JFK Stadium (July 8,1989), where the WellsFargoCenter now stands, it was the Rolling Stones who were the last band to ever perform at the legendary stadium. In preparation for opening their 1989 Steel Wheels tour in Philadelphia (August 30, 1989), theRolling Stones used a stage inside JFK Stadium for a full dress-rehearsal performance on August 29, 1989.
The Rolling Stones also created a trifecta in Philadelphia in 2002 that has never been replicated when they performed at Veterans Stadium on September 18, 2002; the Wells Fargo Center on September 20, 2002; and the Tower Theatre on September 22, 2002.
The Rolling Stones last performed in Philadelphia at WellsFargoCenter on October 10 and 12, 2005.
“50 And Counting” continues the exhilarating celebration of the band’s first 50 years—five decades of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe.
Philadelphia radio station 102.9 WMGK’s Andre Gardner (weekdays 2p-7p) and Ray Koob (weeknights 7p-Midnight) are asking concert goers to satisfy the hunger of the needy in the Philadelphia area by bringing non-perishable food items to assist Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, to the concerts at Wells Fargo Center.  The two DJs will be collecting food donations and broadcasting live from an RV parked on the sidewalk in front of the Wells Fargo Center’s Broad Street entrance from 2 p.m. to Midnight before both shows at Wells Fargo Center. The station has named this charitable effort, Camp Satisfaction. 
The Rolling Stones were recently crowned the ‘Best Live Band’ at the NME Awards in London, and over the past 12 months have thrilled fans with their release of a greatest hits collection, “GRRR!,” a groundbreaking documentary film “Crossfire Hurricane,” a photographic book “Rolling Stones: 50,” and have taken the stage by storm for their first live shows in many years. The tour is the band’s highly anticipated return to the stage.
The band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.

~ by photosfromphilly on June 15, 2013.

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