The Rolling Stones are going to be among the performers at the first Rock in Rio USA festival, which will take place in Las Vegas, on May 8 and 9 and May 15 and 16, 2015, according to a Vital Vegas report published on Nov. 20, 2014. The band has not yet officially announced any concerts that will take place in 2015. Vital Vegas, citing unnamed sources for the event, is also reporting that Bruce Springsteen is another performer at Rock in Rio USA, even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet. The performers who have been officially announced so far included Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt, Coheed and Cambria, Joss Stone, Ed Sheeran, John Legend and Sepultura.
The Rolling Stones ended their “14 on Fire” tour of 2014 with a concert at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 18, 2014. The Rolling Stones launched their “14 on Fire” tour on Feb. 21, 2014, at Du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The tour went to Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The European shows included performances at several music festivals.
The concerts in Australia and New Zealand were originally supposed to take place from March 19 to April 5, 2014 but the shows were postponed after the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott, who committed suicide on March 17, 2014. Scott was found hanged from a doorknob in her New York City apartment. The Rolling Stones rescheduled the concerts in Australia and New Zealand for their “14 on Fire” tour to take place from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22, 2014. As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have settled a lawsuit against an insurance company that denied the band’s claim for due to the postponed concerts.
The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled concerts in Australia were affected by health problems, including Jagger’s throat infection. On Oct. 15, 2014, the Rolling Stones announced that their longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys was unable to perform on the Australian/New Zealand leg of their “14 on Fire” tour due to undisclosed health reasons. Keys was replaced by Karl Denson on the concert dates, which ran from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22, 2014.
Keys has been recording and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1969, except for the Stones’ 1976 tour. He is a close friend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards; the two men share the same birthday (Dec. 18, 1943).
Critics’ reviews of the tour were mostly positive.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a special guest on the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts in 2012 and 2013, was a special guest on the Rolling Stones’ “14 on Fire” tour.
The Rolling Stones are reportedly contemplating touring South America in 2015. According to the Peruvian newspaper La Republica, the tour will likely go to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. The tour dates in South America have not yet been officially announced. The Rolling Stones previously performed in South America in February 2006, as part of the “A Bigger Bang” world tour.