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The STONES keep rolling

Legendary rockers bring a ‘Bigger Bang’ to Alltel Arena on Thursday.



Who among you said in 1994 that you were going to see the Rolling Stones at War Memorial Stadium because it was likely the last time they’d tour, and even if they did they’d never come this way again?
You were wrong on both counts, of course.

Ageless Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, who apparently got a deal with the devil to tour forever through their hit “Sympathy for the Devil,” seem as spirited and spry as ever, as evidenced by their TV concert from Rio de Janeiro last week that was aired on a Breckenridge Village movie screen. The Stones will play before a sellout crowd of more than 14,000 people tonight (March 9) at Alltel Arena.

Country star Merle Haggard will open the show at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this show topped out at $300, the most (by more than $200) for a music concert in Central Arkansas, and about $250 more than tickets costs for the Stones in 1994, when they drew about 40,000 to the stadium.

Fans tonight can expect to see more than two hours of music and a moving stage that will carry the band (Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts, along with backup musicians and singers) from one end of Alltel Arena to the other. Recent setlists have featured four new songs off the group’s “Bigger Bang” CD, a break for Richards to perform his country-influenced solo work, and many of the hits that dot the band’s five-decade career, such as “Honky Tonk Women,” “Brown Sugar,” “Miss You,” “Start Me Up” and an encore that includes a closing “Satisfaction,” with plenty of instrumental jamming.


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