Stones fan hopes show goes on
A Christchurch Rolling Stones fan is confident the band will hold its New Zealand concerts despite a postponement after the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend.
Yesterday, gig organisers Frontier Touring said all Australasian tour dates had been postponed after the death of designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Stones frontman Jagger.
The band was to perform in Sydney on March 25 and at Mt Smart Stadium on April 5 as part of its 14 On Fire tour.
Martin Richardson of Christchurch had wanted to take his three sons to the Sydney concert and his daughter to the Auckland event. He wanted his children, all in their 20s, to see a "real supergroup, a group that's been going for 50 years" before it was too late.
His sons "are very upset at missing a trip to Sydney with dad".
Richardson said Jagger obviously had to take some time off from touring.
Richardson was optimistic the shows would be rescheduled, although he had some concerns about the health of the band members.
"[Drummer] Charlie Watts has already had cancer," he said.
Richardson's loyalty to the Stones goes back a long way. He was at the legendary free concert in Hyde Park in July 1969, along with up to half a million others.
He also took two of his sons to watch the group when it performed at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in 2006.
"They couldn't get over that the stadium was full of old people," he said.
Despite the age of the audience, the boys had loved the performance.
Both Jet Star and Air New Zealand said yesterday Rolling Stones fans holding tickets to the postponed Auckland concert would be able to change flights.
Passengers should contact the airline about their arrangements.
Richardson was pleased with Air New Zealand's response to the concert postponement.
"I'm not asking for a refund," Richardson said.
Nearly all 30,000 tickets for the Auckland concert have been sold, with all 5000 $165.55 general admission standing tickets sold out within a day of public release.
The Rolling Stones were last in New Zealand in 2006 for their Bigger Bang tour.