Kiwi catches Rolling Stones in Singapore
You can't always get what you want, but a Timaru man did when he went to the Rolling Stones concert last weekend in Singapore.
The band has postponed the New Zealand and Australian leg of the 14 on Fire tour - including a scheduled Auckland concert next month - after the sudden death of L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
Steve Brown, who was on stopover in Singapore, said he was happy he got to see what could be their last show.
Mr Brown happened to get tickets by chance from the New York promoter on the day of the concert.
"I'm still flabbergasted we had a, the opportunity to go and b, got to see the show from such great seats.
"They were the best seats in the house, just five seats away from the front, and at the end of the aisle by the runway," he said.
Mr Brown had been asked by his two daughters, who knew he was a fan of the Stones, if he wanted to go see the Stones concert in Auckland.
He said he turned down the offer due to the belief his luck would have him at the back of the stadium, behind a post, and unable to see any of the performance.
"I would have walked over broken glass to go see them, but I just didn't think it would be possible for me to be so lucky.
"I suppose you have to have a stroke of luck at some stage in your life," he said.
Coming home to hear the news of Ms Scott's death was not the first news story to impact him from the trip, Mr Brown said.
He had travelled the day after the Malaysian flight had gone missing, on the same model of plane, a Boeing 777.
He said there was definitely an awareness of what had just happened and felt nervous tension from fellow passengers on the plane.
"I feel like I was living the news."
Tour promoters, Frontier Touring, said on their website yesterday the concert was postponed after the death of Ms Scott and the Rolling Stones are planning to reschedule at a later date so those fans with tickets should hold onto them.
The rescheduled tour has not yet been set but when it is, a refund would be available if the date does not suit.
The Timaru Herald