Jonathan Short/The Associated Press
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.
Those overseas phone calls from Australia to Las Vegas to book dates for The Rolling Stones concerts at MGM Grand Garden Arena for now have proved pointless. In fact, all 18 rumored West Coast tour dates went up in smoke in an around-the-world financial drama this week.
The Stones management team took the deal away from Sydney music promoter Paul Dainty this week and have now handed the assignment to AEG Live, the company that operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and promotes MGM Grand Garden Arena one-nighters.
Billboard.biz reports that the Australian company in partnership with Virgin Music failed to deliver The Stones’ $80 million guarantee for the dates, so The Stones asked AEG to intervene. This morning, AEG L.A. is busy “routing the show and penciling in new dates and arenas.”
I’m reliably told that it will take another 48 hours to put the jigsaw puzzle of tour locations together, so we’re on watch for the new final announcements likely in one week. Reportedly, the plan and the hope are for The Stones to still play Las Vegas after the Australian promoters surprise sudden exit threw everything up in the air this week.
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