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The Rolling Stones might still stop in Las Vegas despite tour hiccups

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Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones arrive at a central London venue Thursday, July 12, 2012, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones’ first performance.

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.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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  1. So what, 90 percent of the tickets will be snapped up by dealers. Then the price will be out of reach!

  2. Stones are always a great show-can't wait.

  3. Old farts