Start me up, baby. The IMS and Rolling Stones finally confirmed what's been rumored for what feels like forever at an announcement on the tracks earlier today: the Stones will be returning to Indy for the first time in more than two decades. They'll return in a big way, too, in a huge setup at the Speedway with fireworks to follow. Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles made the show announcement this morning, revealing a Stones-wrapped IndyCar and bringing out Rodger Ward's winning Roadster from '62 (the same year the Stones were founded). We've got photos of the announcement event above.
Here's the full press release, from organizers. Tickets are on sale on Monday, April 13.
March 31, 2015 – New York – Ladies and gentlemen...The Rolling Stones are back! The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. The band will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on July 4. The tour will make stops in Columbus, Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Raleigh, Detroit and Buffalo before wrapping in Quebec on July 15 at Le Festival D’Été de Québec.
Tickets for Indianapolis will go on sale Monday, April 13 at 10am local time. For ticketing information please visit rollingstones.com.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 8 at 10am local through Sunday, April 12 at 10pm local for select markets.
“The Rolling Stones concert on July 4 will mark the first time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted a concert on a non-race weekend,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The biggest band in the world playing at the biggest sporting venue in the world will provide an unbelievable experience for our fans. It doesn’t get any better than the Rolling Stones on Fourth of July Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
“We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer! We are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favorite songs.” - Mick Jagger
"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America! I can't wait to get back on the stage!” - Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood head back out on the road after their critically-acclaimed 14 ON FIRE tour in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014. The iconic band will treat their generations of fans to special one night only shows, with a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as “Gimme Shelter”, “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Tumbling Dice” and “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”, as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog.
The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour will be the first time the rock legends have played North American stadiums since 2005-2007’s “A Bigger Bang Tour.”
The stage design for the stadium shows includes a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.