Rolling Stones Delay Tour Opener Due to NBA Playoffs
By: Gary Graff
4/24/2013


You can't always get what you want -- unless you're the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

The potential of a sixth game at the Lakers' home arena in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs has pushed the Rolling Stones' North American tour opener back a day, from May 2 to May 3. The group announced the change on its website, telling fans tickets for May 2 will be honored the following day while those who can't make it will be given refunds.

The Stones return to the Staples Center on May 20, part of a 50 & Counting trek that's set to play 17 dates in 10 cities before heading to the U.K. for three shows, including the Glastonbury Festival and a pair in London's Hyde Park.

Frontman Mick Jagger recently told CBS News that though he "kept hedging when people asked me," he knew in 2011 that the Stones would be on the road to celebrate its 50th anniversary, starting with shows late last year in London, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Besides the shows, the Stones are preparing for the May 21 DVD and Blu-ray release of "Crossfire Hurricane," the 50th anniversary documentary that aired last year on HBO.

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