New Rolling Stones tour to be sponsored by American Association of Retired Pe…

New Rolling Stones tour to be sponsored by American Association of Retired Pe…

All 16 concerts are being sponsored by AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, whose 38 million members are being offered the chance to buy up to eight tickets each before they go on general sale.

A stampede of golden oldies is expected on Wednesday when a special “first-come first-served” 36-hour pre-sale opens online for every venue on the Stones’ Hackney Diamonds Tour, which opens in Houston, Texas on April 28 and ends in Santa Clara, California, on July 17.

Fans under 50 who aren’t AARP members will have to wait until Friday to snap up tickets for the concert series that some have already dubbed Steel Wheelchairs after the band’s famous Steel Wheels Tour.

Yet the wrinkly rockers themselves are likely to be among the most senior citizens at their gigs – with the average age of AARP members reckoned to be a mere 65.

Sir Mick Jagger turns 81 on July 28 and fellow founding member Keith Richards will be 80 when he hits the stage following his birthday next month. Ronnie Wood, who joined the Stones in 1975, will celebrate turning 77 midway through the tour in June.

The group last played in North America on the No Filter tour in 2021, just weeks after Charlie Watts had died, aged 80.

The drummer had missed only one concert through illness since joining the Stones in 1963.

An AARP spokesman said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be involved on such a scale.”

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