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The Rolling Stones are not coming to Canberra… I repeat – The Rolling Stones are NOT coming to Canberra!

By 16 April 2014 4

I have young children and seemingly very little time outside of work, study, kids etc. to do anything if any great excitement – like see the Rolling Stones.  A friend of mine however was very disappointed when they had to delay their concert after she had secured tickets to the Adelaide show and arranged her flights etc.

I must confess to finding it a bit funny listening to a discussion this morning (and a few subsequent news reports) along the lines of ‘the Stones have rescheduled their tour and failed to include a Canberra date’.  In my mind, I guess I figure we’re just not cool enough, or big enough to warrant such a gig.

But, the discussions got me to thinking.  They go to Adelaide?  My grandparents live in Adelaide…  I know the town is in no way cooler than Canberra (I’m sure many native Adelaide expats may disagree) – it sure isn’t Sydney or Melbourne.  So I guess I started wondering why we don’t get the big names here.  I haven’t looked up from my little suburban box for a while, but I can’t remember the last time a big name played here.   I do remember seeing Dire Straits at the then Bruce Stadium (in the rain) quite some years (possibly decades) ago.

What is it?  Do we not have a suitable venue?  Would we not fill it?  Are we  lacking in suitable groovy boozers for muso’s to hang out afterwards? Do we smell?

At the very least, we would attract the run off from those who weren’t able to secure big city tickets.

So now I’m kind of p*ssed about something I didn’t even realise I cared about. Grrrr

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4 Responses to The Rolling Stones are not coming to Canberra… I repeat – The Rolling Stones are NOT coming to Canberra!
#1
Holden Caulfield12:46 pm, 16 Apr 14

IIRC the SA Gov made a $450K contribution to the Stones’ tour kitty. They were signed to open the revamped Adelaide Oval. Mick is a bit of a cricket tragic so I guess it resonated with him to do so, along with the tax payers’ sheckles, of course,

Aside from the unfortunate reasons for delaying the tour, I think the SA Gov dodged a bullet because I can’t see how the playing surface for the oval would have been up to scratch for its first game of AFL the following week.

And given the redevelopment of the ground is effectively being underwritten by the AFL it would have been a bit rude to have trashed the surface a week out from a showpiece match.

As to the possibility of Canberra hosting a gig, Andrew Barr made a pitch to the Stones to be included in the reschedule. Venues were always going to be an issue, not sure if they would have approved Bruce, but the talk was putting them in Federation Sq with Parliament House as the backdrop.

#2
niftydog1:39 pm, 16 Apr 14

niftydog said :

Do we not have a suitable venue? Would we not fill it?

Correct on both counts.

However, to ask “why we don’t get the big names here” ignores the truth – we do, just not as often as other cities.

Here’s some “big-name” gigs I’ve personally worked on in Canberra in the last 4-5 years;
Lady Gaga
Pink (sold out two shows)
Linkin Park
Good Charlotte
James Blunt
Matchbox20
The Presets

No doubt The Stones would sell out any venue in Canberra, but it costs a fortune to get the whole circus to town so they have to draw the line somewhere. Most venues they are playing in Aus are two to three times the capacity of AIS Arena for example.

#3
Kim F6:20 pm, 16 Apr 14

Elton John in Commonwealth Park! Gee, it rained that night!

#4
dungfungus6:39 pm, 16 Apr 14

Kim F said :

Elton John in Commonwealth Park! Gee, it rained that night!

Holden Caulfield said :

IIRC the SA Gov made a $450K contribution to the Stones’ tour kitty. They were signed to open the revamped Adelaide Oval. Mick is a bit of a cricket tragic so I guess it resonated with him to do so, along with the tax payers’ sheckles, of course,

Aside from the unfortunate reasons for delaying the tour, I think the SA Gov dodged a bullet because I can’t see how the playing surface for the oval would have been up to scratch for its first game of AFL the following week.

And given the redevelopment of the ground is effectively being underwritten by the AFL it would have been a bit rude to have trashed the surface a week out from a showpiece match.

As to the possibility of Canberra hosting a gig, Andrew Barr made a pitch to the Stones to be included in the reschedule. Venues were always going to be an issue, not sure if they would have approved Bruce, but the talk was putting them in Federation Sq with Parliament House as the backdrop.

Did Andrew Barr make a pitch for Elton John as well?

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