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06-2022

Reasons why the Rolling Stones won’t come to Argentina in March

After his first visit to Argentina in 1995, Rolling stone It took three years to return; After his second appearance, in 1998, he took eight time off to make a comeback, and the delay became even longer after the 2006 show. A decade passed between those 2006 productions and the last one, in 2016, at the Estadio Nikico de la Plata. but the age of Mick Jagger (79), Keith Richards (78) and Ronnie Wood (75) It doesn’t allow for even more delay. However, the strong desire of the Motherland Stone to see them again on Argentine soil is not enough for their diabolical Majesty to descend upon the country again. Then, What are his solid chances of reaching Buenos Aires in March 2023?

After rumors spread over the weekend that the Rolling Stones would play at River Plate Stadium next March, Country communicated with Daniel Grinbanks, the producer responsible for the Stones’ four trips to the country. The businessman and concert promoter, who is preparing his autobiography, was blunt about the rumor’s desire: “There are no Rolling Stones projects in Argentina, neither with me nor with other producers. And I’ll tell you the reason. Firstly, there is no chance that they will play the first quarter at the stadium at River Plate and this is because the club will replace all the grass on the pitch.

For GrinBank, the second important reason, at least in the order it puts forward, although it is undoubtedly the main one, has to do with the impossibility of transferring money abroad. “Argentina cannot transfer funds abroad and this is a major obstacle for the Stones’ new tour. But they have nothing, no plans. However, if there were, South America would be the group’s next destination. One is possible Japan and Oceania and the other is to return to the United States to do ten shows in New York.

businessman, who confesses that he was supposed to travel to Berlin to meet the Stones a while back, but he “gets off” the plane when they tell him it is not the time to talk about business – although his Welcome to meet them – he also emphasized that it is impossible for Jagger, Richards and company to come in the coming months because the group needs to perform each of their shows and the cost of keeping them for so long is Buenos. Ayers soil. “If they come to the country they have to do three or four shows, right? The stage assembly takes seven days and they take three days off between shows. This would mean that they would have to stay in the country for twelve days to perform three concerts (not counting the time before the equipment landed and set the stage).

The Rolling Stones in La Plata, 2016, marking the band's final country tour so far
The Rolling Stones in La Plata, 2016, marking the band’s final country tour so farDaniel Jayo – The Nation

Beyond the economic problem, football stadiums such as River Plata do not have as much free time for production of this magnitude (except in a single stadium, which does not have regular football, as La Plata, the student and gymnastics team, plays two teams. in their respective courts). “Roger Waters was able to do nine dates at the memorial because River was in B in 2012 and played at Velez Court,” says Grinbank, adding: “For Coldplay, those who are going to do 10 shows have an advantage. It is that there will no longer be local football, as the championship has ended earlier this year due to the World Cup in Qatar.

But Dreams knows no reason and local fans, who have already seen him and even more so who have never experienced the feeling of attending a Rolling Stones show, dream of seeing him on the Argentine stage for the last time. Will stay Sorry, we’ll keep dreaming.

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