Thursday, May 31, 2007

Stones Bigger Bang to Hit Shelves

Rolling Stones' 'Bang' tour to hit Best Buy shelves on DVD

by Tjames Madison

Just a few months after finishing up the US leg of what their publicist claims is the best-selling tour of all time, The Rolling Stones return with a concert DVD documenting the band's "A Bigger Bang" tour.

The Stones will partner with electronics and entertainment retailer Best Buy for the four-DVD set, titled "The Biggest Bang." The seven-hour collection, which features two complete concerts along with two documentaries, will be available at all Best Buy stores starting June 12.

The package, which will retail in the US for $29.99, can be pre-ordered through Best Buy's website starting today (5/30). The set will also be available in Canada at Best Buy outlets as well as Future Shop stores, and an international release is planned later this summer.

"'The Biggest Bang' DVD set lets fans join us as we traveled around the world," the band said in a press release. "They will go behind the scenes at the Super Bowl, see us play an intimate club show in Toronto and for 2 million people on the beach in Rio, as well as gigs in Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Japan. It features classics but also rarities--songs we've never released before on DVD."

"The Biggest Bang" marks the second time that the legendary rockers have worked with retailing giant Best Buy on a concert DVD. In 2003, the band and the company teamed up on "Four Flicks," an exclusive, four-DVD concert set that became the highest-selling long form concert DVD in US history, according to the retailer.

"'Four Flicks' was great, but practice makes perfect and 'The Biggest Bang' is even better--it's got all the right stuff," said "A Bigger Bang" tour promoter Michael Cohl in a press statement. "It's great to be back with Best Buy, and we're pleased that they have decided to offer fans the same low price as they did with Four Flicks three years ago."

Approaching two years since the band launched its record-breaking outing, the Stones continue to tour behind their latest studio album, 2005's "A Bigger Bang." The group is currently gearing up for a fresh European leg, which kicks off June 5 in Werchter, Belgium.

The full European itinerary is included below.


June 2007
5 - Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Park
8 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Goffert Park
10 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom - Isle of Wight Festival
13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Commerzbank
16 - Paris, France - Stade de France
18 - Lyon, France - Stade Gerland
21 - Barcelona, Spain - Olympic Stadium
23 - San Sebastian, Spain - Estadio de Anoeta
25 - Lisbon, Portugal - Alvalade Stadium
28 - Madrid, Spain - Estadio Vicente Calderon
30 - Almeria, Spain - Estadio Santo Domingo

July 2007
6 - Rome, Italy - Olimpico Stadium
9 - Budva, Montenegro - Jaze Beach
14 - Belgrade, Serbia - Hippodrome
17 - Bucharest, Romania - National Lia Manoliu
20 - Budapest, Hungary - Puskas Ferenc Stadium
22 - Brno, Czech Republic - Outdoor Exhibition Centre
25 - Kiev, Russia - Olympic Stadium
28 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - Palace Square

August 2007
1 - Helsinki, Finland - Olympic Stadium
3 - Goteborg, Sweden - Ullevi Stadium
5 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken Stadium
8 - Oslo, Norway - Vallehovin Stadium
11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - La Pontaise
13 - Düsseldorf, Germany - LTU Arena
15 - Hamburg, Germany - AOL Arena
18 - Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle
21, 23, 26 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Arena

Is this one of the longest tours in rock history? Sure seems it. Imagine all the money they've generated from this tour alone and now a DVD for those that didn't get to see them.

1 comment:

Anne-Marie said...

I'm giving away a new copy of the 4-DVD set, The Biggest Bang at my blog. Stop by and ener my contest to win the new Rolling Stones DVD at http://mamarant.blogs.com/a_mamas_rant/2007/06/calling_all_rol.html