Rolling Stones: Pleased to Meet You, Hope You Got Our New Date

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That weekend date you’ve planned with the Rolling Stones is now a midweek affair.

The Stones are rolling their Missoula concert date forward two days, and will play at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 4 – not Friday, Oct. 6 as originally scheduled.

The reason? According to news reports in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Oct. 8 concert there sold out in 20 minutes, so the Stones added a second concert for Oct. 6 and bumped up the Missoula date.

The date change was confirmed Tuesday on the Rolling Stones Web site and later by University of Montana concert organizers. The change also affects the Wichita, Kan., concert, which was moved from Oct. 2 to Oct. 1.

“Mostly we understand, because they’re currently on tour and their organization is working from the road,” said Gale Price, executive director of UM Productions. “It’s really tough for everybody, but we have the utmost patience.”

Patience, too, for the announcement of ticket sales. As of yet there is no word when tickets go on sale or how much they will cost; last week, the Missoulian reported a tentative announcement date of Aug. 7. Ticket prices for the Stones shows so far have ranged from $60 to $350.

The delay may have to do with Ticketmaster’s unfamiliarity with Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Price said.

“The stadium hasn’t been used (for a concert) since 1998, and so there are certain things that have to be worked out to figure out the seating chart,” she said.

Tuesday’s news could have been worse. Because the Rolling Stones and the University of Montana have not yet inked a contract, the Stones were not obligated to honor the concert.

Price said UM folks behind the concert were quickly notified of the date change and were confident the Stones would not cancel.

“UM was immediately in negotiations,” she said. “Of course, if they had canceled, it would reflect on the university and also on the promoter and the artists themselves, and nobody wanted to have that bad situation to happen.”

For a brief period of time Tuesday, the Web site had both the Missoula concert and the new Regina concert on the same Oct. 6 date, prompting e-mails and calls from fans fearing the Missoula concert had been canceled.

Still, the change will certainly disappoint some fans who were looking forward to a weekender, and out-of-town concertgoers who may suddenly have to burn more vacation time.

While the date change won’t affect things much from the university’s end of things, it will put a lot of pressure on the Rolling Stones road crew, who will have less time to erect the gigantic, six-story stage at the south end of Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

“What they will be doing is a compressed build, which is building 24 hours a day,” said Marlene Hendrickson, adviser to UM Productions.

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Jamie Kelly/The Missoulian

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