Russell Baillie

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Stones offer $99 lucky dip tickets for 'one night only' NZ concert

The Rolling Stones will be making their sixth visit to New Zealand in April. Photo / AP
The Rolling Stones will be making their sixth visit to New Zealand in April. Photo / AP

The Rolling Stones have confirmed the date of their 2014 Auckland show as Saturday, April 5. The Mt Smart Stadium concert is being billed as "one night only".

That's despite the Stones playing shows in Wellington and Auckland on their previous visit in 2006 and a two-night stand at Western Springs in 1995.

A limited number of $99 "lucky dip" tickets are being offered "ensuring that some of even the best tickets can be snapped up for a bargain by genuine fans", says promoter Frontier Touring.

But New Zealand reps for the company weren't able to say yesterday what the other ticket prices for the Auckland show would be.

The Stones faced criticism over high prices in Britain and the United States this year for a series of shows celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Tickets for the band's Hyde Park show in London in August ranged between $200 and $600.

Tickets to the Stones' show at the revamped Adelaide Oval, which was announced last month, range from $88 to $567 with special VIP packages going from $610 to $1722.

The concert in South Australia sold more than 50,000 tickets within three hours of it going on sale.

Tickets for the Auckland concert start selling from Monday. Mt Smart will be the last of a seven-concert Australasian tour which is mostly using indoor stadiums, except for Adelaide and a show at Hanging Rock near Melbourne.

It will be the Stones' sixth visit to New Zealand after tours in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1995, and 2006.

Guitarist Mick Taylor, who was briefly a member of the band in the early 70s and played with them at Western Springs in 73, will be back in the live line-up for the 2014 tour.

Founding Stones guitarist Keith Richards tells tomorrow's issue of TimeOut the decision to head to New Zealand came after their shows in the northern summer.

"The whole year has been great and we played in America before that, so the reason we're coming over your way is everyone is still up and saying, 'Let's do some more'. So it was, 'Okay, let's go Downunder'."

- NZ Herald

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