There’s a giant tongue flapping in the sky over Tampa, and it could be a heavenly sign for local rock fans.
Raymond James Stadium on Monday unveiled a new banner featuring the Rolling Stones’ famous tongue logo — the strongest evidence yet that the rock icons’ summer 2020 tour will, in fact, come to Tampa.
The rumors started last week courtesy of the Stones fan club website It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll, which listed a handful of cities but no dates. Tampa made the cut.
On Monday, the Stones themselves tweeted that they were “feeling restless,” hinting at a new leg of their No Filter tour.
The RayJay banner seems to guarantee a show is coming. According to It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll, the band is likely to announce dates this week.
If so, it would be huge. Despite performing in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville in recent years, the Stones haven’t played Tampa since 2005. But the Tampa Bay area looms large in their legacy. It was May 1965 when Mick, Keef and the boys supposedly composed (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction during a stay at the old Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater.
Between the Stones banner and Guns N’ Roses announcing a Tampa date in August, this is a watershed day for RayJay. Throw in concerts by Kenny Chesney and Justin Bieber, and 2020 is looking like one of the stadium’s most epic years ever.