The worst-kept secret in Tampa is out: The Rolling Stones are officially coming to Raymond James Stadium.
The Stones on Thursday announced a new batch summer 2020 tour dates, and as expected, they include a stop at RayJay on July 5. It’s the band’s only planned concert in Florida. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 14. Click here for details.
Banners featuring the Stones’ famous tongue logo appeared outside the stadium on Monday, days after tour rumors began popping up on a fan club site.
This will be Tampa’s first Stones concert since a 2005 concert at what is now Amalie Arena, a building they also played in 1999. Before that came concerts at the old Tampa Stadium in 1994 and 1989. And before that, you have to go all the way back to a gig at Clearwater’s Jack Russell Stadium in 1965. That visit looms large in Rolling Stones mythology, as it was when Keith Richards supposedly dreamed up the iconic guitar riff to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
While the Tampa date is a long time coming — the Stones have played stadiums in Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville since 2015 — it was never a granted it would happen. Last year’s tour was postponed by several months so Mick Jagger, 76, could undergo heart surgery.
There’s no word yet on the Stones’ opening act in Tampa. Openers on last year’s North American tour included Gary Clark Jr., Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. International openers included Florence and the Machine, Cage the Elephant and Liam Gallagher.
This makes five blockbuster concerts coming to Raymond James Stadium between May and August: Kenny Chesney (May 9), the Sunset Music Festival (May 23-24), the Rolling Stones (July 5), Justin Bieber (July 25) and Guns N’ Roses (Aug. 15).
For more on all the concerts coming to RayJay, click here.