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Rolling Stones skip Canberra, again

Rolling Stones fans won’t have the chance to see the band perform in Canberra as part of a rescheduled Australian tour, despite a formal push by the ACT Government.

Treasurer and confessed ‘‘Rolling Stones fanatic’’ Andrew Barr confirmed a contract was signed with promoters to discuss a possible concert at Federation Mall or Canberra Stadium.

Original tour dates were postponed as frontman Mick Jagger and band mates mourned the sudden death of his partner L'Wren Scott in her New York apartment last month.

Two additional shows in Perth and the Hunter Valley were announced on Tuesday, with the Rolling Stones 14 On Fire tour to arrive in Australia in late October.

The band will also perform in Melbourne, at Hanging Rock, the Adelaide Oval and in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

‘‘The ACT Government made formal contact with the promoters to discuss bringing the Rolling Stones to Canberra,’’ Mr Barr said.


‘‘Unfortunately it seems that we weren’t successful, however we were under no illusions that it was a tough ask to secure them.’’

He said estimated crowd numbers were about 20,000 for a Canberra concert.

‘‘No government contribution was discussed with the promoters,’’ Mr Barr said. ‘‘We think Canberra has the capacity to put on successful concerts of this size – successful AC/DC and Elton John shows are great examples of this.’’

‘‘We will continue to seek major events for Canberra.’’

Announcing the new tour dates, promoter Frontier said ticket-holders who were able to attend the rescheduled dates did not need to take any action as existing tickets would remain valid. 

Fans unable to attend the new shows were asked to seek a refund from their point of purchase before 5pm on Monday, April 28. Refunded tickets would be made available to purchase from 10am on May 2.

Jimmy Barnes will join the Adelaide show and Hunters & Collectors have been confirmed to support the Stones in Auckland.

Other acts are expected to be announced for the concerts at Hanging Rock and the Hunter Valley.

Mr Barr drew criticism from the Liberal Opposition last month as he sought to bring the band to Canberra. Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson suggested the move might be an expensive bid to get Mr Barr a backstage pass.

He called for the government to release a business case on any potential investment.

‘‘Tourism is a $1.8 billion industry in Canberra and major events continue to be a big driver for visitation,’’ Mr Barr said on Tuesday.

‘‘We have the Asian Cup Football and Cricket World Cup to look forward to in the next 12 months."