Rolling Stones to play at 1st Mariner Arena

Aging rockers coming to Baltimore for Feb. 1 show

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August 22, 2005|By George C. Convery | George C. Convery,Special to baltimoresun.com

After a long wait, Baltimore is getting some "Satisfaction."

The Rolling Stones, who opened their "A Bigger Bang" tour Sunday to more than 30,000 fans at Boston's Fenway Park, will play at 1st Mariner Arena on Feb. 1, 2006, it was announced this morning.

The announcement is a major one for the Baltimore concert scene, which typically loses out on acts as large as the Rolling Stones. The last time the Stones played in Baltimore, in 1969, the building was known as the Baltimore Civic Center. In recent years, they have held most of their area appearances at MCI Center -- where they will also play as part of the current tour on Oct. 3 -- or at RFK Stadium or the Redskins' stadium.

Tickets for the Baltimore show go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Rolling Stones are one of the biggest artists to play Baltimore since The Beatles played two shows at the Civic Center on Sept. 13, 1964. The building was a big drawing card for top acts in the '60s, and hosted the Stones for what is believed to be three shows in the decade.

A proposed return in 1994 was reportedly blocked by Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who feared the concert at Oriole Park at Camden Yards would harm the ballpark.

The 1st Mariner Arena, which in recent years has played host to U2, Elton John and a variety of other artists and events, plans a seating capacity of 12,000 for the show -- less than half the attendance for the Fenway Park concert.

Though Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the other band members have gotten older -- at 61 Richards is the youngest -- their concerts are not without peril. One fan was injured Sunday night when she fell 40 feet from the right-field rafters, breaking both ankles and her wrist.

This stadium and arena tour is in support of their upcoming album, "A Bigger Bang." Recorded last winter and due out in stores in the United States and Canada on Sept. 6, "A Bigger Bang" is the band's first album of new music since their 1997 platinum-certified release, "Bridges to Babylon." The title refers to the band's fascination with the scientific theory about the origin of the universe.

Originally published August 22, 2005, 12:57 PM EDT

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