Gary Clark Jr., Lukas Nelson get opening slots on Rolling Stones tour dates
Austin's not getting a Rolling Stones show this summer, but the recently rescheduled U.S. tour will include a couple of dates that features artists with local ties as the opening act.
Gary Clark Jr., who's opened for the Stones before (and shared the stage with them), will get the honor again on July 7 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. And getting their first shot at a Stones gig are Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who'll open the second of two shows at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on August 5, as well as the August 14 concert at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Nelson and his band, whose second album, "Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)" comes out next week on Fantasy Records. The group will perform on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday, June 17, has tour dates booked through September. Last week they unveiled a video for "Bad Case," the album's opening track.
The Stones tour features two other openers with tangential local ties. The July 14 show in New Orleans, a make-up for their initially planned JazzFest set before Mick Jagger's health required postponement of spring dates, will feature Ivan Neville, who lived in the Austin area for a stretch after Hurricane Katrina, and his band Dumpstaphunk. And Icelandic group Kaleo, which briefly resided in Austin when they were here for South by Southwest 2015, will open on August 22 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and August 26 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Somewhat surprisingly, the one Texas date on the Stones tour — July 27 in Houston — will feature a Mississippi group, blues-rockers Bishop Gunn, as the opener. Another Texas band, Tyler country-rockers Whiskey Myers, will open the second of two tour-opening shows in Chicago on June 25.
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