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Are the Rolling Stones coming to Austin? New mural in city center may be a hint

Peter Blackstock
A new mural at the northeast intersection of Riverside Drive and Congress Avenue on Monday morning might be a hint that the Rolling Stones are coming to Austin this year. [NELL CARROLL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Update, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4: A mural near Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive, featuring the Rolling Stones’ tongue logo, was updated sometime before Tuesday morning. It now features a new Rolling Stones lyric: “Get what you need,” from the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Hints at Stones tour dates appeared in several cities Monday, including an ice-sculpture Stones logo in Minneapolis.

Earlier: Austinites driving past the northeast intersection of Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive on Monday morning may have noticed a curious new mural alongside a shuttered nightclub there: The Rolling Stones’ iconic tongue logo, which might be a signal that the band is coming to Austin this year.

Messages boards dedicated to Stones fans noted such artwork appearing Monday morning in Austin and Detroit. The band’s recent “No Filter” tour began in 2017 and ran through 2019, including a show last summer at NRG Stadium in Houston. The group’s last, and only previous, Austin concert was on Oct. 22, 2006, in Zilker Park.

The Austin mural mentions no concert date, featuring only the logo and the lyrics “It’s just a kiss away” from the Stones classic “Gimme Shelter.” But the band has given early hints about upcoming shows with billboards and murals in cities that ended up being tour stops.

Another Stones-related website suggests a most likely window for U.S. dates in 2020 would be May through July.