The Rolling Stones planning two shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center before the end of 2012

British rock group The Rolling Stones in New York. From left to right: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones (1942 – 1969), and Bill Wyman. Photo: William Lovelace, Getty Images / Getty Images 2011

By Rolling Stone
October 10, 2012 11:25 AM ET

The Rolling Stones are still planning a run of 50th anniversary shows, but now the group’s touring saxophonist Bobby Keys says the Stones will play more than the supposed Brooklyn and London dates, Billboard reports. Keys said the band is “gonna do some more concerts, starting in November with two in England and then a couple here in the States, then there’s a few added concerts after that. Keith [Richards] told me a couple months ago there was something in the wind and just be ready to go. I’m waiting for them to send me the plane ticket and the information, and then I’ll go.”

Keys said there’s a feeling of finality to plans for a round of anniversary shows. “The reality is this train is going to pull into the last station pretty soon – I don’t know how soon,” he said. “I’ve been saying this since 1980, but I feel like it’s kind of winding down. This may be sort of the ‘Sayonara, see you later, had a good time, keep in touch.’ I don’t know that for sure. I haven’t officially been told anything. . . I just take my cue primarily from what Keith says, so we’ll have to see.”

In a recent interview with Q magazine, Richards seemed sure of the London and Brooklyn shows. “We’ve got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can’t talk about any of that at the moment,” he said. “They’ve put the gag on me on this. You can hint!”

In August, Rolling Stone learned the band is planning two shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center before the end of the year. The shows would coincide with other anniversary plans this fall, including the Rolling Stones’ career retrospective documentary Crossfire Hurricane, which will air on HBO on November 15th. The band will also release a new greatest hits collection, GRRR

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Arena

Barclays Center Brooklyn opens its doors Sept. 28


SEPTEMBER 2012 IS JUST THE BEGINNING – 200 OPENING NIGHTS AND COUNTING….

Jay-Z
Boasting a new 19,000 seat arena and a re-branded team, minority owner Jay-Z has big plans to take on the dominant Madison Square Garden.

The Hollywood Reporter
9/13/2012 by Jordan Zakarin

Boasting a new 19,000 seat arena and a re-branded team, minority owner Jay-Z has big plans to take on the dominant Madison Square Garden.

If you live in New York City, heading to New Jersey is a bit like driving from L.A. into the Valley: You’ve got to have a damned good reason to go — and for years a second-tier team like the New Jersey Nets just didn’t qualify. So the team’s owners set out on a bold course to rejuvenate a failing franchise and, simultaneously, inject some big-league swagger into New York City’s hottest borough (which, according to a recent report, is now the second-most-expensive place to live in the country). And the most visible player in this plan is Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z.

Though he owns just one-fifteenth of one percent of the Brooklyn Nets (Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov owns 80 percent), Jay-Z’s fingerprints are all over the new-look Nets, from their redesigned logo to their newly constructed, 19,000-seat arena in Barclays Center, which opens its doors Sept. 21. “Jay is a partner in the team and is a key contributor regarding the arena,” says Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center, which was built on the site of the old Atlantic Rail Yards. The rapper-entrepreneur serves as an ambassador for the team, helping invigorate players like Deron Williams and Kim Kardashian’s ex, Kris Humphries — “It’s been great having him involved because he is Brooklyn,” Humphries told The New York Post after signing a $24 million deal to stay with the Nets — and, perhaps most crucially, he reinforces the team’s connection to Brooklyn, where Jay-Z spent his youth.

Yormark says his minority owner preaches “being real, being true to yourself, being authentic. You can see it in the redesigned, Brooklyn refresh of our logo.” Jay-Z pushed to change the team’s colors to simple black and white and reportedly dictated the music to play during games (favoring artists like Santigold over Jersey favorites like Bon Jovi) — and his credibility is especially important given the team’s largely feeble history.

Though they made it to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, the Nets always have been the second-class ballers in the New York metro area. Last year, the team finished 22-44. But just because the Nets moved to Brooklyn — a pretty massive shift, even in this age of sports teams like the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys spending billions on new stadiums — doesn’t mean Brooklynites will change their stripes. “I wish I had a dollar for every time people ask me that; I could finance another film,” Spike Lee, a Brooklyn native who long has been the Knicks’ most prominent fan, recently said. “I am orange and blue, baby.”

Getting celebrities to sit courtside is a high-value target for any NBA franchise, and while Jay-Z and Beyonce will go a long way, the Nets will have to do better than just Ellen Pompeo and MTV’s Sway (who have bought season tickets) if they’re going to compete with Madison Square Garden — which, for decades, has been the city’s only viable spot for massive concerts and events. MSG also has the advantage of being the home of the Knicks and the WNBA’s Liberty as well as the NHL’s Rangers — and those franchises drove the Garden’s profits to $322 million last quarter.

“Personally, I don’t think the Garden has any reason to consider Barclays as a serious competitor mainly because of the No. 1 rule in New York City real estate: location, location, location,” Alan Hahn, who covered the NBA for Newsday and now is an on-air analyst for MSG’s TV network, told The Hollywood Reporter. “The Garden is in mid-town Manhattan, at the heart of New York City. It’s also the Garden, an icon, a place with rich history and tradition. The Knicks will maintain a more glamorous cachet for now, but, of course, the perception of the franchises certainly can change quickly if the Knicks falter. But the Nets will need to have overwhelming success to really grab the attention – and the loyalty – of the city. Like the Mets in the mid-1980s, for instance.”

Barclays will come out swinging, with eight sold-out Jay-Z shows to open the arena starting Sept. 28 and later dates from Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber, The Who, Bob Dylan and, reportedly, The Rolling Stones. Barclays will also host boxing matches (an MSG staple) and serve as the New York home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The arena will house a spinoff branch of Jay-Z’s ultra-exclusive 40/40 Club as well as an even more selective, semi-hidden spot: The Vault. Membership includes concierge service and valet parking — one of the 11 Vault suites will run a cool $550,000 a year (Jay-Z already claimed one for himself). And because one can’t actually see the court from the Vault suites, eight tickets to every event at the arena also are included in the deal. (For those without a corporate account or a working mint, Barclays has three other less-restricted clubs.)

“The Garden has been around a long time,” says Yormark. “But we think this city’s big enough for both of us.”

JEWELS OF THE ARENA

The Vault: Discreetly located, these suites come with concierge service and eight tickets in the first 10 rows of every event.

The 40/40 Club: A spinoff of Jay-Z’s famed Manhattan location, this is the premium bar at Barclays Center.

Junior’s Cheesecake: As part of the effort to Brooklynize the arena, there will be 35 iconic borough food vendors throughout, including this NYC institution.

The Barclay Center

The Vault: Discreetly located, these suites come with concierge service and eight tickets in the first 10 rows of every event.

The 40/40 Club: A spinoff of Jay-Z’s famed Manhattan location, this is the premium bar at Barclays Center.