Rolling Stones set to visit Ohio Stadium on May 30


Rolling Stones photo by Brian Rasic

The home of The Best Damn Band in the Land will host one of the biggest damn bands in the land when the Rolling Stones visit Ohio Stadium for a concert on Saturday, May 30.

The performance, part of a 15-city North American stadium tour timed to coincide with the reissue of the band's 1971 classic Sticky Fingers, will be the Stones' first visit to Ohio Stadium since 1997.

Tickets for the concert are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 13. Visit rollingstones.com or schottensteincenter.com for ticketing information.

Rumors of the tour announcement have been circling for weeks, and in mid-March the Columbus Dispatch even reported on billboards featuring the band's signature tongue logo popping up around town, including one at the intersection of Dierker and Henderson roads.

The concert continues a wave of major performances scheduled for the outdoor venue in the coming months, including visits from the now Zayn-less boy band One Direction (Aug. 18) and the Buckeye Country Superfest, a newborn festival featuring headlining turns from the likes of Kenny Chesney and "Voice" judge Blake Shelton (June 20-21).

Early reports suggested the Stones would tackle Sticky Fingers in its entirety on this tour, though a press release accompanying the announcement included no such mention, stating only that the crew would deliver "a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as 'Gimme Shelter,' 'Paint It Black,' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.' 'Tumbling Dice' and 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll,' as well as special gems from their extraordinary catalog."

The release did, however, include detailed information about the remastered version of the album, which is due for a May 26 release and arrives fleshed-out with rarities and live cuts, stoking optimism the band will dig a bit deeper into the classic for this round of shows.