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Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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UPDATE: Let’s start a totally unsubstantiated rumour about the Rolling Stones coming to Canada.

The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour has been set in, er, stone–but there seems to be something afoot.

A number of people have sent me photos of the tongue logo structure at both the Eaton Centre and Union Station in downtown Toronto.

Thanks to Arthur Calen for this photo.

Given that the pop-up…thing features both the name of the tour and the date, speculation is that the band will be in Toronto for a full-on show.

UPDATE: Yep. Burl’s Creek. The original ask was for the Rogers Centre, but the Blue Jays have it all booked for that week. No room for the Stones, it’s off to Oro Mendente.

Fine. But here’s something so completely irresponsible, speculative, unsubstantiated, and unconfirmed that even the National Enquirer wouldn’t print it. I have no knowledge of anything. But hear me out.

The Stones play at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 25. There are no further dates on the schedule after that. The band has time.

What if they use one of those dates to play the grand reopening of the El Mocambo?

The Elmo will be ready by then because at least one gig has been booked during Canadian Music Week.

The Stones played two famous, famous shows there on March 3 and 4, 1977 under the name The Cockroaches. It was their first club show in 14 years and eventually released as the Love You Live album. (Fun fact: The opening act was April Wine.)

Things were very scandalous. Keef had already been busted for heroin at the Harbour Castle Hilton on February 27. It was also the nights we learned that Margaret Trudeau–the wife of the current prime minister–was a Stones groupie.

The Stones have played many club shows in Toronto in the years since, the gig at The Phoenix in 2005. Could it happen again at the Elmo? Maybe. Jeez, the timing

Let the rumours begin.




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2 Responses to UPDATE: Let’s start a totally unsubstantiated rumour about the Rolling Stones coming to Canada.

  1. RONALD JAMES RYKALA says:

    No filter… Thats the tour name. large shows. Big tour. hope its not El macombo.

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