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Billboard teases Rolling Stones announcement

Signs are literally pointing to a Rolling Stones tour announcement on Thursday.

A digital billboard, now up on the I-190 near Ogden Street, is similar to a billboard in Rochester and other cities nationwide teasing a Rolling Stones tour with the band’s tongue logo and song lyrics such as “You Get What You Need.” The word “Thursday” on the bottom of the billboard is part of a campaign called #SatisfactionThursday started recently on the band’s official Twitter site, @rollingstones, that refers to a news conference expected Thursday to announce the official tour dates.

This is similar to a 2013 tactic called #startmeupwednesday which also used billboards to help announce the band’s 14 on Fire Tour.

Numerous unconfirmed reports, including a story in SongMango.com, have named Buffalo – specifically Ralph Wilson Stadium on July 11 – as a date on the tour, along with concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego and Toronto.

U-T San Diego has reported Petco Park in San Diego as the opening of the Stones tour, with the likely day of May 24. That date also appeared in a SongMango.com story that said a possible announcement coming Thursday could also include news of the re-issue of the band’s 1971 album, “Sticky Fingers” as well as the tour dates. The band is expected to play “Sticky Fingers” in its entirety on this tour.

In a Feb. 11 article in Billboard, guitarist Ronnie Wood confirmed a North American tour. “Yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys and we’re gonna come [to] North America again in the summer,” said Wood, who is planning to release his 1965 tour diary in June, which would coincide with a summer tour.

If the band is playing here, it would be its fifth concert at the stadium, the first since the 1997 “Bridges to Babylon” tour and the seventh overall here.

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