Stones to join fans On Stage

Mick and boys set to roll in August

NEW YORK — The Rolling Stones may be wrinkled, but they’re still rocking. The band will kick off the yearlong On Stage world tour Aug. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston.

Tour will hit 35 cities in North America before moving on to Puerto Rico, South America and Asia in February. After a monthlong rest in May, band will wrap up the tour in Europe in summer 2006.

Tour name stems from the stage design, which will enable some 400 aud members to be onstage, where, Mick Jagger joked, they will “get a great view of our bums.”

The band’s first tour since 2002-03’s 40 Licks, On Stage will cast a wider net, with the band playing one night only in more cities, at a variety of arenas, stadiums and theaters. Ticket prices for the tour are up 10%, with non-Gold Circle seats, about 95% of tickets, going for $99 at stadiums, $110 at arenas and $50 for theaters and clubs.

Tickets for Boston and other early concerts will go on sale to the general public Saturday.

In conjunction with the tour, the Stones will release an as-yet-unnamed album that Jagger reported was 85% finished. Band will play the new material, along with catalog songs and covers, on tour.

Stones announced the tour with a three-song live set at Lincoln Center Tuesday afternoon in New York.