(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — In preparation for a new Rolling Stones tour, the Rolling Stones Official Fan Club, online at www.rollingstones.com, offers some interactive experiences. It kicked off with a web cast of the tour announcement press event. The Stones will offer all club members unprecedented, behind-the-scenes content with the return of Virtual Ticket, the online tour companion the band introduced in 2002. It allows fans to intimately experience the band on the road and in the studio via streaming video, written and taped accounts from the band and crew, special advance notice of upcoming shows and ticket availability.
Throughout the last Stones’ tour, concert tickets not only got fans into the show, it also got them into the fan club. The band is continuing this program, allowing fans with concert tickets into rollingstones.com to experience Virtual Ticket, as well as an interactive Stones archive, an international community of fans and other features. Rollingstones.com gives fans a chance to experience the entire tour with coverage of every date on the show, and some days between shows, too.
The fan club will also be holding a contest where some fans will win a chance to watch the show from right on stage at all stadium shows the Stones play on the tour. The fan club will be announcing multiple ways for members to get in on these very special tickets.
To address many of the problems the band has seen internet ticket presales cause for fans of other artists, the Stones have required their tour organizers, website and TicketMaster.com to roll out a whole new way to facilitate fan access to presale concert tickets. This new ticket system is designed and ready to use now and will let fans see exact seat locations available before choosing to join the club. Members who join the club before the tickets to a specific show they want are available for presale purchase are guaranteed their money back if they are not satisfied with the ticket locations available when they try to buy tickets. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner