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The Rolling Stones, who canceled their appearance at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival so Mick Jagger could have heart surgery, will try again in 2021. 

The Stones’ rescheduled No Filter Tour, announced Thursday morning, includes an Oct. 13 stop at the Fair Grounds — the first-ever “Jazz Fest Wednesday.”

The previously announced dates for the postponed 2021 Jazz Fest were Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17, two Friday-to-Sunday weekends.

The addition of the Wednesday between the weekends sets up a stand-alone, special date.

The remainder of the Oct. 13 schedule at the Fair Grounds will look more or less like a typical day at Jazz Fest; the list of performers is expected to be released soon. As would have been the case for the scuttled 2019 Stones appearance at the Fair Grounds, the festival’s other stages will go dark when the Rolling Stones start their set at the Acura Stage.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. via www.nojazzfest.com.

“We’ve been on a bit of a journey to get here tonight,” Mick Jagger declared at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, three songs into the Rolling Ston…

Fans who have purchased three-day weekend passes, VIP packages, official travel packages and the WWOZ Brass Pass by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 25 can take part in a ticket pre-sale for the Rolling Stones date.

The Stones have joined a 2021 Jazz Fest roster that also includes Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, the Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, the Beach Boys and hundreds of local artists.






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A Rolling Stones flag flies under a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival flag at the Acura Stage during Widespread Panic’s performance at the Fair Grounds on Thursday, May 2, 2019, the day the Rolling Stones were originally scheduled to perform at Jazz Fest.




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The Rolling Stones were originally slated to be part of the 50th anniversary Jazz Fest in 2019. They were to have headlined that year’s second Thursday. Fans spent the night outside the Superdome to purchase the premium tickets for that specially structured day at the Fair Grounds. 

But it was all for naught after the band announced that Jagger needed heart surgery and all spring tour dates would be canceled. 

Fleetwood Mac was initially announced as the Rolling Stones’ replacement at the Fair Grounds, but ended up canceling as well, reportedly because singer Stevie Nicks got sick.






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Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform as the Rolling Stones bring their No Filter Tour to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, July 15, 2019. 




Jam band Widespread Panic, a longtime Jazz Fest favorite, ended up closing out what would have been “Rolling Stones Thursday” at Jazz Fest.

The Rolling Stones did come to New Orleans later that year, performing at the Superdome on July 15, 2019. The Dome show was originally scheduled for July 14, but was postponed by 24 hours because of the threat of Hurricane Barry.

After that unexpected delay, Jagger and company finally delivered their first New Orleans concert in 25 years, showcasing 19 songs over the course of nearly two hours onstage.

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Longtime Jazz Fest producer/director Quint Davis had spent years lobbying for the Rolling Stones to come to the festival. Even after the 2019 Jazz Fest show was scrapped, his Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans played a role in the promotion of the Superdome concert. 

The band’s 2021 Jazz Fest appearance falls between concerts in Nashville on Oct. 9 and Los Angeles on Oct. 17.

The promoter for this fall’s rescheduled No Filter Tour is AEG Presents’ Concerts West division. AEG Presents also co-produces Jazz Fest with Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans, a connection that likely helped facilitate the Stones’ Jazz Fest reboot. 

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