In a bit of news I'm imagining no one saw coming, World Wrestling Entertainment and the Rolling Stones are teaming up to distribute the final Rolling Stones concert this year as a live pay-per-view event entitled "One More Shot."
The band will be playing two London gigs in November and two concerts at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey in December. The final show, held Dec. 15, will be made available on pay-per-view live at 9 p.m. EST.
The WWE has a lot of experience with PPVs, as it hosts PPV wrestling events on a nearly monthly manner. Its next Wrestlemania, the flagship WWE event each year, will be broadcast from New Jersey in April 2013.
The Rolling Stones' promoter Dainty Group has partnered with independent TV production giant Endemol for their 50th anniversary tour. Endemol UK and Endemol Netherlands are set to co-manage the international digital rights to the tour with Dainty.
"Endemol and Dainty Group are also collaborating on plans that will allow fans unprecedented interaction with the “50 and Counting” tour experience, more details of which will be revealed in due course," the partners said.
"50 and Counting is set to be a phenomenal global celebration of the Rolling Stones and we’ll soon be announcing further plans to make it an interactive experience for fans like no other," said Tim Hincks, president of Endemol Group.
Laurens Drillich, managing director of Endemol Netherlands Media Group, said that “Expansion and innovation in the digital space continues to be a core part of Endemol’s strategy, and this collaboration is the latest example of that. We strongly believe it is representative of where the market is heading, and we look forward to revealing more soon.”
These four tour dates will be the first time in more than five years that the band has played a concert together.