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Stones tickets snapped up for Zurich concert

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Stones tickets snapped up for Zurich concert
Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger performing in the UK last year. Photo: Andrew Cowie/AFP
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As the song goes, "you can't always get what you want". This certainly rang true for Rolling Stones' fans who procrastinated about getting a ticket to the group's planned concert in Zurich this summer.

It took just 40 minutes on Wednesday to sell the 40,000 tickets available for the Stones' gig set for June 1st at the Letzigrund football stadium.

The tickets went on sale online through Ticketcorner at 8am.

Within three minutes, 22,000 were sold at prices ranging from 165 to 949 francs ($187-$1,073), the ATS news agency reported.

(Previous reports had put the top price at 368.70 francs).

Close to 5,000 fans were connected simultaneously to the Ticketcorner site but there were no technical problems, André Béchir, of concert organizer ABC Production, was quoted as saying by ATS.   

The concert, the only one planned by the celebrated British band in Switzerland this year, is part of the group’s 14 On Fire world tour.

It will mark the first time the Stones have played in Switzerland since an appearance in Lausanne in 2007.

The ensemble, which celebrated its 50th year on stage in 2012, is led by musicians who are all senior citizens, including 70-year-olds Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, 72, and Ron Wood, 66.

The Stones recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand planned for this month and April following the suicide in New York City of Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, an American fashion designer.

Jagger flew to the US from Australia to make arrangements for Scott’s funeral in Los Angeles.

The group is nonetheless going ahead with planned concerts in Europe and Israel (Tel Aviv) from May to July.

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