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Stones to open at CMGI

Even before the Patriots open the regular season at CMGI Field, the new digs will be rocking, courtesy of the Rolling Stones.

The legendary rock band will open its yet-to-be-named 2002/2003 tour on Thursday, Sept. 5, four days before New England hosts Pittsburgh in a Monday night tilt. The Stones announced the first 32 concert dates Tuesday afternoon at New York's Van Cortland Park. The North American portion of the tour ends in early February in Mexico City, but will continue to Australia and the Far East before finishing in Europe.

The tour, which is sponsored by E*Trade, Sam Goody, and Clear Channel, will be chronicled on a future DVD release. Tickets will average $85 for stadium shows and $100 for arenas, while all tickets for all small venue shows will cost $50. Although not all the opening acts have been finalized, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Jonny Lang, and Buddy Guy are among the acts that have signed on so far.

Tickets for the Boston show go on sale Saturday. All ticket purchases include membership in the new official Rolling Stones fan club, which will allow fans access to behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, plus exclusive audio and video feeds from the tour via the band's official web site.For an additional fee, fans can upgrade their membership, allowing for special ticket presales, opportunities to meet the band, and contests to win front-row tickets.

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