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Rolling Stones to kick off 2015 tour in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO – The Rolling Stones will kick off their upcoming tour in San Diego, U-T San Diego reported Thursday.

According to the newspaper, Petco Park is the venue for the Rolling Stones late May concert. The legendary rock band is expected to officially announce their tour dates and locations as soon as next week.

FOX 5 reached out to the director of communications for Petco Park, Shana Wilson, who said there has not been any official announcement yet and they do not have any details.

"We started talking about it at 7 a.m.," said Rana Kay, director of public relations for Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

Even before the official announcement, Kay said preparations are already underway.

"It's never too soon to start planning for this and we’re just really excited. We’re all buzzing about it at the hotel," said Kay.

Petco Park isn't just hosting "the Stones," the summer concert line-up includes promises to be stellar.

The Rolling Stones aren't the only big show in San Diego this summer. Pop-queen Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform at Petco Park in August, One Direction will take the stage at Qualcomm Stadium in July and there is also the 3 day music festival Kaaboo Del Mar.

Kay said the big name concerts are key to helping San Diego hit the right note in the music industry.

"Seeing these greater artists come in is going to be great for SD’s music scene," said Kay.  "San Diego in the past hasn’t had these great venues to host these live music, bigger acts."

"It was an interesting dilemma we were in prior to all of this activity," said Kris Michell, CEO and president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

The agency helped to renegotiate the agreement between the city and the Padres when it came to how Petco Park was used for non-game events.  Michele said in the previous agreement the team received 30 percent of the profits and the rest went to the city.

"The problem is the city recognized they don’t plan events or get big name artists to come," said Michell.

So the agency negotiated an agreement with the two entities to switch it, 70 percent to the Padres and 30 percent to the city.

"What happened then was the Padres were incented to go out and get all these wonderful artists that we've been having and will have into San Diego," said Michell, adding this change may even create a whole new audience for San Diego. "I think you’ll see these artists then come and then it creates a reason for people to come here. Who doesn’t love San Diego?"

The Rolling Stones were the first music group to perform at Petco Park in November 2005.   At the time, the stadium was brand new and the “A Bigger Bang” tour sold over 43,000 tickets.

Kay is hoping the band will make the hotel a part of their itinerary.

"We would love for them to stay here, we will definitely be reaching out," said Kay. "Maybe they'll leave behind some signed concert tickets."

No word on when tickets will go on sale or how much they will be.  The name of the tour has also not been announced.

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