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Clear Channel Sets Stones Tickets Offer

Rolling Stones fans who want first dibs on seats for the group’s North American tour will get satisfaction from an advance-purchase offer tied to the road show, concert promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment said on Tuesday.

Clear Channel has teamed up with music retail chain Sam Goody to launch “getAccess,” a rewards program that allows fans to buy two tickets for one show on the tour, which begins on Sept. 5 in Boston.

GetAccess members will be able to purchase seats as early as May 8 for shows in the first four markets of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Tickets will not be available to the general public for Boston and Chicago until May 11, Philadelphia until May 18 and New York until May 13.

The getAccess Stones promotion is part of a broader premium package allowing members to obtain special deals on other events and services, said Chris Hearne, president of Clear Channel’s Access Group.

Individual membership is $60 and nontransferable. Fans who want more than two Stones tickets must buy new memberships, and there is no guarantee that they will get the best seats, Hearne said.

Clear Channel, a unit of Clear Channel Worldwide Inc., is partnered on the Stones tour with Canadian-based promoter Michael Cohl, who has backed every tour by the veteran rockers since 1989.

The Rolling Stones announced the initial dates for the tour during a news conference in New York City earlier on Tuesday. The jaunt will see them play stadiums, theaters, arenas and clubs, including such intimate venues as the Roseland Ballroom in New York and the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

Sam Goody, a unit of Best Buy Inc., will promote the program through its Web site and 900 stores.

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