The Rolling Stones Will Not Tour in 2012
The Rolling Stones will push their 50th anniversary tour until 2013, according to an article in Rolling Stone. The legendary rock band was rumored to tour for the first time since 2007 later this year. The article cites Keith Richards’ health concerns as a primary reason for the delay but also adds that the guitarist admits, “Basically, we’re just not ready.”
As previously reported, Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood jammed together this past December. Founding Stones bassist Bill Wyman—who left the Stones in the early ‘90s—also participated in the jam session while Mick Jagger showed for the third day of rehearsals. Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is also rumored to participate in the reunion.
“We played a lot of blues and outtakes of Some Girls and things like that,” Jagger told the magazine. “It went very well.”
Richards and Jagger both performed at blues concerts in February. The guitarist joined Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph and many others at a tribute to Hubert Sumlin at New York’s Apollo Theater. Likewise, Jagger performed with Haynes, Trucks, Guy, BB King and President Obama himself at a White House celebration of the blues.
The Rolling Stones will gear up for their reunion run through a series of archival projects, a picture book release and possibly some studio sessions. The band will then hit the road in 2013 for a series of multi-night stands. Though the Stones formed in the summer of 1962, 2013 marks Watts’ 50th anniversary with the group.
“The Stones always really considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January,” Richards told Rolling Stone. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”