The new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine (with Bruce Springsteen on the cover) will carry a story that explains why we won’t get a chance to see the Rolling Stones tour this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.
In separate interviews, both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have said that it’s not going to happen. According to Keef, the band simply isn’t prepared. According to insiders, it’s concern for Richard’s health that’s keeping the Stones off the road.
So that’s the bad news, and here’s the good; The Stones are about to hit the studio and start recording sessions and there will be a number of 50th Anniversary celebrations this year. “The Rolling Stones: 50″ is a book full of photographs that cover the band’s long history. It’s coming out on July 12. There will also be a documentary movie that follows the history of the band using lots of interviews and previously unseen film. It should be released this fall.
And the band does intend to hit the road next year. According to insiders, they are looking at long runs at large venues as opposed to a more rigorous city-hopping event that Richards might find difficult. Not only that, the band doesn’t feel pressured to tour this year. As Keef put it “The Stones always really considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January. We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”