So…will it be a “51st” Anniversary Tour?
Rolling Stone Magazine (how fitting) is reporting that The Rolling Stones have opted to push back their 50th Anniversary Tour from 2012 to 2013. The official story is “We’re just not ready,” but according to Rolling Stone, inside sources are confirming guitarist Keith Richards’ health is a point of concern—which may affect how concert dates are scheduled when the show actually does go on the road.
Moving the 50-year show to year 51 is probably not as significant as it seems. The Stones officially formed in 1962, but really didn’t start “rolling” (sorry, couldn’t help the pun) until 1963. So really, you could mark either year as year 50 for the band.
At any rate, 2012 won’t be entirely devoid of celebration. A new documentary film chronicling the band’s 50-year run will be released this fall, which is reported to include some unreleased tunes and never-before-seen footage. And when the tour does kick off, it’s likely to have some pleasant sutprises. It’s rumored, for example, that original Stones bassist Bill Wyman (who retired from the band nearly 10 years ago) may be rejoining for the tour.
Richards’ alleged health issues aside, you gotta hand it to a rock band that can still rock as hard as the Stones after 50 years. (Heck, Mick Jagger is 68, and people are writing songs and stuff about his “moves.”)
By contrast—did anyone see The Beach Boys at the Grammy Awards? Sheesh, it’s hard to believe these two bands came from the same era. Man, those guys look old.