For fans expecting to see [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] hit the road this year to mark their 50th Anniversary, better put those expectations on hold until next year.

In a recent interview, guitarist Keith Richards revealed that the band is just “not ready yet” to embark on a major tour, which some Stones’ insiders are attributing to Richards’ questionable health and stamina.

[pullquote quote=”We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.” credit=”Keith Richards “]

Richards spoke to Rolling Stone magazine in the recent issue about the changing plans for their hotly anticipated 50th anniversary tour that Richards said would be pushed back to 2013, adding “I have a feeling that’s more realistic.”

This tour would have not only marked the Stones’ 50th year together, but the first tour since the two-year Bigger Bang tour that ended in 2007. Though no confirmed reason was given by the band, a top concert-business source claims Richards’ health may be one reason behind the delay, questioning his ability to withstand a worldwide tour.

“They don’t want to do a full tour,” he says. “They don’t want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith’s health.” The source also says that a more likely scenario for the band would be performing multi-night shows in major cities.

For those disappointed that the Stones won’t be celebrating their golden year this year, Richards also points out that 2013 will also make do as the 50th anniversary — in the band’s eyes at least.

“The Stones always really considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January,” Richards told Rolling Stone magazine. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”

[Source: Billboard]

Comments (2)
  1. Tammy Denison says:

    All the best to you, Keith… We will be ready, when you are feeling up to it!

  2. RainbowRay says:

    I have an idea! What would happen if you put in concert, “The Rolling Stones” and “The Beach Boys” together to play a concert celebrating 50 years of The Stones and 50 years of the Beach Boys (that would make 100 years of rock ‘n’ roll music experience combined woutd it not?). I think that would be one AWESOME concert, don’t you think>

    Think about it, you can hear great classics like:

    1. Brown Sugar Surfer Girl
    2. Satisfaction U.S.A
    3. Help me Painted Black
    4. Emotional Rescue Fun! Fun! Fun!
    5. Start Me Up Little Old Lady From Pasadena
    6. Be True to Your School Under My Thumb

    And other great classics like that. I know I say this out of humor (lighten up), but who knows, could this be done for charity perhaps one day (2013 is not far away is it?). Anyyway, even this was for laughs, it does have possibilities when you think of it doesn’t it? I think it would be AWESOME to see the two groups playing together one day (100 years of experience on stage! WOW!).

    Sharing is caring and caring is sharing; living

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