Fans are still left wondering what the Rolling Stones will do for their 50th Anniversary. Guitarist Ronnie Wood says not to worry because the band is “on the verge” of touring.
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In an interview with Radio Times, Wood was asked about the likelihood that the Rolling Stones would tour this year in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.
“Be lovely, wouldn’t it? That’s what we’re on the verge of. I dunno what the hell is gonna happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something.”
“Basically, get the boys feeling comfortable with each other, ’cause we’re all ready to go individually. It’s just a matter of tying up loose ends and coming together as a unit.”
Perhaps some of the “loose ends” Wood is referring to are making sure that all the band members are physically able to tour.
Let’s face it, they are getting old now – evidenced by guitarist Keith Richards undergoing corrective laser eye surgery just before Christmas.
Maybe it’s possible they are not yet ready to tour because of health reasons and they are just waiting for them to subside. Or maybe they are fighting again.
Who knows? One can only speculate…
A group calling themselves the Rolling Stones Liberation Front have a list of demands should they decide to tour soon. Among other things, they would like to see smaller venues, lower ticket prices, and a setlist overhaul.
The band gathered in late November for a jam session to “shake off the cobwebs” so to speak, which is a good sign if you’re a Stones fan.
Between Wood’s recent comments, Keith Richards’ medical procedure, and that late November jam session, I think all signs are pointing to a special 50th Anniversary Tour for the Rolling Stones.
Now the question becomes “When?”…