April 10, 2012, 3:22 pm
The Stones officially began in 1962, but the group considers 2013 their true 50th anniversary, as it wasn't until their second year that drummer Charlie Watts joined the band. This year will see the release of their 50th anniversary book, however, as well as the release of their Ed Sullivan Show performances.
ROLLING STONES HEAD BACK TO STUDIO
The band, which recently announced that any 50th anniversary tour plans are being pushed back to 2013, will still be hard at work writing new tunes, according to guitarist Ronnie Wood. The rocker told the UK's Daily Mirror that they'll be "throwing some ideas around," and then, working hard to prepare for their big tour next year.
"It's like working out for the Olympics or something," he said. "You've got to go into training. So we're going to go into training."
Last month, Keith Richards hinted at the same, saying that while the band wasn't ready for a tour just yet, they have more up their sleeves than just a nightly set of old classics.
Rolling Stones fans waiting for the rock group to hit the road in celebration of its 50th anniversary will have to wait just a little bit longer.
Keith Richards said that the band simply needs more time to prepare. "Basically, we're just not ready," Richards said.
He noted that a Stones tour in 2013 was far more likely. "I have a feeling that's more realistic," he said.
But Rolling Stone says that a possible reason for the tour delay is due to the guitarist's health, citing an appearance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2010 where Richards said, "You are looking at a very rusty Keith Richards right now. If you've been on the road for two years and suddenly you stop, you put it down for a little bit. And then a little bit longer and you say, 'I really got to catch up, man.' "
It is possible that the group could follow in the footsteps of Prince's recent concert run, with multiple dates at the same venue.
In addition to a potential 2013 tour, the Stones are hunkering down for several projects.
"I saw Mick [Jagger] on Saturday," Richards said. "He's going to be living in New York too for a while, so we're planning to get things going with the Stones again."
"We'll just get the boys back together again then and maybe cut a side. I've got plenty in the locker here, but it's not on tape," he told Rolling Stone.
The below videos are from Keith's appearance on Jimmy last year when his book came out. Really fun!