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THE ROLLING STONES STILL DECIDING 2013 ROAD PLANS

1/9/2013

All eyes are on the Rolling Stones as they size up the offers for a 2013 tour. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both talked openly to Rolling Stone about how the band plans to play out their 51st year. Keith Richards admitted that the 50th anniversary held little allure for commemoration, saying, "Nostalgia is not this band's strong point. It was almost kicking and screaming to get us to this 50-year thing. We eventually realized it was a good time to put things together again. 'Hey, 51 years? Don't give a s***.' Mick took the longest to come along. He was there with it, but it was always 'Give me another reason.' I know Charlie (Watts) didn't need persuading. He just wanted to make sure Mick wanted to do it."

Fans have been speculating how the Stones' next series of dates will take shape -- whether they'll be part of a massive stadium tour, a string of major city residencies, or some combination of different sized venues as they did in 2006. Keith Richards said that how the band decides to perform ". . . will definitely come into the equation. At the same time, a gig's a gig. The curtain opens and there you are. I just get the feeling they're itching at the bit now. This thing wasn't enough."

Mick Jagger maintains that whether or not the band would salute their golden anniversary was never really in question -- but how they would do it was: "It wasn't really a debate. I originally said, 'We can do anything. We can do one club show, if you want.' But I always imagined it was going to be brief."

Jagger laughed at Richards assuredness at future Stones gigs this year: "Keith and Ronnie (Wood) say things to the press, because that's their line. They don't say, 'Oh, I think about it carefully.' But they think about it as carefully as Charlie and I do. The reality is they are as tentative as anybody else."

Keith Richards shed some light on how the corporate side of the Stones works these days, telling Britain's The One Show, that the band's meetings couldn't be farther away from sex, drugs, and rock n' roll: "We meet in meeting rooms (laughs). And it's also ludicrously formal; a table with a pen and pad -- and a couple of lawyers -- and then it usually degenerates into, like, a farce."


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