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REPORT: THE ROLLING STONES EYING 18 SHOWS THIS YEAR

3/7/2013

The rumors continue to swell regarding what shape the Rolling Stones' 2013 shows will take. According to the latest word being whispered in industry and fan circles is that the band will be hitting the road sometime in the spring -- with Examiner.com posting that the newly formed Virgin Live and Paul Dainty's Dainty Group will handle publicizing the shows. Pollstar reported that the still-unannounced shows would reportedly be limited to 18 concerts "including multiple nights in select cities."

 

Kasabian's Sergio "Serge" Pizzorno may have given out the first clue as to where one of those shows might take place when he spoke MTV News about his band's spot at this summer's Glastonbury Festival: "I hope ours is the most talked about performance of the weekend, but that would be a miracle because the Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury." Ron Wood has gone on record as saying he's personally pushing the band to play the annual UK festival.

  • Mick Jagger told us that even 50 years into a career a band needs to constantly change and evolve to keep growing: "You have to keep yourself from repeating yourself. It's very difficult to do in anything; whether you're a writer or a journalist or a painter or whatever. So you have to. . . especially the rock business is very narrow. It's like a political party with very few views in it. And as soon as you stay from it, everyone goes, 'Wo, oh no! Wait a minute!' If you do a rock show with 25 half-naked dancers everyone will go, 'Oh, no -- but it's awful! Y'know, you can't do that.'"
  • Keith Richards attributes much of the Stones' longevity over the years to Ron Wood, who joined in time for the band's 1975 tour dates: "Definitely without Ronnie Wood, we wouldn't have had the cohesion to stick together. But, y'know, it was. . . he came along at just the right time. And with a guy like that around, you gotta hang around, 'cause he so damn funny (laughs)."

JUST OUR OPINION

  • The Stones should absolutely embrace the festival circuit -- Bruce Springsteen has and it's become an almost annual summer run for him and helped turn a legion of new fans on to his music.
  • If the Stones want to maximize profit and exposure, nothing can really get that done quite like hitting a festival.
  • We only wish they'd consider doing so in the States; it would be amazing to catch them at Bonnaroo and Coachella.

CHECK IT OUT: The Stones on July 13th, 1975 live in Los Angeles performing "It's Only Rock N' Roll":

Keith Richards On The Importance Of Ron Wood
Mick Jagger On Keeping Things Fresh

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