With the Rolling Stones officially back in business with a portion of their 2013 itinerary finally announced, the band is gearing up for a busy spring and summer. Keith Richards told the BBC, "It's going to be a great summer -- all the gigs we haven't done or wanted to redo are popping up." Mick Jagger says that he's concerned about the band's summer gig at UK's legendary Glastonbury festival, admitting, "It's quite a difficult gig. U2 had terrible weather and that didn't help. You have to learn from their experiences."
Charlie Watts, who's never been one to pull any punches, told The Guardian, that he's hardly looking forward to the Stones' return to London's Hyde Park for their first concert there since July 5th, 1969: "I don't want to do it. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals. The worst thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move. . . It is really hard to play then."
- Ron Wood, who is perhaps the bandmember who was pushing for the band to get back on the road the hardest, told The Sun: "I never thought the Stones would do it, to be quite honest. But it's come to fruition and it's very pleasing."
- Ron Wood -- who first recorded with the Stones 39 years ago, and undertook his first tour with them the year after -- is still considered the "new guy" in the band. He told us that he was actually born a Rolling Stone, and it simply took until 1975 for him to actually become part of the group: "I was born with those songs in my mouth, anyway. Y'know, you can name any song of theirs. . . And I was with it, y'know, I didn't have to learn it. When I joined the band back in, '74, or whenever and I had to learn 160 songs, or something -- that was my initiation down in Woodstock -- I ended up teaching them to the band! I mean, I knew the songs. I'd never played them before, but I just knew them."
- The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
TBA - Los Angeles - Staples Center
May 5 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
May 8 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
May 11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 15 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
May 28 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 12 - Boston, MA - TD North Garden
June 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 29 - Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm
July 6 - London, England - Hyde Park
- Out now is The Rolling Stones: Tokyo Dome (Live 1990), featuring the band's February 26th, 1990 setlist: "Start Me Up," "Bitch," "Sad Sad Sad," Harlem Shuffle," "Tumbling Dice," "Miss You," "Ruby Tuesday," "Almost Hear You Sigh," "Rock And A Hard Place," "Mixed Emotions," "Honky Tonk Women," "Midnight Rambler," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Can't Be Seen With You," "Happy," "Paint It Black," "2000 Light Years From Home," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Gimme Shelter," Band Intros, "It's Only Rock N Roll," "Brown Sugar," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and "Jumping Jack Flash."
CHECK IT OUT: The Rolling Stones live in Newark, New Jersey on December 15th, 2012 performing "Get Off My Cloud":
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