After months of speculation, it appears The Rolling Stones are almost finally ready to announce their plans for the band's 50th anniversary tour.
Rolling Stone magazine recently reported an anonymous concert business source confirmed that the band is planning 18 concerts in North America, with potential stops in Europe and Australia. "May 2nd is the launch day," the source revealed. "I've heard West Coast cities - L.A. and Seattle. But I think they're going to do some back East as well."
Following their well-received concerts in Brooklyn and Newark last December, Stones guitarist Keith Richards essentially blew any chance that a surprise tour announcement would be coming. "Really, all you're going to do have to do is wait for an announcement," Richards had said. "It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, 'Well, that's that, 50 years, bye-bye.'" Richards went on to say, "Mick took the longest to come along. He was there with it, but it was always 'give me another reason.' I know Charlie didn't need persuading. He just wanted to make sure Mick wanted to do it."
The Rolling Stones upcoming tour will be their first since 2005 - 2007's A Bigger Bang Tour.