After fifty years together, the Rolling Stones are still alive and kicking. They just won’t be doing any kicking, or performing for that matter, during 2012.
2012 marks fifty years since the Stones played their first gig at the Marquee Club in 1962, and the only form of celebration to commemorate the occasion will be a new documentary chronicling the band’s half century together and a new photo book.
But that doesn’t mean fans won’t get to see the Rolling Stones in the near future. Though the band was founded in 1962, Richards doesn’t believe they became “the Rolling Stones” until 1963, when Charlie Watts joined the crew.
“The Stones always really considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January,” Richards told Rolling Stone. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”
Now it’s just a matter of reconnecting, shaking the rust off, and making sure Keith’s health is in order, which was a cause for concern this year. A Stones insider told the magazine they didn’t believe Richards could handle a grueling worldwide tour.
“They don’t want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith’s health,” says the source, citing that playing multiple shows would be a better idea.
“For example, they’d do 10 nights at MSG, 10 nights at Staples, 10 nights at London’s O2 arena.”
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