Keith Richards has once again stoked the hopes of Rolling Stones fans that the band will tour next year, telling a German newspaper that “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” will hit the road in June.
Stonesnews.com reports that the 66-year guitarist, who is currently promoting his best selling autobiography “Life,” told German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau (translated), “We are looking forward to next June – we’ll be going on tour together again.”
Although reps for the band have recently stated that there are no plans for a tour or album currently in the works, Richards has persistently maintained in interviews that The Stones will be working on new material as well as a tour.
The veteran rocker related similar news to BBC 6 Radio last month:
“Everybody’s ready to go out there again. Who said it should stop, and who said when? Only we will know when it comes to an end, with a crashing halt…” Richards told Garvin. “After these many years working together, we have a lot of unfinished stuff to work on that we had to leave off the last album.”
“And knowing Mick (Jagger), as I do, he’s a very prolific writer. I have ideas (too) and we’ll put them together in December or January. We’re looking forward to working.”
Richards has even discussed tour venues, telling German magazine “Stern,” that the band is “itching” to get back to work, saying (translated from German), “We’re itching, we want to do something. Not necessarily the big stadiums, more like smaller arenas in towns and maybe for several days until they kick us out.”
The Stones have not released a new studio album since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang,” nor been on the road since their last world tour ended in 2007. But, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards,Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Woods have each been dropping hints that band was preparing to get back into action with hisBBC 6 comments supporting other recent album and tour revelations from Richards, who has been courting the media extensively in support of the release of his brand new autobiography “Life.”
Keef and company are scheduled to hold a summit in early December to discuss the band’s upcoming plans.
Did you know? The Rolling Stones last world tour, “A Bigger Bang” with earnings of over $558 million dollars, remains the biggest grossing tour of all time.