Rumors are spreading of a possible 2011 or 2012 Rolling Stones tour. It is not confirmed yet obviously but speculation is that it will be a North American tour that turns into a World tour. This could be the final Rolling Stones tour as the rock and roll legends are now entering their seventies.
If the Rolling Stones are doing a stadium tour, the tour will most likely be a summer tour (because most stadiums are outdoors stadiums). Major stadiums have been scheduling lots of concerts recently and it is becoming more and more popular. Just this year, Aerosmith confirmed a concert at Fenway Park (Stadium of the Boston Red Sox), Jay-Z and Eminem confirmed concerts at Yankee Stadium (Stadium of the New York Yankees) and Comerica Park (Stadium of the Detroit Tigers), Taylor Swift performed at Gillette Stadium (Stadium of the New England Patriots) and artists such as Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and U2 performed at multiple stadiums in the USA.
The Rolling Stones have had a handful of tour dates since their last official tour which was a world tour in 2007. An anonymous tipster told London’s Sun that The Rolling Stones are planning to bow out in style next year and are talking to Live Nation about a potential stadium tour.
Drummer Charlie Watts, the oldest Stone, will turn 70 during the tour and bandmates Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger (all in their mid-60s) agreed the milestone would make for a good departure from live touring. “The band realize that age is creeping up on them,” the source said. “They want to bow out on top of their game, and not short-change their fans.”
However, when Entertainment Weekly did its fact-checking, the magazine got a different answer from the Stones… representative: It is “not true” that the Rolling Stones are retiring.
Last September, Australia’s Undercover magazine reported Watts had quit the band, according to an anonymous source. Watts was allegedly persuaded by Keith Richards to do the Bigger Bang tour, but that was the end of his commitment to the band. Reps for the Stones quickly rejected the report.
The Rolling Stones have long been associated with promoter Michael Cohl, Live Nation’s chairman until 2008. Cohl is producing the
Broadway musical “Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark”, scored by U2’s Bono and The Edge.