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Ron Wood Says Rolling Stones ‘On the Verge of Touring’

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We’ve been waiting for months to hear whether the Rolling Stones will mount a world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and we’ve heard that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are trying to iron out the details — and that drummer Charlie Watts is eager to join his longtime mates on the road. According to guitarist Ron Wood, things are “on the verge” of coming together.

During a recent interview, Wood was asked whether fans could expect to see the Stones on tour this year, and he responded, “Be lovely, wouldn’t it? That’s what we’re on the verge of. I dunno what the hell is gonna happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something.”

Musing about what it would take to make the tour a reality, he offered, “Basically, get the boys feeling comfortable with each other, ’cause we’re all ready to go individually. It’s just a matter of tying up loose ends and coming together as a unit.”

A 50th anniversary jaunt from the Stones would add to a concert season that’s already stacked with big names, including Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Radiohead, and Brian Wilson with the Beach Boys. As Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni told the Los Angeles Times, “We can foresee this being a record year for revenue certainly, and possibly even for attendance.”

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