The Rolling Stones just released their first single in six years, and it looks like we can expect some additional tour dates to go along with the new music.
In late March, Billboard reported that an anonymous source revealed the band would play two shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and two shows at the O2 Arena in London. Stones touring saxophonist Bobby Keys confirms to Billboard that more concerts are in the works, though no official dates have been announced for any of the shows.
Keys told the magazine that the band is “gonna do some more concerts, starting in November with two in England and then a couple here in the States, then there’s a few added concerts after that. Keith told me a couple months ago there was something in the wind and just be ready to go. I’m waiting for them to send me the plane ticket and the information, and then I’ll go.”
Keith Richards also essentially confirmed the New York and London shows in a recent interview with Q magazine, but said he wasn’t at liberty to reveal exact details.
“We’ve got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can’t talk about any of that at the moment,” Richards said. “They’ve put a gag on me on this. You can hint!”
A new Stones single, “Doom and Gloom,” premiered earlier today on BBC Radio 2. The song will be featured on the group’s upcoming multi-disc greatest hits compilation, GRRR! The album will be released November 12, and features one additional new song, “One More Shot.”
As has been the case for the past few Stones tours, there is speculation as to whether this will be the last outing for the group – particularly since it will celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary. Keys said he doesn’t know, but that he feels like it could be the end.
“The reality is this train is going to pull into the last station pretty soon – I don’t know how soon,” Keys said. “I’ve been saying this since 1980. But I feel like it’s kind of winding down. This may be sort of the ‘Sayonara, see you later, had a good time, keep in touch.’ I don’t know that for sure. I haven’t officially been told anything… I just take my cue primarily from what Keith says, so we’ll have to see.”
As the New York Times points out, the average age of the Rolling Stones currently is 68 ¼.”