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Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour, To Be Or Not To Be?

Written by Mike Hohnen on August 30, 2012

The plot thickens in regards to recent rumours that Rolling Stones would be going on tour in celebration of their golden 50-year anniversary. A close source has leaked that dates have been confirmed, but not everything adds up.

According to Billboard, one of their sources has leaked that Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty have combined powers for a run of shows, two at London’s O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, fronting a cool $25 million to book the band.

This matches up nicely with recent buzz around the band’s social media after warning fans to ‘keep their eyes peeled‘, and, despite Mick claiming that the band is simply not ready to hit the road just yet, Keith stated in a recent interview: “We’re playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals,” he said. “We’ve got together, and it feels so good…There’s things in the works; I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet.”

Herein lies the rub: Michael Cohl, the band’s long-term concert producer (who produced the more recent Bigger Bang tour, which apparently grossed around $558 million back in 2005-2007) commented that he knew nothing about a new tour. “Nothing I know of,” he said, “not even off the record. On the record, off the record, it’s all the same. I got nothin’ today.”

Hmm…What are they up to?

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