Rolling Stones fans currently scrambling to book flights and tickets to Coachella 2013 might want to put their plans on hold – if a source close to the band is to be believed.
The source has told Rolling Stone that the band will not be playing the popular American music festival in April, despite huge rumours and indications that they would be.
As previously reported, a date at the festival appeared in the Rolling Stones’ mobile app last month, but it was quickly removed.
Then, at the start of this year, when organisers posted a picture of a small boulder-like object in a grassy field, fans interpreted it as a cryptic clue that the Stones were going to play Coachella. Alas, festival promoters then shut down the speculation, saying it was a polo ball in the grounds of the festival’s venue, the Empire Polo Fields.
Whoever the source is and how credible they are is unknown, but all will be revealed in due course, as the full lineup announcement for Coachella should surface in the next couple of weeks.
We should also know pretty soon what the Rolling Stones tour plans are for 2013 – regardless of whether they play the festival or not. Frontman Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone that they had received “quite a few offers” following their five 50th Anniversary shows in London, New Jersey and New York – and that the band would make an announcement “when we’ve figured it out”. Guitarist Keith Richards echoed Jagger’s statement, saying that the band “barely got off the starting blocks” with the recent tour.