The Rolling Stones Prepare to Stop Rolling

According to, rock veterans, The Rolling Stones, are set to finally bow out after 50 years in music – with a giant farewell tour.

The foursome will have a combined age of 268 when the world tour kicks off next year. The band – formed way back in 1962 – will reach its half-century during the jaunt, which is set to last into 2012. Drummer Charlie Watts will celebrate his 70th birthday on the tour, and bandmates Ron Wood, 63, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, both 66, agreed the milestones make it the right moment to call it a day.

They are in talks with promoters Live Nation about the tour, and a source said: “They’re likely to perform in stadiums. It’s almost certainly the last full-scale world tour. The band realise that age is creeping up on them. They want to bow out on top of their game, and not short-change their fans.”

The Stones first did a farewell tour of Britain in 1971, then left the country to avoid high taxes. They gave up touring again for eight years from 1982 until the Steel Wheels tour in 1990.  The Stones have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and have been amongst the top grossing tour acts for the past several decades…

The Rolling Stones – Madison Square Garden, New York – 07/26/1972
The Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters – Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago – 11/22/1981


~ by cdowell4 on July 25, 2010.

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