Rolling Stones put kibosh on 2012 tour talk
"Basically, we're just not ready," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone magazine, adding that 2013 was the band's new goal.
"The Stones always really considered '63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn't actually join until January," the guitarist added. "We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year."
According to Rolling Stone, however, concerns over Richards' failing health may also play a factor in the group's decision to stay home this year. "They don't want to do a full tour," a "top concert business source" told the magazine. "They don't want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith's health."
Fans and journalists alike have fretted publicly over the state of Richards' well-being since the rock legend infamously fell out of a tree in 2006, causing head injuries that later required surgery to relieve a blood clot that had developed on his brain.
Until the band actually does confirm concrete tour plans, fans can look forward to a documentary by director Brett Morgen due out later this year that examines the group's 50 years in rock and roll. According to Morgen, the film will include newly unearthed music and live footage along with interviews culled from more than 50 hours of material he shot of the band.