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Ronnie Wood Indicates Rolling Stones Will Tour in October 2012

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The Rolling Stones‘ 50th anniversary celebration may include a tour, but it won’t include new music. At least, that’s what guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed in a recent interview. Previously it was believed the band wouldn’t be ready to tour until 2013.

“It looks like we are going to be doing more stuff,” Wood tells the Sun. “I am keeping October (and) November free, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m just awaiting more information.”

While the tease seems to be as tenuous as they come, it gives fans hope that all parties have put aside their differences and are at least talking about hitting the road as a group again. Even bassist Bill Wyman may join Mick Jagger and company for the trip.

As for new songs: “New ones? Are you joking? We are familiarizing ourselves with our back catalogue and have only scratched the surface,” Wood says, three weeks after exciting fans with ideas of the band’s return to the studio. Jagger quickly denied that was happening.

While 2012 marks 50 years since the Stones’ first gig, the band is now calling 2013 their true 50th birthday. “The Stones always considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie (drummer Charlie Watts) didn’t actually join until January,” Keith Richards said previously, according to NME. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”

It’s doubtful fans are going to argue over semantics if the band confirms a few dates in the very near future. As for new music, well… perhaps there will be a 51st anniversary album.

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