Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour Postponed to 2013

The gang back in 2007. (Photo by Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images/2007 Getty Images

This year marks the Rolling Stones' golden jubilee and will be celebrated with a group-authored 352-page book and Brett Morgen–directed documentary, but not, it seems, a worldwide tour. In separate interviews with Rolling Stone magazine, both Keith Richards and Mick Jagger confirmed as much: "Basically, we're just not ready," Richards said, adding that 2013 feels "more realistic." According to a top concert exec who spoke to the magazine, the grizzled guitarist's health is one of the primary obstacles. As Richards told Jimmy Fallon in 2010, four years after suffering a head injury: "You are looking at a very rusty Keith Richards right now. If you've been on the road for two years and suddenly you stop, you put it down for a little bit. And then a little bit longer and you say, 'I really got to catch up, man.'"

But Richards is finally catching up, booking several recent performances and getting to work on his own solo LP. As for when the group's anniversary sound-off will start in earnest, it may be as soon as next month, when they all meet in New York for a studio session. "We'll just get the boys back together again then and maybe cut a side," Richards told the magazine. "I've got plenty in the locker here, but it's not on tape."