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Jan042013

Rolling Stones Members Muse About 2013 Tour Plans, Which Could Include a Coachella Festival Appearance

Kevin Mazur/WireImageIt's apparently only a matter of time before The Rolling Stones reveal plans for a 2013 tour.  Speaking with Rolling Stone magazine last month, a couple of days after the group's final 2012 concert, guitarist Keith Richards declared, "Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for an announcement."

The rock legend said the band's series of 50th anniversary shows "went like a dream, at the same speed, man.  But we barely got off the starting blocks."  He added, "It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, 'Well, that's that, 50 years, bye-bye.'"

Singer Mick Jagger, meanwhile, admitted that "quite a few offers" have been presented to The Stones with regard to a 2013 trek, adding, "I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone.  We'll announce it when we've figured it out."

Richards told Rolling Stone that he and his band mates weren't overly concerned about marking the group's milestone anniversary, suggesting that The Stones were more motivated to start working again because the timing seemed right.

"Nostalgia is not this band's strong point," he pointed out.  "It was almost kicking and screaming to get us to this 50-year thing.  We eventually realized it was a good time to put things together again."

While nothing has been confirmed yet, one event that might be part of The Stones' touring plans is the 2013 Coachella festival, scheduled to take place April 12-14 and April 19-21 in Indio, California.  Last month, an appearance at the fest briefly showed up on a list of tour dates posted on the group's official mobile-phone app.  Although Jagger told Rolling Stone that The Stones hadn't even been asked to play the event, Coachella's Facebook page on Thursday posted an image of a round stone in a field -- strongly suggesting that the band may indeed be performing at the annual music extravaganza.

The scope and length of The Stones' 2013 itinerary still might be in the planning stages, but judging from his comments to Rolling Stone, Richards seems to think that, after the 2012 shows, the entire band is looking forward to hitting the road again.  "I just get the feeling -- they're itching at the bit now," he maintained.  "This thing wasn't enough."

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