Rolling Stones Ready to Reveal 2018 Tour Plans

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The Stones today (left to right): Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood

While their contemporaries The Who have just (unofficially) announced that they will be settling in for a two-year Las Vegas residency, the Rolling Stones are keeping their 2018 live performance plans to themselves—for now. However, a couple of articles in the British press strongly suggest that fans in the Stones’ birthplace may be getting a return visit from the band—all of whose core members are now in their 70s—some time next year.

NME, England’s long-standing music publication, stated back on Sept. 12 that rumors were afoot that Mick, Keith and the boys would be headlining this year’s Knebworth festival. “AEG [concert promoter] have refused to comment on the speculation, but the company are currently promoting the Stones’ European tour, having previously been behind their appearances at Desert Trip last year and British Summer Time 2013—the band’s last U.K. appearance,” said the NME report.

“Sorry to our U.K. fans there are no U.K. dates on this run, due to lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures,” the Stones said on Twitter at the time. “Hope to be here in 2018.”

Related: The Stones recently wrapped up their 2017 tour in Paris

And now that seems to be more that a “hope.” The British newspaper The Sun is singing a different, more positive tune. “Rolling Stones set to play U.K. gigs in summer 2018,” said the more definitive headline on the paper’s website last week. Mick Jagger, the report said, “is currently meeting with promoters to secure dates in 2018 which are likely to feature a number of huge stadium shows. Speaking exclusively, Mick said, ‘We were disappointed not to perform in the U.K. on our recent jaunt and we’re looking forward to getting plans in place to do so next year.’”

No formal announcement has yet been made, nor has there been any word of a return trip to the States or elsewhere, but fans in the U.K.

BCB will, of course, bring you updates as we learn of them.

Watch the Stones play “Sympathy for the Devil” in Paris in October

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  1. Jack
    #1 Jack 16 November, 2017, 08:48

    I’m making these comments with the high probability of being crucified, but that being said, please Rolling Stones, bow out gracefully, you’ve more than done your part. With all due respect, to the second best group of all time (The Beatles being the greatest), bow out and let your musical legacy speak for you from this point forward.
    They are no longer the Stones of “Sticky Fingers”, “Exile on Main Street”, “Some Girls, or the other classic albums they released in their earlier years. I fear that to continue to mount these geriatric tours is only going to chip away at what is one of the greatest stories in Rock ‘n Roll history.
    I know I’m going to receive a lot of backlash for my comments, but please understand that these are not comments born of disrespect, but rather of honoring one of the great bands of our lifetime.

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    • Tweeter
      Tweeter 16 November, 2017, 12:22

      If The Stones were playing to half empty stadiums it would be agreeable. All shows on their tours have sold out and the studies show 70 % are first time atendees. Plumbers plum doctors doc and The Stones deliver Satisfaction. Bless you and remember It’s Only Rock n Roll -:)

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    • Hipartner
      Hipartner 16 November, 2017, 19:07

      Don’t go. If people want to see that never have, it’s a great experience.

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    • iorr61
      iorr61 17 November, 2017, 20:10

      I respectfully, yet strongly, disagree. Although it will be time to dismantle in the near future, they have been playing well since they got moving on the slow roll of annual tours beginning in ’12. Mick and Ronnie are surprisingly full of energy and performing very well. Charlie is still putting out a solid beat, and while Keith now leaves the “heavy lifting” to Ronnie, he’s doing fine. I look forward to at least one more year of shows. Maybe you haven’t actually been to any of the shows and are solely basing your opinions on their ages or poor quality YouTube videos?

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    • Nick
      Nick 22 November, 2017, 12:39

      First off my friend the Beatles were not a rock n roll band there for stones are the all time greatest and they still can rock, so why not, their icons. When they quit, many of us long time followers will have a big void in our lives that could never be replaced.

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