Concerns about Keith Richards’ health are said to be a factor in the Rolling Stones’ decision to postpone road jaunt
The Rolling Stones won't be rolling into a town near you this year.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that the group has nixed plans to hit the road in celebration of its 50th anniversary, instead aiming for 2013.
"Basically, we're just not ready," the group's guitarist, Keith Richards, told the magazine. Rescheduling the tour for next year, Richards added, seems "more realistic."
Multiple sources tell the magazine that Richards' health is at the center of the postponement. The ax-slinger is reportedly still getting back into form after falling out of a tree and injuring himself in 2006 in Fiji, while taking a break from the group's A Bigger Bang tour.
Plus, he's 68 years old. And Keith Richards.
A spokeswoman for the group has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.
"They don't want to do a full tour," a source in the concert industry told the magazine. "They don't want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith's health."
The source added that the group might consider doing longer stints in fewer venues in lieu of a full-blown tour.
"For example, they'd do 10 nights at MSG, 10 nights at Staples, 10 nights at London's O2 arena," the source said.
Richards admitted to late-night host Jimmy Fallon that he wasn't up to par in 2010.
"You are looking at a very rusty Keith Richards right now," Richards told Fallon. "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.'"
In his defense, Richards has mustered up the energy to co-star in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies — and pen an autobiography, "Life" — in the years since the injury.