The Rolling Stones Push 50th Anniversary Tour Back to 2013

It's unbelievable for any band to be able to celebrate their 50th anniversary — hell, most don't make it to their 10th — so it makes perfect sense that everyone seems to be clamoring for a Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour.

While all signs have pointed to a semicentennial happening sometime this year, a new report from Rolling Stone seems to point to the tour happening next year instead.

"Basically, we’re just not ready," said guitarist Keith Richards. "I have a feeling [2013 is] more realistic."

Rolling Stone also reports that Keith's health looks to be the primary cause for a tour delay, with the band more likely to play multi-night residencies in major cities than a true tour.

The Stones will be busy this year, though, with a planned studio session for later in the year as well as a major documentary in the works. The band will also release a photo book, titled The Rolling Stones: 50, on July 12, the 50th anniversary of the band's first gig in 1962.

And now, here's an unrelated video of the Rolling Stones having a food fight in 1968.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.