The Stones Set to Tour Again

Published: 2005-04-19
Last year Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was battling throat cancer and the future of the legendary band was in doubt. But now that Watts has overcome the disease, the band is set to tour once again, beginning this August.

The tour could help boost lagging concert ticket sales. According to Rolling Stone magazine, 2004 was a disastrous summer for promoters and touring bands, with ticket revenue dropping significantly from previous years. Along with the Stones, other blockbuster tours this summer include the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, and the U2's continuing Vertigo tour.

The Rolling Stones have been in the studio completing their first album of original recordings since 1997's Bridges to Babylon. The tour is rumoured to be the very last for the Stones, but such rumours have surrounded the band since the 1980s.

No official dates have been set yet, but the tour is rumoured to be kicking off in Boston sometime in August. The Rolling Stones' last tour was the 40 Licks tour, which celebrated their 40 years as a band together and proved to be one of the most successful tours of 2002-03. The band's last performance in Canada was its 2003 show in Toronto before an estimated 450,000 people during the SARS outbreak.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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