Mick Jagger was recently quoted in reference to a 2012 Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour that he wasn’t sure if there would be a Rolling Stones tour in 2012, even going so far as to say “We haven’t really discussed it”. But make no bones about it, the Rolling Stones will tour in 2012 and planning it is being discussed somewhere.
And don’t expect Jagger’s new side project “Super Heavy” to get in the way either. It may be a nice little side gig but they won’t get any bigger venues than a small theatre, and it won’t pay the bills.
Here are my Top Ten reasons why the Rolling Stones will tour in 2012. And it has nothing to do with the 50th anniversary of the band.
- Money! And lots of it. The Rolling Stones will be going out with a band for what is surely the last and final Rolling Stones tour. Start saving now, the prices will likely be historic.
- Money! This money is for the promoters. They stand to make a huge profit on tickets, merchandising, parking etc. and they are the ones pushing the most for a Stones 50th anniversary tour to capitalize on the timing.
- They may be short one member of the band if they wait much longer. Let’s face it. They’re at a time when the sand is definitely running out on performing at a high level and even guaranteeing they will be around for the next tour is not certain.
- The fame. Mick and Keith love the crowds, the girls, the whole spectacle. And running around spending money is just not the same as a live concert.
- They need a fix. It’s been 4 years since the last tour ended and they have not gone more than 4 years without touring since 1989.
- The money. There will be so much money involved it deserves a second mention.
- Rumors, and lots of them. There’s enough talk going around and some maybe legitimate that the Stones will tour in 2012.
- The four members of the Rolling Stones met in London a few weeks ago. Why else would the band get together when Mick is obviously busy with SuperHeavy right now?
- Money! Once again the promoters are offering so much cash to the Stones to tour they may have a hard time turning it down.
- Georgia Jagger wants to go on tour with dad Mick. And fathers always do what their daughters ask, right?