The Rolling Stones are expected to tour dates in North America this summer. No specific dates or cities have been announced, but Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood confirmed the band’s tour. “We had a meeting in New York with the boys and we’re gonna come to North America again in the summer,” Wood told Billboard magazine. This will be the band’s first North America dates without their saxophonist, Bobby Keys, who passed away last December.
The legendary rock band has been touring consecutively for the last few years. The Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of the band with their 50 & Counting tour. The concert tour started October 2012 in France, and it wrapped up on July 2013 in England. The last two shows of the tour were filmed for the November release of Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live. The 50 & Counting 30-date tour traveled to cities in Europe and North America, and grossed over $145 million dollars.
The band just wrapped their 14 On Fire tour last November, after touring Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Paris, Rome, and other cities. There’s no telling when the Stones will stop their extensive touring. According to Wood, the touring schedule is actually easier now then it was before. “We’re just mind-blown about how the music is coming out even better than ever. And I’m getting it easier nowadays, cause we’re having an easier schedule than I used to have,” Wood told Billboard magazine. The band’s touring schedule is much lighter than it used to be. The Stones’ used to perform over a hundred shows a year, now they perform between twenty to thirty dates a year.
The Rolling Stones have released twenty-nine studio albums, and have sold over 250 million albums in their fifty-year career. The Stones had eight consecutive albums reach the top of the Billboard charts including Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup, and It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll. Some of the band’s biggest and most recognizable songs include “Satisfaction,” “Start Me Up,” “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The United Kingdom inducted the band into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.