Rolling Stones Returning To The Road In 2007?
Although the Rolling Stones' mammoth A Bigger Bang tour was expected to conclude in mid-November, guitarist Ron Wood tells Billboard.com the band is considering another round of dates in 2007.Although the Rolling Stones' mammoth A Bigger Bang tour was expected to conclude in mid-November, guitarist Ron Wood tells Billboard.com the band is considering another round of dates in 2007. As previously reported, A Bigger Bang is on track to become the highest-grossing tour of all time.
"We're gonna have a well-needed break over Christmas, and then we'll go back out, probably, next year," Wood says. "We'll probably do some Europe; we owe them some dates," he adds, referring to a handful of shows canceled to allow guitarist Keith Richards time to recover from a skull injury.
Wood says he's "loving where [the band] is, musically," and is especially looking forward to reconvening with Richards, who will be coming to rehearsals straight from filming for the third installment of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.
"They're filming as we speak, and he's gonna come to the next rehearsal in Boston dressed in his pirate gear," says Wood, who was vacationing with Richards in Fiji in May when he was injured. "He said, 'I'm not allowed to shave, and they're gonna start tying bits on my growth from my face to get into pirate mode.'"
Wood continues, "I said, 'Well, promise me one thing -- you won't get out of character. Come straight from the set to rehearsals in Boston.' He said, 'I promise you I will,' so it's gonna be perfect."
Meanwhile, Wood is celebrating the Sept. 26 release of his retrospective "Anthology: The Essential Crossexion," the lone unreleased track from which is the Rod Stewart collaboration "You Strum and I'll Sing."
"It's like a really sweet demo," Wood says of the track, which also features the Stereophonics' Kelly Jones. "We had a quick afternoon in my studio in London [so] we just laid the groundwork for this album that we will one day finish off together. Rod said, 'Well, one day we'll do this properly,' this song. And I thought, 'Well, it's gonna take God knows how long, so let me just use the example of it we made.'"
"Crossexion" also features tracks from Wood's solo work and his days with the Birds, the Creation, the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces. There are two Rolling Stones tracks he co-wrote as well -- "Everything Is Turning to Gold" and "Black Limousine."