News on Rolling Stones, Billy Bragg, Kim Richey
In addition to a probable 40th anniversary tour this year, look for the Rolling Stones to return to the studio to record a number of new tracks, potentially for release on a retrospective or an album of new material. According to sources, the band is gathering in Paris this summer to record at least four new songs. A representative for the band, which is signed to Virgin worldwide, says there is no definitive word on any new recording.
"We're trying to cook something up," Stones frontman Mick Jagger told Billboard last fall. "I don't want to talk about it too much yet, but the 40th anniversary is a good party to give." Guitarist Ron Wood also told the U.K. magazine Uncut late last year that the band was sorting through its archives to compile a box set, featuring rarities, outtakes, and unreleased live tracks.
It goes without saying that the worldwide touring industry will be happy to see the Stones tour this year. The group contributed $750 million to gross touring revenues in the 1990s, selling out 307 of 333 mostly stadium shows. On its last outing, in 1997-99, the band grossed $337.2 million and played to 5.6 million people.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.