The Rolling Stones may soon be rolling Stateside.
In the wake of last year's well received 50th-anniversary shows in London, Brooklyn and New Jersey, the legendary English band is planning a North American tour, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which quoted a "concert business source." The trek, reportedly set to launch May 2, is to include 18 shows in West Coast cities including L.A. and Seattle. "But I think they're going to do some back East as well," said another source.
Though the Stones haven't released a new studio album since 2005's "A Bigger Bang," last year's 50 & Counting mini-tour demonstrated that demand to see the band live still runs high: With over 73,000 tickets sold, according to Billboard, the five shows grossed nearly $39 million.
In November guitarist Ronnie Wood told The Times that a month-long stretch of five-hour rehearsals in Paris had gotten the Stones "up to a point we've never been before." Frontman Mick Jagger added that the practice allowed the band to let go onstage. "You store up a lot of ammunition so you can do anything you want," he said.