Rolling Stones roll on

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 July 2008
Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones roll on

The Rolling Stones will tour next year with or without Ronnie Wood.

Frontman Sir Mick Jagger is determined to embark on a European "mini tour" even if guitarist Ronnie - who is currently in rehab following his well-publicised alcohol binge with 20-year-old Russian waitress Ekaterina Ivanova - is not fit to perform.

A source said: "Mick officially becomes a pensioner when he turns 65 at the end of July and Keith Richards at the end of the year, and I think Mick wants to get another tour under his belt in case it gets to the point where he can't do any more.

"Mick is still dead set on going on tour and has even said that they will do the shows without Ronnie if it comes to it."

Mick and the rest of the band are stunned at Ronnie's recent behaviour - which saw the rocker flee to his hideaway in County Kildare, Ireland, with Ekaterina, leaving his wife of 23 years, Jo, distraught - because they believed his marriage was happy.

The source added to Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "Ronnie has always had his drink and drug problems but his marriage was rock solid. Jo kept him together.

"What's happening now is just something else and Mick and everyone can't quite believe it."

The band hopes the tour will give Ronnie a reason to get better and save his marriage.

The Rolling Stones

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The legendary rockers, fronted by Mick Jagger, perform their recognisable hits from across the decades including Satisfaction, Paint It Black and Brown Sugar, as well as some surprises thrown in for good mixture.

BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 346 5000

With Richard Ashcroft.

London Stadium, E20

Tue 22 May

Prices to be confirmed

With Liam Gallagher.

The Stadium

prices vary

Fri 25 May

Prices to be confirmed

With Florence + The Machine.

The Stadium

prices vary

Old Trafford, Manchester

Tue 5 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 868 8000

With Richard Ashcroft.

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