Mick Jagger admitted that plans were in the works for the Rolling Stones to hit the road as far back as 2011, according to Rolling Stone. Jagger told CBS, "I kept hedging when people asked me, but I knew, the year before (the 2012 shows). We kind of knew it was bound to happen. . . Personally, I start preparing about two months before the tour starts. So I have to up my fitness level and I have to start singing everyday, doing practices and a bit of dancing."
Jagger went on to talk about the ease in which he and the band are able to fall in line once back on the boards: "The communication between me and Charlie (Watts) and Keith (Richards) and Ronnie (Wood), it's really quite easy." Richards added: "Charlie gives me a little signal, a certain little rap that he's ready to go. Then Ronnie and I, we just pass looks at each other all the time."
Charlie Watts admits that although the Stones' hard partying ways have always grabbed the biggest headlines, he maintains that you won't find two healthier guys than him and Mick Jagger: "To do what I do, to do what Mick does, he needs to do that as well. Now the two reprobates (laughs) will be . . . You have to ask Keith and Ronnie what they do, but they have another version of physical fitness."
Pollstar.com reported that the Stones have pushed back their tour opener from May 2nd to May 3rd at L.A.'s Staples Center to accommodate the NBA playoff schedule. Tickets to the show will be honored on the new night.
UPDATED: The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
May 3 - Los Angeles - Staples Center
May 5 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
May 8 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
May 11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 15, 18 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
May 20 - Los Angeles - Staples Center
May 25 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
May 28, 31 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 3 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 6 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
June 9 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
June 12, 14 - Boston, MA - TD North Garden
June 14 - Boston, MA - TD North Garden
June 18, 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 29 - Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm
July 6, 13 - London, England - Hyde Park