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Keith Richards hints at new Rolling Stones music

Fans are hoping that Keith Richards' enthusiasm for the Rolling Stones' recent road dates will lead to a new album. The Stones, who recently wrapped their European dates, are on hiatus until the fall when they hit the road to play a series of Down Under make up shows, which were postponed following the suicide in March of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.

Richards -- who is also working on a solo set -- spoke about the band's future in a "thank you" video, which served as a salute to the fans who caught this leg of the 14 On Fire tour, saying, "This band is really picking up steam now. There’s something in the air. . . Our strength lies in being together. There’s a certain chemistry. I can’t put my finger on it -- if I knew the answer I’d bottle it and sell it. . . It’s been a real buzz. I think I may keep this job on."

Keith Richards admitted that throughout the ups and downs of the Stones' long and storied career, allowing a certain element of the music to stay alive and in the moment is what's kept the band honest on stage: "It’s a strange balance of things, but, as I say, for a lead singer, for the frontman -- so to speak -- it’s important that he feels, like, totally confident in that he has a band behind him that’s not gonna fall apart if he tries anything. Be ludicrous, if you like, I mean -- we’ll be there. Every gig is different, which is why I never got bored doing this stuff. Take the Stones on stage 1963 or now, it’s still that same sense of adventure.”

The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):

October 25 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Oval
October 29 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
November 1 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
November 5 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
November 8 - Woodend, Australia - Hanging Rock
November 12 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
November 15 - Pokolbin, Australia - Hope Estate Winery
November 18 - Boondall, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
November 22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mt Smart Stadium

Side Notes:

• The Rolling Stones topped a new Billboard list of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists in the era from 1990 through 2014.

• Britain's original bad boys beat out U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Bon Jovi -- all five of whom have each grossed over $1 billion.

• The Stones topped the list grossing an astounding $1,565,792,382; U2 came in second with $1,514,979,793; and “The Boss” -- Bruce Springsteen -- rounded off the Top Three with a whopping $1,196,116,507.

Fast Facts:

• The Rolling Stones' last mainstream studio album, A Bigger Bang, was released on September 5th, 2005. The album, which was the band's first studio set since 1997's Bridges To Babylon, topped out at Number Three in the U.S., but hit Number One on the Austrian, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Billboard European, German, Greek, Swedish, and Swiss album charts.

• A Bigger Bang has sold 2.4 million units to date.

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