By Alex HudsonThe Rolling Stones first formed back in 1962, but if you were excited to celebrate their 50th anniversary by seeing the band in concert, then you're going to have to wait a little bit longer. The rock legends have revealed that they won't be touring in 2012, and any 50th anniversary festivities will have to wait until next year.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Keith Richards admitted, "Basically, we're just not ready," and said that 2013 was a more realistic goal. According to inside sources, Richards's health is a concern, and this may mean that the band would only perform in select major cities rather than embark on a full-blown tour.
But he lack of touring won't stop the Stones from celebrating their 50th anniversary in other ways, including a career-spanning documentary that reportedly includes a massive amount of unseen footage.
Director Brett Morgen said, "Nobody has put the story together as a narrative. We've been looking under every rock going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I've conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we're done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they've ever done."
The Rolling Stones also plan to cut some new recordings, and Richards said that they will soon begin preparing to hit the studio.
"We'll just get the boys back together again then and maybe cut a side," he said. "I've got plenty in the locker here, but it's not on tape."
There's no word as to when the film or recordings will be released, however.
Back in December, the band played together for the first time in several years, and this jam included bassist Bill Wyman, who had been absent from the Stones' lineup since 1992.
Oh, and in case you needed some justification that 2013 can still be considered the group's 50th anniversary, here it is, according to Richards: "The Stones always really considered '63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn't actually join until January. We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year."