The Rolling Stones will tour North America in 2015, according to guitarist Ronnie Wood. The tour dates have not yet been announced. In an article published on Feb. 11, 2015, Billboard quoted Wood as saying, “We’re gonna come [to] North America again in the summer. Yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys and we’re gonna come [to] North America again in the summer.”
Wood added, “We`re just mind-blown about how the music is coming out even better than ever,” says Wood, “And I`m getting it easier nowadays, ’cause we’re having an easier schedule than I used to have.”
The Rolling Stones previously toured North America in 2013, as part of the band’s “50 and Counting” 50th anniversary tour. In 2012, the Rolling Stones performed a select number of concerts in London and the New York City area.
The Rolling Stones’ “14 on Fire” tour was the No. 3 tour of 2014, based on grosses for ticket sales in the year 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The tour had $143,448,464 in ticket sales from 21 shows. The “14 on Fire” tour took place from February to November 2014 and went to Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
One Direction was No. 1 on the list, with $290,178,452 in ticket sales from 69 shows. Justin Timberlake was No. 2 on the list, with $203,848,901 in ticket sales from 111 shows.
Critics’ reviews of the Rolling Stones’ “14 on Fire” tour were mostly positive. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who was a special guest on the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts in 2012 and 2013, was a special guest on the Rolling Stones’ “14 on Fire” tour.
The Rolling Stones’ “14 on Fire” concerts in Australia and New Zealand were originally supposed to take place from March 19 to April 5, 2014 but the shows were postponed after the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott, who committed suicide on March 17, 2014. Scott was found hanged from a doorknob in her New York City apartment. The Rolling Stones rescheduled the concerts in Australia and New Zealand for their “14 on Fire” tour. As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have settled a lawsuit against an insurance company that denied the band’s claim for due to the postponed concerts.
The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled concerts in Australia were affected by health problems. On Oct. 15, 2014, the Rolling Stones announced that their longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys was unable to perform on the Australian/New Zealand leg of their “14 on Fire” tour due to undisclosed health reasons. Keys was replaced by Karl Denson on the concert dates, which ran from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22, 2014.
Keys died on Dec. 2, 2014. The cause of death was not publicly disclosed. He had recorded and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1969, except for the Stones’ 1976 tour. Keys was a close friend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards; the two men shared the same birthday (Dec. 18, 1943).
Lead singer Mick Jagger also had a throat infection, which led to the band cancelling a concert that was supposed to have taken place at Hanging Rock in Macedon Ranges, Australia, on Nov. 8, 2014.
The Rolling Stones are reportedly contemplating touring South America in 2015. According to the Peruvian newspaper La Republica, the tour will likely go to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. The tour dates in South America have not yet been officially announced. The Rolling Stones previously performed in South America in February 2006, as part of the “A Bigger Bang” world tour.