The Rolling Stones Pass On Coachella, But 'Not Going To Stop'
The bad news is the Rolling Stones will not be playing California's Coachella Festival in April. The good news is that plans are definitely in the works for more tour dates set for this year. Late last year the Stones' mobile app either incorrectly -- or simply jumped the gun -- by listing the band as playing Coachella on April 12th. The listing was quickly removed.
Mick Jagger explained the situation to NME, saying, "We're not gonna do Coachella, 'cos it's too early. There was a rumor we were gonna do that one, but it's very early, Coachella. It's April or something, isn't it? And we're not gonna be ready to go by April. But we're not gonna stop. I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone. We'll announce it when we've figured it out. Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for an announcement."
Jagger admits that although the Stones played up their bad boy tendencies in the mid-'60s, he's still amazed at how quickly the establishment chose to embrace the band: "But, y'know, in a funny way, we didn't really have a (laughs) choice, y'know? 'Okay, I'm gonna be an anti-hero now -- now I'm not going to be!' I had no real idea that our kinda slight scruffiness was going to turn into this anti-heroic act. In some ways, we were swept along with the tide, but we helped ourselves propel ourselves along with it."