Keith Richards confirms July meeting to discuss Rolling Stones' anniversary bash
Keith Richards has confirmed that the Rolling Stones will meet in London in July to discuss their 50th anniversary plans.
"It's all very hush-hush," Richards is quoted in Rolling Stone. "I'm going over to London for a bit, so I'll find out more then."
The guitarist confirmed that the band will also discuss whether they will record any new material, their first since 2005's A Bigger Bang. "We're going to talk about that in July and see. I mean, I'd love to get some tracks down and see what songs we've got. And that goes along with part of getting the band back together and getting things moving. So I'd love to cut some tracks, yeah."
Richards also revealed that he'd still like to tour in 2013. "I'd like to get a couple of shows down and see how it goes," Richards said. "But I'd love it."
The band reconvened in April in New York, where they inviting a film crew led by director Brett Morgen to shoot footage for a documentary celebrating the group's anniversary, due for release in September.
"We played everything, really," said Richards. "We're just getting our chops together. It was like playing in the garage, a maintenance check, you know?"
Earlier this week the band denied tabloid reports they were to bow out with a headline slot at next year's Glastonbury festival.
In a Twitter post the band said, "Every year the @RollingStones are asked to play this UK festival..but playing Glastonbury is not in our plans".
Meanwhile, A new photography exhibition called The Rolling Stones: 50 is set to open at London's Somerset House this summer.
The free exhibition will be held from July 13 - August 27 in the landmark venue's East Wing Galleries and will coincide with the release of a book of the same time. The book will feature 700 shots and words from the band on their history, and will hit UK bookshops on July 12.
The exhibition will show a host of unseen and rare photographs, including more than 70 prints, with live shots, studio images and reportage pictures on display as well as contact sheets and negative strips.