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Rolling Stones to release 50th anniversary documentary

By | Published on Thursday 15 March 2012

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones aren’t going to be heading out on a tour to mark their 50th anniversary this year. I’m not sure this is really news (it looked pretty certain there’d be no anniversary shows already), but they’ve confirmed it anyway.

Actually, last year there was a glimmer of hope of some activity (for people who hope for these things), when Keith Richards told The Observer that he and most of his bandmates were rehearsing for the first time since 2008. Mick Jagger was not involved in those rehearsals though, and has reportedly remained hesitant about performing with the band ever since, which possibly explains why Richards told Rolling Stone magazine this week that they are “just not ready” to perform again in public. He added that a 2013 tour is a “more realistic” proposition.

Though an ‘industry source’ told Rolling Stone: “They don’t want to do a full tour. They don’t want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith’s health”.

But there will be 50th anniversary celebrations nonetheless. A book of photographs will be published by Thames & Hudson on 12 Jul, featuring many previously unseen pictures of the band from across their career. And today it was announced that a new documentary is being produced by Eagle Rock Entertainment, which will be premiered in September.

Director Brett Morgan told CMU: “For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones. The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavour of the iconic rock band”.

The as-yet-untitled film is being constructed from performance and interview footage captured over the last 50 years, including previously unheard music, and over 50 hours of interviews conducted with the band by Morgan himself.