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Wednesday, 8 May, 2002, 01:10 GMT 02:10 UK
Stones announce world tour
The Rolling Stones disembark from the yellow blimp
The band arrived in the Bronx in spectacular fashion
The Rolling Stones have announced plans for a 12-month world tour - 40 years after they formed.

The British rock band revealed their ambitious schedule at a New York press conference on Tuesday.

Remaining band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood arrived in typically flamboyant style, by airship in a park in the Bronx.

The bright yellow blimp was decorated with the trademark Rolling Stones red lips and tongue logo.
(L-R) Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood
The Rolling Stones played Moscow in 1998

The tour starts in September this year and will consist of 32 dates in the United States and Canada, before heading to Europe, Australia, Mexico and the Far East in 2003.

They hope to play their first ever concert in China.

Jagger, wearing a sparkly silver jacket, said: "We're going to have three kinds of shows, stadia, arena and theatre or club shows - in New York we're going to do all three.

"It's going to be great fun for us, it will also be a bit of a challenge to jump from one to the other."

Special effects

But the lead singer refused to confirm rumours that former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor would join them on stage.

Jagger said: "We are always open to offers of guest artists, we are open-minded."

But the band has already booked several opening acts, including Sheryl Crow and the band No Doubt.

It promised spectacular sets and special effects, and a mix of old classics and new material.

Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community or we tour

Mick Jagger

A retrospective CD of their greatest hits from 1963 to the present day will be released to coincide with the tour.

The name of the tour will be revealed with the name of the new album.

Tour promoter Michael Cohl said the shows would be "a spectacular music event" and described the tour as "the most ambitious undertaking the Stones have ever taken upon themselves".

The Rolling Stones last toured in 1999, but Jagger insisted they were looking forward to hitting the road again.

He said: "Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community or we tour and we couldn't find any communities that needed pillars."

The BBC's Michelle Fleury
"The group is still one of the world's highest earning performers"
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