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Stones postpone European concerts
Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones hope to resume their world tour in July
The Rolling Stones have postponed the first 15 dates of their European tour after Keith Richards's brain surgery.

The rock legends will reschedule the gigs in countries including Spain, Belgium, Russia, France and Italy.

The A Bigger Bang tour is due to resume in July but the first date and venue have yet to been announced.

Richards had surgery in New Zealand after reportedly falling out of a tree, but has since flown home to the US and says he is "feeling great".

The European leg of the world tour was due to start in Barcelona on 27 May, but concerts up to and including the show in Zagreb, Croatia, on 5 July have now been called off.

Keith Richards, leaving hospital in Auckland
Richards has flown home to the US with his wife Patti Hansen
Tour promoters are asking fans to keep hold of their tickets until rescheduled dates are announced.

The next scheduled show is in Nurnberg, Germany, on 10 July, with UK dates due to take place in August.

The band have already performed in countries including China and Brazil and at the US Super Bowl.

Richards suffered the head injury during a break in the tour schedule.

Doctors in Auckland said he had a small operation to remove pressure after he complained of headaches.

He was originally thought to have sustained "mild concussion" but needed surgery several days later.

The Rolling Stones cancelled a number of concerts on their 2003 Forty Licks tour because of illness and the Sars outbreak in Asia.

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