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November 11, 2011  | by: Adrienne Wenner

Rolling Stones live

Keith Richards’ book Life was very straightforward about his relationship with frontman Mick Jagger.  They aren’t friends.  They are just bandmates, and they barely get along.  So what does that mean for the Rolling Stones?

The Rolling Stones haven’t toured since 2007 in support of A Bigger Bang, featuring the hit “Streets of Love.”   Otherwise, the album didn’t do so well commercially.  Most say it’s their time to call it quits, but others think they still have the swagger (or at least Maroon 5 does).  When Jagger was asked about retirement, he was pretty adamant they would do more touring and more recording in the future.  With the state of Jagger and Richards’ relationship out in the open, it’s unclear what the future holds for the band.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

“We’re just going to play a little together, because we haven’t played for three or four years,” Richards told Rolling Stone magazine. “You don’t necessarily want to rehearse or write anything – you just want to touch bases. That’s a good start: me, Charlie and Ronnie. Mick’s welcome, and I’m sure he’ll turn up, but right now we just want to get our chops down.”

Richards and bandmates Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood are gathering to play some tunes in a London studio.  There are no confirmed plans for a tour or anything in celebration of their 50th anniversary in 2012.  Wood hopes at least for some live shows.

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