The Rolling Stones have announced the first dates for their 50 and Counting tour. The first show will be in Los Angeles in early May, but has not been exactly scheduled because of NBA and NHL playoff games. Guitarist Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood's predecessor in the group, will be a special guest on the entire tour.
The band will also play the Glastonbury festival in Englanf on June 29th and London’s Hyde Park on July 6th.
And in other news...Richie Sambora has left Bon Jovi's current tour.
The band posted a terse statement on its website early today (Wednesday) that said, "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled." No further explanation was offered.
Sambora gave no hints about any problems on his Twitter, as he tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he was watching videos for a contest around his solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown.
Bon Jovi resumed their tour Tuesday in Calgary, Canada. Fans on the band's message boards said that Jon Bon Jovi mentioned Sambora's absence, saying only that he wouldn't be playing with the band for a while. Sambora missed shows on the band's 2011 tour because of a stint in rehab.
Bon Jovi's tour continues tonight (Wednesday night) in Edmonton, Canada. The current leg of the tour is scheduled to end April 25th in San Jose, California.