Rolling Stones to Start Farewell World Tour Next Year, Sun Says

The Rolling Stones will start their farewell world tour next year, bowing out after half a century of rock ‘n roll, the Sun newspaper reported today, citing an unidentified person.

The band, formed in 1962, is in talks with promoters Live Nation about the tour, the newspaper said. The performances are set to last into 2012, it said.

The four members of the Rolling Stones will have a combined age of 268 when the tour begins, with drummer Charlie Watts turning 70 while on the road, the Sun said. Bandmate Ronnie Wood is 63, while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both 66, it reported.

They performed a farewell tour of Britain in 1971 before leaving the country to avoid taxes, the Sun said. The Rolling Stones have sold more than 200 million albums, the paper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alistair Holloway in London at aholloway1@bloomberg.net

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