Photo: RankinDuring the last couple months, rumors have been spreading throughout the media that The Rolling Stones would be performing at the 2013 Coachella festival in Indio, California. However, frontman Mick Jagger has confirmed in a new interview with NME that the band will not be playing at this year's edition of the annual music and arts extravaganza, which is scheduled for April 12-14 and April 19-21.
"We're not gonna do Coachella, 'cause it's too early," Jagger explained to the U.K. magazine. "There was a rumor we were gonna do that one, but it's very early, Coachella. It's April or something, isn't it? And we're not gonna be ready to go by April."
The singer added, however, that The Stones were "not gonna stop."
Speculation about The Stones performing at Coachella began last month, when an appearance at the fest briefly popped up on a list of tour dates posted on the group's official mobile-phone app. Adding fuel to the rumors was an enigmatic photo that was posted earlier this month on the official Coachella Facebook page. The image shows a round stone resting in Indio's Empire Polo Grounds, where the festival takes place.
While The Rolling Stones won't be playing Coachella, it apparently will be just a matter of time before that the band reveals plans to tour this year. Speaking with Rolling Stone following the group's final 2012 show last month in Newark, New Jersey, guitarist Keith Richards said of a possible upcoming trek, "Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for an announcement."
Jagger, meanwhile, told the magazine at the time that The Stones had been fielding "quite a few offers," and that they'd announce their plans "when we've figured it out."
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