After 21 shows -- including warm-up club dates and three at the end of last year, The Rolling Stones bring the North American leg of their 50 & Counting tour to an end Monday night in Washington, D.C. While no one has said if this will be the last tour, Keith Richards tells us he likes to defy the odds. "I hate to put a finite number on this. Obviously it's up to [my bandmates] and nobody can do this forever. Or maybe..."
After D.C., the band heads to England for its first-ever appearance at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29th, followed by a return to London's Hyde Park on July 6th and 13th. One hour of the Stones' Glastonbury set will be broadcast by the BBC, but it has not been announced if BBC America will participate.
The Stones threw an end-of-tour party for their crew Wednesday at the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar in Philadelphia where they played twice last week. A Latin band, complete with salsa dancers, performed. Restaurant staff was told to leave cell phones and cameras at home.
Aaron Neville joined the Stones Friday in Philadelphia for The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk." Keith Richards co-produced Neville's latest album, My True Story, and Neville's son, keyboardist Ivan Neville, has played in Richards' side band, the Xpensive Winos.