Lars Pedersen, journalist from Sweden, kindly sent in this e-mail plus link to an article in swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
He did an interview with Keith and sure enough asked for dates in Sweden for the upcoming tour. Here are his words:
I am a journalist with the Swedish News Agency TT in Stockholm. Had a pleasant interview with Keith last night. A short article was published today in which he confirms the European Tour, albeit without specifying dates and venus.
A long interview will be published next week. He talks about missing Charlie Watts and the war in Ukraine amongst other topics.
All the best // Lars
As the content of that article is in swedish, I asked Google for a translation. This is, what the translator made of it:
The Rolling Stones are planning a European tour this summer, confirms Keith Richards for TT. – I will put a good word for Sweden, says the 78-year-old guitarist. In July 1962, the Rolling Stones appeared on stage for the first time. The venue was the Marquee Jazz Club in London. The world’s biggest rock band is thus celebrating 60 years this summer and rumors have circulated about a European tour in honor of the anniversary. – I can not specify (dates and places), but it is definitely at the planning stage, says Keith Richards on the phone from New York where he will play with his second band The X-pensive Winos on Thursday night.
TT: Do you think that Sweden will also be included? – I hope so. I have not yet seen a proposed itinerary, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be going in that direction. – I will put a good word for Sweden, he promises in connection with a longer TT interview that will be published later. According to the British newspaper The Sun, the Rolling Stones will officially announce the European tour next week. The premiere will be held at the football club Liverpool’s home arena Anfield in June. Two concerts in Hyde Park in London are also included, as part of the British Summer Time festival, if the information is correct.
Steve Jordan plays drums, just as he did during the band’s US tour last fall. He replaces Charlie Watts who passed away in August last year. When asked if the Rolling Stones are considering quitting after their 60th birthday tour, Keith Richard’s answer is as expected: – I do not think any of us think in those terms.
I especially like this one last sentense, hehehe …