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Lawsuit Reveals Plans for Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary Tour

The band's longtime concert producer is competing with Live Nation for promotional rights

February 1, 2011 10:40 AM ET
Lawsuit Reveals Plans for Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary Tour
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The Rolling Stones have yet to announce any plans to tour in the foreseeable future but a lawsuit involving the concert promotion juggernaut Live Nation and the band's longtime tour organizer Michael Cohl indicates that a 50th anniversary jaunt is in the works.

Photos: The Rolling Stones Live, 1964-2007

Live Nation is suing Cohl for $5.35 million for allegedly breaching the terms of the agreement made when he stepped down as chairman of the company in 2008. Cohl has responded with a countersuit which claims that it was in fact Live Nation that breached the contract with the intent to ruin his chances to attain promotional rights to an upcoming Stones tour.

Photos: Mick Jagger

Cohl's countersuit states that the members of the Rolling Stones are aware of the conflict between himself and Live Nation, and believes that this rift has done damage to his working relationship with the band, despite having produced every world tour they have gone on since Steel Wheels in 1989.

In a statement released by the Stones, the band made it clear that they have no immediate plans to embark on a tour, and that they have not been professionally associated with Cohl since the conclusion of their A Bigger Bang tour in 2007.

This item has been updated.

Lawsuit indicates new Rolling Stones tour in works [Reuters]

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