Stones tour plans for 2012 have been shattered

Star Tribune photo by Tom Sweeney

 

Despite persistent rumors, the Rolling Stones will not tour in 2012 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. "Basically, we’re not ready," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone. A 2013 trek is more likely, with bassist Bill Wyman possibly rejoining the group.

Bruce Springsteen’s "Wrecking Ball" is No. 1, displacing Adele’s "21." The British singer’s album has spent 23 weeks (though not consecutive) atop Billboard’s Top 200, one week fewer than Prince’s "Purple Rain." With 196,000 copies sold, "Wrecking Ball," the Boss’ 10th No. 1 album (which ties him with Elvis Presley for No. 3 all-time, behind the Beatles and Jay-Z), topped "21" by only 1,000.

Drummer-loving photographer Rob Shanahan, who grew up in Norwood, Minn., will sign his new book "Volume 1: Through the Lens of Music Photographer Rob Shanahan" Thursday night at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District. He has some cool photos of Ringo Starr (with and without Paul McCartney),Sheila E, Keith Richards and Eddie Van Halen, among others.

Here’s a chance to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music without having to audition. You can take an online rock history course, taught by longtime Boston Globe critic Steve Morse, with contributions from Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, among others. It starts April 2 at berkleemusic.com.

After releasing a couple of albums on Anti- and some on his own label, Bob Mould has signed with Merge Records, the imprint behind Arcade Fire, Spoon and She & Him. Mould’s album, recorded with his touring band, is due in the fall.