Keith's Injury Pushes Stones Tour to July

Keith's Injury Pushes Stones Tour to July
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05/24/2006 AT 09:00 AM EDT

The Rolling Stones have revised their European tour schedule in light of Keith Richards's recent head injury.

According to the band's Web site, the tour will now kick off at the beginning of July at a venue and city to be announced.

The "Bigger Bang" tour had been scheduled to begin on Saturday in Barcelona until Richards suffered a concussion while on vacation last month.

The July kickoff contradicts previous statements by the band's rep that the tour was expected to begin in June.

A new schedule will be announced in the next few days for Barcelona; Madrid; Brussels; Paris; Bergen, Norway; Horsens, Denmark; Gothenburg, Sweden; St. Petersburg, Russia; Brno, Czech Republic; Warsaw; Vienna; Milan; Athens; and Zagreb, Croatia.

Richards, 62, recently returned to his home in Weston, Conn., after undergoing surgery in New Zealand to deal with the head injury he sustained on April 27.

"He is feeling great, happy to be home and looking forward to getting back on the road with the Rolling Stones," a publicist for Richards said in a statement.

The statement did not reveal when Richards arrived back in the U.S. or whether he is continuing to receive medical treatment.

Richards suffered a concussion, reportedly after falling from a palm tree, while on vacation with wife Patti Hansen in Fiji. He was flown 1,300 miles to New Zealand, where he underwent surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.

He was discharged from Ascot Hospital in Auckland on May 11 and continued to receive outpatient treatment there, his rep said.

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