Mick Jagger admitted that plans were in the works for the Rolling Stones to hit the road as far back as 2011, according to Rolling Stone. Jagger told CBS, "I kept hedging when people asked me, but I knew, the year before (the 2012 shows). We kind of knew it was bound to happen. . . Personally, I start preparing about two months before the tour starts. So I have to up my fitness level and I have to start singing everyday, doing practices and a bit of dancing."

Jagger went on to talk about the ease in which he and the band are able to fall in line once back on the boards: "The communication between me and Charlie (Watts) and Keith (Richards) and Ronnie (Wood), it's really quite easy." Richards added: "Charlie gives me a little signal, a certain little rap that he's ready to go. Then Ronnie and I, we just pass looks at each other all the time."