Rolling Stone rehab
16:30 14 June 2006
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has checked himself into alcohol rehab - further delaying the band's world tour.
The legendary group have already been forced to rearrange dates on their Bigger Bang tour last month when the band's other guitarist, Keith Richards, suffered a fractured skull after falling from a coconut tree.
Now the European leg of the tour has had to be delayed until July 11 - to allow Ronnie to fight his addiction in London's Priory clinic.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Ronnie has fought a long battle with drink. He has started drinking again over the last few weeks and it has got out of control. Worrying about Keith has not helped."
The 61-year-old guitarist has unsuccessfully tried to kick his drinking habit on several occasions and visited Priory last year (05) before the American leg of the band's tour.
However, Ronnie has assured fans he will be back on the stage when the band play in Europe.
His spokesman said: "He needs some rest but he will definitely be fit for the first night of the European tour."
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