Rolling Stones postpone 15 tour dates

The Rolling Stones on Wednesday postponed the first 15 dates of their European tour as guitarist Keith Richards recovers from a head injury. Stones publicist LD Communications said the European leg of the band's "A Bigger Bang" tour, which had been due to start Friday in Barcelona , Spain , would now begin in July at a venue and city to be announced.

It said the rescheduled dates would be announced in the next few days. The postponed gigs were scheduled for Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; Bergen, Norway; Horsens, Denmark; Goteborg, Sweden; St. Petersburg, Russia; Brno, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland; Vienna, Austria; Milan, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Zagreb, Croatia.

The postponement of the two Paris shows on June 3 and July 2 was announced Tuesday by French organizers. Richards, 62, was injured April 27 in Fiji . News reports variously claimed that he fell out of a palm tree or from a jet ski. Richards later had surgery in Auckland , New Zealand , to relieve pressure in his head. The Stones' official fan Web site said in a statement Monday that Richards had returned to the United States , where he lives, and "is feeling great, happy to be home and looking forward to getting back on the road with the Rolling Stones next month, reports the AP.