The Rolling Stones are planning a new world tour.

Veteran rockers Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, are hoping to hit the road in 2017 for a series of concerts all over the world.

A source told The Sun: ''Mick will never lose that bug for performing.

''Next year is going to be a big one, but not just because fatherhood is looming once again. He's keen to go back on the road and play in huge stadiums, and some have already been secretly booked out in preparation for a possible show.''

Mick, 73, and ballerina Melanie Hamrick, who is over 40 years his junior, are expecting a baby together next year.

Meanwhile, Keith recently claimed the band's new album was ordered ''from above''.

The 72-year-old rocker said the band had ''no intention whatsoever'' of making a blues record, but their collective enthusiasm was reignited when they covered 'Blues and Lonesome' in an exercise to unite them as a group.

He said: ''There was no intention whatsoever of making a blues record.

''I knew we were going to be working in a room we hadn't worked before. The first day or two, this room's fighting us.

''I had just happened to call Ronnie up a month before and said, 'Just in case, get down that Little Walter track, 'Blues and Lonesome' and suddenly the sound comes together in the room.

''Mick turns round and says, 'I'd like to do this Howlin' Wolf song. 'OK, keep rolling...'

''From there, we almost felt we were being ordered from above.

''It wasn't planned. That's one of the reasons I love it. It happened. And when things happen, I can take a hint.''