06/19/2006 AT 9:55 AM ET
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood has checked into a London rehabilitation clinic for treatment of alcohol abuse, but still intends to be part of the band’s “A Bigger Bang” tour next month, a rep for the band said Friday.
The tour will kick off on July 11 in Milan, Italy, Stones publicist Fran Curtis told Reuters. It had already been delayed after bandmate Keith Richards was injured while on vacation in Fiji.
Curtis also confirmed that a rep for Wood, 59, told Britain’s Sun newspaper last week that Wood “needs some rest, but he will definitely be fit for the first night of the European tour.”
Wood, who has long battled drinking problems and was in rehab last year, was reportedly with Richards, 62, and their wives on vacation in Fiji in late April when Richards suffered a head injury that forced the Stones to postpone the first 15 dates of their European tour.
Details of Richards’ accident and subsequent treatment have never been disclosed, but he reportedly fell out of a palm tree.
The band announced earlier this month that he had made a “complete recovery.” On the Stones’ Web site, Richards wrote, “Excuse me, I fell off of my perch! Sorry to disrupt everyone’s plans but now – it’s FULL STEAM AHEAD! Ouch!!”