The Stones are back for their half-century

After months of rumours, the Rolling Stones have announced dates for their 50 and Counting… The Rolling Stones Live tour. The band will perform 25 and 29 November at London’s O2 Arena and 13 and 15 December at Newark’s Prudential Center. Ticketing information is available on their website.

“The boys are cooking in the back room,” Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone. “See you all in the front room very soon.”

A press release announcing the tour promises an “all new, custom-built set design with a stage based on the band’s ubiquitous and celebrated tongue and lips logo, which will reach out into the crowd and become a truly must-see and -hear experience, with integral video screens and effects enhancing the sort of high-octane adventure for which the band’s concerts have been famous for decades.”

The shows will be promoted by Virgin Live, a new organisation spearheaded by Richard Branson and tour promoter Paul Dainty.

“In the future, Virgin Live plans to make a real difference to how fans experience, interact and enjoy live events,” Branson said in a statement. “Who would have believed, that a relationship with the band that started in the Sixties, would still be going strong five decades later with us working together again on these amazing shows.”

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The Rolling Stones haven’t performed in public since their Bigger Bang tour ended in August of 2007. They came together earlier in Paris earlier this year to record two new cuts for their upcoming compilation album GRRR!, which hits shelves on November 13th. The new single “Doom and Gloom” was released last week. Crossfire Hurricane, a new documentary chronicling their 50-year career, will premiere on HBO on 13 November.

As of now, only these four concerts have been announced, though it seems likely the tour will continue in 2013. Contrary to widespread rumours, the American shows are in Newark and not Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center. “I’m so looking forward to playing live in the New York/New Jersey area again,” Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone. “It’s going to be a great celebration.”

The final show of the four-night tour will be broadcast live via Pay Per View. Titled One More Shot, the broadcast will be distributed by WWE.

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