Rolling Stones set to play four 50th anniversary shows
After many months of rumors, The Rolling Stones have scheduled four shows in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have officially announced plans to take the stage at London's O2 Arena on Nov. 25 and 29, and at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Dec. 13 and 15.
"Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over," guitarist Richards said in a statement. "I've always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones."
Added Jagger: "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!"
A ticket presale for American Express cardholders is currently underway for the London shows, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (10/17). An AMEX presale for the Atlantic City shows gets underway on Oct. 22, while the general onsale begins Oct. 26.
There have been hints that a larger tour is in the works for next year, but so far those plans haven't been confirmed.
The Stones haven't toured since their "A Bigger Bang" tour, which ran from 2005 to 2007 and grossed more than $558 million worldwide, according to figures released to the media by tour producer Michael Cohl. That outing drew nearly 4.7 million fans to 144 shows.
July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stones' first gig. The golden anniversary celebration has already been marked by the release of a 352-page photography book titled "The Rolling Stones 50." A new documentary film about the band, dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane," will debut Nov. 15 on HBO and in select theaters. Later in the year, the Brett Morgen-directed film will air on BBC2 in the U.K.
The Stones released a new single titled "Doom and Gloom" last week. It will appear on the band's new best-of set, "GRRR! Greatest Hits," due out Nov. 13.