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Keith Richards teases Rolling Stones gigs in London and New York

The Rolling Stones

Story by Jack Foley

ROLLING Stones guitarist Keith Richards has let slip that the band have booked to play live shows in London and New York sometime in the near future.

Speaking to Q magazine, the legendary performer fuelled speculation about a series of gigs by admitting that venues have been booked.

He wouldn’t be pushed on when or where though.

The Rolling Stones are expected to play live again sometime in 2012 to mark their 50th anniversary, with lead singer Mick Jagger also letting slip in July that they were planning on sharing a stage together this autumn.

At first, rumours abounded that this would include an appearance at London’s Olympics opening ceremony (which they are reported to have turned down), but also suggested two shows at London’s O2 Arena in November (which they have since denied).

In his Q magazine interview, however, Richards said: “We’ve got some shows in London, I believe, and in New York, but I really can’t talk about any of that at the moment. They’ve put the gag on me on this. You can hint!”

What is confirmed is that the Rolling Stones will release a new Greatest Hits compilation in November titled GRRR!.

The collection, which is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary, will feature two new songs, Gloom And Doom and One Last Shot, which were recorded in Paris last month.

The tracks mark the first new material the band have recorded since their 2005 album A Bigger Bang.