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The Rolling Stones announce London and New York shows (2012)

Story by Jack Foley

THE Rolling Stones have confirmed their long awaited return to the stage with four spectacular arena shows in London and New York this year (2012).

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood at last revealed their return to live work via a video message today at

As the crowning glory of their on-going 50th anniversary celebrations, the rock icons will play London’s O2 Arena on November 25 and 29, and then across the ocean to perform at the Prudential Center, Newark, near New York, on December 13 and 15.

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The shows will be the first opportunity for audiences to see the Rolling Stones perform on stage for more than five years and will see the band performing hits from their back catalogue, including Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black, Jumping Jack Flash, Tumbling Dice, It’s Only Rock and Roll, plus a few surprises and countless other classics from GRRR!, the multi-format compilation RS50 album coming out in November marking the Stones’ astonishing five decades at the top.

Mick Jagger commented: “Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!”

Keith Richards added: ”Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over. I’ve always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones. I’m here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!”

The Rolling Stones have always been at the forefront of technical innovation in their live appearances, and these dates will reaffirm their place on the cutting edge of concert technology. These 50th anniversary performances will see the band working once again with their acclaimed, long time collaborators, set designer Mark Fisher and lighting director Patrick Woodroffe.

The new shows will be another groundbreaking visual landmark in Stones history. Fans can look forward to 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.

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The 2012 concerts will mark the first time that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have performed together as a band since three acclaimed nights at London’s O2 Arena, in 2007.

In celebration of five decades, The Rolling Stones will release the GRRR! album on November 12, a Greatest Hits collection which includes two new songs Doom and Gloom and One More Shot, recorded recently in Paris, marking the first new recordings from the band since their 2005 album A Bigger Bang.

A new film, Crossfire Hurricane, directed by Brett Morgen, chronicling the key periods of the Stones’ career, will receive its worldwide premiere on October 18 at the London Film Festival and will be simultaneously screened in 250 cinemas across UK and Ireland.

Crossfire Hurricane will premiere in the US at the HBO Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on November 13 and will air on HBO in the US on November 15, and broadcast on BBC Two in the UK the same month.

Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City will host The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film, a comprehensive film retrospective that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today. This exhibition will be open November 15 through December 2.