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The Rolling Stones fuel concert rumours with 'a couple of rehearsals'

The Rolling Stones

Story by Jack Foley

THE Rolling Stones have fuelled rumours of an imminent concert announcement by admitting they have met up for “a couple of rehearsals”.

Guitarist Keith Richards told the BBC that “it feels good” to be back together as they celebrate their golden anniversary.

But he stopped short of confirming any dates for a new tour, merely teasing: “There’s things in the works – I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet.”

The Rolling Stones actually celebrate 50 years of success today, having played their first gig at London’s Marquee Club on July qw, 1962.

They had their first hit, a cover of Chuck Berry’s Come On, 12 months later.

To help celebrate the band’s landmark, a photography exhibition will be launched at London’s Somerset House today (Thursday), which includes reportage, live concert and studio images of the band through the years.

Richards admitted to finding these images fascinating but also spoke of the band’s future, insisting that they’re far from done yet.

Saying he would like to see the Stones continue for as long as possible, Richards added: “There might be life in the old dog yet – we’ll die gracefully, elegantly wasted. Sometimes its hard work and you wonder why you’re doing it, but apart from those few moments it’s been an incredible adventure.”

The Rolling Stones last world tour, A Bigger Bang, concluded in 2007 with gigs in London. It played to 4.5 million people in 32 countries over two years and generated ticket sales of $558m (£360m), a record at the time until it was eclipsed by U2’s 360 tour last year.