Though Mick Jagger and Keith Richards said earlier this year that the Rolling Stones wouldn’t go on tour this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they have finally announced four concert dates for later this year.
All four dates will be in November, according to a source reported by Billboard, with two at the O2 Arena in London and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Exact dates have yet to be announced.
The source also reports that the Stones will be paid around $25 million for the four shows, which will be promoted by Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty.
Statements by the band earlier this year stated that the band may be touring and possibly releasing new material in 2013 to celebrate their Golden Anniversary, since it was in 1963 when drummer Charlie Watts joined the band and the group released their first record.
Earlier this week, the group was seen leaving a recording studio in Paris, and Mick Jagger later tweeted that he “Had fun in the Paris studio this week!” The four shows would also make good on a Jagger promise to the London Evening Standard that the group would be playing live “in the autumn.”
Richards has also hinted at things to come in an interview with the BBC.
“We’re playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals,” he said. “We’ve got together, and it feels good… There’s things in the works; I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say yet.”
On other Rolling Stones news, it has been confirmed that a new documentary about the band will air on HBO later this fall.
“Crossfire Hurricane” will document the band’s 50-year career and will premiere in U.K. theaters this October before being aired on HBO in the U.S. The band reportedly opened up private collections of photos and film footage for never before publicly aired material in the doc.