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Rocking at 50: Rolling Stones to tour again

LONDON (AP) -- You can't always get what you want -- but if your desire is to attend a Rolling Stones concert, this might be your lucky day.

The legendary band said Monday that they would return to the stage this year with four concerts in Britain and the U.S. The shows will take place on Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, followed by gigs on Dec. 13 and 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., just outside of New York.

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The shows mark the first time in five years that the Stones have performed live, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all coming together once more. The band said it was the "crowning glory" of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their first gig.

"Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!" Jagger said in a statement.

The Stones have sold more than 200 million records, with hits including "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," ''Street Fighting Man" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

But in recent years much of their income has come from touring. Their last global tour, "A Bigger Bang," earned more than $500 million between 2005 and 2007.

Their legions of fans will hear era-defining tracks such as "Gimme Shelter," ''Jumpin' Jack Flash," ''Tumbling Dice," ''It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)," plus a few surprises and other classics from "GRRR!," the multiformat album coming out in November.

"GRRR!" is a greatest hits collection that includes two new songs, "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot," recorded recently in Paris. The songs are their first new recordings since the 2005 album "A Bigger Bang."

The Stones promise an all-new, custom-built set design, featuring the tongue and floppy lip logo, that will "reach out into the crowd."

The tour comes despite some famously testy times.

Richards and Jagger have been creative catalysts and sparring partners, sentiments aggravated two years ago when Richards published his autobiography "Life."

They've nonetheless appeared amicably together during events that marked their 50th anniversary. A documentary about the band, "Crossfire Hurricane," premieres at the London Film Festival on Thursday.

In another milestone marking their five decades of music, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will host "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film," a retrospective chronicling the band from the mid-1960s until today. This exhibition will be open Nov. 15.

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Oct 15, 2012 4:21PM
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i grew up on goeppingen germany 1965  to 1968. first records i bought were the beatles song day tripper. and 19th nervous breakdown. i likes the kinks , stones spencer davis group, beach boys and the beatles. i would love to see the stones play  come on iwant to be loved poison ivy

i wanna be your man, whos driving your plane. the way they played when brian jones  was in the

band. sir mick jagger please do your fans a favor while the stones are still known. release all of

the true stereo  tracks. i have all the stones bootleg stereo songs. like tell me. not fade away.

poison ivy.  19th nervous breakdown is the best song in true stereo  you guys ever did. so tell

keith to stop lying about brian jones. i saw you guys in munich in the sixties. mick and brian were

the best on stage not keith. i realy like  keith guital riffs. but brian was always a better guitarist.

i know for sure the now lp was recorded in true stereo. so why not let you fans hear how good

you guys sounded in stereo. only elvis cound do stereo songs as good as the stones.

Oct 15, 2012 3:02PM
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'it's only rock 'n roll (but i like it)'!
Oct 15, 2012 2:41PM
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The 'Meals on Wheels' Tour.  This will be pathetic.
Oct 15, 2012 1:59PM
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I have a little 4-11 for all the so called 'stones" fans here...When Mick Taylor quit the band back in 1975, they ceased being the Rolling Stones, and became a vegas style show band with no chops. When Taylor was in the band, he co-wrote or wrote several songs, only getting one co-write credit on Exiled. Whever they played live, ALL THE PRESS WOULD TALK ABOUT is how GREAT Taylors playing was, and how TERRIBLE richards was. They drove him away through petty jealousy. Speak to ANY LEGITIMATE Rock historian and they will tell you that TAYLOR MADE THE STONES between 69-75. If you NEVER saw the Stones between 69 and 75, then you NEVER SAW THE STONES.!!! If you paid me 10,000 dollars and gave me front row seats, I would rather sit home and watch c-span than these clowns. keith Richards couldnt even tune Mick Taylors Guitars for him, not even on the same planet as Taylor. Now go ahead and thumbs down, you little crybabies.!!! OH AND DONT WASTE YOUR TIME REPLYING, I NEVER READ THEM:)
Oct 15, 2012 1:57PM
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Hey Mick, Keith and all.  For every year that you've performed, I have wanted to see you in concert.  It has either been sold out tickets, no money on our part, or just plain missing the boat.  And this year, it comes down to timing.  I will be playing nurse to my husband after surgery.  I'd love to see you, take my husband as you are touring close enough to us, pay back my daughter for those 5th row VIP seats she lucked into for Pink Floyd parents/daughter experience of a lifetime.  I'd like to take my grandson, the budding jazz musician who this summer realized, "I can do this".  I'd like to take them all, but sadly my husband will not be able to travel, let alone sit through a concert.  So please, put it on Youtube or sell us a tape....Perhaps other concerts will be added.  And enjoy your concerts, all of you.  Your music has always impacted our lives, and made us happier having it for us.
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