As expected, The Rolling Stones will play a handful of concerts at the end of 2012 to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. Titled the 50 And Counting...The Rolling Stones Live tour, the rockers will play November 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena and December 13 and 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
In a press release, the tour is touted as having 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."
The gigs are the first live Stones shows since their Bigger Bang tour wrapped up in August 2007. The December 15 concert will also be broadcast live via Pay-Per-View. Information on ticket prices and on-sale dates are available at rollingstones.com. It has been rumored that the tour could continue into 2013 but nothing official has been confirmed yet.
In a video announcing the shows (seen below), Mick Jagger suggests that "maybe a few friends will be joining us." In a statement, Keith Richards said, "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," he added. "I'm here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!"