After much speculation about a 50th anniversary tour, iconic Rock and Roll pioneers The Rolling Stones announced four official concert dates today. Mick Jagger and gang released a video via YouTube with the announcement. The first two dates will performed at London's O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th. The next two dates will bring the band stateside, performing at New Jersey's Prudential Center December 13th and 15th.
As stated in a recent press release: "These sensational live shows will be the first opportunity for audiences to see the Rolling Stones perform on stage for more than five years. They will treat their generations of fans in a must-see, heart-pumping celebration of era-defining tracks such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ 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.
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. 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."
With such a large production underway, one can speculate these first few shows are only the beginning of the much-anticipated world wide tour fans have been waiting for.
Tickets for the US shows go on sale October 20th. For those not able to attend, it will also be telecast live via pay-per-view via WWE.
On November 15th, HBO will air the Rolling Stones latest documentary "Crossfire Hurricane", which chronicles the band's fifty-plus year history. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones.