The Rolling Stones plan 50th anniversary concerts

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It’s finally official. After months of speculation, The Rolling Stones have confirmed they will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a series of shows on both sides of the Atlantic. After a pair of shows in London, the legendary band will return to the United States for two nights at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday, December 13 and Saturday, December 15. Tickets for each of the shows, which range in price from $95 to $750, will go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster.

“Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!” declared frontman Mick Jagger in a press release. Guitarist Keith Richards added, “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. I’m here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!”

The shows will mark The Rolling Stones first in more than five years. Fans can expect a set packed with greatest hits and other classics, many featured on the band’s forthcoming compilation, GRRR!. Set to hit stores on November 12, GRRR! will be released in a variety of formats include a 50-track/3-CD set and an 80-track/4-CD box set. Each will contain a two new songs titled “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot”.

For the upcoming shows, The Rolling Stones will be using a 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.

As of now, there are now plans for additional shows for the band. However, rumors are swirling regarding additional tour dates in 2013.

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