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Rocking at 50: Rolling Stones to tour again

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  • The Rolling Stones -- Charlie Watts, left, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger -- will return to the stage later this year, with four concerts in Newark, N.J., and London.

      The Rolling Stones -- Charlie Watts, left, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger -- will return to the stage later this year, with four concerts in Newark, N.J., and London.
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LONDON -- 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 it 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 its 50th anniversary of its 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," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," "It's Only Rock and Roll," 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 band promises 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. The exhibition will be open Nov. 15.

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