At an average age of 68, the Rolling Stones are showing no signs of slowing down. After premiering their first single in six years, “Doom and Gloom” off their greatest hits album GRRR!, the original British “boy band” have added a string of concerts to their agenda: two in London, two in New York.
The Stones will pack London’s O2 Arena on November 25 and 29, then cross the pond on December 13 and 15 to rock the Prudential Center in Newark.
“Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over,” said guitarist Keith Richards in a band statement (they might be a little too old for Twitter?). “I’ve always said the bets place for rock and roll is on stage and the same is true for the Stones. I’m here with Mick [Jagger], Charlie [Watts] and Ronnie [Wood] and everything is rocking. See you very soon!”
If those four confirmed shows don’t satisfy you, Mick hinted there could be more in store for 2013 when he told BBC’s Radio 2, “It’s not going to be a long tour, the first bit.”
If you’re wondering why the sudden tours this year… It’s all part of the English rockers’ 50th anniversary since forming in 1962—whatever you do, just don’t call it a comeback. Not too long ago, in August 2007, the Stones wrapped up their most recent two-year-long world tour at O2, which was the second highest grossing tour in history, close behind U2’s. They never really left.