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Rolling Stones set for Barclays Center

The Stones play at the Concert for SARS

The Stones play at the Concert for SARS Relief at Downsview Park in Toronto. (July 30, 2003) The Stones performed there along with more than 15 other acts. (Credit: AP )

The Rolling Stones plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a pair of shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn before the end of the year, according to Billboard.

No official announcement about dates and ticket sales has been made. A Barclays Center spokesman declined to comment to Newsday about the shows. However, Billboard quotes an unnamed source saying that the band will be paid $25 million to play four shows — two in London and the two in Brooklyn — with the tour promoted by Virgin's Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty.

It would be the band's first tour since 2007's “Bigger Bang” tour and there have been recent signs that the band's steel wheels were starting to turn again.

Mick Jagger tweeted a photo last week from the Paris studio where the band was recording material for an upcoming box set. Today, HBO announced that it would debut “Crossfire Hurricane,” a film chronicling the band's career, on Nov. 15. The film's director Brett Morgen said the film would invite “the audience to experience firsthand the Stones' nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty. This is not an academic history lesson . . .  It's an aural and visual roller coaster ride.”

“You can't really stop the Rolling Stones,” guitarist Keith Richards says in the film, which is also expected to include footage from band rehearsals shot earlier this year. “You know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way.”

Pictured above: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, left, and Mick Jagger  play at the Concert for SARS Relief at  Downsview Park in Toronto. (July 30, 2003)

Tags: Rolling Stones , Mick Jagger , Keith Richards , Brett Morgen , Richard Branson , Paul Dainty

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