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Rolling Stones announce dates for 50th anniversary shows

Charlie Watts, left, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and

Charlie Watts, left, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger arrive at Somerset House in central London before a party to celebrate the launch of the book “Rolling Stones 50" and a photographic exhibition marking 50 years since their first gig. Credit: Getty Images

The Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary with four concerts this year -- two in London and two at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The long-rumored "50 and Counting" shows will take place at London's O2 Arena on Nov. 25 and 29 and at the Prudential Center on Dec. 13 and 15. Tickets for the Newark shows go on sale at noon on Oct. 26 through Ticketmaster.

The Dec. 15 show, dubbed "One More Shot," will also be broadcast on pay-per-view.

"Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over," guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement, putting to rest rumors earlier this year about shows coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "I've always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones."

The shows, the band's first in five years, are part of a massive celebration of the group's golden anniversary, including a new single "Doom and Gloom" from the box set "Grrr!" out next month, as well as a new band documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" that will premiere in America at the Ziegfield Theatre on Nov. 13 and on HBO on Nov. 15. The Museum of Modern Art will host a retrospective "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film" from Nov. 15 to Dec. 2.

"Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!" Mick Jagger said, announcing the shows.

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