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Rolling Stones set dates for 2 shows at Newark's Prudential Center

From left, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood

From left, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. Credit: From left, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones have chosen New Jersey over Brooklyn.

After reports circulated that the band would hit the stage at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center later this year, the Stones announced Monday that they instead chose Newark's Prudential Center.

Part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration, the local concerts are scheduled to take place Dec. 13 and 15, with tickets going on sale Oct. 26; the Stones will also play two shows in London on Nov. 25 and 29.

According to a source, one of the main reasons that Mick Jagger and the guys chose the Prudential Center is because of the arena's ability to accommodate the setup and equipment needed for the pay-per-view telecast that will be broadcast live during the Dec. 15 show.

"The Prudential Center offered the opportunity to get in there and set up the venue - you need multiple days to get in there and set up the cameras, etc.," the source told us, adding: "They wanted a lot of fans all over the place to see the show - not just fans in New York and the New York area."

This year's concerts will mark the first time that Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have played together as a band since 2007.

"Sorry to keep you all hanging around, but the waiting is over," Richards said in a statement Monday. "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."

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