Rolling Stones crank up new shows in New York, London

NEW YORK Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:07pm EDT

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Ki Price

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones are set to play a series of four concerts this coming November in New York and London, Billboard reported on Thursday.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, who this year are celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, will play two dates at London's O2 arena and two at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, which has yet to be completed.

News of the shows comes after the band members initially said they would not tour this year, then hinted at upcoming gigs during a book launch and photography exhibit in London last month marking their anniversary.

A spokeswoman for the band was not immediately available for comment or confirmation.

A new documentary, announced earlier this month in Los Angeles, also is in the works. Called "Crossfire Hurricane" and directed by Brett Morgen, it promises new footage and insights from the band and will open in cinemas in Britain before being broadcast on the BBC and then HBO in the United States.

The Stones, who last toured in 2005-2007 with their top-grossing "Bigger Bang" show, were formed in London in 1962 and are one of the longest-performing rock bands in the world. They have sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Dale Hudson)

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