MUSIC NEWS - The Rolling Stones are to perform four concerts this November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the NBA's NETS new home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY a source told music biz website, Billboard.biz.
Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote the shows, and the source says the Stones will be paid $25 million for the four appearances. Earlier this year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards said the Rolling Stones wouldn't go on tour in 2012 to celebrate the band's 50th golden anniversary. But back in July, Mr Richards dropped hints to the BBC about possible live shows. "We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals," he said. "We've got together, and it feels so good." The 68-year-old guitarist added: "There's things in the works; I think it's definitely happening. But when? I can't say yet."
Michael Cohl, promoter of the Rolling Stones tours from 1989's Steel Wheels through their last run, the $558 million-grossing (according to Billboard Boxscore) Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007, told Billboard.biz in June that he didn't have any current information about a 50th Anniversary tour for the band.
"Nothing I know of," he said. "Not even off the record. On the record, off the record, it's all the same. I got nothin' today."
UPDATE 10/15/12- NJ wins over Brooklyn, NY as the Stones announced they will be playing 50th anniversary shows in London at the O2 Arena on November 25 and 29th and in the USA at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13 and 15th. A video released said "maybe a few friends will be joining us."