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Rolling Stones Announce New Live Dates
The Rolling Stones have confirmed their first live shows for five years - butfans face shelling out hundreds of pounds for some of the most expensive performances of all time.
After weeks of speculation, the band, who celebrated 50 years since their first gig earlier this year, revealed details of their latest tour.
Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, who have a combined age of 273, confirmed their long-awaited news via video.
Sir Mick said: "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in."
But tickets will come with a hefty price tag, with face values ranging from £375 down to £90 for the O2 shows.
A "VIP hospitality" package will cost gig-goers £950 per head, including "premium tickets", a champagne reception and a three-course dinner.
The band will play the two London shows on November 25 and 29 and two at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, on December 13 and 15.
The live dates, called 50 & Counting: The Rolling Stones Live, will be the first concerts the band have played since their A Bigger Bang world tour, which ended in 2007.
The Stones have sold more than 200 million records in their career, with their hits including Satisfaction, Street Fighting Man and You Can't Always Get What You Want.
But in recent years much of their income has come from touring. A Bigger Bang earned more than £300m in ticket sales between 2005 and 2007.
In August it was reported that promoters were to pay the Stones around £16m for the four forthcoming concerts.
If that figure was correct it would mean that even if the two venues were filled to capacity, the promoters would need to make an average of £207 per gig-goer simply to cover the cost of the band's fee.
The Stonesnews.com website has a full list of the planned set lists, with favourites such as Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Women featuring.
Last week, The Rolling Stones' new single Doom And Gloom received its first play on Radio 2.
Tickets for the UK gigs go on sale on Friday, with the New Jersey tickets available a week after that.
Pre-sale tickets for the UK dates are already available, with prices ranging from £106 - £406, including ticket fees.