The Rolling Stones are getting close to officially announcing their concerts for 2012. According to Billboard.biz, the Rolling Stones will be doing concerts at the O2 Arena in London and the Barclays Center in New York City’s Brooklyn borough in November 2012. The exact dates are to be announced, but Billboard.biz says there will be two concerts in each city. (And, of course, there is a possibility that more concerts will be added.)
These shows will be the first Rolling Stones concerts since 2007, when the Rolling Stones concluded their tour for “A Bigger Bang.”
The Billboard report also says that the Rolling Stones will be paid $25 million for the concerts that will take place in 2012, and the shows are being promoted by Richard Branson and Paul Dainty. In 2011, the Rolling Stones announced that they had ended their business relationship with Michael Cohl, who was the Rolling Stones’ concert promoter from 1989 to 2007.
As previously reported, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger told the London Evening Standard at the “Rolling Stones: 50” exhibit opening party in London on July 12, 2012, that the Rolling Stones will do 50th anniversary concerts in the autumn of 2012.
On August 17, 2012, the Rolling Stones’ official Facebook page made available for download a uView app for people to download for upcoming “big news.”
Since the Rolling Stones have already announced that they will not do a full-scale tour in 2012, there had been speculation that there will only be a few Rolling Stones concerts this year that will take place in major international cities. It looks like that speculation was correct. Richards told Rolling Stone magazine in a March 2012 interview that it is possible that the Rolling Stones will do a full-scale tour in 2013.
On August 23, 2012, the Rolling Stones confirmed that they were at a recording studio in Paris, although they did not publicly specify what they were doing in the studio. A photo of Jagger in the recording studio was posted on the Rolling Stones’ official social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Five days after that confirmation, ABKCO announced that it was releasing the Rolling Stones documentary film “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” which will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in New York City on September 29, 2012. On November 6, 2012, ABKCO is also releasing the movie on DVD. Blu-ray and as a super-deluxe edition box set that will include a DVD, Blu-Ray, 2-CD set and a vinyl LP.
There is also the Rolling Stones’ official 50th anniversary documentary film, which is directed by Brett Morgen. The movie’s title and cinema release date are to be announced, but it has already been announced that the film should be in cinemas for a limited time. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the movie on DVD and Blu-ray in October or November 2012. HBO will have the U.S. television premiere in the autumn of 2012, on a date to be announced.
In late April/early May 2012, the current members of the Rolling Stones (Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood) gathered for rehearsals in the New York City area. The rehearsals were reportedly filmed for the documentary.
In December 2011, Wyman and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor did jam sessions in London with the current lineup of the Rolling Stones. These sessions will also reportedly be in the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary movie.
*October 15, 2012 update: The Rolling Stones have officially announced their concerts in 2012:
- O2 Arena in London on November 25 and November 29, 2012
- Prudential Center in Newark, Jersey, on December 13 and December 15, 2012
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