July 14, 2012 14:25
Mick Jagger: 'The Rolling Stones will play together this autumn'
Singer confirms band are preparing to play first shows in five years
The legendary band celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first ever gig earlier this month (July 12), and have been constantly surrounded by rumours that they are preparing to play together once more to mark the half-centenary landmark.
Earlier this week, Jagger revealed that they had turned down the chance to play the Olympics opening ceremony because they weren't "stage ready", while guitarist Keith Richards said that although he and his bandmates had been rehearsing and would "definitely" play together again, he couldn't predict when they would be taking to the stage.
When asked by the Evening Standard when the band would next perform live together, however, Jagger replied: "This autumn..
Speaking at The Rolling Stones: 50 photography exhibition at London's Somerset House, he added:
You will definitely be seeing us all together soon. It's been great fun being back together and there are a lot of memories in here. I can't believe it's been 50 years. We've been hanging out together, seeing quite a bit of each other and we want to do some gigs.
Richards, meanwhile, said: "This is like walking into a room full of memories. It's great being back with the guys, but I can't tell you anything about any shows. My lips are sealed."
The free Rolling Stones: 50 exhibition will be held from July 13-August 27 in the landmark venue's East Wing Galleries and will coincide with the release of a book of the same time. The book will feature 700 shots and words from the band on their history, and will hit UK bookshops today.
To read more about The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary, pick up the next issue of NME, which includes a celebration of the band's amazing career. It is on newsstands next Wednesday (July 18) or available digitally.
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