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Rolling Stones To Mark 50th Anniverary With Hits Album And Two New Songs

by Kara Manning

The Rolling Stones have spent the last handful of months denying — or slyly affirming — rumors about new music or a tour. One such rumor was finally confirmed on Tuesday. The band will mark its 50th anniversary with the release of a 3-CD greatest hits package, called GRRR!, that will include two new songs, "Gloom and Doom" and "One Last Shot." The set will be released on November 13.

The collection will also include the Stones' first single, a 1963 cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," and hoary old hits like — not surprisingly —  "Satisfaction" and "Brown Sugar."

A press release notes that the two recently-conceived songs, recorded in Paris, mark the first time that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have worked together in a studio since the making of 2005's A Bigger Bang, the group's last effort. The Stones celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2002 with another hits collection, Forty Licks.

As for those global tour whispers and talk of four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at Brooklyn's Barclay Center, no confirmations yet. 

The GRRR! album cover is by American artist Walton Ford, who has worked frequently with the band.