The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images)
The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz.
Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones will be paid $25 million for the four shows.
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 in July, 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 -- who's produced Rolling Stones tours from 1989's Steel Wheels through their last, the $558 million-grossing (according to Boxscore) Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007 -- told Billboard.biz in late 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."
Stay tuned to Billboard.biz for more on this developing story.
In other related Stones news, a documentary on the Rolling Stones, "Crossfire Hurricane," will debut Nov. 15 on HBO and receive a theatrical release in the UK before being broadcast on BBC 2.
Directed by Brett Morgen, the film includes never-before-seen footage and fresh interviews from the band members. Tremelo Productions and Milkwood Films produced the film; Eagle Rock Entertainment in London is handling distribution.
Another documentary on the Stones, a restored version of Peter Whitehead's never-released film "The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965," will screen at the New York Film Festival in September before ABKCO releases it on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 6.
(Additional reporting by Phil Gallo)