Rolling Stones Photos: '50 And Counting' Tour 2012
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It never seemed likely that the Rolling Stones would crank up their touring machine for fewer than half a dozen shows and, as predicted, the Stones will tour North American arenas in the first half of this year, multiple sources tell An official announcement is expected later this month.

Though other promoters made a run at the Stones, Australian promoter Paul Dainty and Virgin Music will promote the shows, the same team that presented the band’s 50th Anniversary shows late last year at the O2 in London, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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Those five shows grossed a total of $38,687,010 and sold 73,702 tickets.

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At this point, it seems that fewer than 20 dates will be played in North America.

Whatever they do and whenever they play, the Rolling Stones remain one of the most in-demand acts in history, and on a per-show basis will almost surely be the highest grossing tour of the year. At press time the Stones and Dainty had not responded to’s requests for comment. Stay tuned.