From the fast frames of the video, you initially might think it's an advert for second hand leather, but no! Those wrinkled surfaces are in fact faces, and they're emitting words! They're The Rolling Stones and they've announced some live shows! posted a video this morning that saw Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts reveal that they will be playing two shows at the O2 Arena in London on November 25th and 29th, and two shows in the Prudential Center in New Jersey on December 13th and 15th. The shows are great news for fans who've been speculating all year what the band might do to mark their 50th year in the music business; so far they've been relatively disappointed, with just a photograph and memorabilia gallery and a new greatest hits release to show for the anniversary.

Now, though, the band have finally delivered. Announcing the news via a video that, for more than just the appearance of Richards, reminds you of a bunch of gnarled old pirates struggling to adjust to life on dry land, the four addressed the fact that there'd been rumours all year about live gigs - and then subsequently confirmed them. Jagger isn't quite as piratey as the others to be fair; he looks more like a venerable auctioneer these days. These are to be the first shows the legendary band will have played since 2007.