Rolling Stones reunite on red carpet for Crossfire Hurricane premiere… as Keith Richards admits he didn't know about tour until 'a week ago'
20:08 GMT, 18 October 2012
Keith Richards has admitted he was only told about the Rolling Stones' tour dates 'a week ago'.
But fortunately someone told him about Thursday night's premiere of the documentary covering 50 years of the band.
All four Rolling Stones turned up to the London Film Festival screening of Crossfire Hurricane in Leicester Square tonight.
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Paint it red (carpet): (L-R) Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones attend the London Film Festival premiere of Crossfire Hurricane
Back in the fold: Ex-bandmate Bill Wyman (second left) and director Brett Morgen (3rd right) joined the Stones inside the Odeon
The band were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans who had been waiting to see their rock 'n' roll idols.
Joining frontman Sir Mick Jagger was his statuesque designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott in a white trouser suit.
Crossfire Hurricane is a HBO documentary directed by Brett Morgen, using archive footage and interviews with bandmembers past and present.
Well heeled: Sir Mick was dwarfed by his statuesque fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott
Meanwhile, they announced earlier this week they will play two gigs in London and two in New Jersey to mark their 50th anniversary and Keith admitted he was 'amazed' they managed to keep the details under wraps until the official confirmation.
Speaking to Absolute Radio, he said: I'm amazed that we sort of handled it so well.
'Mind you it's been a bit of a secret from me until about a week ago as to exactly what was happening. So it's all been done a bit on the fly, but it sort of worked out I think.'
Still good mates after all these years: Axemen Keith and Ronnie cosy up
It's only rock 'n' roll, but they like it: Sir Mick signs autographs for fans
Keith admitted he was 'amazed' at how
easily the group – which also includes Sir Mick, Charlie Watts and
Ronnie Wood – have found rehearsals and says the mood within the band is
easy it had been to adjust to life back in the band, he said: 'It's
amazingly fast. I was surprised how little rust was on the machinery,
you know. We went straight into oiling.
yeah, I think everybody was itching to go get on the road again or, you
know, to get on stage and to play together. It's a great feeling.'
Fans who are hoping to bag a ticket to the tour will have to splash the cash.
Supporting the old man: Mick's eldest daughter Jade attended with her new husband DJ Adrian Fillary
Stones posse past and present: Mick's ex-wife Jerry Hall (left) and Fearne Cotton, who is pregnant with Ronnie's grandchild
After hearing the band are set to net 15.7million from just four gigs, ticket prices are expected to be incredibly high.
Standards tickets for their two-night stint at London's O2 Arena will cost between 90 to 375.
Fans took to Twitter this week to express their horror at the prices to watch the band, who have a combined age of 273, perform.
Twitter user Jack Powell tweeted the band, saying: '@RollingStones how
can the ticket prices be so high. Trying to get a loan. My one chance to
see you and the price is shocking. Gutted.'
fan James Pagan said: 'How can the Rolling Stones charge 400 quid to
see them in concert at the O2 I think everyone should boycott it.'
Couples night: Colin Firth and his wife Livia (left) and Grant Bovey and Anthea Turner
In the dark: Keith Richards said he only found out about tour details