Sean Michaels 

Rolling Stones to release first new music since 2005

GRRR!, a 50th-anniversary compilation due in November, will feature two new songs, the band's first since A Bigger Bang
  
  

The Rolling Stones will release two new songs on 12 November, as part of a 50th-anniversary greatest hits compilation. One Last Shot and Gloom and Doom, recorded in Paris last month, will be included on an upcoming three-CD set called GRRR!

GRRR! will trace the Stones' trajectory from their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's Come On, to the pair of new tunes, laid down at Studio Guillaume Tell. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have contributed new parts to bonus tracks on recent reissues of Exile on Main Street and Some Girls, but Gloom and Doom and One Last Shot mark the full quartet's first time in studio since the making of 2005's A Bigger Bang.

Though the Stones' discography is confusing owing to different US and UK editions of albums, this appears to be their 26th compilation album, and there has only been one new studio album since their 40th anniversary collection, Forty Licks. But what the band lacks in originality they are making up in scale: GRRR! will be available in five different formats, ranging from a triple-CD set with 50 tracks, to a four-CD set comprising 80 songs, postcards, a hardback book, 7in vinyl, and an as-yet unidentified "bonus disc". The anthology will also be for sale on vinyl.

Despite the official announcement of GRRR!, with its painted gorilla on the cover, the Rolling Stones have yet to confirm their 50th-anniversary concerts. Last week, Rolling Stone magazine and Billboard both independently reported that the band have booked November gigs at London's O2 Arena and Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Billboard said the Stones will play two concerts at each venue, netting a cool $25m, and that the shows will be mounted by Australian promoter Paul Dainty and Virgin boss Richard Branson.

In addition to the concerts, the Stones are set to release two films this autumn. Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965, shot on a short tour almost five decades ago, will premiere on 29 September at the New York film festival. Meanwhile, director Brett Morgen has almost completed Crossfire Hurricane, a career retrospective that is due to open in cinemas in October and will subsequently be broadcast on BBC2.