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Stones unveil European tour dates
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones began their US tour in August
The Rolling Stones have announced four UK concerts as part of their 2006 European tour, including a show at London's new Wembley Stadium.

The group's Bigger Bang European Tour begins in May and will also take in Sheffield, Cardiff and Glasgow.

The band, who formed in 1961, will play in more than 20 European countries.

Sir Mick Jagger said the group had not lost their appetite for live shows. "If we were bored to death, honestly I don't think we would do it," he said.

Sir Mick told GMTV: "We do enjoy ourselves doing it. Everyone has been saying 'how come they can enjoy themselves? They should be bored to death doing this'.

"On this tour, everyone's saying 'wow they're even more enthusiastic than they were on the last tour'. We're still having a lot of fun."

The Rolling Stones will perform at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium on 20 August.

Set innovation

They play Glasgow's Hampden Park on 25 August, followed by the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield two days later.

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Sir Mick and Keith Richards began performing together as teenagers

The UK dates are due to finish at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 29 August.

The band have confirmed dates in Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic.

There will also be concerts in Russia, Greece, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and Ireland.

Tickets for 14 dates, including the UK shows, are currently on sale to American Express cardholders. They will go on general sale on Saturday.

Several hundred seats are to be built directly into the stadium set, offering fans the chance to be onstage as the band performs.

Tour director Michael Cohl said the Rolling Stones were "redefining the concert experience".

"There is nothing even comparable to the thrill of being onstage with the Rolling Stones and seeing a stadium show from the band's perspective," he said.

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