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April 19, 2013

Rolling with the Decades

Stones '50 and Counting' tour will stop in Boston for two nights

The 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ birth in 1962 has had no shortage of commemorative activities: Last year the group was the subject of a retrospective film documentary, a triple-CD survey of their recorded output and a handful of celebratory concerts in England and northeastern U.S.

The celebration extends into 2013 with a slate of shows on the 50 and Counting tour due to get underway May 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles — if the Lakers, Clippers and the Kings cooperate — and at least a dozen dates in North America and Britain. The iconic band plays two nights at the TD North Garden in Boston on June 12 and 14. Tickets are on sale now.

Despite all their history of fame, group founders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were much more interested in discussing what lies ahead than in reliving past glories when they got on the phone to talk about the highly anticipated upcoming shows.

“It’s strange that we don’t know for sure what day the tour will start,” Jagger, 69, said from a retreat in the West Indies where he was gearing up for rehearsals that will begin next week in Los Angeles with Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, longtime guitarist Ron Wood and the rest of the Stones’ touring ensemble. “I don’t think that’s ever happened before.”

He was referring to the possibility that the nominal opening date might move if any NBA or NHL playoff games fall on May 2 in L.A.

For Richards, 69, the novelty was starting a tour on this side of the continent.

“I can’t remember kicking off from the West Coast before,” the Stones’ guitarist said in a separate interview, calling from the patio of a Connecticut restaurant. “We’ve always kicked off in Boston or New York, so it’s evolving already.”

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