- - Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Rolling Stones teased fans Tuesday by announcing the release of a 50th-anniversary greatest-hits album amid widespread rumors of an upcoming series of live concerts.

The album will be released in most countries on Nov. 12, although North America will have to wait until the following day, the band said in a statement on its official website.

The statement contained no mention of any live performances.

The new collection will include two new studio recordings, “Gloom and Doom” and “One Last Shot,” laid down by the group in Paris in August, the statement said.

The 50-track album, called “GRRR!” also will include chart toppers “The Last Time,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Woman.”

There also is an 80-track “super deluxe” version.

The band had been widely expected to confirm a series of concerts following a report in Billboard on Thursday that said the Stones were planning four dates in November in New York and London.

Billboard.com reported the band would play two gigs at London’s O2 arena and another two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The magazine said British entrepreneur Richard Branson and Australian Paul Dainty would promote the shows, which could earn the band $25 million.

The Stones previously said they would not tour this year, then hinted at upcoming gigs during a book launch and photography exhibit marking their anniversary in London in July.

A new film, “Crossfire Hurricane,” which documents the history of the band from its first concert to the present day, is due for release in British movie theaters in October.

The last Stones Bigger Bang tour ran from 2005 to 2007.

McCartney nod for legion of honor

France’s Elysee Palace has said former Beatle Paul McCartney has been nominated for the legion of honor for services to music.

On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said the 70-year-old, who co-wrote and sang hits including “Hey Jude” and “Yesterday,” will be decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande in a ceremony Saturday in Paris.

Mr. McCartney will join the ranks of other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr. McCartney, often referred to as Sir Paul or Macca in his native Britain, already has received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, who watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Villella leaving Miami ballet now

The artistic director who founded the Miami City Ballet and built it into an internationally recognized company is leaving sooner than expected.

Edward Villella said last year he would retire after the 2012-13 season ends in April. But ballet officials announced Tuesday that Mr. Villella has decided to leave now.

The former New York City Ballet star founded the Miami Beach-based dance company in 1986.

Officials said Mr. Villella had “given the matter a great deal of thought” and decided with the company’s executive board to speed up the transition to new leadership.

Cuban-born dancer Lourdes Lopez was set to succeed Mr. Villella as artistic director. Ballet officials say Ms. Lopez is taking over immediately.

Ms. Lopez is currently the director of the New York dance company Morphoses.

‘Flashdance’ to break onto Broadway

Dig out those leg warmers and headbands — “Flashdance” is coming to Broadway.

Producers said Tuesday that the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit movie about a working-class Pittsburgh girl with dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer hopes to boogie into New York in August 2013.

Sergio Trujillo, the choreographer of “Jersey Boys,” “The Addams Family” and “Memphis,” will direct and choreograph “Flashdance — The Musical.”

It features a book by Robert Cary and original screenplay co-writer Tom Hedley, music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Mr. Cary and Mr. Roth. The film starred Jennifer Beals.

Producers say it has been “substantially rewritten and completely restaged” following its short-lived debut in London in 2010, the Associated Press.

London museum looks at David Bowie

David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit will be among about 300 items in a London exhibition tracing the singer’s career through five decades.

The retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum also will feature Mr. Bowie’s instruments, 60 costumes, sketches, handwritten lyrics, diary entries and album artwork.

Organizers said Tuesday that the show, called “David Bowie Is,” will chronicle Mr. Bowie’s influence on art and culture and his role in inspiring self-expression.

The items on display are from the David Bowie Archive in New York. The exhibition opens in March 2013.

The 65-year-old Mr. Bowie, who lives in the U.S., was born David Robert Jones in 1947 in south London. He adopted his stage name in 1965.

Compiled from Web and wire reports

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