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Keith Richards: 'Rolling Stones should reunite'

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Keith Richards has teased that The Rolling Stones may reunite for a new album and tour in honour of their 50th anniversary next year.

The guitarist has spoken openly in recent months about his desire to reteam with frontman Mick Jagger, but doubt was cast on the likelihood of a new Rolling Stones LP last week after reports emerged that Jagger has formed a new 'supergroup' with Joss Stone and Dave Stewart.

USA Today now quotes Richards as saying that it seems only natural to celebrate The Rolling Stones' golden anniversary by regrouping with his bandmates.

"Something's blowing in the wind," he said. "The idea's there. We kind of know we should do it, but nobody's put their finger on the moment yet."

The musician added: "This is what we have to ask each other, 'Do we want to go out in a blaze of glory?' We can, if Mick and [drummer] Charlie [Watts] feel like I do, that we can still turn people on. We don't have to prove nothing anymore. I just love playing, and I miss the crowd."

Richards also revealed that his criticism of Jagger in his autobiography Life created a tense environment at a recent New York City meeting.

"Mick pouted a bit [at the meeting], as is his wont… I told him, 'It's water under the bridge. I want to talk about the future. We're larger than a little bitching here and there'," he insisted. "It's only rock and roll. I love working with Mick. Maybe that friction that makes it work, that bit of sand in the oyster that makes the pearl."

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their 'A Bigger Bang Tour' in 2007 with three shows at London's O2 arena, after spending much of the previous two years performing in venues all over the world.

Richards is currently starring in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which topped the US box office last weekend by taking in an estimated $90.1 million.

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Watch The Rolling Stones perform 'Start Me Up' from the 'A Bigger Bang Tour' below:

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