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Bill Wyman joins Rolling Stones lineup for first time in 20 years

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The Rolling Stones' former bassist Bill Wyman has rejoined the band's lineup for the first time in 20 years.

Wyman, 75, accompanied Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger to the premiere screening of forthcoming Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger arrive to attend the gala screening of 'Crossfire Hurricane' at Odeon Leicester Square as part of the  56th BFI London Film Festival

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Wyman left The Rolling Stones, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a group this year, in 1990. He praised Crossfire Hurricane - which combines unseen footage from over the last five decades with interviews and commentary from band members - and said he was pleased that founder member and guitarist Brian Jones, who died in 1969, also featured in the film.

"I'm glad he's remembered," he told The Daily Telegraph. "That's the most important thing."

Wyman will not be joining the remaining members of the band on their upcoming tour, which kicks off next month with a series of dates at London's O2 Arena and concludes in Newark, New Jersey in December.

Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
56th BFI London Film Festival - 'The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane' - Gala Screening - Arrivals
London, England - 18.10.12
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"I'm really looking forward to it," said Jagger. "We've been working hard rehearsing over the last few weeks and we're looking forward to doing the shows for the anniversary."

Addressing rumours that the group plan to retire after the series of concerts, Richards added: "People have been saying that for 20 years, who knows? We don't know so how can anyone say so?"

He said that the band "don't know yet" if they will be headlining Glastonbury 2013, but "would love to".

"Once this wheel is turning I don't think it will be able to stop," said Wood. "We won't be able to stop.

"You would think it would be boring doing the same thing over and over again but it's not. It's totally fresh and totally new every time we get together.

"There's a chemistry between us. I don't know what the hell it is but it's magic."

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Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones arrive for the UK Film Premiere of Shine a Light at the Odeon West End Cinema

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Earlier this week, The Rolling Stones hinted at the potential setlist for their 50th anniversary tour. The band tweeted a picture of a handwritten list of songs, but later deleted the post following fan speculation.

The group are scheduled to release greatest hits collection GRRR! on November 12 in the UK and a day later in the US. They recently unveiled the lead single from the LP, 'Doom and Gloom'.

Watch the lyric video for The Rolling Stones' 'Doom and Gloom' below:

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