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Stones will roll into Toronto on 9-city tour

The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour, and one of those cities is just a 90-minute drive away.

The veteran rockers said Wednesday their “50 and Counting” tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced later.

The second show is in Oakland, Calif., on May 5. The tour will also visit San Jose, Calif.; Las Vegas; Anaheim, Calif.; Toronto; Chicago; and Boston. The tour ends June 18 in Philadelphia.

Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale Monday. Ticket sales for the other cities will be announced later.

The band will also headline the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 and will perform in London’s Hyde Park on July 6.

Former band mate Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969 through 1974, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

The foursome celebrated their 50 anniversary late last year, playing five sold-out shows in New York, New Jersey and London. Special guests included Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, the Black Keys and Mary J. Blige.

The first show on the tour, at Staples Center, is in flux pending the dates of NBA and NHL playoff games involving L.A. teams. The group also has two performances on tap back home in England, announcing a July 6 date in London’s Hyde Park in addition to their previously announced headlining slot June 29 at the Glastonbury Festival.

The band released a 30-second video early Wednesday featuring Jagger, Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood chatting about getting together again.

“ ‘50 and Counting’ has been pretty amazing so far,” Jagger said. “We did a few shows in London and New York last year … and had such a good time that we thought … let’s do some more. It’s a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear … with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It’s great fun to be able to get that close to the audience.”

Richards, in the same statement, added, “From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like … open the gates … let us out! ’Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people.”

Wood says in a video conversation over the computer with his band mates: “Well it’s about time, kids. I’ve been waiting for this call.”

There’s no word yet about any additional shows, but a Stones spokeswoman indicated that more may be added if there’s enough buzz around the performances announced Wednesday.

The Stones squeezed in a handful of performances at the end of 2012, the actual half- century mark for the group that came together in 1962 in London. Those appearances were at London’s O2 Arena, the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn.

And in the midst of the East Coast run, the Stones added in an appearance at the “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief” benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

It’s been nearly eight years since the group last undertook a major tour with its “A Bigger Bang” show that ran from August 2005 through August 2007.

During the heaviest concentration of dates, the Stones logged the highest-grossing tour of North America, pulling in $138.5 million, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication.

With a total take of $558.3 million, it ranks as the second highest-grossing tour of all-time, behind U2’s “360 Tour,” which ran from 2009 to 2011 and took in $736.4 million, according to Billboard.

Jagger and Richards will turn 70 this year, Watts is 71, and Wood is 65, prompting speculation that this could be the band’s final tour – a question raised numerous times before.