Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs at the O2 arena in east London, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. The band are playing four gigs to celebrate their 50th anniversary, including two shows at London’s O2 and two more in New York.
He said 2012 had been a terrific year for Britain and that the Stones nearly missed the boat, playing no role in the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics, or the new James Bond film.
"We just got in under the wire," he said. "We feel pretty good."
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