Rolling Stones enlist Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor for O2 Arena concerts

Band unveil new video for Doom and Gloom and announce former guitarists will appear as special guests for 50th anniversary shows at O2 Arena in London

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Rolling Stones fans will get a treat at the O2 Arena in London next week, when the band will be joined by two figures from the past. The Stones have confirmed that original bass player Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor, who played with the band from 1969 to 1974, will perform with them as special guests on Sunday 25 and Thursday 29 November.

The four remaining Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – have been drawing the pair back into the fold in recent years. Both were interviewed in the recent official 50th anniversary documentary Crossfire Hurricane, in which Taylor revealed that one of the reasons he had left the band had been his heroin addiction.

Taylor also recorded new guitar parts for bonus tracks on the 2010 reissue of the band's 1972 album Exile on Main Street. He is regarded by many Stones aficionados as the best musician ever to play with the band, and appeared on some of their classic albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Goat's Head Soup. He has linked up with individual members of the group at live shows in recent years – playing with Ronnie Wood at a benefit gig to save the 100 Club in London in December 2010, and with Wood, Wyman and Watts at a launch event for an album in honour of the Stones' pianist and co-founder Ian Stewart in March 2011.

Wyman left the band in December 1992, since when he has concentrated on his career with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. He also has experience of one-off events with dissolute rock legends from the 70s, having filled in for Ronnie Lane at Faces reunion shows in 1986, 1993 and 2009.

As well as looking to the past, the Stones have also been embracing the future, unveiling an iPhone app that will allow fans to watch interviews and videos, win concert tickets and buy merchandise and music.

On Wednesday they also released a new video for the song Doom and Gloom, which appears on their greatest hits album GRRR!. The clip stars Noomi Rapace, zombies and an enormous number of banknotes. It was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who has directed videos for Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Primal Scream, the Prodigy and U2 among many others.

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