The Rolling Stones Recording in Paris, Tour Coming?

Speculation as to whether the Rolling Stones would record and/or tour on their 50th anniversary this year has been running rampant for months, and now the band has been in a Paris recording studio.

After the band was photographed leaving a studio, Mick Jagger tweeted a photo of himself amidst two walls full of guitars and amps in what appears to be a studio. The tweet that accompanied the photo read, “Had fun in the Paris studio this week!”

The recording news comes shortly after Jagger revealed in an interview with the London Evening Standard that the group would be playing live “in the autumn… You will definitely be seeing us all together soon. It’s been great fun being back together and there are a lot of memories in here. I can’t believe it’s been 50 years. We’ve been hanging out together, seeing quite a bit of each other and we want to do some gigs.”

Earlier this year, both Jagger and Keith Richards speculated that they wouldn’t celebrate the band’s anniversary until next year, which marks the 50th year since drummer Charlie Watts joined the band and they released their first album. But the band has been rehearsing together in recent months, and Rolling Stone asked Richards earlier this year what the band was playing in rehearsals, which were taking place in New York.

“We played everything, really,” Richards told the magazine. “We’re just getting our chops together. It was like playing in the garage, a maintenance check, you know?”

The last of those rehearsals were filmed for an upcoming HBO documentary about the band, which will air on HBO this fall. Director Brett Morgen talked to Rolling Stone about the rehearsal.

“Having screened through 50 years of material over the last six months, I would ran it up there with anything I’ve ever heard from them,” he said. “They were extremely tight.”

Here’s to waiting for the official announcements about tours and new music…