The Rolling Stones are set to bow out in sensational style… with a farewell gig at Glastonbury next year.
The band, whose four members have a combined age of 272, will play the coveted Sunday night headline slot on the Pyramid stage after talks with festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis.
It will be their first and only performance at the famous Somerset festival which attracts 175,000 fans.
Sources close to the band indicate that the appearance is expected to be the final date in a “handful” of shows in Britain and America in 2013 – which they see as their true 50th anniversary – before they finally retire from the live arena.
One insider revealed: “All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives.
“It’s a case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit. Everybody’s incredibly excited… it’s a final bow.”
The band – whose song The Last Time hit No 1 in 1965 – are said to be unwilling to embark on another of their record-breaking world tours.
Mick Jagger, 68, says he doesn’t want to be away from his family for so long, and Keith Richards, also 68, has given up the hell-raising lifestyle that was a big part of touring.
Charlie Watts, 71, has never been a fan of life on the road. However, Ronnie Wood, 65, gave a strong hint that the band were preparing a comeback, saying: “It looks like we are going to be doing more stuff.”
Although the band played their first gig in July 1962, Keith says: “The Stones always considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie didn’t actually join until January.”
Keith also hinted that ex-bass player Bill Wyman, who left in 1992, might join in, saying he was “up for it” and the issue had been discussed. Bill was replaced by US session player Darryl Jones, who was never made a full member.
The Stones are releasing a photo album to mark 50 years since their first gig. The Rolling Stones: 50 will feature 700 shots with words from the band on their history, and is released July 12.
Extract taken from: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/one-glast-time-the-rolling-stones-887386
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