Having once slapped the bass for the iconic Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman seems to have gotten his fill of playing with one of the biggest bands in the world. The musician has opened up about the chances of his return to the Stones, explaining he will “never again” reprise his role.
Wyman had a solid innings with the outfit, sticking around from 1962 until 1993. Last November he donned the bass once again for the 50th Anniversary tour at London’s O2 but stopped short of rejoining as a permanent feature, given that he has “better things to do.”
Speaking to The Huffington Post, he explains:
“The nice thing was that my kids saw me on stage with the Stones… They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.”
The minor role in the shows really made an impression on Wyman who feels as though revisting the past doesn’t always work out:
“I’ve always maintained that you can’t go back to things, and they can never be the same. It’s like a school reunion, or Tony Hancock’s Army reunion: If you try to go back and have a relationship with someone, it doesn’t work, and it’s the same musically. It doesn’t work. It was a one-off. Five minutes. OK, never again. No regrets, we’re still great friends.”
The Stones are as hot as ever right now, gallivanting between the UK and America for their 50 & Counting tour. No news on an Australian tour yet but fingers crossed it’ll happen.