Talk about a solid innings! But the band whose member’s combined age equals 272 years have decided that it’s time to bow out in style, choosing the world famous Glastonbury Festival as the setting for their swan song, The Mirror reports.
This will be the first time the rock greats perform at the festival, and obviously their last. The Rolling Stones, who rose to fame in 1965 after the track The Last Time hit #1 with a bullet, officially played their first show in 1962. However, according to The Mirror, they chose 1963 as their origin, as according to Keith Richards: “The Stones always considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January [of ’63}”.
It appears to be a fairly unanimous decision from the band, with members admitting they can no longer handle the full world tour circuit anymore, a source told The Mirror. Though according to the now 61-year-old Ronnie Woods, “It looks like we are going to be doing more stuff”. The final show will wrap up a handful of shows around Britain and America, a source close to the band has stated.
There have also been talks that the band will be joined by original bass player Bill Wyman, who hung up his lead in 1992. Wyman was replaced by session player Darryl Jones, who was never made an official member. As well as the final shows, The Rolling Stones will also be releasing a book containing a series of 700 photos accompanied with commentary from the band about their origins. ‘The Rolling Stones: 50’, as it will be titled, hits stores July 12.
Update 18/06/2012: Rolling Stones reps deny Glastonbury rumours, watch the video below:
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