The Rolling Stones: First The O2 Arena, Next Stop: Glastonbury?
Friday 19 October 2012 12:45
After announcing their 50th anniversary shows at the O2 Arena earlier this week (October 15th), rumours are swirling that The Rolling Stones will follow the landmark gigs with a headline appearance at next year's Glastonbury.
They may have been in the music business for half a century, but Mick Jagger and Co. have not yet graced the stage at the world's most famous festival – meaning fans who don't secure Rolling Stones tickets for their London shows may well have another chance to catch the rock 'n' roll legends at the Worthy Farm event in June.
A Spectacular Celebration
The announcement of the hometown gigs – set to take place on November 25th and 29th – followed months of speculation that the all-conquering quartet would be looking to commemorate their landmark year in suitably spectacular style.
Commenting on the gig run, which also includes two dates in Newark, New Jersey in December, Jagger said: "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!"
His bandmate Keith Richards added: "Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over. I've always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones. I'm here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!"
Gearing up for Glasto?
Later in the week, the guitarist discussed the possibility of carrying on with more UK shows next year. Speaking to BBC 6 Music he said it would be unlikely they would stop at playing four concerts. The legendary axeman added that "anything" is possible for the famous foursome and that playing at Glastonbury is an "interesting proposition".
With newspaper reports suggesting the Stones have been lined up to top the bill at Michael Eavis' festival alongside fellow veterans Fleetwood Mac, the event could certainly have a heritage feel in 2013.
For the Stones, it could prove the perfect way to bring down the curtain on their storied career, which began when Jagger and Keith Richards put together a group of musicians in and around London in 1962.
In the five decades since, the band have gone on to define rock 'n' roll, touring the world's largest stadiums, playing gigs for millions of fans and selling albums such as
Sticky Fingers and
Exile On Main Street by the bucketload.
As for the Eavis family, the ultimate decision makers for next year's Glasto headliners have been dropping hints that a veteran group will be high on the bill, remarking:
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