Stones’ return to Hyde Park surprises Wood
Ronnie Wood is pleasantly surprised that the Rolling Stones have agreed to return to Hyde Park, 44 years after their iconic free show at the London location.
They’ve confirmed a paid-for event on July 6 this year, with support by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap and Gary Clark Jr. It will follow their highly-anticipated set at Glastonbury and a series of US appearances in May, with former guitarist Mick Taylor guesting on the whole tour.
The band’s 1969 show at Hyde Park is a bittersweet memory as it took place just two days after the death of Brian Jones. That’s one of the reasons Wood – who wasn’t in the band at the time –doubted they’d ever return.
He tells The Sun: “I never thought the Stones would do it, to be quite honest. But it’s come to fruition and it’s very pleasing.”
Keith Richards tells the BBC: “It’s going to be a great summer – all the gigs we haven’t done or wanted to redo are popping up.”
Meanwhile, frontman Mick Jagger admits the Glastonbury show is preying on his mind. “It’s quite a difficult gig,” he says. “U2 had terrible weather and that didn’t help. You have to learn from their experiences.”
Ticket prices haven’t been confirmed for the Stones’ latest shows, although Glastonbury organiser MIchael Eavis said they were being paid the “bog standard” low fee for playing his festival.
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