Stones deny farewell rumour
Not there, not then: the Stones
The Rolling Stones have shouted down rumours that they’ll play their farewell show at next year’s Glastonbury festival.
A band spokesman says they have no plans to make an appearance at the iconic Worthy Farm event, and don’t intend to retire in 2013.
The Sunday Mirror claimed a source close to Mick Jagger’s outfit had said: “All four members have agreed next year is the right time to have one final hurrah. It’s a case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit. It’s a final bow.”
But the Guardian spoke to a Stones representative and reported: “There is no truth to the claims” and “the band would not be playing the festival.”
Music commentator Paul Cashmere, who two years ago reported drummer Charlie Watts no longer wanted to tour, says via Noise11: “Mick Jagger making a decision to say farewell at someone else’s gig? It will never happen.
“Just imagine what the last Stones show would be worth in merch rights, pay-for-play, movie rights, live TV rights and repeats. Hundreds of millions of dollars is the answer. Do you really think Sir Mick is going to give a third party like Glastonbury that pot o’gold?”
The band’s 50th anniversary passed without celebration in April 2011 – but guitarist Keith Richards has said the recognise January 2013 as the official date because it marks 50 years since Watts joined up.