Rolling Stones reveal they want to play Glastonbury
THE Rolling Stones would ‘love’ to play Glastonbury, guitarist Keith Richard's admitted as the band began celebrations to mark their 50th anniversary.
Speaking at the world premiere of Crossfire Hurricane – a documentary to mark their birthday- Richards talked about rumours that the band may be headlining Glastonbury in 2013.
"I don't know yet," he told Sky News.
"That's next year right? I'd love to though."
He said that rumours that the band would soon call it a day were exaggerated.
"They've been saying that for 20 years, who knows, we don't know so how can anyone say so," he said.
He spoke as the band prepared to play a series of concerts in Britain and the US.
Mick Jagger said: "I'm really looking forward to it. We've been working hard rehearsing over the last few weeks and we're looking forward to doing the shows for the anniversary."
Ronnie Wood said that the band was likely to extend the tour.
"Once this wheel is turning I don't think it will be able to stop ... We won't be able to stop," he said.
In their first tour for five years, two shows are scheduled in November at London's O2 Arena, followed by two gigs in December in Newark, New Jersey, just outside of New York.
Their new film, premiered in London, documents the group's highs and lows – from blues obsessed teenagers in the 60s to their status as rock royalty and from intimate gigs to stadium extravaganzas.
Richards says he still loves performing in the band: "You just do what you love to do, maybe that's the secret. I don't know and if I did I'd bottle it and sell it to you!"
The film combines lots of unseen footage from over the last five decades as well as commentary from Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
The band were joined on the red carpet by former Stone Bill Wyman who said he hoped the film captured the influence of founder member and guitarist Brian Jones who died in 1969.
He said: "I'm glad he's remembered, that's the most important thing."
Hundreds of fans gathered in London's Leicester Square as the band walked the red carpet to a soundtrack of their biggest hits and the original R 'n' B tunes that inspired them.
Wood said: "You would think it would be boring doing the same thing over and over again but it's not. It's totally fresh and totally new every time we get together.
"There's a chemistry between us every time we get together and I don't know what the hell it is but it's magic".
Wood said the band "look after each other" and he was keeping Richards "under the cosh".
Jagger's former partner Jerry Hall said she thought the band would do more shows.
She said: "Proper musicians play to the very end."
The film, made by director Brett Morgen, will be screened in cinemas in October and then broadcast by BBC TWO later in the year.
Tickets for the O2 gigs go on sale tomorrow though some fans have been left fuming at the high prices.
When the November 25 and 29 concerts were announced, promoters said the face value price of the tickets ranged from £95 (€116) to £375 (€460).
A "VIP hospitality" ticket was priced at £950 (€1167). But many ticket sites are selling them for vastly inflated prices.
By Richard Alleyne Telegraph.co.uk