Rolling Stones aim to give crowd satisfaction at Glastonbury

Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:48pm EDT
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

PILTON, England (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones were gearing up for their debut performance at the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday, 50 years after starting out in the music business.

More than 150,000 revelers descended on the festival in rural southwest England for a bill topped by a band still pulling in crowds despite an average age of 69.

Organizers were carefully guarding details of the band's playlist for a set due to last over two hours.

Michael Eavis, who started Glastonbury as a gathering of 1,500 hippies on his farm in 1970, has publicly delighted in finally persuading the Rolling Stones to play.

"I'm looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it's an iconic band," guitarist Keith Richards told BBC's Radio 1. "Finally the two meet at last."

The Stones have already toured North America this year and will play several sell-out concerts in Britain this summer.

Frontman Mick Jagger, who turns 70 next month, said the once-controversial band still had something new to say, even if its voice seemed tamer now.

He said the Rolling Stones actually never set out to make waves in the 1960s, when newspapers were full of their drug use and love tangles and the band were accused of fuelling social unrest and falling moral standards.   Continued...

 
A combination photo shows Rolling Stones members (L-R): Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing at a concert during the band's "50 and Counting" tour in Chicago May 28, 2013. REUTERS/John Gress