Announcement of Rolling Stones Reunion Shows Sparks Rumours of Glastonbury Slot
Having just announced two short-notice gigs at London’s O2 Arena, their first shows in five years, rock titans The Rolling Stones appear to be gearing up for a massive comeback in 2013.
Official word of the November 2012 London shows – along with an additional two at New Jersey’s Prudential Center in December – follows a flurry of conjecture about the Stones’ return to stage. As 2012 marks the legendary fivesome’s 50th anniversary, fans and industry insiders alike had rightly predicted a splashy reunion to celebrate the occasion. The band did not disappoint their devotees, making the show announcements via a YouTube video on Monday, October 15th.
Excitement about Rolling Stones tickets has reached a fever pitch in the brief period since the clip’s release, with lead singer Mick Jagger hinting toward surprises in store for those lucky enough to attend. Guitarist Keith Richards further fuelled recent band-related frenzy by suggesting to BBC 6 Music that a slot at 2013’s Glastonbury Festival is a possibility for the quintet. Richards' cryptic tip-off provides fans with a sliver of hope that the Stones camp will make another groundbreaking announcement in the near future.
New Stones Single Renews Band Fandom
These perennially popular British musicians retain their status as rock vanguards with the release of the new single ‘Doom and Gloom’, set to appear on GRRR!, a compilation album due for release November 13th this year. This album, along with the new Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane and their quartet of high-profile gigs at the tail-end of 2012 have reanimated their already devoted fan base. After a few years of relative silence, the band looks poised to make headlines and top the charts yet again, not to mention stage more gigs in the future.
The looming question is whether Jagger, Richards and their bandmates will commit to a headlining slot at 2013’s Glastonbury Festival. Richards has done little to quash rumour mill rumblings, commenting that “anything is possible” by way of a future tour. Yet Richards stopped short of divulging solid plans, claiming that the band would prefer to “get these four gigs under their belt” before moving forward. He did, however, refer to Glastonbury as an “interesting proposition.”
Will They or Won’t They?
Official announcement or not, festival soothsayers are having a field day as they attempt to predict whether Jagger and Co. will indeed grace Glastonbury’s main stage. A recent piece in Britain’s Sun cites an unnamed source as disclosing there is a “good chance 2013 will finally be the year [The Rolling Stones] make it” to the world-renowned festival. Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is said to be “desperate to get the band confirmed,” yet disclosure of the festival’s full line-up won’t take place until early 2013, leaving the public anxiously anticipating word.
50 & Counting
In the meantime, UK Stones fans will have to placate their urge to see the group reunite onstage by attempting to buy tickets to one of their two forthcoming shows. Fans can turn to online sources like StubHub UK, the world’s largest fan-to-fan ticketing marketplace, for more information about the band and to check availability of Rolling Stones tickets for the O2 shows. Purchases made via the site are additionally assured by the company’s FanProtect Guarantee. Building upon half a century of spectacular musicianship, the Stones continue to stand solidly as pioneers of rock music for the ages