Rumour Mill: The Stones, Paul McCartney for Glastonbury 2013?
Who has Michael Eavis been phoning?
Chris Eustace - 12 April 2012
In an interview at Swiss music festival M4Music, Michael Eavis hinted that he had made contact with the legendary pair when asked how he goes about booking acts to play at Worthy Farm.
“I choose the headliners,” Eavis said. “I've got about five people doing bookings, I have the luxury of choosing headliners myself, as that's the bosses privilege.”
Of course, it might be a sly reference to the fact that The Rolling Stones are perennial rumours for Glastonbury, and every year it fails to come to pass. However, recent noises from the band themselves have raised hopes that next year, it’ll finally happen. Watch Eavis spill the beans, about 18 minutes, 40 seconds in:
The always-up-for-it Ronnie Wood suggested a tour would be on this year, for the band’s fiftieth anniversary, saying: “Be lovely, wouldn't it? That's what we're on the verge of. I dunno what the hell is gonna happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something.”
Drummer Charlie Watts agreed, but Mick ‘n’ Keef, rather ominously, had barely commented on the speculation.
However, Keith Richards has now broken his silence, with good news and bad news: “Basically, we're just not ready. I have a feeling that's  more realistic.”
It seems Keith wants to save the big return for their true 50th: "The Stones always considered '63 to be 50 years, because Charlie didn't actually join until January," he said. "We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year."
Whether Glastonbury or elsewhere, it seems chances are decent for some Stones shows next year.
Glastonbury 2013 registration is open now, and returns from 26-30 June at Worthy Farm, Pilton.