Report: Rolling Stones Set to Retire

by | June 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM | General, Music

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Next summer’s Glastonbury Festival is setting up to be the Rolling Stones’ retirement party, according to a report from The Mirror.

The legendary band is headlining the U.K. music fest for the first time, and sources say it’s planned to be their farewell performance after a “handful” of shows in 2013.

“All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives,” an insider tells The Mirror. “It’s a case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit. Everybody’s incredibly excited … it’s a final bow.”

The timing is fitting, as The Mirror also reports that although they played their first gig in 1962, 2013 marks the group’s “true 50th anniversary.”

Guitarist Keith Richards, 68, said, “The Stones always considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January.”

The paper says 65-year-old guitarist Ronnie Wood hinted that the Stones —which also includes superstar frontman Mick Jagger, 68, and drummer Charlie Watts, 71— were getting ready for a comeback, despite his band mates’ supposed unwillingness to go on another one of their record-breaking tours, like “A Bigger Bang” in 2005.

The Huffington Post says that as well as saying goodbye to the stage, the band is halting plans to get back into the studio. After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, Wood reportedly told Billboard that the Stones won’t be recording any time soon.

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