Rumours of a 50th anniversary show reignite as band prepare to hit the capital
The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has revealed that the band are planning to rehearse in a London studio later this month.
The axeman is teaming up with fellow band members Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for a jam in the capital in the coming weeks. But it is looking increasingly unlikely frontman Mick Jagger will be joining them.
Richards told Rolling Stone magazine: “We’re just going to play a little together, because we haven’t played for three or four years.
“You don’t necessarily want to rehearse or write anything – you just want to touch bases.”
That’s a good start: me, Charlie and Ronnie. Mick’s welcome, and I’m sure he’ll turn up, but right now we just want to get our chops down.
Earlier this year, Richards had hinted that the band may mark 50 years since the group played their first ever gig, which took place in London on July 12, 1962, next year.
However, when asked if an anniversary show was likely, Jagger later said: “Don’t hold your breath”.
He also recently claimed that if The Rolling Stones were to celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, then Richards would not be invited. The pair fell out when Richards mocked the size of Jagger’s manhood in his million-selling 2010 autobiography Life.
Meanwhile, the band are set to reissue their 1978 album ‘Some Girls’ on November 21.