February 23, 2013 14:00

Bill Wyman 'disappointed' by role in The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows

'I thought I'd be quite heavily involved,' says the bassist

Bill Wyman 'disappointed' by role in The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows

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Bill Wyman has said he was "disappointed" by his role in The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows.

The legendary group's former bassist joined the band at their London gigs for two tracks, 'Honky Tonk Women' and 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)', but he admits that he thought he would feature more heavily in their set.

He told The Times: "In December 2011 Keith Richards called and said, 'Come on mate, why don't you have a jam with us?' Then they asked if I'd be interested in getting involved in the band for a special occasion. I thought I would get quite heavily involved, so when they said they only wanted me to do two songs I was a bit disappointed."

Wyman also revealed that he wasn't given much time to rehearse with the rest of the band. "I only had one rehearsal and no soundcheck so I just winged it. It was great, but I didn't want to go to America for two songs. I think they understood. Well, Charlie Watts did," he said.

Earlier this month, The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood promised that he would be twisting his bandmate's arms into playing this years' Glastonbury. The Stones have been strongly tipped to make their debut on the Pyramid Stage this year. When asked about it, Wood replied: "We've got a meeting next month and that's going to be my first question to them. It's something I've always been interested in. I'm going to twist their arms. I've got lots of high hopes this year, now that we're all rehearsed - let's get it cracking this summer!"

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