April 5, 2013 11:30
The Rolling Stones sell out Hyde Park in three minutes
Speculation mounts that the band will play a second date at the London venue
The band will headline Hyde Park on July 6, their first time playing at the venue since their now-legendary gig in 1969, as part of the ten-day long Barclays British Summertime Festival. They will play in London just a week after they headline the Saturday night of Glastonbury in June.
As many as 65,000 tickets were snapped up in just three minutes after they went on sale at 9am this morning priced at £95.
While some fans expressed concerns that VIP tickets on offer at £300 would restrict views to the stage, the gig's promoters AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett has assured ticketholders that they will get a good view of the band. "The band wanted the regular ticket-holders to be right at the front of the stage staring at the whites of their eyes, not 200 yards away," he said. "The people who have coughed up for hospitality packages will get looked after in a way they have never known before. But when the doors open, if you can run faster than the next guy, it will be like any other general admission gig. You will get down front."
Meanwhile, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has claimed that he is not a fan of playing outdoor shows. The drummer, who will be exposed to the elements at both Hyde Park and Glastonbury this summer, said he worries the wind on the night will make it difficult for him to play the drums to the best of his ability. "I don't want to do it [Glastonbury]. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals," he told the paper. "The worse thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move … it really is hard to play then."
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