Keith Richards says playing in The Rolling Stones is 'good for your health'

Keef bats away suggestions that the band are too old to headline Glastonbury

Keith Richards says playing in The Rolling Stones is 'good for your health'

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Keith Richards has claimed that playing in a "clean-living" band like The Rolling Stones is "good for your health".

The Stones are gearing up to headline Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage tomorrow night (June 29) and Richards batted away suggestions that the band are too old for the honour. "I'd say, 'What do you know about it? You've never tried it'," Richards said, speaking to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Continuing, the guitarist insisted: "It's good for your health to play rock'n'roll in a clean-living band like The Rolling Stones. You should try it. It's better than church."

Richards then explained why the Stones have never headlined Glastonbury before. "It just never occurred. Many times it has been on the list of tours and stuff and for one reason or another it never coincided," he said. "[It's] like a black hole in space or something but in we go this time. I'm looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it's an iconic band and finally the two meet at last. In a way it's kind of weird that at last we've made it to Glastonbury. It's like building Stonehenge right?"

The BBC will broadcast an hour of the Stones' set tomorrow night (June 29). The latter part of the performance – which will run for a total of two hours and 15 minutes – will be seen by festival attendees only, and will include a fireworks display. Festival organiser Michael Eavis has said that the Pyramid Stage area has been extended to make sure the site doesn't become overcrowded during the band’s show, although he says he is still concerned about how popular the set will be, saying: "There might be a problem with the size of the crowd so it's slightly worrying for me, in a way."

The Stones will follow their Glastonbury debut with two shows at London’s Hyde Park, taking place on July 6 and 13.

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