June 29, 2013 12:19

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards admits 'apprehension' about headlining Glastonbury

But guitarist says it's still an 'iconic gig'

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards admits 'apprehension' about headlining Glastonbury

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Keith Richards has admitted that The Rolling Stones are feeling a "little apprehension" about headlining Glastonbury tonight (June 29).

The veteran rock 'n' roll band make their Worthy Farm debut this evening with one of the most highly-anticipated headline slots in years but, in an interview with BBC Radio 1, the guitarist admitted that he was feeling slightly nervous at the prospect of performing outside because of the unpredictable weather.

Read our first impressions on the Rolling Stones first ever Glastonbury headline slot

He said: "I think the only pressure we feel is that it is the first time we've done an outdoor show for yonks and English weather. Throwing in those two equations, yeah, there is maybe a little apprehension."

However, Richards also said that he and his bandmates were looking forward to finally making their bow at the festival, and discussed why they had never played Glastonbury before. "It just never occurred," he said. "Many times it has been on the list of tours and stuff and for one reason or another it never coincided. [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 finally the two meet at last," he concluded. "In a way it's kind of weird that at last we've made it to Glastonbury. It's like building Stonehenge right?"

Meanwhile, Stones' frontman Mick Jagger, who posed for a picture outside his yurt (below), appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning to discuss the band's performance this evening. Asked about what they had in store for their set, he replied: "I'm not saying what we're doing. I can't tell [you] a setlist. It's nice to have a bit of a surprise." He also told interviewer John Humphrys that being a singer was often "intellectually undemanding" and that he would have enjoyed alternative careers as a teacher or journalist.

Other artists appearing at Glastonbury today (June 29) include Primal Scream, Two Door Cinema Club and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg will make his traditional Glastonbury appearance with a lunchtime set on the Pyramid Stage, while newcomers Jagwar Ma, The 1975 and Melody’s Echo Chamber will also play early afternoon performances.

Last night, Arctic Monkeys headlined the opening night of Glastonbury 2013.

For all the latest news, blogs and galleries from the festival, check out our Glastonbury page.



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