Keith Richards on The Rolling Stones' Hyde Park show: 'It's a full circle being drawn'

Guitarist speaks about significance of tonight's (July 6) show

Keith Richards on The Rolling Stones' Hyde Park show: 'It's a full circle being drawn'

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The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has said their show at London's Hyde Park this evening (July 6) will be like "a full circle being drawn".

The band last played the central London park in 1969 shortly after the death of their bandmate Brian Jones. Jagger famously wore white and read from Shelley’s poem Adonaïs, and hundreds of white butterflies were released in Jones' memory at the gig, which also marked the first time that guitarist Mick Taylor played with the band.

Speaking about the historical significance of this evening's show to Absolute Radio and whether the band would be emotional due to their memories of their last gig there, Richards replied: "Well, I'm not emotional but I feel very excited about it. And also, we will have Mick Taylor with us and that was his first gig with the Stones, so there is a kind of a full circle being drawn here as well."

Asked about their plans for the setlist, meanwhile, he said: "I'm not sure until I get a final chat with Mick. We are still differing about certain songs and stuff, and also we have to think that we have another one coming up and which ones we want to do this time and what we want to do next week. So, there is still a bit of juggling going on. But, I mean those things can be decided on the night."

He also responded to a question about his wardrobe choices for the gig and whether he would be concerned about a possible wardrobe malfunction by quipping: "Don't worry, my tits ain't that big."

Last Saturday (June 29), the band made their first appearance at Glastonbury, headlining the Pyramid Stage. Commenting on the Stones' absence from the Worthy Farm bill over the years, and the festival's reportedly dogged pursuit of them to headline, Jagger joked "So they finally asked us."

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