Rumours that The Rolling Stones could headline next year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California have gathered fresh momentum after festival organisers posted a mysterious picture on their Facebook page.
The image, which you can see below, sparked excitement online when fans interpreted it as a nod towards the legendary rock band due to depicting a stone inside the field in which Coachella takes place:
Shortly after the photo was published, Tyler C Tuszynski commented: “Is that a Rolling Stone?”, while Terry Henry wrote: “pretty clear the picture is of a rolling stone but we all knew they were playing anyway.” Matt Szymkow, meanwhile, simply wrote “Thats a rolling stone…” while Mariah Ortiz posted: “ROLLING. STONE. OH. MY. GOD.”
However, as Billboard reports, fans may have got their hopes up too quickly – a representative for the festival’s promoter, Goldenvoice, later clarified that the image wasn’t hinting at a potential headline act and, rather than a stone, it actually pictured a polo ball in reference to the Empire Polo Grounds, where the bash takes place.
In December last year, The Rolling Stones seemingly leaked plans to play the festival next year after the rock legends’ mobile app listed a new live date on April 12, 2013 in Indio at Coachella 2013, although they quickly took the information down.
Yesterday (January 4), meanwhile, the band hinted that they would like to play more live shows in 2013, saying that their shows at the end of 2012 were “not enough”. Frontman Mick Jagger revealed how, after their brief run of gigs in London, New York and New Jersey at the tail end of 2012, the band are in fine form and keen to get back on onto the stage to continue performing stating: “I’m going to see what’s on the table and discuss it with everyone. We’ll announce it when we’ve figured it out.” Guitarist Keith Richards, meanwhile, added: “Really, all you’re going to have to do is wait for an announcement.”
Their comments came after Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recently claimed that the band will “rock till they drop“.