Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Rolling Stones set to return to London’s Hyde Park



The Rolling Stones are set to return to London’s Hyde Park for two shows this month as part of their 50 & Counting tour.

The July 6th and 13th dates mark the band’s first appearance at the UK venue since their free concert on July 5, 1969.

The 1969 event was the Stones' first public concert in over two years, and was planned as an introduction of new guitarist, Mick Taylor, though circumstances inevitably changed following the death of former member Brian Jones two days earlier.

An estimated quarter of a million people attended a show that turned into a tribute to Jones, with Mick Jagger delivering a short eulogy on stage before the Stones' set began. Jagger read two stanzas of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem on John Keats' death, "Adonaïs," from a calf-bound book. After this recital, several hundred cabbage white butterflies were released.

“Funny things happened, and funny drummers and funny clothes I wore, and letting off butterflies and doing things you wouldn’t normally do in a show,” recalls Mick today. “I’ve never recited Shelley before in a show, so what am I going to do? I suppose I have to do Keats or maybe something else.”

“I remember a lot of birds being let loose, some butterflies and shit,” says Keith Richards. “I’m really looking forward to hitting the Park again because you don’t expect to do that again. I mean these [shows] are going to be great.”


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