With Mick Jagger in the infancy of his super group Super Heavy, Charlie Watts occasionally busy with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie and Keith Richards considering a solo album, one might think the Rolling Stones have unofficially called it a day.
However, guitarist Ronnie Wood — who just celebrated 16 months of sobriety — tells the Evening Standard that the band are planning something for their 50th anniversary next year.
“We’ll try to recapture the old camaraderie,” Wood says, adding that a series of gigs is being planned with the possibility of London’s Hyde Park being a location (the site of the band’s famous 1969 Hyde Park concert, the Stones first following the death of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones and the first with guitarist Mick Taylor).
“I know Keith is fully supportive, as are the rest of the boys in the Stones,” Wood says. “We’ll see what we can do as a unit. Playing Hyde Park would be fabulous.”
The Stones haven’t performed since a string of dates at London’s O2 Arena which concluded their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour in August 2007. Given the age of the band — with Watts having turned 70 last month — a full-scale tour similar to previous outings would be considered somewhat unlikely.
In related band news, a collection of previously unpublished images from a 1970 photo shoot will be unveiled tomorrow at London’s Snap Galleries. According to The Independent, the exhibit titled ‘Sticky Fingers: The Lost Session’ consists of photos shot by Peter Webb which were originally pitched for the cover of their 1971 album. The photos were thought to be lost but, remarkably, negatives were discovered two years ago in an unmarked box in an attic.
— Jason MacNeil Spinner.com