Rolling Stones To Retire? Band Denies Rumors, Readies For 50th Anniversary

No one would blame the Rolling Stones for retiring. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and the rest of the band have been playing together since 1962. This morning, rumors circulated around the internet that the legendary band would be calling it quits with a performance at the Glastonbury festival next Summer.

But the Stones aren’t planning on playing at Glastonbury, and at the moment, there’s no word on the band retiring.

The Daily Mail reports that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts were scheduled to play on the Pyramid stage on Sunday night at the famous Somerset festival. It would be the first time the band would play at Glastonbury.

A source said:

“All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives. It’s as case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit. Everybody’s incredibly excited … it’s a final bow.”

The Guardian, however, reports that the retirement rumors are not true. A representative for the band insisted that the Rolling Stones were not announcing their retirement anytime soon and that the band was not scheduled to play at Glastonbury.

A spokesman for the festival said that organizers have not heard anything from the Stones about playing one last show at Glastonbury. The spokesman said:

“Everybody in the year off thinks they’ve come up with the perfect Glastonbury lineup. But at the moment there isn’t anything to confirm or deny.”

The Rolling Stones played their first gig in 1962 but the current lineup didn’t get together until 1963.

Richards said:

“The Stones always considered ’63 to be 50 years, because Charlie didn’t actually join until January.”

Do you think the Rolling Stones should retire? All of the band members are in their late 60s or early 70s, and have a combined age of 272-years-old.