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Over the weekend, a rumor broke out suggesting that long time rockers the Rolling Stones were ready to hang it up for good, insisting that next year would be time for retirement and that the band would cap it off with a final show at the Glastonbury Festival.
UK tabloid The Mirror even went as far as quoting “a band insider” who apparently 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 a 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.”
Not so, as it turns out. When reached for comment by The Mirror, the Rolling Stones’ representatives told the tabloid that not only are talks of retirement false, but the band isn’t even planning on playing Glastonbury.
Even before the band’s mouthpiece shut down the rumors, outspoken journalist and commentator Paul Cashmere wrote on Noise11: “So The Rolling Stones are going to play their last ever show at Glastonbury in 2013 are they? Not bloody likely.”
Cashmere goes on to elaborate on his speculation by saying it would be extremely unlikely for the Rolling Stones to call it quits at somebody else’s show considering all the money there is to be made from sources such as potential merchandise rights, pay-for-play, live TV rights, movie rights, DVD rights, live streaming rights, etc. He added: “When The Stones go they will go by their own rules, at their own gig, with their own audience AND keep all the money.”