A legendary blast from the past – The Rolling Stones to play in Hyde Park in July. After an absence from the park for more than 40 years, the Rolling Stones are returning to play at the place where they previously held an iconic, ground-breaking and truly emotional gig.
The legendary Hyde Park gig took place in 1968, shortly after founder band member, Brian Jones, had been found dead in his swimming pool.
Mick Jagger read some inspirational words by the poet Shelley to the audience as a mark of respect and remembrance of the deceased Rolling Stone, before the new look bands ripped into their prodigious set.
Augmenting the magnetism of the unforgettable Hyde Park gig was frontman Jagger, wearing a dazzling white dress, which he apparently still keeps in his wardrobe and tries on every now and again.
According to numerous reports of the 1968 concert, Rolling Stones new boy, Mick Taylor, was still learning the songs in the Hyde Park dressing room before they went on stage and the gig was very much held together by Jagger, as out of tune chords from Keith Richard and Mick Taylor were churned out over London town in abundance!
With a gig this impulsive to replicate, it is hardly surprising that went tickets for the Rolling Stones return to Hyde Park went on sale on April 5, they quickly sold out.
Sadly this legendary band has announced that they will not be out on the road touring for much longer and are unlikely to ever play Hyde Park again.
So if it a nostalgic blast from the past that you seek or just a desire to see the Rolling Stones perform in the latter stages of their incredible career in rock and roll, you should take your chance while you still can. A little bit of ‘over the top’ money given to touts will soon be forgotten but memories of a Rolling Stones gig will linger on for a lifetime.
The Rolling Stones will be strutting their stuff in Hyde Park on July 7, 2013.