Guitarist Mick Taylor, who joined the band from 1969 to 1974 after the death of guitarist Brian Jones, will be along for the 2013 dates and is expected to expand the modest role he played during the 2012 performances.
“To have Mick Taylor with us, that was a real turn-on,” Richards said. “Ronnie and I, we need a third hand.”
If there were any doubts about the Stones’ box office appeal half a century down the line, response to their hometown show July 6 at London’s Hyde Park obliterated it. Even with seats costing up to $1,000, all 65,000 tickets were snapped up in five minutes.
Asked about the Hyde Park curfew that got the plug pulled on Bruce Springsteen’s show there last summer, Jagger laughed. “They have a curfew everywhere. I can’t believe they even have curfews on indoor shows.
“Some of it has to do with subway travel, and if your show runs over, people get stuck and can’t get home, and that’s not nice to the audience,” he said. “To be honest, they have very strict curfews a lot of places in Europe. There’s a rigid curfew at Wembley Stadium that we’ve run into before. But Hyde Park is right in the middle of town, and you’ve got a lot of moanie people around you.”
As for the Stones’ ultimate legacy, Jagger says he got his fill of reflection last year putting together the “Crossfire Hurricane” documentary on HBO, and Richards is more than content to leave history to sort itself out. “The weak will fall by the wayside and the good ones will always be remembered,” Richards said. “A lot of guys get up there because they want to play for the people; it’s up to the people whether they want those guys to stick around or not.