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The Rolling Stones and Glastonbury, together at last

By July 5, 2013

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Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013

When two of the longest standing institutions in British rock were finally in the same place at the same time last weekend, millions of people all over the world were witnesses.

The Glastonbury festival began in 1970, then known as Pilson Festival, in honor of the village about five miles outside Glastonbury, England where it was held. The headline act was T Rex. This was about eight years after The Rolling Stones hit their first licks, in 1962. Given that the Stones and Glasto are as much a part of Brit tradition as fish & chips and afternoon tea, you would think that the two would have gotten together sooner, but last weekend's performance at Glastonbury was the Stones' first.

More then 100,000 festival goers were treated to a nearly two hour long set, a mixture of classic standards and newer songs. Millions more watched via a BBC broadcast and a live stream on the web.The band marked the occasion with a song written just for the performance, titled "Glastonbury Girl."

There's another milestone coming up for Mick Jagger. He turns 70 on July 26. He showed no signs of it during the typically energetic performance, and in response to the obligatory question in a pre-show BBC interview about when the band will retire, Jagger simply said, "I've no idea."

Next up for the Stones are two performances in August at Hyde Park in London, as they continue their (so far) two year long celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Glastonbury 2013 photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images


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