Apparently that’s news to the Stones, because a representative of the band shot down those rumors almost as soon as they began.
In fact, there’s supposedly little truth to the rumor at all because the band isn’t even planning to play Glastonbury, which is in direct contraction to the original tabloid report.
A source told The Mirror, “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.”
British journalist Paul Cashmere criticized The Mirror’s report in saying they “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
Cashmere dismissed the rumors when they first surfaced, and he theorized on Noise11 that the Stones will bow out, and only bow out, on their own terms.
“Just imagine what the last Stones show would be worth in merch rights, pay-for-play, movie rights, live TV rights, live streaming rights, DVD rights and ongoing repeats. Hundred and millions of dollars is the answer,” Cashmere writes. “When The Stones go they will go by their own rules, at their own gig, with their own audience AND keep all the money.”
Fans were upset to find out earlier this year that the Stones wouldn’t be touring in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.
Keith Richards assured them that 2013 is their real 50th anniversary, noting that drummer Charlie Watts didn’t join the band until 1963.
Andrew Celani — WODS.com