The Rolling Stones reveal that headlining Glastonbury Festival is something the band fell destined to do as culmination of their British heritage, ahead of their Saturday night headline set.
In an official video on The Rolling Stones' official YouTube Channel, The Rolling Stones discuss their upcoming Glastonbury Saturday headline set, with guitarist Keith Richards stating that "there were many years we were offered it and turned it down. I look upon it as a culmination of our British heritage really. It had to be done and it's gotta be done, and we'll see what happens."
The Stones at Glasto - it had to happen eventually.
Singer Mick Jagger also voiced his enthusiasm for the prestigious slot: "All my kids are going to be there so I'm going to be visiting them in the days before the actual show and they've got all sorts of activities lined up for me to do. My brother lives in Glastonbury too." After forming in 1962, the band became part of the US' 'British Invasion' and have to date released 24 studio albums and eleven live records with eight consecutive No.1 ranking albums.
It's part of their British heritage.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis has voiced his concerns that due to their overwhelming popularity, the band will draw a crowd too large for the main Pyramid Stage area: "There might be a problem with the size of the crowd so it's slightly worrying for me, in a way."
The sizeable crowd might be a problem though.
Their two-and-a-half hour set was originally only going to be watched by festival attendees but after fears that their fans who were unable to attend the festival would also miss out on watching their performance, the BBC were permitted to film just the first hour -less than half - of the set. The lucky attendees will be treated with fireworks at the end of the set but everyone else can watch the 250 hours' worth of BBC coverage this weekend.