Glastonbury 2013 headline spot for Rolling Stones star from Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 08:15 29 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:04 12 July 2013

A GUITARIST originally from Welwyn Hatfield will join The Rolling Stones on stage tonight (Saturday), as the rock ‘n’ roll legends headline Glastonbury for the first – and presumably last – time.

Mick Taylor, a full-time member of the Stones from 1969 to 1974, was the rock group’s regular special guest on their recent 50 & Counting North American tour.

He joined Sir Mick Jagger and Co each night to play Midnight Rambler, from classic album Let It Bleed.

Taylor also played (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction alongside Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts on selected dates during the band’s trek across US and Canada.

And the acclaimed blues guitarist, who was born in Welwyn Garden City and went to Onslow School in Hatfield, will perform on the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2013 tonight, as the ageing rockers make their long-awaited debut at Worthy Farm, in Somerset. The Stones are due on stage around 9.30pm for a two hour plus set.

Arctic Monkeys headlined Glastonbury last night (Friday), with Mumford and Sons closing the main stage on Sunday.

Just a week after playing Hatfield House, The xx will top the bill on the Other Stage at Glastonbury on Sunday.

Mick Taylor will also play with the Rolling Stones when they return to London’s Hyde Park in July for two dates almost 44 years to the day after the group’s first show at the Royal Park.

In fact, Taylor’s first live appearance with the Stones was in front of an estimated 250,000 people at their 1969 free concert in Hyde Park, a gig held just days after the death of former member Brian Jones.

During his stint as first a session musician and then permanent member of the legendary rock group, Taylor played on seminal Stones albums Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St. and Goats Head Soup.

He also appeared with the Stones at last year’s 50th anniversary comeback gigs at the O2 in London.


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