Bill Wyman on playing with The Rolling Stones: ‘Never again’

Bill Wyman has said he will "never" play live with the Rolling Stones again. Wyman, who played with the The Rolling Stones between 1962 until 1993, joined the band onstage for their 50th anniversary gigs at London's O2 Arena last November (2012), but in April he said that he would not be interested in rejoining the group on a permanent basis because he has "better things to do".

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Bill Wyman has said he will “never” play live with the Rolling Stones again.

Wyman, who played with the The Rolling Stones between 1962 until 1993, joined the band onstage for their 50th anniversary gigs at London’s O2 Arena last November (2012), but in April he said that he would not be interested in rejoining the group on a permanent basis because he has “better things to do”.

Now, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Wyman seemingly ruled out the possibility of performing with his former bandmates ever again. “The nice thing was that my kids saw me on stage with the Stones,” he said. “They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.”

He then added: “I’ve always maintained that you can’t go back to things, and they can never be the same. it’s like a school reunion, or Tony Hancock’s Army reunion. If you try to go back and have a relationship with someone, it doesn’t work, and it’s the same musically. It doesn’t work. It was a one-off. Five minutes. OK, never again. No regrets, we’re still great friends.”

The Rolling Stones are currently on their 50 & Counting tour. The band return to the UK for their Glastonbury headline set on June 29 and a pair of massive gigs in London’s Hyde Park on July 6 and 13.



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