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Ex Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman refused to join North American tour

- April 8th, 2013

It seems not all is rosy in Rolling Stones land.

With the band about to embark on a North American tour next month, former bassist Bill Wyman has come out to say that he refused an offer to hit the stage for the new round of dates.

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Wyman, who left the group in 1992, reunited with his former bandmates onstage for their 50th anniversary concerts at London’s O2 Arena in November, but he wasn’t part of the lineup when the rockers later took their shows to the U.S.

The reason? They only let him play on two songs.

He tells the Daily Express newspaper, “It was great for five minutes because that’s about as long as they let me play. I thought I was going to get quite heavily involved because I was led to believe that throughout the year by them.

“Keith (Richards) in particular made me think that I would be a large part of it (the reunion) but when it came to it they told me they only wanted me to do two songs. It was fun but I regretted not playing more…

“I came off just as I was warming up and getting into it. When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said for two songs? No thank you.”

Wyman also insists he now has “better things” to do with his time than hit the road, adding, “I’d say ‘no’ (to a permanent reunion). Thirty years was great but I’ve got better things to be doing now. That time has gone.”

Ouch.

Here’s the full list of North American dates (so far):

Sun 05/05/13 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Wed 05/08/13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Sat 05/11/13 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Wed 05/15/13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sat 05/25/13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tue 05/28/13 Chicago, IL United Center
Fri 05/31/13 Chicago, IL United Center
Thu 06/06/13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed 06/12/13 Boston, MA TD Garden
Tue 06/18/13 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

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2 comments

  1. Jimmy | April 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I seriously doubt the Stones would ever consider bringing Wyman back into the band on a permanent basis. Daryl Jones is a far superior bassist and not a drama queen at all. Sounds like sour grapes on Wyman’s part. I’m sure he’s been kicking himself in the ass for year for quitting the group.

  2. pedro | April 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Daryl Who? Bill Wyman can play the socks off any bass player out there and after 30 years I’m pretty sure he can do the brown sugar/honkytonk woman guff with his eyes closed and his Johnson cut off.

    Having seen the Stones with both bass players, Wyman can rock and hes an iconic stones figure were as Daryl is a backgrounder at best, a session player fill-in.

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