The Rolling Stones Returning to Hyde Park After 44 Years, Set North American Tour

The Rolling Stones Performing London - H 2012
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The Rolling Stones Performing London - H 2012

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards announced the plans for the concert in the famous Royal Park scheduled for a week after the band's scheduled Glastonbury show.

LONDON -- The Rolling Stones are to perform in London's Hyde Park for the first time since the band's legendary free concert for an estimated 250,000 people in 1969.

The outdoor gig will take place on July 6, a week after the rock legend's first ever scheduled appearance at the Glastonbury festival on the event's world famous Pyramid stage.

The band famously played in the park just two days after death of guitarist Brian Jones in July 1969. Then, Jagger wore a white dress on stage and read a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem dedicated to Jones. Thousands of butterflies were then released into the air.

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"I'll try and keep the poetry to a minimum," Jagger told the BBC.

"It seems like yesterday," guitarist Keith Richards added. "It's going to be a great summer, man."

The Stones have also announced a North American tour, beginning in May.

The nine-date tour will take them to L.A.,Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Ahaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.

The Hyde Park concert is priced at $145 (£95).

Mick Jagger, when quizzed by the BBC on the ticket pricing, said the band "sometimes too long discussing prices, sometimes not enough," but said he wasn't obsessed by it.

They will be supported in Hyde Park in July by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap and Gary Clark Jr.

The Hyde Park concert timings will be watched like a hawk after last July's Hard Rock Calling, where Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney had their set cut short after defying the sound curfew in the Royal Park.