Keith Richards Confirms That Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor Will Guest With The Rolling Stones
Guitarist Mick Taylor and bassist Bill Wyman, the two surviving ex-members of The Rolling Stones, will guest with the reactivated band later this year. Keith Richards confirmed the news in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Taylor and Wyman will each join The Rolling Stones’ current lineup for a few songs at both London’s 02 Arena and Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center. “[Current Stones bassist Darryl Jones] and Bill can talk about songs they want to step in and out of,” Richards told the magazine. The guitarist also hints that guests like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck may join the Stones for their second Prudential Center show, which will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Classic Stones bassist Wyman played with the group from 1963-1993. More recently, he reunited with his former band to record a tribute to founding Stones piano player Ian Stewart that was released in 2011. Taylor only played with the Stones from late 1969-1974 but he contributed to some of the band’s most successful and influential recordings. Stewart and founding guitarist Brian Jones, the band’s other two core ex-members, died in 1985 and 1969, respectively.
Members of the Stones’ longtime backing band like keyboardist Chuck Leavell and saxophonist Bobby Keys will also be part of the group’s current lineup.