Rolling Stones fans drooling over more Internet rumours that the “Satisfaction” hitmakers will make a headline appearance at Coachella in April will be disappointed to learn that the most recent tease, “the stone” picture posted Thursday at Coachella’s official Facebook site is not a stone at all – nor are The Stones scheduled to perform.
According to an article posted by Billboard.com yesterday, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice have clarified that the object in question is a polo ball, which squashes Internet and media buzz that the post was intended as a tease to promote an impending appearancwe by the band at the California music festival.
The Facebook photo pictured what appeared to be a round stone (which presumably rolled), sitting in the festival grounds at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., with the caption “Happy New Years! We’re excited, hope you are too!”
Following on the heels of note which appeared briefly appeared llast month on the legendary British Invasion rockers’ band’s iPhone app, listing an April 12 Coachella appearance that quickly disappeared, the latest Coachella photo resparked rumours, despite denial by Stones’ officials.
In an interview with Stones frontman Mick Jagger posted yesterday at RollingStone.com, the singer insists that he had not been approached about playing at the festival, saying, "I always said that we'd see how this would go, and then we'd think about doing more – or not."
However, both Jagger and fellow Stone Keith Richards admit that the band has received “quite a few offers” for a full tour in 2013 and think it would be “dopey” to pack it after performing just a handful of shows late last year.
“The World’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band” wrapped up their 2012 “50 and Counting” tour last month, performing a star-studded 2-½ hour concert to a capacity crowd in Newark, N.J. at the Prudential Center.
Coachella is once again scheduled for two consecutive weekends, April 12-14 and April 16-21.
The 2013 lineup is expected to be announced soon.
Did you know? If The Rolling Stones wind up playing Coachella, it will mark the band’s first U.S. festival appearance since the infamous 1969 Altamont Speedway Free Festival.