The Rolling Stones refused to play U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival for decades, but the legendary British rockers finally relented in 2013 after receiving a personal note, written by festival founder Michael Eavis.
According to a new interview with Eavis posted Dec. 26 at U.K.'s TheGuardian.com, The Stones' official reps repeatedly told Eavis there was "no chance" of booking the band, but Eavis won the "Satisfaction" hitmakers over with a handwritten letter, entreating them to "make this work."
Eavis reveals that the note, which expressed his personal admiration and his belief that Glastonbury would be the perfect way to cap The Stones' 50th anniversary, was the turning point in negotiations, saying, "It made a difference because that way the band knew for sure that I wanted them and why. I told them that we were both of a similar age and said: 'Come on, let's make this work!'"
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers made their Glastonbury debut appearance on June 29, 2013, performing on the Pyramid Stage to a sold out crowd of 200,000 festival goers and 2.5 million TV viewers, which Eavis describes as "the highlight of 43 years of Glastonbury."
With the announcement of an upcoming Asia-Pacific tour leg - dubbed "14 on Fire" - along with recent news of The Stones scoring three nominations at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, 2014 is sure to be another memorable year for The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.
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Did you know? The Rolling Stones headline performance at Glastonbury recently topped a U.K. poll to determine the biggest music moment of 2013, conducted by One Poll for U.K. music streaming service Blinkbox Music.