By: Gary Graff
The Rolling Stones delighted fans in the U.S. and England with their five 50th anniversary shows late last year. But original bassist Bill Wymanwas underwhelmed.
Wyman, who quit the Stones in 1992, joined the group for "Honky Tonk Women" and "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)" during its two shows at London's O2 Arena. But he now tells The Times in Britain that he expected to play a more prominent role in the shows:
"In December 2011 Keith Richards called and said, 'Come on mate, why don't you have a jam with us?' Then they asked if I'd be interested in getting involved in the band for a special occasion. I thought I would get quite heavily involved, so when they said they only wanted me to do two songs I was a bit disappointed."
Wyman added that he had just one rehearsal with the band and no sound check and felt he "just winged it" during the shows themselves. Nevertheless, he said, "It was great, but I didn't want to go to America for two songs. I think they understood. Well, (drummer) Charlie Watts did."
But former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who guested at all of the shows, tells us he was perfectly happy with what transpired:
"Well, I had my doubts before I did the 02 show in London. But I think after I did two shows in London with them and a rehearsal, I was very confident. It's been really amazing, thrilling and exciting. I feel re-energized by this experience. It's been great to play with the band again."
The Stones have not announced any shows yet for 2013, though some appearances have been rumored. Guitarist Ron Wood has been outspoken about his desire for the group to play Britain's Glastonbury Festival this summer.
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