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domingo, 31 de marzo de 2013

Stones paid ‘bog standard’ fee for Glastonbury

The Rolling Stones are getting the “bog standard” fee for headlining Glastonbury, organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed.

Fans will be able to see Mick Jagger and co plus hundreds of other acts for around half the price of a standard ticket to the Stones’ 50th anniversary concerts last year.

And when the veterans take to the stage on June 29 they won’t be receiving preferential treatment in terms of money.

Eavis tells the BBC Today programme: “There’s a bog standard price for the headliner – we get headliners for a tenth of the normal price. They’re not being paid very much.

“Headliners are always good to us because they want to do it. They get TV and huge record sales straight after the show.”

He admits finally booking the Stones feels like “winning the World Cup,” explaining: “We’ve waited a long time to get confirmed. We threw our hands in the air with joy, we hugged each other and everything. It’s a really huge thing for us.”

Glastonbury tickets cost £205. Standard tickets for the Stones’ November and December 50th anniversary shows were £406, with nosebleed passes costing £106 and VIP entry costing £1140.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood earlier this year stated his determination to ensure the band appeared at Glastonbury, even if it meant “twisting their arms.” They previously called off plans to play at the Coachella Festival in the US after failing to reach an agreement over their fee. It’s believed a world tour is in the works, with 18 dates agreed for the US and an Australian leg at the planning stage.

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