Are The Rolling Stones calling it quits after next summer's Glastonbury Festival? According to The Mirror, the band is set to retire from live performances after their first -- and only -- headlining gig at the famous U.K. musical festival.
The tabloid newspaper reports that sources close to The Stones have indicated that their Glastonbury appearance will be their final date in a "handful" of shows in the U.K. and the U.S. in 2013.
"All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives," "a source close to the band" reportedly said. "It's a case of now or never, and obviously Glastonbury is the most important festival on the circuit. Everybody's incredibly excited ... it's a final bow."
Plans to commemorate The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary have not yet been officially set. It was earlier reported that The Stones will not tour to mark their anniversary this year. Instead, the anniversary tour has been pushed back to 2013, which seems to coincide with The Mirror's reports.
In 2010, guitarist Keith Richards caused a bit of controversy when he wrote about frontman Mick Jagger in his autobiography, Life. Richards called Mick "unbearable" and even mocked his sexual prowess. Richards later cleared up the rumors, stating that after a rocky period in the 1980's, everything was great now between him and his bandmate.
“Basically we are brothers,” he explained to The Daily Express. “I can knock him but if anyone else does I’ll slit his throat!”
Meanwhile, plans for the The Stones to return to the studio have also been put on hold. In April, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood reportedly told the media that The Stones would head back to the recording studio soon "to just throw some ideas around."
However, shortly after, Wood denied such claims and apologized to Rolling Stones fans for the misunderstanding. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony -- where the guitarist was inducted again, this time with the band The Faces -- Wood told Billboard that The Stones will not be hitting the studio any time soon.
Mick Jagger walking off stage, Anaheim, CA 1978
The Rolling Stones posing with a group of ladies, during rehearsals for ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' TV pop music show at Teddington Studios, London, 11th November 1964
Keith cooking in the kitchen of Andy Warhol's Montauk home where the Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their 1975 Tour of the Americas.
1972 U.S. Tour
Mick & Aston Martin London 1966
This shot was taken backstage at the rehearsals for ABC's "Thank Your Lucky Stars." 1964
Stones Primrose Hill, London 1966 -- an outtake from the Between The Buttons cover shoot.
Rolling Stones at the Alamo; 1975
Rolling Stones onstage 1972 (location unknown)