06/28/2013 08:51 am ET Updated Jun 28, 2013

Rolling Stones' Glastonbury Set May Face Rain, Keith Richards Worries


Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is probably checking the weather report right now.

Richards has expressed his concerns that rain will interrupt the band's first-ever performance at the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival, which takes place this weekend at Worthy Farm. He's probably right: weather reports predict a strong chance of rain during their set.

"[The] only pressure we feel is that it is the first time we've done an outdoor show for yonks and English weather," Richards said. "Throwing in those two equations, yeah, there is maybe a little apprehension."

As for why -- or, perhaps, how -- one of the world's biggest bands has avoided one of the world's biggest music festivals for 50 years, Richards shrugged. "It just never occurred," he said. "Many times it has been on the list of tours and stuff and for one reason or another it never coincided. [It's] like a black hole in space or something, but in we go this time. I'm looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it's an iconic band and finally the two meet at last. In a way it's kind of weird that at last we've made it to Glastonbury. It's like building Stonehenge right?"

Fans certainly seem to think it's a historic turn of events: The festival estimates that as many as 200,000 attendees will trek through the mud to see the band play.

The festival is known for featuring a number of unannounced peformers, and oddsmakers listed Daft Punk as this year's most likely "secret set." Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye, another pre-festival favorite, started off this year's tradition of unannounced performances by opening the festival with an 11 am set.



Photos reprinted with permission from Rolling Stones 50 x 20 ($34.99, Insight Editions).

Rolling Stones 50 x 20