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Live Nation denies Standard speculation over Olympic shows

By | Published on Monday 13 February 2012

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So, are The Rolling Stones reforming for the Olympics, well, are they, go on, tell us, are they, are they, are they? No, no they’re not. Even though the Evening Standard reported last week that organisers of the Olympic concerts due to take place in the capital’s Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square this summer were in talks with Keith Richards about a Stones show.

The London paper said Mick Jagger remained hesitant, despite his more general support for the London Olympics (partly based on his father competing in the last London games in 1948), though might be persuaded to play a concert in Hyde Park, having previously said he didn’t want to appear at the Danny Boyle programmed opening ceremony because he wouldn’t have enough artistic control.

But whatever, ignore all that please, because organiser Live Nation told reporters on Friday: “The line-up for the London Live 2012 Celebration Concerts as reported in the Evening Standard is not what we at Live Nation will be announcing soon and is based on unsubstantiated speculation”. So, there you go. Fans of unsubstantiated speculation might also be interested to know the Standard also tipped Adele and Blur for Olympic shows.

Promoter Live Nation, of course, is still involved in a legal squabble in the US with one of its former execs, Michael Cohl, over whether or not they can both bid for the right to run any future Stones tours, Cohl says not. Whether that would affect any one-off London Stones show isn’t clear.