Rolling Stone Former Bass Player Bill Wyman Disappointed At His Small Role in Stones 50th Anniversary Tour.
Let’s get real, Bill Wyman, founding member of the Rolling Stones, was treated unfairly by Mick & Keith during the Stones 50th Anniversary Shows in England. In fact Bill Wyman himself has said he was “disappointed” by his role in the shows.The legendary group’s former bassist joined the band at the London gigs for just wo tracks, ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It)’, but he admits that he thought he would feature more heavily in their set.
According to NME News,he told The Times: “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 also revealed that he wasn’t given much time to rehearse with the rest of the band. “I only had one rehearsal and no sound-check so I just winged it. It was great, but I didn’t want to go to America for two songs. I think they understood. Well, Charlie Watts did,” he said.
The treatment Wyman received by his former bandmates is uncalled for. Former Stone Mick Taylor received more attention than did Wyman, and he was only with the Stones a few years. Wyman was the bass player for over thirty years, and got to play in only two songs. It’s my guess Keith had very little to do with the decision, it’s more likely Jagger’s hatred of Wyman (for leaving the band) than anything else. In other words “punishment.”