LONDON (AFP) – Veteran rockers the Rolling Stones aim to prove that they still have energy left after last weekend's Glastonbury performance as they return to London's Hyde Park on Saturday, 44 years after a famous free outdoor concert there.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who unexpectedly rejoined the Stones for their Glastonbury gig, is expected to play again at Hyde Park, where he made his live debut with the band at the July 5, 1969 show in place of founder member Brian Jones, who had died two days previously.
Mick Jagger began that concert by reading extracts from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley in tribute to Jones, who was found dead in his swimming pool at home.
Asked what songs the Stones will perform in London, Jagger joked on Absolute Radio: "Obviously, the same set list is going to be used (as in 1969), it saves me having to think."
Music producer Bob Clearmountain will be at Hyde Park to supervise recordings of Saturday's event and the Stones' second show in the park next Saturday.
Sound recordings are expected to be sold through the iTunes store and film footage may be put together for a future DVD release.
No Glastonbury style mud will face more than 100,000 people who have bought tickets for the spectacle, with London enjoying a heatwave which is forecast to keep the temperature in Hyde Park as high as 26 degrees when the concert starts.
Hyde Park is staging a series of rock concerts throughout the summer and park authorities are not expected to cut the power as they did last year when they felt a Bruce Springsteen show had gone on too long.