Fans of The Rolling Stones can expect to see an old name in the credits soon. News comes that the band is heading back into the studio to mark its 50th year, and the rumour is that Bill Wyman is re-joining the band.
Plans are apparently underway for a 50th anniversary event that is now likely to take place in 2013, marking 50 years since Charlie Watts joined the band. Officially, the 50th came and went this month without any fanfare. But according to Keith, the 50th should be marked from when Charlie joined, even though the band actually formed in April 1962 and played their first gig in June of that year. Wyman joined in December and Watts in January of 1963.
However, getting agreement on what to do has been difficult for The Stones. Charlie's decision to stop touring after 2005's A Bigger Bang made the band re-evaluate its future and the 50th events could very well make this time really be the last time for The Stones. Instead of another major tour, the plans are being drawn up for a series of one-offs and that suits Bill Wyman.
Bill is the oldest member of The Rolling Stones. He is 75-years old now, 5 years older than Charlie. He left The Rolling Stones after 1989's Steel Wheels. His departure was announced in December, 1992.