Rolling Stones to recreate woodland for Hyde Park gig
The Rolling Stones have shipped in a forest of 70ft model trees and several bushes ahead of their gig at London's Hyde Park on Saturday (06.07.13), in an attempt to recreate the woodland landscape they saw from the stage when they played at the venue in 1969.
The Rolling Stones have shipped in a forest of 70ft model trees to Hyde Park ahead of their gig on Saturday (06.07.13).
The 'Brown Sugar' hitmakers - Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - are aiming to recreate a similar woodland landscape they saw from the stage when they played at the London venue in 1969.
Huge oak trees have been placed on top of the stage, which will feature 10,000 branches to ensure the foliage blends in, and several bushes have put on the sound desk.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "When Mick and the band looked out from the stage back in the 60s all they could see was a sea of people and a load of trees, but many of those have been cleared or replanted since. So they want to recreate the woodland.
"As you can see from the pictures, the two oak trees either side are absolutely massive. They want it to look as authentic as possible."
The Stones' Barclaycard's British Summer Time performance on Saturday will come almost exactly to the day when the band - then made up of Mick, Keith, Charlie, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman - played The Stones in the Park, a free outdoor festival they headlined at the venue on July 5, 1969.
The group kicked off their set that day with frontman Mick reciting a poem in his famous white dress in honour of their former bandmate Brian Jones, who died in a swimming pool at his home just two days before, and the 69-year-old rocker hinted he might wear the garment again because it still fits.
He recently said: "I can still just about get into the zippers. I'm not really worried about that area."
The Rolling Stones are thought to have invited Adele to perform with them at their two Hyde Park gigs on July 6 and July 13.