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Rolling Stones Hyde Park Tickets Sell Out In Five Minutes, Plus Charlie Watts 'Doesn't Want To Play' Glastonbury

05/04/2013 14:12 BST

The Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park sold out in just five minutes despite fan concerns over ticket prices.

The 65,000 tickets for the central London gig went within minutes of being put on general release this morning.

AEG Live promoter Rob Hallett said the response had been "incredible".

He said: "We sold 65,000 tickets in the speed the system could handle it. If the system could handle it in seconds, we would have probably sold out in seconds."

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(Left to right) Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards before their concert at Hyde Park in 1969.

Tickets cost £95, although there were hospitality packages for sale at up to £299 but Mr Hallett said basic ticket-holders would not lose out.

He said: "The band wanted the regular ticket-holders to be right at the front of the stage staring at the whites of their eyes, not 200 yards away.

"The people who have coughed up for hospitality packages will get looked after in a way they have never known before. But when the doors open, if you can run faster than the next guy, it will be like any other general admission gig. You will get down front."

The band will headline the Hyde Park gig in July - almost 44 years to the day they played a famous free concert in the central London park.

The band will also headline Glastonbury and play a north American tour this year.

Their first Hyde Park concert, on July 5 1969, was only two days after the death of founder member Brian Jones and marked the live debut of his replacement guitarist, Mick Taylor.

Guitarist Keith Richards said he hoped there would be "some emotion involved" in the new gig.

He said: "Not going to turn this into the funeral, but any more than that, I think it's a celebration. I think that it's a celebration for everybody really, for Brian, for everybody that was there and hopefully for loads of people that were not there the first time round.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it's an exciting piece of news when I got the news that we were going to play the park again."

The band were criticised over the price of tickets for their 50th anniversary gigs at the O2 last year when the face-value price of the tickets ranged from £95 to £375. A "VIP hospitality'" ticket was priced at £950.

But guitarist Ronnie Wood defended the high prices, saying preparations for the two gigs cost them millions of pounds.

Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Watts has told The Guardian he doesn't want to play Glastonbury.

In an interview with the newspaper he said: "I don't want to do it. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals.

"I've always thought they're nothing to do with playing. Playing is what I'm doing at the weekend. That's how I was brought up. But that's me, personally. When you're a band … you do anything and everything. But Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippy thing to start with. It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend, I can tell you."

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