Rolling Stones lure Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor back on stage

Nov 22, 2012

Veteran rockers will be reunited with their former band-mates at upcoming London concerts

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BILL WYMAN, the Rolling Stones' original bass player, and Mick Taylor, the guitar virtuoso who played on some of their most acclaimed albums, will be reunited with the band at next week's concerts at London's 02 Arena.

Taylor (pictured above, second from the left) who left the Stones in 1974 and Wyman (above far right), who quit in 1992, are billed as special guests for the band's concerts on Sunday, 25 November and Thursday, 29 November.

The Rolling Stones have been drawing their former members "back into the fold" in recent years, says The Guardian. Both men were interviewed for Crossfire Hurrican, a documentary marking the band's 50th anniversary that was released in October. Taylor recorded new guitar parts for the 2010 re-issue of the band's seminal 1972 album Exile on Main Street and last year played a small club show with Wyman, Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and the band's drummer Charlie Watts.

Wyman's departure after almost 30 years, to pursue a new musical direction with his band The Rhythm Kings, was not as shocking or as mysterious as Taylor's decision to quit in 1974.

Taylor, who joined the band in 1969 following the death of founding member Brian Jones, played on a string of their best albums, including Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Goat's Head Soup. Many Stones fans consider him the finest musician to perform with the band, The Guardian says.

Brett Morgen, the director of Crossfire Hurricane, told the Sydney Morning Herald the remaining members of the Stones - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Watts – are still not sure why Taylor walked away.

In the film, Taylor says he left because he was succumbing to heroin addiction and wanted to protect himself and his family.

The Rolling Stones recently released a greatest hits album Grrr! which includes two new tracks. The recent single Doom And Gloom peaked at number 97 in the UK singles chart - the band's worst chart performance for a new single.

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