Fifty years into career, Stones play Glastonbury
There’s a first time for everything, even if you’re the Rolling Stones. The rock rabble-rousers who formed half a century ago played Britain’s Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, their debut appearance at the country’s most prestigious rock music event.
A majority of the 135,000 festival ticket-holders crammed into the fields in front of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage for the gig, which opened with a rousing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Included in the performance was a brand-new folky number called “Glastonbury Girl,” written specially for the occasion. Singer Mick Jagger, who turns 70 in July, thanked fans who had followed the band for five decades, and told newcomers, “do come again,” before giving the crowd what it had been waiting for – an encore of “Satisfaction.”
Other performers at Glastonbury on Saturday included Elvis Costello and Primal Scream. The three-day festival wraps up today with a headlining set from Britain’s Mumford & Sons.
Rapper to get schooled in etiquette
A judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4.
The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction. Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams’ statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans. Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice. “I have my own record label with seven artists. … I do radio. I do interviews,” he said.
The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media, adding that the etiquette classes were “more important than any concerts he might have.”
The birthday bunch
Actor Tony Musante is 77. Actress Nancy Dussault is 77. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 62. Actor David Garrison is 61. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 57. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 54. Boxer Mike Tyson is 47. Actress Monica Potter is 42. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 28.