The Rolling Stones on 1969 Hyde Park gig: ‘There were an awful lot of butterfly casualties’

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From NME:

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has spoken about his memories of playing Hyde Park in 1969 as the band get set to return there for a massive show on July 6.

The central London venue was the sight of the now-legendary concert that took place just two days after the death of their bandmate Brian Jones. Mick Jagger sported a white smock and read a Shelley poem in tribute to Jones before thousands of butterflies were released from the stage.

“I remember lots of things about Hyde Park,” drummer Charlie Watts told The Sun. “Going to pick my trousers up before I went to the Dorchester. Being at the Dorchester with Allen Klein [the Stones’ manager in 1969] marching about like a little Napoleon.”

He added: “The butterflies were a bit sad, really. They looked good from the audience, but actually if you were near them there were an awful lot of casualties…It was like the Somme before they even got off the ground.”

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