Back in 1969, the Rolling Stones played the Altamont music festival. Hells Angels provided security. Some scuffles had broken out in the crowd before their appearance. As they commenced their set, with the track Sympathy for the Devil, the fighting became more intense. By the time they complete their next song, Under My Thumb, a man had been murdered. At the time, American media referred to the band as "an intimidating brooding coven".
Last night the Stones played Glastonbury for the first time. From the BBC :
The Stones had arrived on stage after an intro tape featuring the sounds of Worthy Farm's usual residents, 350 dairy cows.
Eavis was heard saying "we waited a long time" as the unmistakable rhythm track of Sympathy For The Devil played and the crowd spontaneously broke into the familiar "whoo whoo" backing vocals
|The phoenix emerges from the capstone
Make of that what you will, to me it's self explanatory, as it was with the phoenix at the London Olympic closing ceremony.
Note - Eavis is the festival boss, he references Prince Harry in the linked BBC report. I touched on Glastonbury a couple of posts ago.