As most of you know, the Rolling Stones are in the middle of their “50 Years and Counting” tour that is currently taking them across North America. You may also might still be trying to wrap your head around the fact that, not too long ago, Ron Wood revealed that the Stones were big fans of Downton Abbey.
As the story goes, for those still in denial, Stones guitarist Ron Wood, who became friends with Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham, himself) through some recent charity work, mentioned that the group was a big fan of the series and would sometimes even end Sunday night rehearsals early in order to get back and watch it. It was Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) who went on a bit further about how Mick Jagger even managed to ruin one of the storylines for Ronnie. She said: “When Sybil passed away, Mick said to Ronnie, ‘Sad to hear about the girl’. Ronnie replied, ‘I haven’t seen it yet — I recorded it.’
Now comes news, according to the Daily Mirror (which can’t help but make it true, right?), that Hugh Bonneville has been lobbying for some sort of walk-on part for his new musical BFF’s. Even though Downton does have electricity making it somewhat easy for the Stones to perform, Bonneville said he saw the band more as a ‘rag-tag bunch of traveling entertainers or even a circus act‘. One can only imagine the Dowager Countess one-liners should Mick, Keith, Ron and Charlie make an appearance at Downton this holiday season. Obviously, being the rock royalty that they are, they’d have to stay upstairs, right?
With a late June stop at the Glastonbury Festival and a couple of early July dates at Hyde Park in London, it makes perfect sense in my individual mind palace that we could see the original bad boys of rock and roll roaming the grounds of Downton in this years Christmas special. There isn’t a snowballs chance in you-know-what of this happening, but it really is fun to speculate, isn’t it?
Hey, the Standells were on The Munsters back in the mid-60’s episode “Far Out Munster” so, it could happen….