BILL Wyman rose to fame as one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones.
Together with drummer Charlie Watts – who unfortunately died in 2021 – he was one of the rock group’s dropouts.
Why did Bill Wyman leave the Rolling Stones?
Wyman first joined the Rolling Stones in 1962 before they found success and played with them in their heyday.
But in 1992 he shocked the world when he said he was leaving the band.
His announcement was met with disbelief at the time as he was part of the original cast.
His formal departure was announced in 1993 and he was replaced by touring bassist Darryl Jones.
Wyman later performed with the band for two songs in 2012.
He also had some solo chart success with Je Suis Un Rock Star and A New Fashion in the UK in the 1980s.
What did Bill Wyman say about leaving the Rolling Stones?
In 2008, Wyman – known as The Quiet One – explained why he left the Rolling Stones after more than three decades.
He told The Telegraph: “Playing with the Stones, there was always so much pressure.
“The next album or the next single always had to be the best or at least sell better.
“When we got together to play it was a great moment. Working with Charlie was fantastic and we’re still very close.
“But when I was on tour with the Stones, it took me a month to practice all these songs that we’ve been playing for 30 years.”
Wyman added that the other members of the band “didn’t want me to go, but we get along great now.”
He added, “I had 30 great years with them, then a really nice divorce, and as cheesy as it may sound, we’re still family.”
He admits the move cost him money, but has no regrets.
Wyman said, “The big money wasn’t there yet.
“I had a small nest egg and I’m doing fine, but I can’t rely on Stones’ royalties to support me.
“I’m not in the same league as the guys who stayed. But I wanted to have fun.”
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