Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood speaks at the opening of his latest exhibition of art work in London. Edward Baran reports.
This is how most people think of veteran British rocker Ronnie Wood -- on stage strumming his guitar with the Stones. But art has also been a constant in his life and before his musical career began he attended art school in London His latest exhibition includes sketches and canvasses of himself and his band mates, including individual portraits and group pieces. SOUNDBITE, Ronnie Wood, musician, saying (English): "I'll get the musical mode when I'm on tour and I might do a few sketches but it's mainly concentrating on the music. Then when the tour is over I can relax and I find myself getting the brush out and it's very spiritual - you know, music and art is very relaxing to me." Following a planned appearance at the Glastonbury festival this summer, the Stones are then DUE to return to Hyde Park in July for a concert that will be their first performance there since 1969. It was at that performance that Wood - a later addition to the band - says he knew he would eventually be a member of the Rolling Stones. SOUNDBITE, Ronnie Wood, musician, saying (English): "It was at Hyde Park back in '69 when I had this thought: I'm gonna be in that band. And it will be a nice full circle for me to play it with them." Tickets for the July 2013 Hyde Park concert sold out within minutes of going on sale.