For Lee Anthony, 39, it's a dream come true. He has gone straight from polishing coffins in Heathley's Funeral Home in Croydon to touring with his favorite band and getting paid for it.
With all of the band now in their seventh or eighth decade, their management has faced up to their mortality and hired an undertaker to join them on tour. "The death of any member of the band whilst on the road could cause some very embarrassing and expensive complications if we didn't have the required professional assistance on standby", explained Stones spokesman David Ryan. "This new addition to the team should smooth things over if the worst happens".
Meanwhile, Mr Anthony has been settling in to life as a member of the Stones road crew. "Everything's just fine so far", he says, "I come from three generations of Stones fans, so I feel pretty much at home here. I've been introduced to Mick and Keith and the rest - they're great, down-to-earth guys. I really hope I don't end up embalming any of them".