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January 6-8, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform in Belfast, Northern Ireland, again and perform their
first ever concerts in Ireland proper, in Dublin and Cork.
(We stopped at) an old clothing shop, sort of an army surplus, in a little village on the road to Cork. We went in and this old Irishman grabbed hold of Brian's balls and dragged Brian outside and pointed to the church tower, there's these huge holes in it, and he said, Cromwell's balls did that, now let me see what I'm gonna do to YOUR balls. So Brian got his cock out and pissed all over his old overcoats and everything. We all went haring out of the shop and leapt in the car, and - he was very old, this cat - and suddenly he leapt up across the street and onto the bonnet of the car and started kicking the windscreen with his huge boots...
January 10, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform concerts in Hammersmith, London.
January 11-12, 1965: At De Lane
Lea Studios in London, the Rolling Stones start work on their next
single, The Last Time.
January 13-15, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform on British TV's Thank Your Lucky Stars and Ready,
15, 1965: The Rolling Stones' second UK album, The Rolling Stones No.
2, is released.
January 17-18, 1965: The Rolling
Stones pursue work on their next single at RCA Studios in Los
& Mick Jagger: "Play with Fire"
Keith: Play with Fire (was made) with Phil Spector on tuned-down electric guitar, me on acoustic, Jack Nitzsche on harpsichord, and Mick on tambourine with echo chamber. It was about 7 o'clock in the morning. Everybody fell asleep.
Mick:Play with Fire sounds amazing - when I heard it last. I mean, it's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done. You can hear all the vocal stuff on it. And I'm playing the tambourine, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty... Keith and me (wrote that). I mean, it just came out... (I)t was just kind of rich girls' families - society as you saw it. It's painted in this naive way in these songs... I don't know if it was daring. It just hadn't been done.
January 21, 1965: Having arrived
in Australia for their first tour down under, the Rolling Stones hold
a press conference in Sydney.
January 22-29, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform their first ever concerts in Australia,
Brisbane and Melbourne.
January 22, 1965: In Sydney, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Andrew Oldham
get involved in a boating scuffle
with local young men.
Touring in Australia
(In Australia there was an) amazing number of birds (girls). In Melbourne, too, in that weird motel, all glass. Bill on the phone to the hall porter, Send me up that one in the pink. Nine in one day he had, no kidding, he just sat all day long in his bedroom looking out the window, and he's right in with the hall porter. No, not that one, the one with the blond hair, not THAT horror. Used to tell him off for sending up uglies. It was in Melbourne we kept calling up the blind DJ and asking for songs like I'm Beginning to See the Light.
January 29, 1965: In Melbourne,
the Rolling Stones perform on the Australian TV show Big Beat '65.
February 1-8, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform their first ever concerts in New
Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington.
February 10-13, 1965: Back in
Australia, the Rolling Stones perform in Melbourne again, as well as
in Adelaide and Perth.
13, 1965: The Rolling Stones' third U.S. album, The
Rolling Stones, Now!, is released.
February 16, 1965: The Rolling
Stones end their first Australasian tour with their first ever concerts
Singapore, playing at the Badminton Stadium.
February 17, 1965: The Rolling
Stones fly to Hong Kong for a Chinese lunch, then fly to Tokyo, Japan
to hold a press conference, following which they fly to Los Angeles where they finish work on The
Last Time at RCA Studios.
February 18, 1965: Back in London, Mick Jagger hangs out with the Beatles
at the Ad Lib Club.
February 18-25, 1965: The group enjoys a week off. Charlie and Shirley
Watts spend time in Miami, Keith Richards
and Andrew Oldham in New York City.
26, 1965: The Rolling Stones' single The Last Time is released in
the UK. (Released in the U.S. on March 13.)
"The Last Time"
The Last Time was... important, I guess, to Mick and myself because the previous songs we'd written, we'd given to Andrew (Oldham) and we'd done dubs and sold them off to somebody else, you know, to do. So, I mean, that kind of... is a reason why we ended up with The Last Time because the Beatles didn't have another good one and we'd rifled (laughs) everybody else's repertoire. I guess we were just getting about into good enough to be able to resort... to write for ourselves, you know, and to believe we could do it. I think The Last Time was the first one we actually managed to write with a BEAT, the first non-puerile song. It had a strong Staple Singers influence in that it came out of an old gospel song that we revamped and reworked.
February 26-March 4, 1965: The
Rolling Stones perform on British TV's Ready, Steady, Go!, The
Eamonn Andrews Show and Top of the Pops, as well as on the BBC radio program Top Gear.
March 5-18, 1965: The Rolling
Stones carry out a theatre tour of England, performing in London,
Rochester, Guildford and Greenford in the south; Liverpool, Manchester, Sunderland and Sheffield in
the north; and Leicester, Rugby, Southend and Romford in central England. The Rolling Stones also
appear for the first time in Scarborough and Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
March 11, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform on British TV's Scene at 6.30.
March 18, 1965: Bill Wyman and Brian Jones run into trouble by urinating
against the wall of a garage, after
being refused access to the toilet.
The funniest thing happened. One night coming back from a gig in North London, Bill Wyman, who has this prodigious bladder, decided he wanted to have a pee. So we told the driver to stop. The car is full up with people and a few other people say, Yeah, I could get into that. Let's take a pee. So we leap out and we had chosen a gas station that looked closed but it wasn't. There we are, up against the wall, spraying away. And suddenly this guy steps out. And a cop flashes his torch on Bill's cock and says, All right. What you up to then? And that was it. The next day it was all in the papers. Bill was accused and Brian was accused of insulting language. Because what they did them for was not peeing but for trespassing.
The thing with Bill is - and this is one of the best kept secrets in the Rolling Stones - that he has probably got one of the biggest bladders in human existence. When that guy gets out of a car to take a pee you know you aren't going to move for 15 minutes. I mean it's not the first time it happened to him. To my knowledge, Bill has never done one in under 5 minutes.
April 9, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform on British TV's Ready, Steady, Goes Live.
April 11, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform for the second year in a row at the New Musical Express'
Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley, along with the Beatles, the Animals and
other artists. The Rolling Stones close the first half of the show; the Beatles the second.
April 16-18, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform concerts at L'Olympia in Paris, France.
April 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones
arrive in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for their third North American
April 23-26, 1965: The Rolling
Stones engage their third North American tour with their first ever
concerts in Canada, performing auditorium and arena shows in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and
April 29-May 1, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform their first ever concerts in Worcester
(Massachusetts), Albany (New York) and Philadelphia, and also play in New York City.
May 2-3, 1965: The Rolling Stones
appear for the second time on U.S. TV's The Ed Sullivan Show, and
tape an appearance for the Clay Cole Show.
May 3, 1965: In New York City, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones
fight with five guys who call them
May 4-8, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform their first ever concerts in the southeastern U.S., playing
auditorium and stadium shows in Statesboro and Atlanta in Georgia, Clearwater and Jacksonville
in Florida, and Birmingham, Alabama.
New York (in 1964 and '65) was wonderful and so on, and L.A. was also kind of interesting. But outside of that we found it the most repressive society, very prejudiced in every way. There was still segregation. And the attitudes were fantastically old-fashioned. Americans shocked me by their behavior and their narrow-mindedness. It's changed fantastically over the last 30 years. But so has everything else (laughs).
May 6-7, 1965: In Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards composes the riff
to Satisfaction. Tour manager Mike Dorsey
fights with, and hurts, Brian Jones, after the latter allegedly beats up a girl.
& Bill Wyman: Analyzing Brian
Keith: (T)here was always something between Brian, Mick and myself that didn't quite make it somewhere. Always something. I've often thought, tried to figure it out. It was in Brian, somewhere; there was something... he still felt alone somewhere... he was either completely into Mick at the expense of me, like nickin' my bread to go and have a drink... He'd do something like that. Or he'd be completely in with me trying to work something against Mick.... He was a little insecure. He wouldn't be able to make it with two other guys at one time and really get along well... (H)e was a big whisperer too, Brian. Little giggles... you don't meet people like that. As he went along, he got more and more fragile and delicate. His personality and physically. I think all that touring did a lot to break him. We worked our asses off from '63 to '66, right through those three years, non-stop. I believe we had two weeks off... (F)or cats like Brian... He was tough but one thing and another he slowly became more fragile. When I first met Brian he was a little Welsh bull. He was broad and he seemed to be very tough... Eventually, it caught up.
Bill: (Brian) was one of those people that are a bit of a hypochondriac and also a bit of a worrier. He was highly intelligent, very articulate. But he was sort of on the edge all the time. He could be the sweetest, softest, most considerate man in the world and the nastiest piece of work you've ever met. Opposites all the time. He'd flit from one to the other. He wouldn't give a shit for anything and then he'd worry about the slightest detail.
May 9, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater.
May 10, 1965: The Rolling Stones
record at Chicago's Chess Studios again, recording Mercy Mercy and
That's How Strong My Love Is among other songs, as well as starting work on Satisfaction.
May 11-12, 1965: The Rolling Stones
do more work for their next single and album at RCA Studios in
Los Angeles, finishing Satisfaction and recording The Spider and the Fly, Cry to Me and Good Times
among other songs.
"The Spider and the Fly"
I really wasn't mad about The Spider and the Fly, but when you listen to it on record, it still holds up quite interestingly as a blues song. It's a Jimmy Reed blues with British pop-group words, which is an interesting combination: a song somewhat stuck in a time warp.
May 14-22, 1965: The Rolling Stones
engage the California leg of their current North American tour,
performing for the first time in San Francisco, San Jose and Fresno, and playing again in San
Bernardino, Long Beach, San Diego and Sacramento.
May 15-20, 1965: The Rolling Stones
tape appearances for U.S. TV's Hollywood A Go-Go, Shivaree
The Long Beach near-death experience
We tried to get out through a narrow passage. But the kids roared down on us. Without exaggeration there must have been a hundred piled on top of the car and we could hear the roof creaking and cracking. Inside, panicking like mad, we stood up and tried to hold up the roof. But the kids were everywhere. Outside, trying to force the doorhandles, trying to smash in the windows. We couldn't get moving, otherwise someone would have been killed. It was definitely the most frightening thing of my whole life.
Meeting Howlin' Wolf and Son House
I met Howlin' Wolf on that show we did... which is when he introduced me to Son House. He was in the audience at the Shindig show. Howlin' Wolf said to me, I want you to come meet somebody. And I said to him, Who? He said, I'll tell you in a minute. We went up into the audience, walked up with all these children, and he said, This is Son House. And there was this guy sitting in the audience with all these kids, wearing denim overalls before it was fashionable to wear denim overalls. And he said, This is Son House, and Son House did the original Little Red Rooster. I don't know what he's talkin' about, because he was pretty recherché at the time. He became a bit more known after this. And he said, You shouldn't worry about doing The Little Red Rooster, because I wasn't the first person to do it anyway. He was very, very nice and gentlemanly about it...
May 23-28, 1965: The group enjoy time off from the North American tour.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards visit the
Arizona desert, Charlie Watts visits Civil War sites in the East, and Brian Jones and Bill Wyman hang out in
May 29, 1965: The Rolling Stones
end their third North American tour with three more concerts at
New York City's Academy of Music.
June 4-10, 1965: The Rolling Stones
make appearances on British TV's Ready, Steady, Goes Live,
Thank Your Lucky Stars and Top of the Pops.
June 1965: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards move into their own separate
apartments, the former in London, the
latter in North London. Bill Wyman purchases a house at Keston Park Estate in Kent.
(1965): Changing pads
Just because Keith and I aren't sharing this one, everyone thinks we've had a bust-up. There's no truth in that. It's simply because we coudn't find a flat suitable for the both of us.
6, 1965: The Rolling Stones' single (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
is released in the U.S. (Released in the U.K. on August
People get very blasé about their big hit. Satisfaction was the song that really made the Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band. You always need one song. We weren't American, and America was a big thing and we always wanted to make it here. It was very impressive the way that song and the popularity of the band became a worldwide thing... It's a signature tune, really, rather than a great, classic painting, 'cause it's only like one thing - a kind of signature that everyone knows. It has a very catchy title. It has a very catchy guitar riff. It has a great guitar sound, which was original at that time. And it captures a spirit of the times, which is very important in those kinds of songs... Which was alienation. Or it's a bit more than that, maybe, but a kind of sexual alienation. Alienation's not quite the right word, but it's one word that would do.
11, 1965: The Rolling Stones' live British EP Got Live IF You Want It!
June 15-18, 1965: The Rolling
Stones tour Scotland, performing in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
June 24-29, 1965: The Rolling
Stones tour Scandinavia again, performing for the first time in Norway
(Oslo) and Finland (Pori). The group performs again in Copenhagen in Denmark, and (for the first
time) in Malmo in Sweden.
Early July 1965: Andrew Oldham, without the Rolling Stones' knowledge,
appoints the American Allen Klein as
their business manager.
July 7-10, 1965: The Rolling Stones
record more songs in RCA Studios in Los Angeles, California.
July 16-26, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform in Exeter, Portsmouth and Bournemouth in southern
England, and Great Yarmouth (for the first time) and Leicester in central England.
July 22, 1965: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones appear in court
in London for the March 18 incident and
are found guilty of using insulting behaviour and fined. Keith Richards and Charlie Watts are present for
July 26, 1965: On Mick Jagger's
22nd birthday, the Rolling Stones perform on British TV's Thank Your
Lucky Stars. They also meet with their business manager Allein Klein for the first time.
July 28, 1965: The Rolling Stones
tape promotional films for Satisfaction and other songs at
Twickenham Studios in London.
July 29, 1965: The Rolling Stones
sign a new recording contact with Decca Records in London.
30, 1965: The Rolling Stones' fourth U.S. album, Out
of Our Heads, is released.
August 1, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform at the Palladium in London and attend the annual meeting
of Rolling Stones Ltd.
August 2-18, 1965: The group is off work. Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton,
Brian Jones and Linda Lawrence
holiday in Tangier, Morocco (afterh the 6th), along with art gallery owner Robert Frasier Keith Richards and
Linda Keith vacation in the south of France. Bill Wyman and his family spend time in Western Germany.
August 6, 1965: The Byrds, John Lennon and George Harrison spend time at
Brian Jones' pad following the
Byrds' concert at Blaises in London.
August 14-16, 1965: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spend time in New York
City, attending business meetings and
witnessing the Beatles' Shea Stadium concert.
August 17, 1965: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart record Erick Clapton
and Jimmy Page songs with the
two guitarists at Olympic Sound Studios in London.
August 18, 1965: Mick Jagger is best man at the wedding of David Bailey
and Catherine Deneuve.
August 20, 1965: The Rolling Stones
record for the BBC radio programs Yeh! Yeh! and Saturday Club.
August 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones
perform at the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, Yorkshire.
August 23-September 2, 1965: The
Rolling Stones appear on British TV's Ready, Steady, Goes Live
(twice), Scene at 6.30, and Thank Your Lucky Stars.
August 26, 1965: Bill Wyman produces recording sessions for The End in
September 3-4, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
September 5-6, 1965: The Rolling
Stones record their next single, Get Off of My Cloud, and more
songs for their next album at RCA Studios in Los Angeles, California, including I'm Free, The
Singer Not the Song and Gotta Get Away.
September 8, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform in Douglas on the Isle of Man, England.
September 11-17, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform their first tour of West Germany
Austria, appearing in Münster, Essen, Hamburg, Munich, West Berlin and Vienna.
September 14, 1965: Brian Jones meets Anita Pallenberg in Munich, whom
he soon starts going out with.
September 20, 1965: Bill Wyman produces recording sessions for Moon's Train
September 23, 1965: The Rolling
Stones on British TV's Top of the Pops.
You've got places like Munich. The war wasn't over that long ago, and we weren't exactly pro-German. Satisfaction was out and the automatic thing that comes to mind is goose-stepping. So that's going on backstage, as everyone is quite frivolous. Next thing I know Jagger is out onstage doing that. They were playing in a big fucking tin shed. There were lots of police with big dogs. The audience was sitting there getting all emotional; their leader was in front of them. But they had to behave 'cause if they got up there was a guy with a club. When they left the place the kids did in about 100 cars in the car-park. All the trains going back to the sticks were a mess. It was worse than if they'd been allowed to let off steam inside the hall.
24, 1965: The U.K. version of the Rolling Stones' Out of Our Heads
album is released.
25, 1965: The Rolling Stones' single Get Off of My Cloud is released
in the U.S. (Released in the U.K. on October 22.)
"Get Off of My Cloud"
Get Off of My Cloud was Keith's melody and my lyrics... It's a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the '60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress.
September 24-October 17, 1965:
The Rolling Stones carry out another theatre tour of Great Britain,
performing in London and Southampton in southern England; Bristol, Cheltenham, Shrewsbury,
Hanley, Chester, Leicester, Birmingham, Cambridge and Northampton in central England; Cardiff in
Wales; Wigan, Manchester, Bradford, Carlisle, Newcastle, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Liverpool,
Sheffield and Doncaster in northern England; and Glasgow in Scotland.
October 19-22, 1965: The Rolling
Stones appear on British TV's Top of the Pops and Ready, Steady,
October 27-28, 1965: The Rolling
Stones arrive in New York City for their fourth North American tour
and hold a press conference.
October 29-November 7, 1965: The
Rolling Stones open their fourth North American tour with concerts
on the East Coast and Great Lakes region, performing in Montreal and Toronto in Canada;
Providence in Rhode Island; New York City; Philadelphia - and for the first time in Ithaca, Syracuse
and Rochester in New York state; New Haven in Connecticut; Boston; and Newark, New Jersey.
November 9, 1965: Brian Jones jams with Bob Dylan in a hotel in New York
City during a major electricity
blackout. During the New York stay, journalist Al Aronowitz also brings Brian Jones to meet Lou Reed and Sterling
Morrison of the forming Velvet Underground "to score some acid".
November 10-23, 1965: The Rolling
Stones' North American tour travels throughout the southern
U.S., with all first-time stops in North Carolina (Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte); Washington
D.C.; Maryland (Baltimore); Tennessee (Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis); Louisiana
(Shreveport); Fort Worth and Dallas in Texas; and Oklahoma (Tulsa).
November 11, 1965: The Rolling
Stones return to New York to appear on U.S. TV's Hullabaloo.
November 15, 1965: In London, Andrew Oldham edits the film Charlie Is
My Darling shot during the Stones' Irish
jaunt in early September.
November 18-19, 1965: The group flies to Miami and rent motorboats for
a rest. Anita Pallenberg arrives and
(1990): Hamburger to go
Brian's bizarre behavior surfaced again en route from Fort Worth to Dallas on November 22, when we stopped at a roadside burger place. Brian said he wasn't hungry and sat in the car as we all went in. Just as we were leaving, Brian decided he wanted food. Despite our protests that we were running late, he was obviously determined to relax over a large meal. Finally Andrew told Pete Bennett to go get him. We all sat in the car looking into the glass-fronted restaurant as Pete marched in, picked Brian up by the scruff of the neck and frog-marched him back to the car, complete with half-eaten hamburger. Brian was speechless. The humiliation probably added to his paranoia, but the incident was typical of the way he focused attention on himself and infuriated those around him, even over small things.
November 24-28, 1965: The Rolling
Stones' North American tour goes back north, appearing in
Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Detroit, Dayton, Cincinnati (for the first time) and Chicago.
November 29-30, 1965: The Rolling
Stones perform in the American southwest for the first time, in
Denver, Colorado and Pheonix, Arizona.
The Mayor of Denver once sent us a letter asking us to come in quietly, do the show as quickly as possible, and split the same night, if possible. Thank you very much, we'll be very pleased to see you in the near future. I've got that letter with the seal of Denver on it. That's what the mayors wanted to do with us. They might entertain the Beatles, but they wanted to kick us out of town.
December 1-5, 1965: The Rolling
Stones end their biggest North American tour yet with a western
swing through Vancouver, Canada and Seattle, Washington, both for the first time; and
Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, and for the first time Los Angeles, at the Sports Arena, in
California. In Sacramento, Keith falls unconscious but unhurt after being electrocuted onstage.
December 3-8, 1965: The Rolling
Stones start work on their next single 19th Nervous Breakdown
and the Aftermath album, at RCA Studios in Los Angeles, recording Take It or Leave It, Sittin' on a
Fence, Going Home, Think and Mother's Little Helper.
Recording in Los Angeles
(RCA Studios) wasn't as funky as Chess obviously, but it was more commercial. And (Dave Hassinger, the engineer) really... he had a good ear, he'd get good sounds, and we experimented with more instruments. And we first experimented with other musicians. Jack Nitzsche and people like that would just play an occasional piano or something... And he'd always get good sounds so we'd always get a good take at 3 or 4 shots at a song. And we could experiment in the studio for the first time ever. Anything that was in the studio Brian would pick it up or I would and the two of us would kind of get some sort of thing out for that song.
Going Home was the first long rock and roll cut. It broke that two minute barrier. We tried to make singles as long as we could do then because we just liked to let things roll on. Dylan was used to building a song for 20 minutes because of the folk thing he came from. That was another thing. No one sat down to make an 11 minute track. I mean Going Home, the song was written just the first 2 and a half minutes. We just happened to keep the tape rolling, me on guitar, Brian on harp, Bill and Charlie and Mick. If there's a piano, it's Stu.
Making December's Children and Aftermath
I learned a lot from albums like December's Children and Aftermath. I did all the parts on half the album that Brian normally would have done. Sure I was mad. It wasn't like now where you spend 4 to 6 months making an album. Those albums had to be done in 10 days, plus another single. That was a fact of life... With Brian becoming a dead weight on top of the work, it threw a lot of the pressure on me.
4, 1965: The Rolling Stones' fifth U.S. album, December's
Children (and Everybody's), is released.
December 5, 1965: Following the Los Angeles concert, Keith Richards and
Brian Jones attend an Acid Test Party
by Ken Kesey and sample LSD.
December 9-27, 1965: Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton holiday in Jamaica;
Brian Jones and Anita
Pallenberg spend time in the Virgin Island, then in New York City with Bob Dylan. Keith Richards and Linda
Keith spend time in Los Angeles.
December 18, 1965: Andrew Oldham announces the Rolling Sones will be making
a feature film.
December 31, 1965: The Rolling
Stones appear on British TV's The New Year Starts Here.
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