You had me in a vice

    Early January 1978: Mick Jagger celebrates the New Year on holiday in Barbados with Jerry Hall. Keith Richards
        flies there and meets him to discuss tour plans with manager Peter Rudge.

January 5-March 2, 1978: The Rolling Stones resume and complete recording sessions for Some Girls
    at EMI-Pathé Marconi Studios near Paris, France.
Keith Richards: "Far Away Eyes"

I know (Mick) listens to - and used to - a lot of Merle Haggard (from Bakersfield, California)...When you think about it, he even sings Bakersfield in (Far Away Eyes)... I wonder why Bakersfield? I've got to ask him that. Maybe he don't even know himself. It must go back to him listening to a lot of Merle Haggard.

Keith Richards (1978): On dope vs. off

Truthfully, it doesn't feel that different to me because I always know what I have to do and what is expected of me. For instance, part of Some Girls was made in a totally different condition to what I'm in right now. But yes, I've started to notice the difference more and more since I quit using junk.


Ron Wood (1978): Playing with the Rolling Stones

These Paris sessions have made me realize how much of a Rolling Stone I always have been. It's really weird. I feel like I've been with them right from the start.

I'm a lot less musically frustrated than I was with the Faces although at the time I didn't realize I was frustrated. With this album I've definitely taken a stand with my playing. During the first Stones tour I couldn't get used to having the freedom to be able to do whatever I wanted because the Faces were limiting, where the Stones let me rip.

I was sticking to certain safe formulas (during the first Stones tour). This album is more me because the numbers are being done for the first time. NOW I'm an integral part of what's going on which has given me a lot more confidence of expression. That should come over in the live gigs... The Stones bring out the best in me. I think I'm most powerful when I'm with them.

    January 5-March 1978: Simultaneously, in the same Paris studios, Ron Wood records his next solo album, Gimme
        Some Neck, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts on some tracks.

    January 27, 1978: Charlie Watts performs again with Bob Hall and David Green in Swindon, England.

    Early February 1978: Krissy Wood files for divorce from Ron Wood.

    February 6, 1978: Keith Richards fails to show up for his court date in Toronto. The date is set back a month.
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (early 1978): In the studio

Mick: I can't live in this kind of situation where Keith's energy is taken away. But I musn't let it affect me too much. I musn't let it depress me to the point where I can't work. Keith WANTS to work through it, so I can't be depressed.

Keith: Whatever pressure I'm going through can't be anything like the pressure Mick's going through. Mick is a selfish person, but he's not ungenerous. In many ways he's a really nice guy. But he's too unsure of himself to be THAT nice a guy. It's sad I can't talk about engineers or whatever to him 'cause I know whatever I say he's gonna say the opposite.

    March 6, 1978: Keith Richards fails to show up again for court in Toronto. The judge sets a trial date for October 23.
Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts (early 1978): The Stones without Keith

Mick: I don't think it's gonna as bad as THAT. You've got to say if the worst happens and Keith gets put in an open prison with Mrs. Trudeau for life, that I am still gonna go on the road. Maybe we could play a tour of Canadian prisons (laughs).

Bill: I think we could play without Keith. I've learned through the years that nobody in this band is indispensable except Mick 'cause he is a figurehead of the band. To most people he IS the band. If you're the Rolling Stones you can't perform onstage without Mick. Any other members of the band can be replaced - including Keith, although I don't know whether Keith would agree with me.

I can't see the possibility of Keith getting off. And I can't see the possibility of him not getting off. I don't see him going free, but I don't see him going to jail.

Charlie: I think we'd go on playing, and Keith would come out, if that's the right term, pick up his guitar and it would be the same. He wouldn't want the band to fold up, nor would we. If he ever went to prison, it would be for a very short period of time; then we wouldn't bother to work. We'd just wait until he came out. I think he'd cope with it extremely well. He'd read books and draw. I've got no idea of prison apart from James Cagney movies.

    March-May 1978: Like Mick Jagger (New York City) and Ron Wood (Los Angeles) before him, on his return to the
        USA, Keith Richards effectively becomes a U.S. resident, settling again at his house in South Salem, New York.

March 15-Mid-April 1978: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards mix the Some Girls album at Atlantic Studios
    in New York City.
Ron Wood & Mick Jagger (1978): Rating the new album

Ron: There aren't any filler tracks on this album. The band was most aware of avoiding that. From the start we KNEW the album was going to be full of strong tracks. Anything slightly dodgy was shelved. I know people expect this album to be great. And I don't think anyone will be disappointed.

Mick: I'm very pleased with what the band was playing in Paris, when we recorded. And I'm pleased with what I'm playing too. I played guitar on the album, I enjoyed very much playing guitar - more than singing almost. I like to do both, but the thing is, I can't do both very well yet, that's the trouble... The rest of the band was very cute about it to me and Keith gave me a guitar as a Christmas present. He had it specially made for me, it was nice... Yeah, I think (the album)'s great. I think it's one of my best...

    May 2, 1978: The Rolling Stones film video clips for Miss You, Far Away Eyes and Respectable in New York City. In
        the evening, they celebrate Bianca Jagger's birthday at Studio 54 with Truman Capote, Liza Minelli, Ryan
        O'Neal and others.
Mick Jagger (1978): Bianca and relationships

Well obviously everybody likes to be spoiled a bit. But that's not necessary in my relationship with a woman... Anyway, this soap opera will continue, I guess. I should be making money from it, we should all appear on TV doing it... I feel very free and kind of easy, you know... Of course I get lonely. But I don't want a relatiohnship with a woman where I'm in "charge" and I expect fidelity and all that. I never require that of anyone and I don't want it required of me. But I won't be unkind... Look, everything seems to vaguely all right. I mean it could be a lot worse.

(Sex) doesn't rule my life. It's in balance. It's fantastic. If you're with a woman and the sexual relationship is going well, everything will go well. For me, anyway. (M)y experience is when the sexual relationship is working like a Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Cadillac, everything smooths out. The other things don't become important, they're trivia... Now don't take everything I say seriously because I'm trying to make the interview interesting...

    May 3, 1978: Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom return to France.

    May 1978: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in Woodstock, New York, and produce and contribute to
        Peter Tosh's album Bush Doctor at Bearsville Studios. Mick Jagger duets with Peter Tosh on the remake of the
        Temptations' Don't Look Back. Keith Richards also goes through another (black box) heroin cure, the end of his
        use except for a short relapse a year later, with the help
 of his assistant Jane Rose, as well as Mick Jagger and
        Jerry Hall. His freeing himself of heroin effectively puts
an end to his 11-year relationship with Anita Pallenberg.

Jerry Hall (1985): Mick and Keith in Woodstock

Mick loves Keith, you know. They're like a married couple and they're dearest friends. And it gave Mick a very good feeling to be able to help Keith. He did it staying with us in Woodstock. He got off heroin right on our couch. I don't know if Keith even remembers this, but for a few weeks he was just lying there. Mick and I would feed him. And every time the clips fell off we'd hook them back on. And we'd cover him with a blanket at night...

He just slept and slept all the time. And he lost a lot of weight and when he got up he'd be so weak. And then he started getting better. You know the feeling you have when you have a child and you watch him grow? We were like Look, he's having a bath! and Oh, did you see what he was doing today? He's really much better. 

Then when he started getting more together you could see him getting more macho. His ego thing was coming back and he'd start going out and throwing knives at trees. He started getting his temper back and we didn't mind that because it was a good sign. And he started suntanning and started exercising and Mick talked to him a lot and it was so sweet to see. For Mick, seeing his friend get himself together is what made him really never want to take strong drugs again.

Keith Richards (1978): Looking for John Lennon

Hollywood is the end of the line for so many people. It's a killer and if you're weak you can be sure it'll get to you. It's like when we were rehearsing in New York, we tried to find John Lennon and get back into the scene. I mean, what the fuck is Lennon doing farming cows in upsate New York... what's THAT all about?

Mick Jagger (May 1978): The next tour

The Jam is sort of like an English rock group of 1965, but not as good. You can't really return to basics in big gigs... It's going to look different. I'd like to play lots of guitar. And I'd like to play the newer songs, but you can't do that in big places because no one wants to know. I'd like to play some smaller halls, but we've got to play some big outdoor ones in order to pay the roadies. It will be a varied tour - with both large and small gigs.

May 10, 1978: The Rolling Stones' lead single off their next album, Miss You, is released in the U.S..  (Released on May 26 in the UK.)

May 27-June 7, 1978: The Rolling Stones hold tour rehearsals at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New
Keith Richards (1978): Playing live and touring

I can't see going around forever playing bigger and bigger baseball parks and superdomes. I think audiences have gone as far as you can go with it. In fact I think a lot of people probably don't go because they just can't stand to go to those places, you know. See, rock and roll keeps half these stadiums in America in the black. If it wasn't for that, half of them would just be closed down. Yet none of them are built with any consideration for playing music in. They're ice hockey stadiums, tennis courts, everything but rock and roll. 

I mean, also, there's audiences in South America, nobody goes there. Behind the Iron Curtain they're screaming out for somebody to come and see them. It's not all the bands' fault. They'd go there if it was made a lot easier to get there. It's not easy to get to those places. You've got everything working against you, from the sort of agent-manager flim-flam syndrome of Why should we send them to South America where nobody knows how to put on a tour and it's miles away, when we can stick them in the Garden for six nights and make a fortune. There's no P.A. on the whole of the South American continent that's worthy of the name, so that means that one has to be shipped there. There's every reason not to go there, except that the audiences are there and they're cying out to see people that they keep reading about. 

I mean they buy thousands of magazines just to see some crappy pictures of Mick and Bianca on the middle-page spread, you know... the middle-aged spread (laughs).

    May-June 1978: Keith Richards starts a year-and-a-half-long relationship with the Swedish model Lil Wergilis.

    May 29, 1978: Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Mick Jagger, on the grounds of irreconciliable differences.

    June 1, 1978: John Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Charlie Watts and Ron Wood at the Plaza Hotel in New York City,
        for the latter's birthday, bringing a bottle of Scotch.

June 8-9, 1978: The Rolling Stones finish rehearsing in Lakeland, Florida, near Orlando.

June 10, 1978: The Rolling Stones open their 1978 U.S. Some Girls Tour at the Civic Center in Lakeland,
    Florida, their first North American tour since 1964 not to feature Canadian gigs.
Keith Richards: Canada

I can get into Russia far easier than I can get into Canada. Canadian fans are great but I'm not too keen on the authorities though (laughs). But then it's up to the fans to change the authorities, that's what I feel.

June 12-15, 1978: The Rolling Stones perform small-venue (theater) concerts in Atlanta, Georgia;
    Passaic, New Jersey (for the first time); and Washington D.C.

June 16-17, 1978: The Rolling Stones' 16th U.S. and 14th UK studio album, Some Girls, is released.

Keith Richards: Some Girls

It's another one of those impossible things to put your finger on because it was a great studio, first time that we'd worked with Kimsey, who was one in a long line of Olympic Studios - that's in England, folks, for you that don't know - T-boys who've always been our best engineers... And it all came together very nicely. And you gotta remember it was Ronnie's first full album, first real album with the Stones. Some Girls was kind of like Beggars Banquet. Like we'd been away for a bit, and we came back with a bang.

June 17, 1978: The Rolling Stones play to 90 000 at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

June 19, 1978: The Rolling Stones play another 3000-seater at The Palladium in New York City, in front
    of a crowd including Bob Marley, Paul & Linda McCartney, Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.
Keith Richards: Theaters in '78

We didn't realize really what we'd done to New York until it was all over. I mean, we realized we'd just blown the biggest market in America and played a 3000-seat (laughs) theater. But that was what we wanted to do and we felt that we needed to do it and that people who dug us would understand it too, you know. I mean, OK, it's a one-shot. We ain't dead yet, we'll be back, you know.

We've always been good in the small halls. I mean, (laughs) 'cause we did them for so long and, I guess, in a way, we kind of tested ourselves by doing it. Like going back to playing SMALL places again has always been something like, Come on, let's do it. We SHOULD. You know, We used to be great there, you know, we can really turn it on there. Cause you have lot less problems. You know, you don't have to worry too much about amplification 'cause you can feel the hall yourself.

June 21-29, 1978: The Rolling Stones play arena shows in the southeast, performing in Hampton,
    Virginia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (for the first time); Greensboro, North Carolina; Memphis;
    and, for the first time again, Lexington, Kentucky.

July 1-8, 1978: The Rolling Stones swing through the Great Lakes region, playing mostly stadium
    concerts in Cleveland, Buffalo (New York), Detroit and Chicago.
Bill Wyman: Reconciliating with Keith

Woody brought Keith and me together in 1978 in a hotel room on the U.S. tour. Keith insisted that I had never liked him, and it was like two kids making up after a fight. I never disliked you, Keith, I answered. Remember when you went to live in Switzerland - I sent you letters, and you sent me a lovely letter back with pressed flowers in it? It was you who never made any attempt to keep the relationship going... Oh well, let's be mates now, he said. And we were.

    July 5, 1978: The WEA plant is forced to stop issuing the original Some Girls cover, because of complaints from
        some of the famous women featured (Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch).

July 9, 1978: The Rolling Stones, minus Bill Wyman, join Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon onstage in a
    Chicago night club.
Mick Jagger (1978): The show

I really like our current set because we're playing lots of new numbers. And 75% of the new numbers go down very well at most gigs.

July 10, 1978: Bill Wyman falls offstage and hurts his wrist when the Rolling Stones perform at the
    Civic Center Arena in St. Paul, Minnesota.

July 11-13, 1978: The Rolling Stones perform in St. Louis, then break the indoor record attendance for
    a concert when they perform for the first time in New Orleans to 80 000 at the Superdome.

July 16, 1978: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in Boulder, Colorado, at Folsom Field.

July 18-19, 1978: The Rolling Stones swing through Texas, playing in Fort Worth and Houston.
Bill Wyman (July 18): Doug Kershaw with the Stones

I went to see Kershaw in New Orleans and had to get him on with us. What an incredible show tonight: reggae with Peter Tosh, Cajun country and rock & roll with a little blues thrown in.

Journalist Chet Flippo interviewing Rolling Stones financial adviser Prince Rupert Loewenstein (July 19)

Flippo: So how are things with this crew, Prince Rupert?

Loewenstein: The Rolling Stones ship of state is on a very even keel. Tip-top. Yes, indeed. I've been popping in on a few shows.

Flippo: Well, will there be a Rolling Stones in 1981 or even 1984?

Loewenstein: Oh yes, indeed onto 1987 and 1991 and on and on.

July 21, 1978: The Rolling Stones perform in Tucson, Arizona, where Linda Ronstadt guests onstage.
Mick Jagger (July): The critics

I don't care about them. The kids are what I want. We don't want critics. They ought to fuck off. The stuff they write is RUBBISH. I don't want people to write on the front pages what the tickets are scalped for. It's a journalistic INVENTION. I mean, one of the reviewers reviewed the 1975 show. They think Let It Rock is Johnny B. Goode. They don't even ask for a song list. You don't NEED those people

July 23-24, 1978: The Rolling Stones perform two concerts at Anaheim Stadium in Los Angeles,

July 26, 1978: The Rolling Stones end their 1978 U.S. Tour on Mick Jagger's 35th birthday, at Alameda
    Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Bill Wyman (1978): A friendlier band

(T)here's such a great rapport going now between the band that people actually say to each other, You played great tonight! - which we'd never say. That's never been said in 12 years. I've never been told, EVER, You did a great set tonight. I've only been told, You were out of tune tonight. If I play great, it's accepted, and it's the same with Charlie. If you play badly or something goes wrong, you get put down, so you never get that uplift, but Woody started to get that happening, and now everybody congratulates everybody, and it's Thanks for a great show! We were all bumping into each other after the last show of the tour and everybody was saying to everybody else individually, Thanks for a great tour, man, THANKING each other for how good the tour was, and we'd never do that before. And I really got off on that. Woody's fabulous! He's made this band come back to life again.

    July 26, 1978: Mick Jagger is interviewed for his birthday for U.S. TV's Good Morning America.

July 27, 1978: The Rolling Stones hold a band meeting in Oakland to sort out their next plans.
Keith Richards (1982): Coming down again

Coming off a tour is the most - ONE of the hardest things. Totally disoriented, your weight - your whole life for months has been run by a piece of paper that comes out of the door that says 8:30 you do this, and you fly to there. And then you're surrounded by all these people you get very close to and rely on and then suddenly - BOOM - in a matter of 48 hours everybody's gone and you're sitting there with a pile of dirty laundry in a hotel room saying.... help. You know (laughs) What do I do now?

And it can take a month, a couple of months, to come out of it. I used to lock myself up. A few years ago, I was dumb enough - that's when I would get on to dope. Come off a tour and I could just not adjust, you know, to domestic life, saying, Hello son (laughs), Hello darling, Good morning darling. I just couldn't go back to that. I was still waiting for the piece of paper to come under the door and say Where's my adrenalin today?

    Late July 1978: Marsha Hunt establishes in a California court that 7-year-old Karis Hunt is Mick Jagger's daughter.

    August 15, 1978: Dr. Anita Stevens in New York City reports on how Keith Richards is continuing his treatment and
        psychotherapy and has shown important improvement, notably in self-esteem.

August 26-September 6, 1978: The Rolling Stones start rehearsals/recording sessions for their next
    album, Emotional Rescue, at their old mid-'60s recording ground, RCA Studios in Los Angeles.
    Where the Boys Go, Summer Romance and Keith Richards' The Harder They Come are among the
    tracks worked on.

    September 1978: Mick Jagger purchases shares of New York City's soccer team The Cosmos.

    Early-to-mid-September 1978: Mick Jagger witnesses The Blues Brothers in concert during their run at Los
        Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. He meets John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, who invite him to bring the Rolling
        Stones on Saturday Night Live.

    September 13, 1978: Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman attend the funeral of The Who's drummer, Keith Moon.

    October-November 1978: Ron Wood records overdubs and mixes his next solo album in at Cherokee Studios in
        Los Angeles.

    October 5 & 9, 1978: Keith Richards is re-evaluated by Dr. Anita Stevens in New York City, who reports on his
        remarkable psychological progress and continuing absence of drug use.

October 6, 1978: The Rolling Stones rehearse in Westchester, New York, near Keith Richards' new
    home, for their following day's live TV appearance.

    October 6, 1978: Lawyers for Keith Richards in Toronto, Canada, elect trial by judge.

October 7, 1978: The Rolling Stones appear and perform on U.S. TV's Saturday Night Live in New York

    October 10, 1978: Keith Richards is evaluated by a different psychiatrist, Lewis Wolberg at the New York University
        Medical School, who corroborates Dr. Stevens's findings.

    October 21, 1978: Keith Richards is evaluated again by Dr. Anita Stevens in New York City, with the same

    October 22, 1978: Jo Howard gives birth to her first child with Ron Wood, a daughter, Leah. Keith Richards flies
        from his Westchester County, New York home to Toronto, Canada, settling in at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    October 23, 1978: Keith Richards' trial for possession of heroin and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking takes
        place at the New Court House in Toronto, Canada. The prosecution drops the cocaine charge, while Keith
        Richards pleads not guilty to heroin trafficking but guilty to heroin possession. The Crown accepts the plea.
        Testimony is given as to Keith Richards' past offenses and past and ongoing treatment and his role in the
        Rolling Stones. Saturday Night Live producer and Canadian Lorne Michaels testifies on the significance of the
        Rolling Stones.

    October 24, 1978: At the New Court House in Toronto, Canada, the judge sentences Keith Richards to one-year
        probation, continued heroin addiction treatment and to hold a benefit performance for the Canadian National
        Institute for the Blind within 6 months, inspired by the presence at the trial of a blind teenage fan, Montreal's
        Rita Bédard. The Crown appeals the sentence, demanding incarceration. Keith Richards is freed and calls Anita
        Pallenberg, his mother and Mick Jagger to tell them of the news. He also meets his probation officer.
Keith Richards (Oct. 24): The sentence

I feel very good about it obviously, you know. I think it's fair. Slightly strange. I mean, why not? It gives me a chance to carry on with what I've been doing for the past 18 months, which is kicking the habit, etc. etc. 

I don't think it was Canada's fault or that it had anything to do with it. It could've happened anywhere. Mind you, you should do something about those Mounties (laughs).

Mick Jagger (1987): A hard decade

That whole period (of the '70s) was very dark. I sound like a mental patient but the whole of the '70s was very hard to deal with. The whole of the '70s was very tense because you were constantly being drawn into this vortex of horrible events. But I was never as scarred up as Keith, thank God. Keith had a very rough ride. You can say, Well whose fault was THAT? But it still remains he had a very, VERY rough ride culminating in getting busted in Toronto. It was rougher and harder than anyone really knows and he's still recovering from it and he's not allowed to forget. If he was sitting here h'ed be going, Oh, here it comes again. I have to play this part. Yes, I'm an ex-junkie. People don't forget. 

    October 24, 1978: Mick Jagger is interviewed for UK TV's Old Grey Whistle Test.

    October 25, 1978: Back in New York, Keith Richards celebrates by appearing and performing onstage with Dave
        Edmunds and Nick Lowe's Rockpile at The Bottom Line.

    Late October 1978: Mick Jagger films a video clip with Peter Tosh for Don't Look Back.

    Mid-November 1978: Mick Jagger tapes an interview for UK TV's Rockline.

    Early December 1978: The boogie-woogie group Rocket 88, including Charlie Watts and Alexis Korner, gives its
        first performance, in London, England. (Charlie Watts has moved back to England from France.)

    December 12, 1978: Keith Richards' first solo record, the single Run Rudolph Run, is released.

    December 16, 1978: Mick Jagger appears again on US TV's Saturday Night Live from New York City, duetting with
        Peter Tosh on Don't Look Back.

    Late December 1978: Keith Richards spends the Christmas holidays with Anita Pallenberg, with whom he's by now
        separated from, and their son Marlon in
 London, visiting Keith's mother.
Keith Richards (1978-79): The impact of punk rock

I think punk rock was great theater, and it wasn't all crap. The music was all incidental, like background music. You just had to see it. It's a little too image-conscious from my point. It's like the in 1960s, We'll put this band in these clothes, we'll dye his hair. As long as the band's good, I don't care what color they dye their hair. But anything other than California rock, anything but complacency, yeah, sure.



Continue chronicle

Return to Time Is On Our Side main page