THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

1980
 

There ain't no stopping me



   
January 1980: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards continue mixing Emotional Rescue at Electric Lady
     Studios in New York City.



    January 16, 1980: Ron Wood and the New Barbarians, minus Keith Richards, perform a concert in Milwaukee,
        Wisconsin.

 
    February 21, 1980: An article misquoting Bill Wyman reports he will leave the Rolling Stones by 1982.

 
    February 23-28, 1980: Ron Wood and Jo Howard are arrested for possession of cocaine on the island of St. Martin
        in the Caribbean. They are jailed for five days, then deported to the United States.
 
 
Mick Jagger (1980): Heroin chic

Well, one of the things I was pointing out in a recent interview was that people think of heroin as a glamorous drug whereas really it's very expensive and not very good... So I thought there was this glamorizing of it by the magazines and TV, and that was what the danger was going to be with heroin... And then I couldn't BELIEVE the cover of the Soho when it came out - with that beautiful blond girl, and the heroin... because it's not like that at all. And even the INSIDE piece was all about these people who could sort of handle it on the weekend, you know what I mean? And it isn't like that at all... It is not a recreational drug. I don't think there is such a thing as a recreational drug, but anyway, heroin certainly isn't it... I think it's really irresponsible.


 
 
    March 1980: Keith Richards moves his things into Patti Hansen's apartment in Greenwich Village, New York.


    Early March 1980: Bill Wyman's relationship with Suzanna Accosta ends (for the time being), as she returns to the
        USA.

 
    March 18, 1980: In New York City at the night club Trax, Mick Jagger gets onstage and performs with the Jimmy
        Rogers Blues Band.

 
    March 20, 1980: Keith Richards gets onstage and performs with the Dead Boys at the 80's Club in New York City.

 
March 26-27, 1980: The Rolling Stones hold photo shoots in New York City and a band meeting where,
    according to Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards yell at each other on what tracks to use for
    the upcoming album.
 
 
Bill Wyman (1981): The Glimmer Twins at work

The story is that Mick and Keith are the producers. They work together on the basic tracks, but from then on they work separately and form their own opinions. So you end up with various mixes that Keith's done, as well as alternate mixes that Mick has done of the same material. At that point they haggle out which versions of each tune are best. I've never heard of them erasing each other's tapes (laughs) - it's more a question of fighting it out over which version of any given song will appear on the album.


 
March 28, 1980: The Rolling Stones film thermographic video clips for Emotional Rescue and Where the
    Boys Go in New York City.

 
    March 28-29, 1980: Bill Wyman flies to Los Angeles to try to resurrect his relationship with Astrid Lundstrom.

 
    Early April 1980: Back in England, Bill Wyman records the song (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star at Manor Studios.
 
 
Bill Wyman (1980): Life with the Rolling Stones

You do get frustrated in a band like the Stones because it can be restrictive. There are five people with five different tastes: Keith might be mad about reggae and Jerry Lee Lewis; Mick's listening to the New York radio stations and funk; Charlie's back in England listening to Bix Beiderbecke; and I'm in the south of France listening to Hank Williams.

Sometimes, for a year or so, I'll find it very difficult to relate to Keith because he's totally opposite to me: the way he lives, what he likes, what he does, his friends, EVERYTHING. I have very little in common with him except the Rolling Stones. Then suddenly - POP! - he'd say something and we'd be mates for a yaer, then just as suddenly I'd feel pushed away. Or maybe I was pushing away, avoiding, sometimes with Mick. There are factors that hold the band together, apart from the music, but we don't see each other so much. Mick and Keith might see each other 'cause they're livin' in the same town. Woody and Keith might see each other a bit. I see Charlie occasionally. But we tend to come together ONLY when there's work. It really is like Christmas with the family; you get on all right, but you KNOW you wouldn't be able to stand it if they were living with you for a month. And I wouldn't! I wouldn't be able to stand to live with Keith or Mick, and I'm sure they couldn't stand it either.


 
Late April 1980: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards execute final mixes for Emotional Rescue at Electric
    Lady Studios in New York City.


    June 1, 1980: Ron Wood holds a birthday party at Lion's Head in New York City.
 
 
Mick Jagger (1980): Does he miss being onstage?

Yes. Desperately. No, I do, yes. I really want to get up there. Whether Bill can get up there or not is another matter. (Jokes) He said he was going to retire, didn't he? In two years. He named the date. We've got two years to find another bass player.


 
June 23, 1980: Keith Richards and Ron Wood fail to show up at a planned promotional party for
    Emotional Rescue in London. Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman handle the interviews.

 
June 23-27, 1980: The Rolling Stones' 17th U.S. and 15th UK studio album, Emotional Rescue, is released.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Mick Jagger (1980): Rolling Stones music

Most Rolling Stones albums have been varied... I think it's really interesting to play in a band like that. It's not the times... There is a whole, weird sort of... What I was trying to explain earlier on is that we all change around our instruments, for instance, you know. Like... apart from the drums and everything. But, you know, everyone in the band has a go at something else. And that you come up with different sounds - like Indian Girl compared to Emotional Rescue is very different -  it could be another band! You know what I mean? 

I think... I find that interesting. And I think that's one of the things about this band which is... If it does anything good about it - I think that's one of the really good things about it. 'Cause everyone has a go. It's real English amateurism, really, when it actually comes down to it... It's always been like that.


 
    June 25, 1980: Bill Wyman flies in to New York City from France for the next day's event.

 
June 26, 1980: The Rolling Stones, minus Charlie Watts, hold a hospital-themed promotional party for
    Emotional Rescue at the Danceteria in New York City.

 
    June 26, 1980: Late in the evening, Keith Richards jams onstage with Jim Carroll at the Trax night club in New York
        City.

 
    July 2, 1980: Mick Jagger celebrates Jerry Hall's birthday at Tavern On The Green in New York City.
 
 
Keith Richards (June 1980): Plans for the year

My idea is to get out another album this year and then we can get those motherfuckers out on the road! Instead of the same old treadmill of the road, studio, road, studio, we can take extended road trips or do anything we want to do; be movie stars or make solo albums.


 
July 11-14, 1980: The Rolling Stones shoot new video clips in New York City for Emotional Rescue and
    She's So Cold.

 
    Mid-July-August 1980: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall holiday in Morocco, France (St. Tropez) and Brazil. Bill Wyman
        and Astrid Lundstrom are back together in France.

 
    August 1980: Mick Jagger announces untruthfully on French TV that the Rolling Stones will tour Australia, Europe
        and the U.S. later in the year.

 
    August-September 1980: Keith Richards brings Patti Hansen to his Redlands home in West Wittering, England.

 
    August 20-24, 1980: The Stray Cats jam with Keith Richards at his Redlands home.

 
Early September 1980: In London, England, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards listen to unreleased
    material from previous recording sessions for the next album.
 
 
Chris Kimsey: Making Tattoo You

I spent 3 months going through like the last four, five albums finding stuff that had been either forgotten about or at the time rejected. And then I presented it to the band and I said, Hey, look guys, you've got all this great stuff sitting in the can and it's great material, do something with it.


 
    September 23-27, 1980: Ron Wood contributes to recording sessions for Ringo Starr in Los Angeles.
 
 
John Lennon (September 1980): The Rolling Stones

You know, they're congratulating the Stones on being together 112 years. Whoopee (laughs), you know... whoopee. At least Charlie and Bill still got their families. In the '80s they'll be asking, Why are these guys still together? Can't they hack it on their own? Why do they have to be surrounded by a gang? Is the little leader frightened someone's gonna knife him in the back? That's gonna be the question. They're gonna look at the Beatles and Stones and all those guys as relics...

They'll be showing pictures of the guy with lipstick wriggling his ass and the four guys with the evil black makeup on their eyes trying to look raunchy. That's gonna be the joke in the future.


 
    October 1, 1980: Earl McGrath resigns as President of Rolling Stones Records and is replaced by Art Collins.

 
October 11-November 12, 1980: The Rolling Stones start overdubbing sessions at EMI-Pathé
    Marconi
Studios in Paris, France, for Tattoo You.
 

    November 5, 1980: Mick and Bianca Jagger's divorce is finalized at the High Court in London, England, after almost
        two and a half years.

 
    November 6, 1980: Ron Wood contributes again to a recording session for Ringo Starr in Los Angeles.

 
    November 10-Late December 1980: Bill Wyman records the soundtrack to the film Green Ice at Jimmy Page's
        studio in Cookham, England. Jimmy Page and George Harrison are visitors.

 
November 25-mid-December 1980: Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts are at EMI-Pathé
    Marconi
Studios in Paris, France, to continue work on Tattoo You, and attend remixes for the
    compilation album Sucking in the Seventies.


 
    November 27, 1980: Keith Richards shows up drunk to meet his future in-laws, Patti Hansen's parents and siblings,
        in Staten Island, New York, and smashes a guitar on the dining table. (He apologizes the next day.)

 
 
    December 8, 1980: John Lennon is murdered in New York City.
 
 
Keith Richards (1984) & Mick Jagger (1995): John Lennon's assassination

Keith: Yeah, John and I, we hung out for a short period of time but it was quite intense. We used to hang out around '67, '68, drive around England for like days on end. And he was a sweet guy, he had a load of front - as they say in England, more front than Harrods. You know, he had a large exterior in that he was a real sweetheart of a guy. And if there was one way that guy shouldn't have gone, it was like that. But, at the same time, knowing John, I can imagine that he probably cracked a joke to himself as it happened. John was THAT human, you know... 

I was just down the road when it happened and it - There's a million other people that it could've happened to, you know... (C)ome on, look what that guy gave and look what he got in return.

Mick: (H)e wrote really wonderful songs and performed them wonderfully... (G)reat songwriting, great personality, and he had all these other sides, which added to it: the writing, the drawing, the little books, the all-embracing, modernistic push, which was refreshing without being pretentious.

I was very sad and surprised (when I heard he had been shot). And it was all so horribly ironic. He thought he had found a place to be on his own, have this life, and he was quite taken with the idea that he was no longer in the Beatles, that he didn't have to have a lot of protection, bodyguards.... He wanted freedom to walk the block and get in the cab, and he felt in these big cities you can be anonymous.

I just felt very sad for the lost of someone that I loved very much. I didn 't write it up as a piece in The Guardian.


 

    December 22, 1980: Ron Wood records again with Ringo Starr in Los Angeles.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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