I had it with you
January 2, 1986: Keith and Patti Richards join the Woods in celebrating
their first wedding anniversary at a club in
New York City. Also, a Jamaican musician files suit against Mick Jagger, alleging his song Just Another Night is
January 8, 1986: Keith Richards and Ron Wood attend the taping of U.S.
TV's Late Night with David Letterman.
January 12, 1986: Mick Jagger
& Ron Wood record a demo, Soul City, at the latter's home studio
New York City, later to become Peace for the Wicked on Mick's second solo album.
January 18, 1986: Mick flies off again briefly to the Caribbean.
January 23, 1986: Keith Richards appears as a presenter at the first annual
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies at
the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, inducting Chuck Berry, then jamming onstage with Berry, Ron Wood, Neil
Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Fogerty, Billy Joel, Julian Lennon and others.
January 27, 1986: Keith Richards
& Ron Wood fly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to showcase the new
album Dirty Work to CBS executives.
January 28, 1986: Keith Richards and Ron Wood return to New York City.
January 30, 1986: Keith Richards and Ron Wood hang out at Trader Vic's
bar in New York City, while afterwards
Keith Richards hangs out with Christopher Reeves and Robin Williams.
January 31, 1986: Back in New York City, Mick Jagger attends Johnny Copeland's
show at the Lone Star Café, along
with Ron Wood.
Early February 1986: Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts fly in to New York City
to join the other Stones.
February 3, 1986: Mick Jagger attends the opening of Woody Allen's Hannah
and Her Sisters in New York City.
February 5-7, 1986: The Rolling
Stones rehearse, then tape a videoclip for Harlem Shuffle in New
February 10, 1986: Charlie Watts returns to England.
February 11, 1986: Keith Richards jams with Ron Wood at the latter's house
in New York City.
(February 1986): A solo album?
Something's been forming up in my mind over the last three months. Stuff I've been thinking of doing for years. It's sort of coming together. But I'm waiting for the little internal clock in me that says, Now!, you know. I may well do something when this Stones thing is on its way - after the record and the tour - I may do something later this year. Make a start of it anyway.
February 12, 1986: Bill Wyman returns to England.
February 15, 1986: Mick Jagger makes a cameo appearance on U.S. TV's Saturday
February 16, 1986: Ron Wood flies to London, England.
February 18, 1986: Mick Jagger flies to London.
February 19, 1986: Keith Richards flies to London.
February 23, 1986: The Rolling
Stones perform for the first onstage in nearly 4 years, to a chosen,
non-paying audience at the 100 Club in London, England, as a tribute to Ian Stewart. They mostly
perform blues covers, joined by Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Paul McCartney is
among the audience and makes a private audio recording of the show.
(1986): Playing onstage again
It made a nice jam. We hadn't played together for 4 years. We like to do small gigs once in a while for nostalgia. Playing at the 100 Club for Stu was like playing our first-ever gig..
February 25, 1986: The Rolling
Stones appear live, televised at the Roof Garden Hotel in London,
England, accepting via satellite a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Eric Clapton presents the
26, 1986: The Rolling Stones' lead single off their next album, Harlem
Shuffle, is released.
February 26, 1986: The Rolling
Stones give interviews for British and U.S. television and radio.
(February 1986):Will the Rolling Stones go on tour?
There is no tour planned, that's as far as it goes. It's not even planned. If it's planned, I'll tell you about it... No (Keith and I haven't fallen out over it). We haven't even TALKED about it... Well, we haven't been getting along very well so I think - you know, we've been together doing this album for a year, so I think we'll need a little bit of time to see how things go.
(February 1986): Jagger on tour without the Stones?
If he was to go out without the Stones. I mean, it would be one thing to say he don't want to go out on the road... But if he was to say he don't want to go out with the Stones and goes out with Schmuck and Ball's band instead?... I'll slit his fuckin' throat.
February 28, 1986: Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Bill Wyman attend a party
thrown by Jeff Beck in London, also
including Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.
March 1, 1986: Keith Richards and family fly to Antigua for a month-long
March 3, 1986: Bill Wyman is at the Video Café in London receiving
awards on behalf of Willie and the Poor Boys
and the Rolling Stones.
March 4-6, 1986: Ron Wood leaves London for New York City. Mick Jagger
leaves for Barbados, spending the month
there, where he records demos for more solo work.
(March 1986): No longer nineteen
It's not like I'm 19 anymore and I just want to get this band in front of people. This band has done everything it set out to do and more. I have accomplished everything I wanted. The Rolling Stones is everything I wanted it to be and more. I'm very proud of the band and I'm kind of proud of my own achievements with the band. But I do deserve to keep myself alive by doing other things... That doesn't mean I have to leave the band.
March 10, 1986: Keith Richards is interviewed for U.S. TV's Entertainment
Tonight in Antigua.
March 14, 1986: Ron Wood catches a Patti Labelle concert at the Minskoff
Theatre in New York City.
March 17, 1986: Ron Wood and family leave for a holiday in Jamaica.
March 23, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra performs at London's Fulham
24, 1986: The Rolling Stones' 20th U.S. and 18th UK studio album, Dirty
Work, is released.
& Mick Jagger: Not touring behind Dirty Work
Keith: Dirty Work I built pretty much on the same idea as Some Girls, in that it was made with the absolute idea that it would go on the road. So when we finished the record and then... the POWERS THAT BE - let's put it like that (laughs) - decided suddenly they AIN'T gonna go on the road behind it, the team was left in the lurch. Because if you didn't follow it up with some roadwork, you'd only done 50 percent of the job. (The album didn't do all that well because) there was no promotion behind it. As it came out, everyone sort of said, Well, they've broken up or They're not gonna work. So you got a lot of negativity behind it.
In all honesty, it was Mick decided that he could do... I don't know whether "he could do better" is the best phrase, but he felt, actually, that the Rolilng Stones were like a millstone around his neck. Which is LUDICROUS - and I told him so... He said, I don't need this bunch of old farts. Little do you know, Sunny Jim.
Mick: The Dirty Work album wasn't that good. It was OKAY. It certainly wasn't a great Rolling Stones album. The feeling inside the band was very bad, too. The relationships were terrible. The health was diabolical. I wasn't in particularly good shape. The rest of the band, they couldn't walk across the Champs Elysées, much less go on the road... Touring Dirty Work would have been a nightmare. It was a terrible period. Everyone was hating each other so much: there were so many disagreements. It was very petty; everyone was so out of their brains, and Charlie was in seriously bad shape. When the idea of touring came up, I said, I don't think it's gonna work. In retrospect I was 100% right. It would have been the worst Rolling Stones tour. Probably would have been the end of the band...
If everything in the garden had been lovely it would have been very nice. But everthing in the garden wasn't lovely, it was fucking horrible and it would have taken a fucking amount of pruning to... Well, I just think that going on tour with the Stones the way the Stones were would have been a disaster, or a recipe of one. The band was not getting on at ALL. It was AWFUL. The graphic experience to me of a band on tour not working was the Who's last tour (1982). When I saw that it really scared me and it remained with me seeing this real kind of hatred feeling. It was shorrible, you know, Pete Townshend being in another hotel and no one speaking. That gave me a real frisson and it was then that I realised that was no way the Stones would go out because it would have been exactly the same, probably worse. It would have been just a money-making tour. It wouldn't have been a Stones TOUR, it would have been the big banana and I just couldn't face that.
We just got fed up with each other. You've got a relationship with musicians that depends on what you produce together. But when you don't produce, you get bad reactions - bands break up. You get difficult periods, and that was one of them...
April 1, 1986: Keith Richards returns to New York.
April 2, 1986: Keith Richards is interviewed for U.S. TV's The Today
Show and confirms the Rolling Stones will not
April 3, 1986: Keith Richards gives press interviews for Dirty Work from
Rolling Stones Records offices in New York.
April 6, 1986: Ron Wood returns to New York City and visits Keith Richards.
April 8, 1986: Keith Richards flies back to Antigua.
April 12, 1986: Mick Jagger has dinner with Daryl Hall and the Eurythmics'
David Stewart in New York City.
Mid-April 1986: Mick Jagger spends time in Germany.
April 19-25, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra performs in Deptford, England,
then at Ronnie Scott's in London.
c. April 22, 1986: Mick Jagger returns to New York City, where he records
the song Ruthless People, for the film of
the same name, with Dave Stewart and Daryl Hall.
April 23, 1986: Keith Richards leaves Antigua for London, England.
April 25, 1986: Keith Richards watches the Charlie Watts Orchestra perform
at their last night at Ronnie Scott's.
27, 1986: Ron Wood and Mick Jagger leave New York City for London, England.
Mick records the solo track I'm
Ringing with Jeff Beck.
May 1-2, 1986: The Rolling Stones
gather for the last time in two years, filming a videoclip for One Hit
(to the Body) in Hertfordshire, England.
(1987): Why did the Rolling Stones "end"?
I can't be specific. I CAN'T. I don't think I HAVE to, really. It's just that friction builds up over the years. It's like a marriage but I don't want to talk about the what, why and wherefore of me and Keith's marriage and sort of say, Oh, it was awful, he used to leave his dirty knickers all over the living room floor, that kind of thing. It's just that friction builds up and I just couldn't deal with it anymore. It became impossible to run the band the state they were worked up into. I didn't really know WHY they were so worked up, but I think a lot of it was just having too much of a good thing. It was all a bit knackered and I was the one who had to hold it all together and I just lost patience with everybody, it's as simple as that. I just could not deal with them anymore. It was like: don't expect me to pick up the pieces again and put everyone together again and make it whole because I can't be bothered anymore. You have to read between the lines a bit, I'm afraid, but it does come down to two people flying off the handle.
May 1986: Mick Jagger leaves London for France. Keith Richards spends the
month in England.
May 4, 1986: Bill Wyman and Ron Wood visit Keith Richards' home in London,
where they discuss the band.
May 10, 1986: Ron Wood returns to New York City from England.
May 21, 1986: Ron Wood flies to Miami, Florida, to guest on TV actor Don
May 25, 1986: In a BBC radio interview,
Keith Richards confirms the Rolling Stones will not be touring
(May 1986): The lingering shock of Stu's death
It's difficult to do anything at the moment, let alone tour. I was talking to Charlie the other day and he's still waiting for Stu to come bouncing through the door. It hasn't sunk in all the way yet. We're all so used to seeing him then not seeing him for a few months that it just feels like a gap right now. I guess we'll have to get used to it eventually. For the band it was a big wallop and as I say, we're still in semi-shock.
May 28, 1986: Ron Wood attends a party at the Hard Rock Café in
New York City with Michael J. Fox.
June 1, 1986: Ron Wood celebrates his 39th birthday at his home in New
York City, jamming with Don Covay,
ex-Clash Mick Jones and Paul Schaffer.
Early June 1986: Keith and Patti Richards travel back to New York City
on the Queen Elizabeth II.
June 2-4, 1986: Ron Wood and other musicians rehearse for an all-star rock
and roll show in New Orleans.
June 5, 1986: Ron Wood takes part in an all-star rock concert in New Orleans,
with Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles,
Fats Domino and others.
June 6-7, 1986: Keith Richards joins Chuck Berry onstage at a blues festival
in Chicago, as well as Dr. John and
June 8, 1986: Keith Richards joins Etta James onstage in Los Angeles.
June 11, 1986: Keith Richards is interviewed and performs, backed by Paul
Schaffer and a bassist, for U.S. TV's
Friday Night Videos at studios in New York City, following which he leaves New York City for London, England.
In Memphis, Ron Wood makes a video, and jams with, Jerry Lee Lewis.
June 13-16, 1986: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall attend billionaire Malcolm
Forbes' house party at his castle in
June 17, 1986: Mick Jagger flies from France to London, England.
June 20, 1986: Mick Jagger makes his second solo live performance, appearing
onstage with David Bowie at
Wembley Arena in London, England, for the annual Prince of Wales Trust Concert.
June 21, 1986: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, along with David Bowie,
attend film director Julien Temple's
wedding in London.
June 25, 1986: Ron Wood and Chuck Berry perform together at The Ritz in
New York City. Charlie Watts flies in and
catches the show, along with Andrew Oldham.
Early July 1986: In London, Keith Richards visits Ringo Starr and Eric
July 2, 1986: Charlie Watts attends the party thrown by Mick Jagger for
Jerry Hall's birthday at their London home,
along with David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Michael Caine and others.
July 3, 1986: Ron Wood leaves New York City for London, England.
July 5, 1986: Keith Richards flies back from London to New York City. In
London, at Wembley Stadium, Ron Wood
and Bill Wyman take part in a Faces reunion concert.
July 6, 1986: Ron Wood returns to New York City from London.
July 7-8, 1986: In Detroit, Keith Richards produces, and plays on, along
with Ron Wood, Aretha Franklin's remake
of Jumpin' Jack Flash.
(1988): Recording with Aretha
Aretha Franklin asked me to do Jumpin' Jack Flash with her. And I thought, I know the tune! This gig shouldn't be too difficult! I think I remember the chords to that one!... The thing with Aretha was great, I really enjoyed doing it. The amazing thing about Aretha is this voice, which is almost like a national monument in America, and when she sings, she's chain-smoking. Dionne Warwick's another one who just literally lights the new one with the old one. And they've both got these voices! Maybe I should smoke more!
July 9, 1986: Still in Detroit, Keith Richards and Ron Wood take part in
the filming of the videoclip for Aretha
Franklin's Jumpin' Jack Flash.
July 10, 1986: Keith Richards and Ron Wood return to New York City from
July 12-13, 1986: Keith Richards spends time with Chuck Berry in St. Louis,
discussing the upcoming Berry film
project. Keith joins Berry onstage at a club show.
July 14, 1986: Keith Richards returns to New York City, to his new home
in Greenwich Village where Patti is
expecting their second child.
July 15-17, 1986: Ron Wood joins Bob Dylan and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
for three concerts at New York City's
Madison Square Garden.
July 17, 1986: Bill Wyman breaks up with Mandy Smith over the telephone
on her sixteenth birthday.
July 19, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra performs in London's Richmond
Theatre, while in New York City Ron
Wood jams onstage with ex-Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin.
July 21, 1986: Mick Jagger's solo single Ruthless People is released.
July 23, 1986: Keith Richards mixes Aretha Franklin's Jumpin' Jack Flash
in New York City. Bill Wyman heads to
Paris for a week with a new girlfriend.
July 24, 1986: Mick Jagger attends a party at London's Hard Rock Café
for the knighthood of Bob Geldof.
July 26, 1986: Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Sting and Nick Rhodes attend
Mick Jagger's 43rd birthday party at his
home in London.
July 28, 1986: Keith and Patti Richards' second daughter, Alexandra, is
born in New York City.
July 30, 1986: Ron and Jo Wood leave New York and the United States permanently
to resettle in England. Keith
Richards is in Los Angeles to discuss the Chuck Berry film project.
July 31, 1986: Keith Richards leaves for Jamaica for the rest of the summer.
Mick Jagger arrives back in New York
August 2, 1986: Mick Jagger and David Bowie attend Prince's concert at
Madison Square Garden in New York City.
August 3-8, 1986: Mick Jagger and David Bowie spend time in New York together,
making plans for a film project.
August 9, 1986: Mick Jagger returns to his home in France.
August 12-14, 1986: Ron Wood jams with Prince at a party in London, then
joins him onstage for Miss You at
August 22-25, 1986: Chuck Berry, along with ex-Clash Mick Jones, visit
and jam with Keith Richards in Jamaica.
August 27-28, 1986: Ron Wood records with Bob Dylan in London, England.
Early September 1986: Mick Jagger returns to New York City.
September 8-9, 1986: In New York, Mick Jagger attends a Eurythmics concerts,
then celebrates Dave Stewart's
September 11, 1986: Mick Jagger attends another Malcolm Forbes party aboard
a yacht in the Hudson River.
September 14, 1986: Elton John visits Mick Jagger at his New York home,
after which Mick catches John's Madison
Square Garden concert. Charlie Watts arrives in New York City to promote the upcoming Charlie Watts Orchestra
album and concerts.
September 15, 1986: Keith Richards returns to New York City from Jamaica.
Mick Jagger flies to Los Angeles to
discuss his next solo album with Dave Stewart.
September 16-18, 1986: Keith Richards is in St. Louis, rehearsing with
Chuck Berry and other musicians for the
upcoming filmed concerts.
Putting new bands together
The whole process of putting those bands together for Aretha and Chuck made me suddenly realize that I did have this ability that I never knew I had 'cause I'd never had to use it, to put certain guys together in the right situation and create a band. That if you gave me the right guys, in ten days I could give you a band that sounded as if they'd been together for two or three years.
September 17, 1986: Charlie Watts flies down to Barbados for a holiday.
September 19-20, 1986: Keith Richards returns to New York City, then flies
back down to Jamaica. Ron Wood is
shooting with Bob Dylan in London for the movie Hearts of Fire.
September 26, 1986: Mick Jagger's film Running Out of Luck (videoclips
for the She's The Boss album) is released
Late September 1986: Mick Jagger starts work on his next solo album in
Hilversum, The Netherlands.
September 28, 1986: Bill Wyman returns to England and learns he will not
be prosecuted for his relationship with
Early October-October 14, 1986: Keith Richards rehearses with Chuck Berry,
Eric Clapton and other musicians for
the Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll concert and movie.
October 15-16, 1986: Keith Richards directs, and performs on, Chuck Berry's
concerts St. Louis' Fox Theater.
I played the straight man out of necessity. My job was to get both Chuck and the band together, even though I was dying to turn around and let him have it... Most of the band, the guys behind me, are going, Keith in this situation is going to pull out the blade and just slit the motherfucker's throat. I'm biting bullets because I'm trying to show the band that, in order to get this gig together, I am going to take some shit that I wouldn't take from anybody. I'm not gonna let Chuck get to me that much. Whereas anybody else, it would have been toilet time. Nobody can touch me in that way. In the film you can see me chewin'. I'm on the edge. At any moment I coud have turned around and downed the motherfucker. But Chuck doesn't understand 'cause he doesn't deal with people. He's the only guy who's hit me and I haven't done anything about it. Far worse things have happened to me in my life than Chuck Berry trying to fuck with me.
I've done what I wanted for him. I think it's the best Chuck Berry live you're ever going to get. I can't see him doing it again. It's good. We both came out of it with a bit more respect for one another. Now I'm going to sleep for a month.
October 17, 1986: Keith Richards returns to Jamaica.
October 24, 1986: Bill Wyman celebrates his 50th birthday.
Late October-early November 1986: Mick Jagger continues early recording
sessions for his second solo album at
S.I.R Studios in New York City, with Jeff Beck.
October 31, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra performs in West Berlin.
(November 1986):The Stones breaking up?
We can't break up. We've got more albums to deliver.
November 13, 1986: Mick Jagger and David Bowie discuss projects in New
November 15, 1986: Mick Jagger leaves New York City for The Netherlands.
November 17-December 18, 1986: Mick Jagger starts proper recording sessions
for Primitive Cool in Hilversum, The
November 21, 1986: Keith Richards arrives in New York City from Jamaica.
He joins Robert Cray onstage at The
November 23, 1986: Keith Richards jams with Eric Clapton onstage at The
Ritz in New York City.
November 27, 1986: Keith Richards flies back down to Jamaica.
November 29-December 7, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra tours North America,
performing in Hartford,
Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Toronto.
Watts: Jazz and cleaning up
The jazz orchestra was a good band in the end - during the period we were playing I had cleaned up, so the first phase was completely barmy and the second phase was totally straight: it was the first band I had played with for years where I was completely straight.
I would have died if I had continued using drugs... I just stopped everything. I barely ate for two months, because I'd started to get fat from the drinking... (D)rugs are very hard to give up. For me, anyway. I didn't even take that many. I wasn't that badly affected, I wasn't a junkie, but giving up was very, very hard. Much, much harder than the rest of it... (I stopped when) I slipped down the steps when I was in the cellar getting a bottle of wine... (I)t really brought it home to me how far down I'd gone. I just stopped everything - drinking, smoking, taking drugs, everything, all at once. I just thought, enough is enough.
December 1986: Ron Wood holds recording sessions at his home studio in
Wimbledon, England, along with Bobby
December 1, 1986: The Charlie Watts Orchestra album Live At Fulham Town
Hall is released.
December 3, 1986: Keith Richards returns to New York City from Jamaica.
December 4, 1986: Keith Richards watches the Charlie Watts Orchestra perform
at The Ritz in New York.
December 5, 1986: Keith Richards holds meetings to discuss a future solo
December 6, 1986: Keith Richards returns to Jamaica.
December 19, 1986: Mick Jagger heads to the island of Mustique to spend
the holidays. Keith Richards returns to
New York City, the day after his birthday.
December 22, 1986: Keith Richards joins the Neville Brothers in the recording
studio in New York City.
December 28, 1986: Keith Richards joins Mick Taylor onstage at the Lone
Star Café in New York City, performing
Key to the Highway and Can't You Hear Me Knocking?.
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