THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

2005
 

I'll be back next season with a bang


    Early January 2005: Mick Jagger is vacationing on the island of Mustique.


    January 2005: Keith Richards holidays at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands and gets a visit from Paul
        McCartney.


Keith Richards (Life, 2010): Catching up with Macca

John and I knew each other quite well, and George and Ringo, but Paul and I had never spent much time together. We were really pleased to see each other. We fell straight in, talking about the past, talking about songwriting... We even started composing a song together, a McCartney/Richards number whose lyrics were pinned on the wall for many weeks. 


 

    January 10, 2005: Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart's Old Habits Die Hard wins an award for best song at the Critics'

        Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
 

    January 16, 2005: Mick Jagger is present in Los Angeles to accept a Golden Globe Award for the Alfie theme song
       Old Habits Die Hard.
 

    January 29-30, 2005: Ron Wood with Chris Farlowe and others record a single in London, England, for the tsunami
        charity.
 

    January 30, 2005: Ron Wood attends the South Bank Show Awards in London, England.
 

    February 2, 2005: Mick Jagger performs onstage at Basil's Bar in Mustique for the annual Mustique blues festival.
 

    February 2005: Ron Wood records with The Valerie Masters at his home studio in London, England.
 

    February 14, 2005: Charlie Watts, together with Bill Wyman, take part in recording sessions for Peter Frampton in
        London.
 

    February 24, 2005: Ron Wood performs with the Thrills at The Point in Dublin, Ireland.
 

March 7-9, 2005: The Rolling Stones, minus Ron Wood, continue recording sessions for A Bigger Bang at
    Mick Jagger's La Fourchette studio in France.
 
 

Keith Richards (early 2005) & Charlie Watts: A good one

Keith: The record ain't finished yet but it sounds promising, everybody's happy. 

Charlie: A lot of our studio stuff is too overdubbed. (But this) is a very basic record, and I hope people like it, because it will make us do another one like it. 


 

    March 13, 2005: Ron Wood performs a solo concert at the Theatre Royal in London, England, at which Mick Jagger
        guests on Dance.
 

March 14-April 2005: The Rolling Stones continue and complete recording sessions for A Bigger Bang at
    La Fourchette studio in PocÚ sur Cisse, France.
 
 

Keith Richards & Mick Jagger (2005): Good vibrations

Keith: The vibe is a lot better. Mick and I are looking at each other and going, Oh, come on. I'm not going to argue about this. There are too many pluses for an odd minus to get in the way. Maybe it's called growing up. 

Mick: I'd say it was a better vibe than last time but you never know why that is.


 
Ron Wood (2005): Throwing some Woody in the mix

In the studio, (Keith and I are) not in the same room together. I'm usually with Mick and Don Was. Keith will often do his bits first. But One-Take Ronnie - that's what they call me. I'm always better on the first take. They'll play me the song, then they'll play it again for me to play on, and I'll do my thing: a lick here, a lick there, and sometimes bring in the slide. The new album was so improvised. I did all my overdubs in four days. 


 
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (2005): Not giving a shit; making another album

Mick: If we go out on tour, we gotta do a record. It shows you are an actual functioning rock band. I don't want to be one of those bands that just does hits. People say, I much prefer to hear "Brown Sugar" than some new song. Well, I don't give a shit what you prefer. If everyone else in the band had said, We can't be bothered, no one listens to our new records, fair enough. 

There's no harm in (touring behind a greatest hits CD) occasionally but we didn't want to do it again so soon. You become like an oldies band. We put new stuff out because we still can. We have lots of it - it's not like we're just eking out. Rock fans tend to be conservative. Ah, I much prefer "Brown Sugar". Yeah, well, but listen to THIS, cunt.

Keith: The last tour, you might say, was basically resting on your laurels. It was like celebrating your wonderful career, your great success and all that... After that, we needed to prove ourselves again. I don't think we would be talking about the new tour if it was pure regurgitation. 


 

    April 13, 2005: Legendary pianist Johnnie Johnson dies.
 

May 9, 2005: The Rolling Stones rehearse at S.I.R. Studios in New York City.
 

May 10, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform three songs at the Julliard School of Music in New York City,
    then hold a press conference, as a way of announcing their 2005-06 world tour.
 
 

Mick Jagger (May 10, 2005): Another summer of rock and roll

This is one of the earliest concerts we've been to in a while, actually. We're calling it the cornflakes concert.

We don't announce it as our last tour. We never think about it - we take each tour as it comes... I think that's a trap to try and get people to buy your tickets and say, Well, I'll never see them again... We're having a great time recording. We are very upbeat about the tour... There's a lot of other fantastic bands and a lot of old rubbish out there, and we hope it's going to be a wonderful summer of rock & roll and we're going to be right in there. 


 
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (May 2005): Supplying the demand

Mick: (D)on't forget you've got to be a bit hard-headed. There is a sort of supply and demand thing here. If no one called up and said, We think you should go on tour - because there's good times and bad times to do tours.

Keith: In a way, Mick and I got the same feeling just around the same time. And then it's, as Mick was just saying, does all of the rest of it fall into place. You know, the business and the supply and demand of it and all of that. But as you say, we're ready. If the demand's there, we'll supply.


 

    June 2005: Charlie Watts breaks his sternum as he's involved in a car accident in France.
 

June 6-28, 2005: The Rolling Stones hold overdubbing and mixing sessions for A Bigger Bang at Ocean
    Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.
 
 

Mick Jagger (2005): A sixteen-song album

The record company felt (the album) was too long. But I said, What's the favorite Rolling Stones album of all time? - Well, Exile On Main Street. - There, you see? Exile. And how long is that?- It's over an hour. - And the problem is? - Uh, nothing.


 
Keith Richards (2005): Ready-made tour songs

There is a certain feeling on this one, an excitement. There were no huge obstacles to overcome, like, What about that tuba part? These songs lend themselves to live work. They are beautifully ready to play, and everybody's ready to play them. 


 
Keith Richards (2005): The Glimmer Twins in 2005

There was a time when Mick and I could have argued forever over the most mundane things. The color of the album cover could turn into a life-and-death debate. I used to think he was getting too big for his boots, and he probably thought I was a cantankerous sod.

If you're working with Mick in a room, it's great fun. It's just getting to those moments when it IS cool. We're like quarrelsome brothers. It's sibling rivalry, without having the same parents. Mick and I spent so many years living in the same room. And you have all the baggage that goes with life: women and babies. It's amazing that we're still working together and liking it, that we can still put up with each other. 


 

    June 2005: While in Los Angeles, Keith Richards hangs out with fellow Pirate Johnny Depp.
 
 

Keith Richards (July 2005): Trying on a pirate costume

I saw Johnny in L.A. a month ago, and they wheeled in this wardrobe of Disney pirate costumes. Johnny and I spent a great afternoon trying these things on. But that doesn't mean I'm doing it. At the moment, I turned them down - they're shooting while I'm touring. I'd love to do it if there was no hassle. But it would be a side trip. I know what my gig is. The idea of working for Disney gives me the shivers in the first place (laughs).

Funny that I've come all this way with the blues and I'm going to be remembered as a fucking pirate!


 

    June 20, 2005: Keith Richards and Darryl Jones join Waddy Wachtel onstage in Los Angeles at The Joint.
 
 

Keith Richards (August 2005): A future third solo album

I'd love to (make one). I got a nudge about that when we were in L.A. finishing this record. For the first time in five or six years, everyone of the Winos was in town at the same time or called me up. I thought: Is this a sign? The stumbling block is our various schedules. Maybe when I get off this tour in about 18 months we'll find a slot. I think one solo album every 10 years is a good average, don't you?


 

    June 27, 2005: Ron Wood attends the funeral of his ex-wife, and mother of his son Jesse, Krissie Wood, in London,
        England.
 
 

Charlie Watts (July 2005): Dealing with the check-ups

I've just had my latest three-monthly all-clear. But it's hard 'cause you feel like you've got 12 weeks and then you're worrying again.


 
Keith Richards (August 2005): Skipping Live 8

I didn't understand why everybody who was trying to coax me in happened to be knighted. I got hit on by Sir Bob (Geldof) and Sir Mick, but I said to Mick: We ain't doing it, pal. You can do it, but I ain't. Decreasing debts? It all seemed a bit nebulous to me. Plus I couldn't believe the amount of pressure, even from 10 Downing Street. I was like: We're finishing the new album and getting ready for the tour. Sorry, but we can't spare the men. I heartily applaud what they were trying to do, except that it was tied in with government policy, and I always try and separate politics and music. I mean, Bob's a nice bloke and all that, but ultimately he's the one who comes off best, isn't he? 


 

July 14-August 9, 2005: Now for the fourth world tour in a row, the Rolling Stones gather in Toronto,
    Canada, for rehearsals, this time settling at Greenwood College.
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (2005): Filling the magazine

Mick: A lot of these (songs) we do very occasionally. We try them in different ways. In the end, I'm trying to collect a group of 80 tunes for the whole years. (Laughs) That way, I can say, We rehearsed those in Toronto. Come on, let's have another go at this.

Keith: We're not saying we'll do them all. But this band is weird. We've got to know every song, whether we actually play it or not, just in case somebody wants to call one out.

But the main point with this one is we have new ammo. We have a new record and that's the center of anticipation for the band. It's always nice to have a fresh magazine. And nearly all of these new songs are eminently translatable to stage. You don't have to make any great changes in order to play them live. So we're looking forward to that.


 
Charlie Watts (July 2005): Getting back in shape

It was... a lot of work getting the muscles in order again. Mick's physio looks after me. I do stretching and sit-ups. They removed all the lymph nodes. When they do that, the muscles go. Then you sit around for eight weeks in treatment. You can't lift your arm. It's like being minorly paralyzed. It was a worry, because of what I do for a living. We've got a tour, and I didn't know if I could get through a song. You can't stop once you get going, if you're a drummer... I was 50% fit when I arrived in Toronto. But it's amazing how quickly your body heals.


 

    July 14, 2005: In Toronto, Mick Jagger hangs out with Bruce Springsteen.
 

    July 21, 2005: Charlie Watts is interviewed on Canadian radio.
 

    August 6, 2005: Death of early Rolling Stones drummer Carlo Little.
 

August 10, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform their traditional pre-tour warm-up gig, at the Pheonix
    Concert Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Songs include a slowed-down version of 19th Nervous
    Breakdown and the covers Mr. Pitiful and Get Up, Stand Up.
 

August 11-13, 2005: The Rolling Stones complete their tour rehearsals at Greenwood College.
 
 

Ron Wood (July 2005): Permanent recovery

When I started taking drugs and drinking, I was sixteen. I hadn't grown up. I've had my aims and ambitions. I always knew what I wanted to do. But I was stoned throughout. I have a lot of growing up to do. It's a great challenge, but I think, Fucking hell, is it too late? I try to do my best every day. You have a gig or a rehearsal, and afterwards you want to reward yourself. I have to go home and put CSI on the TV. Instead of having a drink, it's Let's get involved in some forensics. It's very difficult to shake the habits of forty-odd years - the smoking, drinking and drugging. I was talking to Keith and Bobby Keys last night. The two naughty boys were in my room here, in recovery (laughs), and they're going, Yeah, baby, remember that hotel...? And right away, that feeling rubs off. That high, the reminiscing - that's the hardest thing to deal with. I still miss the actual doing.


 
Keith Richards (July 2005): Writing a bill of rights for the tour

Article One: Anyone caught snitching will be hung by their testicles. It' to do with people sticking their noses into your business on tour. I mean, all this politically correct bullshit. It's like the Gestapo. It's like Ronnie's in rehab. So what? He LIKES it there. He goes there to get away from people saying, What are you doing? It's not within the band itself but the promoters and insurers. You want to insure me, pal? You must be nuts!


 
Keith Richards & Mick Jagger (July 2005): One more time with feeling

Keith: I could see why some people may think we're phoning it in after all this time. But playing the music we do, and playing it with these guys, Jumpin' Jack Flash can be a new song to me every night. I mean, we don't need to do it to feed our families. We don't need to do it to prove anything... It's that fascination with music that is still the core of the band.

You can look at the Stones on one level and say, Well, here they go - same-old, same-old. But atmospheres change, and there is a sense of that here. I don't know where it comes from, whether it's from in the band or the music. Maybe everybody's just happy to se us again.

Mick: The whole act of touring is ritualistic: you're here one day, there the next. It's superpredictable. I can tell you exactly where I'm going to be in Frankfurt - the hotel I'm staying in and the room - next July.

To be honest, I didn't think the Stones should do another big tour. I was thinking of just twenty shows: There are all these festivals in the summer. Let's do ten gigs in America, then come home to Europe. I'm quite happy to do less. Because I get bored after twenty shows. It's interesting and challenging to get the thing going. But after you've done it, it becomes routine.

Sometimes you might feel Here we go again. Feel a little cynical about it. But you get out there and it takes over.


 
 

August 15, 2005: The Rolling Stones shoot videoclips for Streets of Love and Rough Justice in Toronto,
    Canada.
 
 

Mick Jagger (July 2005): The touring business

You have to create new songs. If you don't, you are definitely set into a time zone. We recorded this album digitally, without any tape, which is pretty normal now. The rest of it is just distribution: ring tones, different kinds of digital delivery.  We used to tour to support a record. In 1972, I would have said, We're promoting Exile on Main Street. Now you're touring, you have a new album, there's merchandising and television shows. We have partnerships with the NFL and Ameriquest to get our music on television. It's old-fashioned, but you reach more people than you do with downloading.


 

    August 17, 2005: The Rolling Stones arrive in Boston, Massachusetts.
 

August 18-19, 2005: The Rolling Stones hold their final rehearsals at Boston's Fenway Park.
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (August 2005): Opening in Boston

Mick: We had a very good time there last time. I think it's a good place to open. The crowd's very warm. We feel very at home.

Keith: You're always aware when you're playing on hallowed ground. You're made aware. I know Boston. I'm not a stranger. I know (Fenway's) significance. It's like playing Wembley or Twickenham, the rugby hallowed ground in London. So, respect. We hope to leave it as we found it... (W)e've always had a good time in Boston, even when the riots were on and we got arrested (laughs). It's always memorable, let's put it that way. And we've got good friends there, Peter Wolf especially. And, yeah, it's not too far from my house.


 
Keith Richards (August 2005): Casting off

To us, this isn't just doing another big tour. Every time you do one, things have changed, technologies have changed, posssibilities have changed, people have changed. It's really rolling with the changes and trying to put it all together. We're just as bemused as most other people at a Rolling Stones show. What's going to happen next? Well, I can't tell you either - hopefully it'll be good! (laughs) You never stop learning. It's never the same thing. As I was saying to the guys the other day - here we go, it's like Columbus again! It's another adventure, another tip into the unknown. Cast off!


 

August 21-23, 2005: Less than two years after their last tour, the Rolling Stones kick off the 2005-06
    A Bigger Bang World Tour with two concerts at Boston's Fenway Park. The tour features a mix of
    stadium and arena concerts, with the Stones' biggest concert stage yet at the stadium gigs. Box
    seats are available in the stage structure itself, while the b-stage section has the Stones rolling into
    the middle of the stadium or arena on a space-age-looking moving vehicle. The musicians are the
    same as on their three previous world tours, while the setlists, though less varied than on the Licks
    tour, include progressively more and more new songs as the tour progresses. Midnight Rambler and
    their cover of Ray Charles' (Night Time Is) The Right Time are frequent show-stoppers. Along with the
    new material (Rough Justice, Infamy, Oh No Not You Again, Back of My Hand) and the war horses,
    and a frequent double encore, the setlists in the early parts of the tour also feature songs such as
    Shattered,Ain't Too Proud to Beg, All Down the Line, Beast of Burden, Paint It Black, The Worst, Out
    of Control, Bitch, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo, Live with Me, Dead Flowers, Rocks Off and a resurrected
    She's So Cold.
 
 

Keith Richards (August 2005): Opening night

The first cut is the deepest; the first show is the hardest. That's where you find out if all the things you've put together - the stage, the sound, the lighting, the actual songs - this is the first time they all come together in one thing. So you feel like this could all fall apart like a paper moon! You're not expecting it to, but there is that whole Will all the bits work properly? The new B-stage, the new machinery. There's so many variables that have to come together in a couple of hours. Once that's gone down, well then, a sort of amazing well of confidence seems to exude. Not just from the band, but from the whole crew, from everybody - the caterers and the wardrobe. It's a circus we're traveling with. Even the bearded lady likes it! (laughs)


 
Mick Jagger (August 2005): Attuning to the audience

I think, for me, you just have to tune yourself to the audience. There are certain points in the show where you sort of have to encourage them and get them more involved. Whether it's call and response - you can't forget that they want to do that. And some audiences just don't want to respond, so there's no point in keep banging them over the head. They're just enjoying themselves doing what they're doing. Last night (in Boston), the audience loved to shout and holler, so evey time I went Whoo whoo! they'd go Whooo forever. So I thought, OK, that's what you want to do, so we'll do it. And you forget that kind of thing, that each audience is slightly different... It's those kind of audience feelings, to try and feel that out in a very wide open stadium like Fenway, that's kind of tricky to get attuned to. But you adapt pretty quick.


 

August 22, 2005: The Rolling Stones' lead single off their next album, Streets of Love / Rough Justice, is released.
 
 
 
 
 

August 26-28, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by
    Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Canada, their first visit to the city in 40 years. At the latter, Charlie Watts
    leaves his drum kit in the middle of Sympathy for the Devil because of technical problems.
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (2005): Giving it your all

Mick: You go out there and put yourself on the line and you make sure you're as good as you can possibly be. You don't fuck about, and you don't rest on your laurels. You just give the best show you can - even if you feel terrible, you've got a cold, your back's aching and all that crap. You do it because you are putting yourself on the line and those people have paid good money to see you, and you better be bloody good.

Keith: The fact that you've done it many times before doesn't mean you can't make the next one better. And that's exactly what this band goes out there to do - If you thought that was good, we can do it better next time... I'd have never thought it in the early days, but we're actually dedicated, man. I can't put another word on it. If we're going to do it, we'd better do it better than ever.


 

August 29, 2005: The Rolling Stones shoot another videoclip for Streets of Love at a nightclub in Ottawa.
 
 

Mick Jagger (2005): Getting the album heard

We've been doing it for forty years, do you know what I'm saying? You don't worry too much about (getting on the radio) but you want the stuff heard, you know? When you do these songs, and I think we're pretty exicited about this record, we think there's really good things on it, and you want people to hear it. It's a different kind of world now whether you hear it on a live show or on the TV or your hear it on the radio or you just download it or just buy the CD, or as they're doing in England buying 45s. All these avenues, you want people to hear the songs and people to say, Oh yeah, that was a good song, glad that you got to hear it.


 

August 31, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform at Detroit's Comerica Park.
 

September 3, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time ever in Atlantic Canada, to 85 000 at
    Magnetic Hill in Moncton, New Brunswick.
 

September 6, 2005: The Rolling Stones' 24th U.S. and 22nd UK studio album - and first in eight years -, A Bigger Bang, is released.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (2005): A vulnerable Mick

Mick: Of course, you are as vulnerable as anyone else. It's crazy to think someone can't be hurt just because he's famous or he struts across a stage. If you go back through Stones albums, I'm sure you'll find vulnerability along with the swagger. It may not have been as easy to see, though, because it's not my temperament to share that feeling. I've often hid my feelings with humor. This time the songs were written very quickly, and I was in a certain frame of mind. I thought about some of the words afterward to
see whether they were too personal, but I decided to just let them stay. Keith was very encouraging... Translating that vulnerability into a song is very cathartic for you. You have to write it down and examine it and decide what you wanted to share. There's something in the process that helped me get past the hurt. 

It's a mixture of your diary amd creative imagination. That's what being a writer is about. Totally autobiographical songs are cringe-y. Teenage girls love that shit. When Britney broke up with Justin and he did that tune, my daughter was explaining to me, You see the scene in the video? That actually happened, Dad. If I wrote about what my life is really about, directly and on the money, people would cringe. 

Keith: I thought it was about time (Mick) owned up and stepped out of that closed shell. I know he went through bad periods, even if he didn't want to write about it. I used to wrestle with that too. As a writer, you don't want to bore people with your own story. But you eventually realize that you're not the only one who is lonely or having problems. 


 

September 6-8, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform their first arena concerts of the tour, in Saint Paul,
    Minnesota, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, the Stones perform Waiting on a Friend, taped
    for U.S. TV, tied in with the band's announcement that the Bigger Bang World Tour will donate
    $1 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
 

September 10, 2005: Continuing their jaunt through the midwest, the Rolling Stones perform at
    Chicago's Soldier Field.
 
 

Charlie Watts (2005): The worrier

I get very nervous. If you didn't, you'd toss it off - you'd take it for granted. And I don't take the Rolling Stones for granted, or anything they do. I wish I could relax and enjoy the show more, instead of thinking, Where are we now? Keith always gives the impression that he's happy with whatever bar he's playing in a song. He's never worried about the next one. And those two hours are over in a flash. You think, God, that was Chicago done, and all I did was worry about where the ending of a song was.


 

September 13-17, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform a New York trilogy of sorts, performing at Madison
    Square Garden, Giants Stadium and the Pepsi Arena in Albany, their first in the city since 1965.
 

September 24-26, 2005: After a week off, the Rolling Stones resume their tour with an arena concert in
    Columbus, Ohio, and a stadium concert at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. In Columbus, the Stones
    add to the setlist the never-before-performed Sway from 1971.
 
 

Ron Wood (2005): Laying back with the Stones onstage

(W)here I lay back is very important. Otherwise I can blow the whole song. That's the same with every individual member, even the leading members of the band. Like Keith's intros - sometimes you'll get a bit of bang and crash. Mick looks at me like, What the fuck is that? And Keith's like, Talk amongst yourselves for a minute, and I'll try that again. Keith can get away with that. If it was me who fucked up an intro, I'd have the whole Stones world down on me (laughs). But that's all right. You have to be responsible for what you can and cannot do. It's a fine line, and I love that. It's what keeps us so fresh.

Keith and I have this unwritten law where he'll lay back and I'll let go, or I'll lay back and he'll go for it. We rarely conflict. Once in a while he'll growl at me: Hey, this is ME. Back off. Then a few licks later, I do the same - Fuck you, this is ME - and he'll move back.


 

September 28-October 1, 2005: The Rolling Stones swing through Pennsylvania, performing at PNC Park
    in Pittsburgh and Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, their first ever concert in chocolate city. In
    Pittsburgh, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam duets with the Stones on Wild Horses. Get Off of My Cloud is
    also added to the set.
 

October 3, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform at Washington D.C.'s MCI Arena.
 

October 6, 2005: The Rolling Stones interrupt their concert temporarily - leaving the stage and venue for
    an hour,  as police swarm in -  at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia (their first show in the city),
    following a bomb scare. Keith Richards'  two-song section is skipped. The apt Sweet Virginia is
    performed.
 

October 8, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in Durham, North Carolina.
 

October 10-12, 2005: Back again in Pennsylvania, the Rolling Stones perform two concerts at
    Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Angie and the new Rain Fall Down are put into rotation.
 
 

Keith Richards (2005): The Rolling Stones Jazz Band

It is a jazz band in its own little way. Charlie is a jazz drummer, and Darryl Jones worked with Miles for five years. That gives us more freedom to move.


 

October 14-15, 2005: The Rolling Stones shoot a videoclip for Rain Fall Down in Atlanta, before
    performing the next day at Philips Arena.
 

October 17-19, 2005: The Rolling Stones are in Florida, performing arena concerts in Miami and Tampa.
    Joss Stone duets with Mick in Miami during The Right Time.
 

    October 18, 2005: The Rolling Stones' Streets of Love becomes a recurrent theme on the U.S. TV soap opera Days of
        Our Lives.
 

October 21, 2005: The Rolling Stones performing at Charlotte, North Carolina's Bobcats Arena before
    taking another week off.
 
 

Mick Jagger (2005): Mick the downloader

I don't really go to stores a lot, a lot of music that I like sometimes is not that available. I might have to go to specialist downloads which is a bit boring... (I've been downloading s)ince the beginning of time.


 

October 28, 2005: The Rolling Stones kickoff the western leg of their North American tour with their first
    ever concert in Calgary, Canada.
 

October 30-November 1, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform arena shows in Seattle, Washington and
    Portland, Oregon. In Portland, Keith Richards slips in Slipping Away back into the set.
 

    November 2, 2005: The Rolling Stones are interviewed for U.S. TV's Access Hollywood on their flight from Portland
        to Los Angeles.
 

November 2005: The song Hurricane, sung by Keith Richards and recorded during the Licks sessions, is
    distributed on CD at Rolling Stones concerts at the Hurricane Katrina donation kiosks.
 

November 4, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform at Anaheim, California's Edison Field.
 
 

Keith Richards (2005): The hair trinkets

They're from the folks in the band, mostly: Blondie Chaplin, Lisa Fischer. After a gig we usually hang out in my room, because that's where the stereo and the party is. Sometimes people crash out on the couch. They started tying things into my hair when I was asleep. I'd wake up and go, What's that thing ringing in my ear? (laughs) But they're sanctified, these little trinkets.


 

November 6-8, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform two shows, for the first time ever, at the Hollywood
    Bowl in Los Angeles. The second concert features the Stones performing the 40-year-old As Tears Go
    By for the first time ever, as well as the new It Won't Be Long.
 

November 11, 2005: The Rolling Stones continue their trip through California with a stadium concert in
    San Diego.
 

November 13-15, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform two concerts at San Francisco's SBC Park.
 

November 18-20, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden, followed by a
    show in Fresno, California.
 

November 22, 2005: The Rolling Stones' compilation album, Rarities 1971-2003, is released.
 
 
 
 
 
 

November 22-24, 2005: The Rolling Stones play arenas in Salt Lake City and Denver. Part of their
    performance in Salt Lake City is broadcast live on U.S. TV's American Music Awards.
 
 

Mick Jagger (November 2005): Playing new songs

(W)e're playing a few (new) songs, and we vary the songs every night. We're not playing that many songs off it per night. We're playing four at the moment. As it goes on, maybe we'll do more.


 
Keith Richards (November 2005): Possible Winos in the future

I saw Steve Jordan just last week in L.A., and Ivan Neville. In a way, I sort of feel them circling (laughs). We did kick around the idea of, maybe when this tour is finished, getting together. It's really got more to do with scheduling than "want to do it". Yeah, they all want to do it, and I'd love to do it.


 

November 27, 2005: Heading south, the Rolling Stones perform at Glendale Arena near Pheonix in
    Arizona.
 
 

Keith Richards (2005): The joy of music

There's an innate joy in playing music, and also in turning other people on, and it doesn't matter on what scale you do it. It should just be part of life, you know? That's what it is. We do it on a large scale - that's just the way it panned out. But I've no doubt I'd be doing it if I was just doing it on the weekends down at the pub.


 

November 29, 2005: In Dallas, Texas, the Rolling Stones hold a press conference announcing their
    European dates for 2006 before performing at the American Airlines Center.
 
 

Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts (November 2005): More fun next year

Mick: If we were bored to death, honestly I don't think we would do it. We do enjoy ourselves doing it. Everyone has been saying How come they can enjoy themselves? They should be bored to death doing this. We're still having a lot of fun.

Charlie: If I'm standing at the end of Europe (next August), which is the last leg at the moment, and they offer something else I imagine we'll say Yes and off we'll go. What is hard is doing these things for a year long - they are quite tiring, being away that long. 


 

December 1, 2005: The Rolling Stones perform in Houston, Texas.
 

    December 1, 2005: Following the Stones' concert, Ron Wood performs with Ian McLagan's band at the Continental
        Club in Houston.
 

December 3, 2005: The Rolling Stones play the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, before pausing for
    the rest of the year.
 

    December 8, 2005: The Rolling Stones receive a Grammy Award nomination for best rock album for A Bigger Bang.
 
 
 
 
 

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