We'll keep the motor running

    March 12, 2007: Keith Richards inducts The Ronettes at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies
            at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. He takes part in the end of soirée jam with members of Van Halen and
            R.E.M. among others and also unofficially confirms the Rolling Stones will be touring Europe in the summer.

Keith Richards (March 2007): The Stones on the road

I'm not sure about dates but I have no doubt (the Stones) will be on the road. But where and when yet I don't know. You know, I can't say. I do actually know but I'm not going to tell it!

Keith Richards (March 2007): Another live Stones album? 

I don't know... I mean I'd like to. We always cut the live stuff so I mean the potential is all there. But I can't promise anything. I don't know what those suckers are doing!


   Mid-March 2007: Keith Richards is holidaying in the Caribbean.

March 22, 2007: From the Grosvenor Hotel in London, England, Mick Jagger officially announces live on
    the internet the Rolling Stones' return to Europe for a three-month tour, starting June 5, to complete
    the Bigger Bang World Tour.

Keith Richards (March-June 2007): Cannibal Keith

I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow, and... Yeah, my dad wouldn't have cared, he didn't give a shit...

(What I said about) the cocaine bit was rubbish... I'd opened his box up and said, Jesus I've got to do something with dad, you know, plant the oak tree. I pulled the lid off and out comes a bit of dad on the dining room table. I'm going, I can't use the brush and dustpan for this. So you just gotta like (taps table) put it together. What I found out is that ingesting your ancestors is a very respectable way of, you know... he went down a treat.

Keith Richards (February 2008): Putting us on

You buggers will fall for anything.


    March 25, 2007: Ron Wood performs at a tribute concert for his brother Art at the York House in London, England.

    April 9, 2007: Ron Wood is interviewed for British TV at a London art gallery.

    April 17, 2007: Mick Jagger speaks at a private memorial for Ahmet Ertegun at New York City's Lincoln Center.

    April 19, 2007: Mick Jagger attends New Zealand vs. South Africa cricket game in Grenada.

    April 21, 2007: Keith Richards is in England at the bedside of his mother, Doris Richards, as she passes away at
            age 91.

Keith Richards (June 2007): Saying goodbye to Mum

I sat on the end of her bed two days before she kicked the bucket. I brought round a guitar and sat there and played her Malaguena. She's gasping by now, she's out of there, you know. Bye bye , mum, see you tomorrow. Next morning she wakes and tells my secretary who goes round to see her everyday, Did you hear Keith play? He was a bit ouf ot tune. To the end, man. Acid.

Shit happens. See me mum off. Snorted me dad. I'm an orphan!

    May 1, 2007: Keith Richards attends his mother's funeral in Chichester, England. Also in attendance is Ron Wood.

    May 7, 2007: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Poiret: King of Fashion Costume Institute Gala at the
            Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

    May 14, 2007: Mick Jagger sings Dead Flowers with his brother Chris onstage at the Bull's Head Barnes in London, England.

    May 18, 2007: Keith Richards attends the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, in which he performs
            a cameo, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

    May 25, 2007: The Rolling Stones gather in Brussels, Belgium.


May 26-June 2, 2007: The Rolling Stones rehearse for their 2007 European Tour in Vilvoorde near
    Brussels in Belgium.

Charlie Watts (2007): Fun rehearsing

We have as good a time rehearsing up there with no one in the room at 2 o'clock in the morning as when you're doing a big show.

Keith Richards (2007): Going on

I don't think you could get these guys to do it just for money. Yeah, it takes a lot of money to do and you're insured up to the fucking hilt with these motherfuckers. But you know, the smell of the crowd, the roar of the greasepaint and you forget all this other stuff that goes with it.


    June 1, 2007: Ron Wood celebrates his 60th birthday.

June 1, 2007: From their rehearsal site in Vilvoorde, Belgium, the Rolling Stones perform five songs
    for a press audience for TV use.

June 4, 2007: The Rolling Stones execute their last pre-tour rehearsals at Werchter Park in Belgium.

June 5, 2007: The Rolling Stones kick off the 2007 A Bigger Bang European Tour at Werchter Park in
    Werchter, Belgium, bringing their world tour into its third year. Start Me Up is back as the set opener,
    and Sympathy for the Devil is the encore, while the Stones throw back in It's All Over Now, Wanna
    Hold You, the James Brown tribute I'll Go Crazy and the Licks show-stopper Can't You Hear Me
    Knocking. The concert causes a 30-mile traffic jam.

Mick Jagger (June 2007): Another European summer vacation

Lots of new territories (this time). Every show is different. Europe's a very diverse place... and so every time you get to the next city it tends to be a different language and different culture. Different this, that, so for me touring Europe in the summer is a really fun event.


June 8, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform at Nijmegen's Stadspark De Goffert in The Netherlands.

June 10, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time ever at the Isle of Wight Festival in
    Newport, England, where they appear as headliners and pull out Love in Vain. Young twenty-ish
    singers Paolo Nutini and Amy Winehouse guest with the band onstage.

Keith Richards (June 2007): Back in Britain

It's kind of weird, you know, for us. Coming back home is always like a bit more special. We just carry Britain with us really, our little bubble of it.


June 12, 2007: In a follow-up to 2003's Four Flicks, the Rolling Stones release another four-DVD set, The Biggest Bang, that features near-full concerts from Rio de Janeiro and Austin, Texas in 2006, documentaries and many other musical performances from across the 2005-06 tour.

June 13, 2007: The Rolling Stones are back in Frankfurt, Germany, for the first time since the Urban
    Jungle tour, performing at the Commerzbank Arena.

    June 15, 2007: Charlie Watts records with Tim Ries at La Fonderie Studio in Paris, France.

June 16-18, 2007: Less than a year later, the Rolling Stones perform again at the Stade de France in
    Paris, France, then play the Stade Gerland in Lyon for the first time in 25 years.

Keith Richards (June 2007): Current drug diet

Drugs I'm on now - the shit I've got to take because of the brain job, Dilantin. Means you can't take cocaine any more. Which is fine with me. I mean, I haven't seen coke for, like, a year and a half. Big deal. You know, I used to like my little bump here and there after meals. But now I can't do that any more, so I don't do it no more. I still smoke like a fucking chimney. Get me some good weed... They keep telling me to stop drinking, but I can't be bothered. It's like, You don't know, me, I know me. The people who've told me to stop doing this and that and THEY'RE croaked. Not that I want to brag about it but, I mean, I've had about three doctors who told me, If you carry on like this, you will be dead in six months. I went to their funerals.


    June 20, 2007: Mick Jagger hangs out in a nightclub in Barcelona, Spain.

June 21-23, 2007: A year after a succession of cancelled shows in Spain, the Rolling Stones undertake a
    5-city tour of Iberia, starting at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium and their first ever concert in San

June 25, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform at the Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal and perform No
    Expectations in a duet with fado singer Ana Moura.

Keith Richards (June 2007): Keeping on keeping on

My question (to those who wonder why the Stones are still on the road) would be, Why not? Come up with a reason why not. This is what we love to do. And quite honestly, I don't know what I'd do without it. It's almost a duty. How many millions are there out there (who want to see the Stones)? Who am I to deny you ME?

    June 26, 2007: Charlie Watts records again with Tim Ries, this time in Porto, Portugal. They record No Expectations,
        sung by Ana Moura.

June 28-30, 2007: Spain gets its full due as the Rolling Stones perform two more shows, the first in
    Madrid, the second  - a first - in El Ejido in Andalucia.

    June 29, 2007: Two members of the Stones' stage crew die in Madrid as part of the stage collapses during the

July 6, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform in Rome, Italy, for the first time in seventeen years.

July 9, 2007: The Rolling Stones undertake a 7-country tour of Eastern Europe, starting with their
    first ever performance in Montenegro in the city of Budva.

July 12, 2007: On the 45th anniversary of their first ever public performance, the Rolling Stones
    make a detour back to Barcelona, Spain, where they perform an intimate private show for
    Deutche Bank.

July 14-17, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concerts in both Serbia, in front of 80 000
    at Usce Park in Belgrade, and in Romania, at Lia Manoliu National Stadium in Bucharest.

July 20-22, 2007: The Rolling Stones return to Budapest in Hungary for their first concert there
    in twelve years, where they play in sweltering heat, then perform for the first time in Brno in the
    Czech Republic.

July 25, 2007: Forty years later, the Rolling Stones are back in Warsaw, Poland, playing the Sluzewiec
    Hippodrome. One minute of silence is observed, Sympathy for the Devil is not performed and part of the
    concert proceeds are donated following the death of 26 Polish victims in a bus accident three days

July 28, 2007: The Rolling Stones are in Russia for the second time of their career, performing for the first
    time in St Petersburg, in front of 100 000 at the Palace Square.

    Late July 2007: Keith Richards signs a deal to publish an autobiography, due out in 2010.

August 1-3, 2007: The Rolling Stones undertake the 13th Scandinavian trek of their career, with shows at
    Helsinki's Olympic Stadium in Finland and Göteborg's Ullevi Stadium in Sweden.

August 5-8, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform at the Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark and at Valle Hovin
    in Oslo, Norway.

August 11, 2007: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in the Swiss city of Lausanne, at the Stade
    Olympique de la Pontaise.

August 13-15, 2007: The Rolling Stones are back in Germany, playing the LTU Arena in Düsseldorf and the
    HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg.

August 18, 2007: Twenty-five years later, the Rolling Stones perform again at Slane Castle in Ireland.

August 21-26, 2007: After two years, the Rolling Stones finally bring to an end the A Bigger Bang World Tour,
    the longest and biggest tour of their career, and highest grossing in rock history ($560 million), with three
    concerts at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Keith Richards (February 2008): Playing the O2

We really liked the Dome, the wotsit Dome in London. Great acoustics. Really enjoyed playing the room, really nice to play to London crowds again.

Keith Richards (February 2008): No coasting on any night of the tour

(W)e went out there every night to try and top the last one.


    August 21, 2007: Ron Wood throws a party at his home in Richmond, Surrey, that has the police come down to ask to turn
        the sound down.

    August 28, 2007: Keith Richards writes a letter to the Swedish press asking for a retraction of an unfairly negative review of
        the Rolling Stones' concert in Göteborg on August 3.

Keith Richards (February 2008): Death to the Swede

That was a prick, you know. The guy's got a hard-on against me and I decided to answer him - just told hiim to shut his gob or I'd run his man out of town. It was just so unnecessary, and so untrue, and I'm looking at all the other reviews of the same show and they're all totally the opposite, and I'm thinking, Hell, this guy, I know him. I don't know. Maybe I screwed his old lady... I don't care what shit they say about me personally, but when you knock the band, up comes the shield and the sword comes out, and there's St. George, know what I mean? Hey, how many times have I been trashed, man? Shit, I'm the expert at it. I just decided to let this one have it. He's only a Swede, after all. He's not even a turnip, is he?... I mean, I could have had him shot.

    September 2007: Keith Richards' wife, Patti Hansen Richards, is diagnosed with bladder cancer, with a 50% survival chance.

    September-October 2007: Keith Richards spends time at his Redlands home in Sussex, England.
Keith Richards (February 2008): Entering the decompression chamber

I went straight down to Sussex and spent two months down in old Redlands, hunkering down in my decompression chamber with my mates, and my kids and my grandkids - my family all live around there now, and I lie there and they feed me... Maybe (Mick has) his way of getting over it. We all handle it in different ways. I go comatose. Mick has to be interrfering with this or that.


    September 16, 2007: At One East Recording in New York City, Mick Jagger records a harmonica track for Tim Ries' remake of
        Hey Negrita.

    September 26-October 2, 2007: Mick Jagger does promotional work in England and the U.S. for his solo greatest hits album.

Mick Jagger (September 2007): The Zeppelin reunion

If I'm here in London I'll definitely go. Will I go onstage? Nah. They haven't done anything onstage for 20 years together. I'm not going to interlope into their big night out.

Mick Jagger (September 2007): A day in the life of Mick off tour

Same as everyone else really. Get up as late as possible, have breakfast as late as possible, do a tiny bit in the gym, go out for a walk, read a book. A real day off you mean, like a Sunday. Go and have lunch with the kids. Go out dancing. That's it really.

Mick Jagger (September 2007): The continuing adventures of...

(How long we go on is) a function of many things. If you still enjoy what you are doing, and the audience is still coming, then it's a two-way street. Beyond that, how long is a crystal-ball question... I don't know, I can't look into a crystal ball. I'm sure the Rolling Stones will do more things and more records and more tours and we've got no plans to stop any of that really. So you never know what happens to you, but as far as I'm concerned I'm sure we will continue.


    October 1, 2007: Mick Jagger's greatest hits compilation album The Very Best of Mick Jagger is released.

    October 2, 2007: Mick Jagger is interviewed on U.S. TV's  Today with Matt Lauer.

    October 12, 2007: Ron Wood releases his autobiography, Ronnie.

Keith Richards (February 2008): Ronnie's book

(It's a)bout 50 percent off. I read some of the serialisation in the papers last year. It stands up, ah, not very well against Bill Wyman's book. I don't want to listen to that crap. Ronnie is a bigmouth. I love him dearly, but he's a flap-flap. I mean, I can never remember Ronnie pulling a gun on me. Some of these stories were so out of the picture that I just gave up and laughed.


    Mid-to-late October 2007: Mick Jagger holidays in India.

Mick Jagger (October 2007): More India

We have some very good offers, but we want to do it as part of a tour of Asia. When we played in Bangalore and Mumbai, we didn't play in Delhi and Kolkata. We would love to do that now, as there's great demand. Hopefully, we will announce a big Asia tour soon, which might include Japan.

Mick Jagger (October 2007): Time off

I'm not working on anything in particular now. I'm just going to write songs for a couple of months. I've also produced a movie called The Women... It's a remake of the 1939 classic comedy by the same title.


    October 19, 2007: In a pre-recorded message, Keith Richards appears live on U.S. TV's Scream Awards, accepting an award
        for Best Cameo for his role in Priates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

    November 21, 2007: Mick Jagger attends a luncheon in London, England, and denies being a Kabbalah convert when he
        is seen wearing a red wristband acquired in India. Meanwhile, in New York, Ron Wood adds guitar tracks to Tim Ries'
        Hey Negrita.

    November 27, 2007: Keith Richards records guitar tracks for Tim Ries at One East Recording in New York City.

    December 2007: Ron Wood jams at his home studio in St. Kildare, Ireland. Patti Richards starts undergoing chemotherapy.

Alexandra Richards: The shock of Patti's cancer

(Keith) wasn't working, and he had a lot more time to be alone. He doesn't drive in America, so he couldn't take her to the appointments. He couldn't actually be there the way he wanted to. I'm not going to say he didn't handle it the right way, because we all go into shock, but he didn't handle it well at all. It wasn't a good time for any of us.


    December 11, 2007: In New York City, Keith Richards tapes an interview for internet radio, to be broadcast on the 19th.


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