I'm glad to be alive and kicking
|Ron Wood (January 25, 2011): Goodbye Jo
I'm a free man I believe today is the day the divorce becomes final.
I've been so busy. I'm going to meet Jo this week very amicably
just to talk about you have this and I'll have that. It's only material
things. It's important than it's amicable and we're still great pals.
|Keith Richards & Steve Jordan (2015): Considering retirement after Life and starting a new album
Keith: I thought the book might be the crowning glory. I just hit one of those points. Do you have anything more to say? Can you still get the guys to do it? Because I'm useless without a gang.
Steve: After Keith did his book tour, he actually contemplated retirement. I told him, What are you talking about? That's ridiculous, don't ever bring that up again... I thought (the idea of Keith Richards retiring was) the craziest thing I ever heard. He felt comfortable with where he was and what he had done and what he had achieved. But knowing Keith, to not have him pick up an instrument and play, it was weird. When you're a musician, you don't retire. You play up until you can't breathe.
Keith: I've only ever done solo stuff when the Stones go into one of their long hibernations. I suppose I started this one a couple of years ago, because there was another long hibernation. I'd just finished the book, and done all that thing, and I realised I hadn't been in the studio for 4 or 5 years. I bumped into Steve Jordan, he said, I've got a good room, a studio round the corner. He said to me, How did you record Street Fighting Man and Jumpin' Jack Flash? I said I was in the studio with Charlie Watts. In other words, just the drummer. He said, Well, there's nobody else around. Why don't we try that again? So it kind of started like that.
didn't really need to do it, I just enjoyed doing it. It's an
interesting way to work, just me and Steve, which makes it fairly
cheap. There's none of the logistics involved in getting a whole band
together, and after a while it started to fall into a nice groove.
Steve has to take an awful lot of the credit for getting this album
together. I almost have to be held at gun-point to do solo stuff -
someone has to persuade me very convincingly to do it.
|Keith Richards (April 2011): Mick's reaction to Life
I saw him two weeks ago and, yeah, he's a little hurt.But I said to him, There is nothing in there, Mick, that didn't happen and ain't true... (If he'd write a book, he'd p)robably (say) some very venomous things (about me), but at the same time I said, Mick, we can just look at it as all water under the bridge - all right, water under TWO bridges, and we both laughed and kind of left it at that.
not unemotional about Mick,) I'm VERY emotional about Mick. Otherwise I
wouldn't say it. It's just on the other end of the scale. Without
presenting the Rolling Stones as they actually are, bare bones and all,
the story would just have drifted... I'm just as emotional in (a
hard) way as I am in a soft way. I've known Mick longer than anybody
else in the world. We've known each other since we were four. Many
gaps, different schools and stuff, but if I don't try and put some
understanding into the relationships of the Rolling Stones, then it
WOULD be just a fairy story. He can take it. He's got a skin like a
rhinoceros... Sometimes you have to be a little over the top to get a
|Keith Richards (May 2011): Captain Teague
everybody that likes pirate movies necessarily likes rock ‘n’ roll,
right, and so this all gives me another chance to communicate with
different people. Now everywhere there’s all these young people
who know me as Capt. Teague, not as Keith Richards. That’s Jack Sparrow’s dad! And that’s cool, man.
|Keith Richards (May 2011): Soaking up Life
was blown away (by the reviews), actually. I don’t know what I
expected, but what we heard back was so strong. There were really
good reviews from some really hard critics too, and I was amazed that
we were able to get the story across to people and to those critics and
they all mostly liked it. I mean, my records don’t get such good
|Ron Wood (May 2011): Radio therapy
doing well personally. I'm pretty much clean and serene. The radio show
has been great therapy. It is the only thing I've been doing since I've
been clean. It feels absolutely marvellous (winning the award). I have
no idea why people have taken to me. I was a fan of (Bob Dylan's)
Dreams, Schemes and Themes. He
always had a theme and I thought if I could come up halfway as good as
Bob it'd be great. I knew I could play great sounds. I thought if
I was a DJ who played guitar and illustrated that, it would be very
educational for the kids and I would enjoy it.
|Keith Richards (May 2011): A potential new solo album
I've got to working with Steve Jordan, the X-Pensive Winos, and, you
know, when inspiration hits... (Will there be a new X-Pensive Winos
album?) Yeah, probably. It's something to blossom.
|Keith Richards (May 2011): ...and what about the Stones?
I'm trying to nail them down but I don't want to crucify them! (laughs)
|Mick Jagger (May 2011): SuperHeavy
different from anything else I've ever been involved in. The music is
very wide-ranging – from reggae to ballads to Indian songs in
Urdu... We wanted a convergence of different musical
styles. We were always overlapping styles, but they were
|Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (May 2011): The Stones in 2012?
Mick: I don't have any announcement to make at the moment. I'm just, uh, ya know...just doing this right now.
Keith: Something's blowing in the wind. The idea's there. We kind of know we should do it, but nobody's put their finger on the moment yet. This is what we have to ask each other: Do we want to go out in a blaze of glory? We can, if Mick and Charlie (Watts) feel like I do, that we can still turn people on. We don't have to prove nothing anymore. I just love playing, and I miss the crowd.
|Keith Richards (May 2011): U2 beats A Bigger Bang
the Stones reclaim the throne?) I don't know and I don't
care. So what? U2 made a few mill more, or maybe not by the time
the gross is done and you look at the net. Meanwhile, Spider-Man
is going down the tubes. And I don't think they played to 2 million
people in Brazil, which we did. U2's a good band, so why not? I hope
another band eclipses both of us. Bono's an interesting guy. I wouldn't
say he's my favorite guy to hang with.
|Keith Richards (May 2011): Bob Dylan turns 70
an inspiration, really, to us all, beyond even the songwriting, because
he's always trying to go somewhere new. I love the man.
|Keith Richards (June 2011): Trying to get the Stones together again post-"Life"
I want to get the Stones back together and give it one more bash. I
think they've got it in them. But it's about timing and an awful lot of
very careful diplomacy...Mick was obviously a bit peeved (about the
book), but that was yesterday and this is today. We're two guys divided
|Mick Jagger (June 2011): SuperHeavy might tour
people really like it, we will. If they don't like it we won't! We
haven't planned to do a tour or anything, but if people really like it
maybe we will. We'd love to get together and play some of it live.
|Keith Richards (June 2011): Mick and SuperHeavy
I haven't heard anything about it. I just wish him luck.
|Mick Jagger (June 2011): Writing and recording with SuperHeavy
We were writing a lot of stuff and throwing it away. I would say, That's rubbish, another cliche, Joss (Stone). And she'd reply, Well, you come up with something then!
For me, working with four other vocalists was interesting. I realized we all had a part to play.
|Ron Wood (July 2011): Tending the garden in his new London home
It has a beautiful landscaped garden which is like a controlled jungle and it just goes with my new house. I'm getting stuck in and doing a bit more than just weeding. It's just great with my new-found base. The inside and outside are both right up my street. I get on very well with mastering my own space.
I'm on my second year (being sober). I'm seeing things much clearer now and just trying to take it one day at a time. So far so good. I don't have any cravings. The war is over. I just surrender every day and take one day at a time. That's all you can do.
|Ron Wood (July 2011): Upcoming meeting with Keith and the Stones at Hyde Park in 2012?
We'll try to recapture the old camaraderie. I know Keith is fully supportive, as are the rest of the boys in the Stones. We'll see what we can do as a unit. Playing Hyde Park would be fabulous.
|Ron Wood (July 23, 2011): Death of Amy Winehouse |
It's a very sad loss of a very good friend I spent many great times with.
|Ron Wood (July 2011): Ronnie TV |
I've had so much fun doing my radio show and had lots of success with recent awards, so I'm really excited it's now going to TV to give the audience the chance to see behind the scenes.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): More Girls and the 50th anniversary |
I just finished off doing all the outtakes for the Some Girls album we're releasing at Thanksgiving. We did Exile, we did a lot of different takes, a lot of different cuts that hadn't come out before, so we're doing the similar kind of thing with Some Girls, so I've just been doing them because a lot of them weren't complete, so I had to complete them, and then we're gonna mix those and put them out for Thanksgiving. Then we talked about maybe what events are going to be going around for the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones. We don't really know the answer to that, but we talked about it a bit.
When is the next Rolling Stones mega-tour? I don’t know really. There isn’t one so far. But there might be anything, anything can happen. It is the 50th anniversary next year... Maybe we could go back to the Marquee to accept a plaque for 50 years of service instead.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): Ronnie and Charlie give a listen |
Ronnie’s listened to it. He’s sweet, he’s very supportive. He liked it very much, he liked it all, particularly some of the first tracks we started with. And Charlie liked it. He’s all about the grooves, he’s got a great ear. Charlie and Ronnie both have their own things but they see the bigger picture. Not everyone sees the big picture... I don’t know if Keith really listens to that much. I don’t know what Keith listens to.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): Mick Jagger Version 2011|
I’m still a 28in waist, same as I was at 19. I’ve got good stamina. You watch what you eat, you exercise, you have a bit of fun. You keep on going forward. Don’t stop. Do what makes you happy. Don’t look at the clouds of tomorrow through the sunshine of today. That’s it.
I have very good genes and I don't put on weight. I still have a drink. I am not a fanatic about being in the gym for hours or pounding the pavements as that's detrimental. If you are not doing shows then you have to keep up a certain level of fitness or there's no going back. Five times a week you have to do half an hour biking or in the gym. But dancing is really good and more fun than being in a gym. I go out clubbing.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): Writing new "Stones" songs and rehearsing with Charlie...|
I have been writing a lot for the Stones. I mean, when I write, I go, Yeah, that could be a good Stones tune or, That's not really going to work for that.
I did some sessions with Charlie recently where I just played some songs I'd written, and of course I wrote more when he was there. I'd start making them up, so that was good fun, so we had a really good time doing that.
(I've been) writing loads of these 12-bar blues songs, so I'm looking forward to doing something more in that vein. But then last night, I wote a song and went straight from my version of John Lee Hooker into writing sort of pop songs, so I don't really know.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): ...but no tour plans for next year (so far)|
Well, we're talking about it but I don't know if it's going to happen. Listen, you could do anything you want if you put your mind to it. I don't know what's going to happen next year. We'll see.
I don't know what form the (50th) anniversary will take. I am sure you will be partially sick of the Stones by the end of next year. We have a lot of stuff to go for. People want to do exhibitions, TV and documentaries so we have to look at those and see. There may be a tour, who knows. Maybe. At the moment nothing is fixed.
It is quite an achievement I suppose, still being around at all. I guess you should be pleased with it but, you know, I think it will be interesting to see how people react to the 50th year thing.
|Mick Jagger (September 2011): The London-Connecticut divide|
Well, I really don't see much of (Keith). The rest of us are all (in London) quite a lot, and although he comes here occasionally in the summer, I don't think any of us sees him much. He lives in suburban Connecticut.
|Ron Wood (October 5, 2011): State of the Union October 2011|
Yeah, (the 50th anniversary) does make me feel like playing - that was the name of my last album, I Feel Like Playing! (laughs)... I miss playing with the boys, yeah. Charlie's cracking away at the moment on the continent with his jazz band, he's keeping his hands in; Keith's making his record in New York, you know, whatever, he's cutting tracks; and Mick is forever getting into different musical... You know, you have to keep it going in order for the boys to... to fill in time when the band works. But we're not getting any younger! (laughs)
So we're all looking forward to that whatever it is, we don't know what we're going to do... But I said to them we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something. But we just, you know, whatever... we'll find a way. Anyway we had a great meeting the other week and we're all getting along great and see what happens.
|Steve Van Zandt (October 2011): Little Steven predicts the Rolling Stones' next tour start|
The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock and roll band in the world. The 50th anniversary is coming. I'm the only one who knows the REAL dates. I'm not telling (laughs). But it's... sort of next year. It's actually not next year but that's our secret. Next year's close enough...
So forget about all of the nonsense on the radio right now. Go get the first ten Rolling Stones records, right through Exile, and that is the greatest music ever made.
|Keith Richards (2011): Returning to the guitar|
I hardly played at all for two years. I'm sort of basically recovering from the book, and this is my therapy at the moment. In the process of doing it, my chops are coming back.
|Keith Richards (2011): The 50th anniversary|
Next year is sort of up for grabs. It's almost an overwhelming power - it'll be fifty years. So there's that sort of pressure. If I can pull them together, I'm there.
|Keith Richards (November 2011): Receiving the Norman Mailer Award|
What can you say after this? If I was an American, I'd think of running!... This is one for the books, if you get my drift (laughs) - you hacks! Hey, I write one book and I get the award, you know what I mean? Shit happens... But I realized about writing that, hell, I've been writing since I was 16, 17, 18, but they were called songs...
I'm so amazed by this. I feel like a thief in the night, you know? (laughs)... I'm not fazed by a lot of shit, you know (laughs), but this one is fazing me...
|Keith Richards (November 2011): Dusting the gathered moss off, or back to the egg|
We're just going to play a little together, because we haven't played for three or four years. You don't necessarily want to rehearse or write anything - you just want to touch bases. That's a good start: me, Charlie and Ronnie. Mick's welcome, and I'm sure he'll turn up, but right now we just want to get our chops down...
The idea is to go in December. I said, Jesus Christ, we haven't played together for a couple of years. We better get our chops together. So it basically is just like that, it's just a jam.... I was going to ask Bill Wyman to come by too. And Mick Taylor. The whole lot. They're all Stones, you know? Why not?
I would suggest a lot of blues in the beginning. That's where the band's roots are. We'll start playing some Jimmy Reed stuff and some Muddy Waters stuff and then things will blossom from there. It might bore Mick to death - and that's the idea. We're just going to go, and you start from Day One. You've got the drums and a couple of guitars and you start hammering away.
We all happen to be in England in December. I don't want to blow it up into anything. There's no golden plan.
Richards, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood (November 2011): The Glimmer
Twins in 2011 and their own "Golden Anniversary" (1961-2011)|
Keith: Fine. We're OK.... (Mick)'s a brother, a best friend, and probably the most contentious person I know. All collaborations are like that. Nothing goes totally smoothly, but we always patch it up. We patched it up now. The thing is we enjoy working with each other; it's the idea of it that's frightening (laughs).... The fact that (the collaboration) goes on, whatever happens, there's something more behind it. I love to work with the man. If only he'd do as he's told (laughs). I'm sure he'd say the same thing about me.
Mick: We don't squabble very much to be honest.... (What would I give Keith as a golden anniversary present?) A new guitar. When I met him he had this funny semi-acoustic one, you pushed the picks-ups up and down to get different sounds, instead of switching them. I'd never seen anything like it. So in memory of that, a new guitar I should think.
Ron: I think there's a healing process waiting to take place. I think it's happenig now as we speak, but it has to be resolved. Something has to be resolved there. They have to come to terms with going on a working basis, which Charlie and I will help make happen. Wish me luck.
|The Rolling Stones (November 2011): More thoughts about touring in 2012|
Ron: I'm ready for action next year... Fifty years! It's got to be done... I just hope we can perform live. It'd be great to see if that old spark is there.
Charlie: I would like to think we'd do a tour. If we don't, we don't. I mean, I've felt like that for the last 50 years. It's never bothered me if the Rolling Stones stopped tomorrow.
Mick: I've no idea. We don't really get together that much as a group... There are a lot of ideas and things to do, some of them sound interesting, some of them sound possible and some of them sound difficult and some sound outright schmaltzy, to be honest. I don't really know what's going to exactly happen - but I'm working on it.
Keith: The Stones still work. I know (the prospect of a tour is] an all important point but there's nothing more I'm going to say about that. But the Stones will pull it together. It always comes easy once you get the bunch of guys together. It's the getting the guys together that's the hard part.... I don't know about (doing a massive stadium tour). I don't think Mick would (want that). We'd like to be ready to be able to do it if the idea starts to happen.
|Ron Wood & Bobby Keys (November 2011): Looking back to the 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang Tour|
Ron: We were riding the top of the wave. I didn't want it to end.
Bobby Keys: (L)ast time I was onstage with (Mick and Keith), there was no blood lost. They always seem to work it out.
|Ron Wood (November 2011): Vowing never to drink or do drugs again|
I became an annoying kind of drunk. I annoyed myself and it wasn't working any more. I thought, This is not me, this is horrible. I would have long times - months - of sobriety and then say, I've got it, I can have a drink now. I can have a drug now, and it would all explode and go terribly wrong. I'm still learning from my mistakes and I'm determined I'll never do anything stupid like that again.
|Keith Richards (September 2011): The Rolling Stones' live bootlegs and listening to The Brussels Affair|
I was always very nervous with the Stones - or at least I felt the Stones were very nervous if they knew they were being recorded. Then they started to treat the show like a recording session and you wouldn't get that live thing sometimes, you know. So what's interesting about these bootlegs is that the band don't know they're being recorded so they don't give a shit and they're just playing what they're playing and you get a natural feel. And to me that's what's most interesting about this live music, as well.
I was impressed with very much with the Brussels one particularly. I've rarely heard the Stones that early on playing live and that well recorded... And that Brussels show I thought Mick was doing an incredible job. I mean, he always does, but listening to it from retrospect I thought he was handling it amazingly well. We were hitting some very fast tempos (laughs)... it didn't faze him...
Towards the end of it, I was wondering what the rest of the band were on (laughs) because things were really sort of starting to sort of rock at a ferocious pace.
|Keith Richards and Mick Jagger (November 2011): Yet more thoughts about the Stones touring in 2012|
Keith: I don't see why in the world the Stones can't put together some kind of show next year. I'd almost count on it. It doesn't have to be the whole spectacle bullshit again, but we've got to find our own way through this.... I'm hoping to do something about it. Right now, I don't want to go too much into it. I'm pulling the boys together and (we'll) see what happens. It's a work in progress. I'm not Nostradamus on this, but we all want to do something for the big 5-0.... Nothing is supposed to be clear. It's intended to be murky so you don't know what the hell's going on until we let you know.
Mick: It is quite amazing when you think about it. Anything's possible.... (W)e have a lot of things planned; who knows what will come to fruition.... It all sounds great, and I'm sure we're going to do lots and lots of wonderful things. What the future may hold is known only to God and myself. I'll talk after we've done it rather than before.
|Keith Richards and Ron Wood (November 2011): New songs?|
Keith: I'm not writing for (the Stones) right now. I'm cutting my own stuff with Steve Jordan. There's no point in writing for the Stones until I know that Mick Jagger's in. He could have every song I've ever written. They're all for him. If he doesn't like them - or if he poo-poos them - I take them somewhere else.
Ron: I think we have so much back catalog that we would go out without new material, but then again one of the boys might go, No, I wouldn't dream of going out unless we have new material. I don't mind, really.
|Keith Richards (November 2011): The Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger"|
I just think it's sort of ironic that the number one hit is "Moves Like Jagger". I have to say, I only know the title, I haven't heard it, I haven't seen it. But I mean, it just shows you how long we've been around. Mick and I had a laugh about it. I said, You're number one on the charts again, pal.
|Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Don Was (November 2011): Revisiting old Stones albums|
Mick: We had this idea that we'd reinvigorate certain albums by finding other songs recorded in that time that would hold up. That sounded like a better idea than doing mindless compilations.
Keith: If there's something interesting that helps to understand the album, let's do it. Otherwise, I'm not one to rehash stuff. We do have so much in the can. We've been around a while, you know?
Ron: (It) has re-injected some past energy, and made us realize what a kicking live band we are.
Don Was: There's so much material. If they never went in the studio again, you could have a new Stones album ever year for the next 50 years, and it would all be good.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): 2009-2011: The Nostalgia Years|
I came to terms with it. Quite right, at the beginning (I thought), Oh, all we’re going to do is regurgitate the past. Is that all we have left? With a band that’s been going this long, you’re bound to have fallow periods and there’s going to be periods where it all suddenly hits the spot, and hopefully this year (2013) is one of them.
|Bill Wyman (November 2011): Life post-Stones: from bandmate to mate|
(I left the Stones because) I was tired of traveling the world... I wanted more time at home, I wanted to get married again and start a family, which I did. I got married in '93. If I had still been in the Stones, I wouldn't have gotten married because the Stones were still working then. I got married and I've got three beautiful teenage daughters and it couldn't be nicer. We've been married 18 years now, and I do all of my work from home. I've written seven books in the last ten years, I do all kinds of events. I do photo exhibitions running all over the world. I've got a big one running in London at the moment, which is getting great reviews. I do charities, I've got a very famous restaurant here, I do archeology and work with museums. My life is full and wonderful...
The great thing is, I'm still great mates with the band. We still send each other Christmas presents, birthday presents. I got a present from the Stones, I've got two huge, bouquets of roses, which I've got as many roses as my years. I'm 75, I got 75 roses from them and I've got a big thing of champagne. That's what we do, we stay friends. I work on projects with them as well. I was involved very heavily in the Universal 45s single box set because I'm the only one that had all of the singles. So, I did the deal with them and Universal and I gave them scans of everything, so they knew exactly how to reproduce the singles... I'm very close with Charlie, and we've always been very close and we're great mates. I chatted to him before I went on tour, we're just trying to get together...
|Bill Wyman (November 2011): A reunion with the Stones?|
I've been reading about the possibilities in the press, but Keith hasn't turned his lips in my direction yet. Let's see what transpires over the next few weeks, and I can then make a serious decision. I've got my chops together, and I know that my mate Charlie has - so let's see if it ever happens.
|Ron Wood (November 2011): On a typical Sunday|
I try to keep my musical hand in, just in case the Stones do anything, so I'd probably have a tinkle on one of my acoustic guitars before making a very special Sunday roast.
|Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Ron Wood (February-March 2012): The 2011 jam|
Keith: It was a very back-to-basics sort of session. There was a lot of jamming. On the third day, Mick turned up, which was a real joy. Because I set it up really as a magnet, you know.
Mick: It We played a lot of blues and outtakes of Some Girls and things like that. It went very well.
Ron: It was great, keeping our chops together, that's what we love. We're all happy - we were happy before Christmas. It's getting better each time.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (December 2011): God speed Hubert Sumlin|
Keith: With sorrow I received the news of Hubert's passing. He put up a long hard fight. To me he was an uncle and a teacher, and all the guitar players must feel the same as myself.
Mick: Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin' Wolf's growling vocal style. On a song like Goin' Down Slow he could produce heart-rending emotion, and on a piece like Wang Dang Doodle an almost playful femininity. He was an inspiration to us all.
|Charlie Watts (December 2011): The Rolling Stones in 2012|
It would be lovely to do some shows because it will be 50 years. Ronnie plays, I still play, Mick sings, he can do it anyway, I think Keith is doing some records. Anyway it would be great if we did, we are just getting to an age where it's getting a bit difficult to get it together and it's such a bloody performance getting us together... I think no one wants to quit because the others will say You quit.
Jagger & Keith Richards (December 25, 2011): Mick &
Keith's holiday greetings to Rolling Stones fans, as posted on their
new tumblr page|
Mick: Merry Christmas everyone! and happy holidays. Thank you for all your support this year. Looking forward to an exciting 2012. With best wishes, Mick Jagger.
Keith: Hi, to all Stones fans - happy holidays to you all. Have a great time and a happy new year. One love, Keith Richards.
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