THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

2011

I'm glad to be alive and kicking



    January 3, 2011: Ron Wood and girlfriend Ana Araujo are vacationing in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
 

    January 8, 2011: Now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ron Wood pays a visit to singer Amy Winehouse.



    January 10, 2011: Ron Wood attends a fashion show in Rio de Janeiro. The Ronnie Wood Show is
        continuing to air on UK radio.

 

    January 25, 2011: Ron Wood attends the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London, England, as his
        divorce to Josephine Wood is finalized.

 
 
Ron Wood (January 25, 2011): Goodbye Jo

Yes 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.




    January 31, 2011: Ron Wood and Rod Stewart have dinner at the Ivy Club in London, England.


 
February 2-3, 2011: The Rolling Stones issue press and twitter statements indicating they have no current contracts
    or dealings with either Michael Cohl or Live Nation Entertainment, who are engaged in legal disputes that include
    the right to promote the next Rolling Stones tour, and that they have no firm tour plans at the moment.

 

    February 2011: Keith Richards vacations in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


    February 11, 2011: Ron Wood attends the pre-BAFTA awards at Automat restaurant in London,
        England.



    February 13, 2011: Mick Jagger performs a tribute to the late Solomon Burke onstage at the 53rd Grammy
       Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.



    February 14, 2011: Ron Wood dines out with Ana Araujo for Valentine's Day at the Ivy Club in London.



    February 17, 2011: Mick Jagger attends L'Wren Scott's dinner party to celebrate her fall fashion collection
        at The Mark Hotel in New York City.



    February 21, 2011: Ron Wood attends the Another Magazine Party at The Box nightclub during London
        Fashion Week.



    February 24, 2011: Ron Wood attends The Ivy Club in London.



    Late February 2011: Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart finish recordings for the future SuperHeavy album in
        Los Angeles, started in summer 2008.



    February 26, 2011: Ron Wood dines out at the C London restaurant in Mayfair, London.


    February 27, 2011: Mick Jagger attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles.


    February 28, 2011: Ron Wood and Bill Wyman attend the Million Dollar Quartet musical at the Noel Coward
        Theatre in London; Ron Wood also shows up at the Ivy Club.



    March 1, 2011: Keith Richards' daughter Theodora is arrested in New York for allegedly defacing public
         property (graffiti) and possession of marijuana.


    March 5, 2011: Mick Jagger dines out at Il Pastaio restaurant in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
 

    March 6-8, 2011: Ron Wood attends fashion shows in Paris, France, as part of Paris Fashion Week.


    March 7, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie, with Charlie Watts, start a series of European concerts
        with a show in Wimborne, England.
 

    March 9, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie hold a special tribute concert for Ian Stewart, Boogie 4 Stu,
        at the Ambassador Theatre in London, at which Ron Wood, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor also participate
        and play together with Charlie Watts. Ron Wood later attends the Ivy Club.


    March 12, 2011: Ron Wood releases a limited edition live album, I Feel Like Playing - Live at the
        Ambassadors.

 

    March 14-15, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Hannover and Hamburg, Germany.


    March 17, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Southampton, England.


    March 21-22, 2011: Through his website, Keith Richards sells a special edition t-shirt to raise funds for
        the Japanese earthquakes and tsunami.



    March 21-22, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie start a mini-tour of Austria with concerts in Weiz and
        Amstetten.



    March 24, 2011: Keith Richards visits Peter Wolf backstage at his concert at Ridgefield Playhouse in
        Ridgefield, Connecticut.



    March 28, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Imst, Austria.


    March 30-April 1, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie play three nights in Vienna.


    March 31, 2011: Ron Wood's ongoing radio program is nominated in two categories for the Sony Radio
        Academy Awards.


    April 3, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Helsinki, Finland.


    April 5-7, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie play three shows in Barcelona, Spain.

 
April 6, 2011: The Ben Waters tribute album to Ian Stewart, Boogie 4 Stu, is released,
featuring a new Rolling Stones song, Watching the River Flow, recorded with Bill
Wyman (though all parts were recorded separately).

 
 
 
 


    April 13, 2011: Ron Wood dines out with Russian model Natalia Vodianova at Scott's Restaurant in
        Mayfair, London.



    Mid-April 2011: Keith Richards records with Steve Jordan at Germano Studios in New York City,
        progressively starting a solo album that will be completed three years later and released in 2015.

 
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.

I 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.



 
April 2011: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet in New York City.
 
 
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.

(I'm 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 reaction.




    April 22, 2011: A video clip on youtube.com is posted where Mick Jagger tries out the new Rolling Stones pinball machine.


April 26, 2011: The Rolling Stones' 45-CD compilation box set, The Singles (1971-2006),
is released.

 
 
 
 
 

    May 2, 2011: Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott attend the Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Musem of Art
        in New York City.


    May 7, 2011: Keith Richards and Patti Hansen attend the official premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which
        Keith has another role in, at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.



Keith Richards (May 2011): Captain Teague

Not 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

I 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 reviews.




    May 9, 2011: Ron Wood picks up his Music Radio Personality of the Year Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards
        at Grosvenor House in London.


 
Ron Wood (May 2011): Radio therapy

I'm 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.




    May 11, 2011: Mick Jagger's 27-year-old daughter Elizabeth poses nude in Playboy magazine.


    May 11, 2011: Keith Richards appears on U.S. TV's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

 
Keith Richards (May 2011): A potential new solo album

Well, 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)




    May 13, 2011: Mick Jagger attends Charles Finch's dinner at the Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, near Cannes, France,
        and lets it slip he will be releasing a special album project in the fall.



    May 17, 2011: Ron Wood attends the press night performance of the play Cleopatra at Saddlers Wells Theatre in
        London.



    May 18, 2011: Ron Wood shows up at the Cannes Film Festival in France for the premiere of Lars von Trier's
        Melancholia.


    May 20, 2011: Mick Jagger confirms he's forming a new sidegroup called SuperHeavy with Dave Stewart, Damian
        Marley, Joss Stone and A. R. Rahman
; they will release an album in the fall following recordings made in 2008
        and 2009.


 
Mick Jagger (May 2011): SuperHeavy

It's 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 nevertheless separate...

One of the beauties is that, just speaking as a vocalist, I did other things. I played guitar and harmonica, but there's four vocalist on the album. Not everything was reliant on me...

It is a different kind of record that what people would expect. It's not all weird and strange though. I think Stones fans will think it's a bit odd, but they'll find most of it accessible. They've heard me play harmonica before and a lot of it is pretty high energy.



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

(Can 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

He's an inspiration, really, to us all, beyond even the songwriting, because he's always trying to go somewhere new. I love the man.




    May 26, 2011: Ron Wood attends a show by Elbow at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England.


    May 27, 2011: Ron Wood dines out at Claridge's Hotel in London.


    May 28, 2011: Ron Wood shows up at the Heineken Champions League Final afterparty in London.


    May 29, 2011: Mick Jagger attends the Grand Prix in Monaco.


    May 31, 2011: On the eve of his 64th birthday, Ron Wood dines out at La Famiglia restaurant in London.


    June 2, 2011: Charlie Watts celebrates his 70th birthday.

 
    June 4, 2011: Keith Richards accepts the Brass Balls Award for his contributions to the music industry at the
        5th Annual Guys' Choice Awards hosted by Spike TV at Culver City in California; Ron Wood guests
        onstage with the Jones Gang and Roger Taylor at Wintershall Estate in Bramley, England.



    June 6, 2011: Ron Wood attends the premiere of the film Larry Crowne at the Vue Westfield in London.


    June 7, 2011: Keith Richards dines out with ex-President Bill Clinton at Craft in New York City.

 
Keith Richards (June 2011): Trying to get the Stones together again post-"Life"

(B)asically 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 by life.




    June 9, 2011: Keith Richards attends the Urban Zen Stephan Weiss Apple Awards at Urban Zen in New York.


    June 13, 2011: Charlie Watts and Ron Wood attend together the opening of the restaurant Cavallino in London.

 
Mick Jagger (June 2011): SuperHeavy might tour

If 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.

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    June 18, 2011: Mick Jagger attends the wedding of a nephew in Crazies Hill, Berkshire.
 
 
    June 24-25, 2011: Charlie Watts and the ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform at the Pizza Express in London.

 
    June 26, 2011: Ron Wood guest stars with Rod Stewart onstage at Hyde Park in London.


    June 28, 2011: Ron Wood plays onstage with B. B. King at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


    June 29, 2011: Mick Jagger shoots a videoclip for SuperHeavy's first single at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles,
        California.



    June 30, 2011: Mick Jagger and SuperHeavy hold a press conference in Henson Studios in Los Angeles, to
        preview the album to be released in September.

  
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.


  

    July 2, 2011: Ron Wood and the Rod Stewart-less Faces kick off a series of festival concerts at The Great Tew
        Park near Banbury, England.



    July 6, 2011: Ron Wood wins two more awards for his radio program at London's Arqiva Commercial Radio
        Awards.



    July 7, 2011: SuperHeavy release their first single, Miracle Worker.


    July 8-9, 2011: The Faces perform in Weert in The Netherlands and in Werchter, Belgium.


    July 10, 2011: The News of the World, England's oldest tabloid newspaper and the Rolling Stones' nemesis in
        1967, is killed off following revelations of unethical practices.



    July 12, 2011: Ron Wood and Kenny Jones are at ITV Studios in London.

  
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.


  
    July 23, 2011: The Faces perform in Ewhurst, England.
 
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.

  
    

    July 28, 2011: Ron Wood and the Faces arrive in Japan for concerts.
     

    July 29, 2011: It's announced Ron Wood will host his own U.K. television program starting February 2012,
        The Ronnie Wood Show.

     
  
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.

 


    July 30, 2011: The Faces perform at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan.


August 2011: Mick Jagger records overdubs on outtakes from 1978's Some Girls at his home studio
    in PocÚ sur Cisse, France, for the upcoming fall release.

       

    August 5, 2011: Back in England, Ron Wood attends the closing ball for the Shooting Stars Benefit at the
        Royal Courts of Justice in London.

       
 
    August 7, 2011: Charlie Watts is attending the Arabian Horse Days show in Janow Podlaski, Poland.
     
  
    August 10, 2011: Mick Jagger is interviewed on TV during a cricket match in Birmingham, England.


    August 17, 2011: Ron Wood guests onstage with Brad Paisley at the O2 Arena in London.
     

    August 26, 2011: It's announced Keith Richards' Life has sold over 1 million copies.
    

    September 2, 2011: Keith Richards saves the Isle of Wight's pre-1970-music-only Angel Radio with a cheque
        for 3000 Pounds after its transmittor gets struck by lightning.

     
  
    September 6, 2011: Keith Richards a Writer of the Year Award at the Royal Opera House in London, England,
        at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

    
 
September 7, 2011: The Rolling Stones hold a band meeting in an office in London, England.
 
    
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.

  

    September 7-8, 2011: Charlie Watts and the ABC & D of Boogie Woogie launch a series of concerts in Europe with
        shows at the 606 Club in London. Mick Jagger and Ron Wood attend the first concert.

    

September 2011: Keith Richards records his own overdubs for the Some Girls outtakes at studios in New York
    and Los Angeles.
 
 

    September 9, 2011: Ron Wood jams onstage with Toots and the Maytals at the O2 Arena in London.
     

    September 12, 2011: Ron Wood attends BGC Partners' Charity Day in London to commemorate employees who died
        during the New York World Trade Center collapse ten years earlier.

     

    September 15, 2011: Mick Jagger attends L'Wren Scott's Beau Monde fashion show in New York, presenting her spring-
        summer 2012 collection, which is accompanied by tracks from the SuperHeavy album.

 
September 16, 2011: SuperHeavy, the debut album starring Mick Jagger, is
released.

 
 
 
 

    
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.

  

    September 17, 2011: Ron Wood attends a boutique launch afterparty in London for Fashion Week.
     

    September 21, 2011: In New York City, Mick Jagger is interviewed for U.S. television (Good Morning America,
        Nightline) and holds a press party for the U.S. release of SuperHeavy with the band at the restaurant-club
        The Double Seven.


   
    September 22, 2011: In New York, Mick Jagger visits a Bob Dylan painting exposition at Gagosian Gallery and
        purchases books.

  
 
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.

  
     
    September 23, 2011: Ron Wood attends the Only Watch charity auction held by the Swiss watch industry at
        the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, along with Prince Albert II.

     
    September 27-29, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform at The Blue Note in Milan, Italy.
       
     
    Late September 2011: Mick Jagger records his vocal for a will.i.am single in New York City.
     
 
    September 30-October 1, 2011: Ron Wood attends parties to launch Mark Ronson's Club Nouveau at The Arts
        Club in Mayfair, London, and on the last night performs onstage with The Knights Before.

          
    October 2, 2011: Ron Wood (accompanied by Pattie Boyd) and Bill Wyman attend the premiere of the Martin
        Scorsese documentary on George Harrison, Living in the Material World, at BFI Southbank in London,
        along with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others.

   
    October 2-3, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Paris and in St-Germain-en-Laye, France.
      

October 4, 2010: The Rolling Stones' concert film (from 1978) Some Girls Live in Texas premieres
    in cinema theaters worldwide.   
 

    October 5, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Endersbach, Germany. Ron Wood is in
        Birmingham, England, to launch a new series of paintings.  

    
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.

 
  
    October 7, 2011: Mick Jagger arrives in Lima, Peru for an extended trip through South America.  

  
    October 8, 2011: Mick Jagger meets with President Ollatna Humala in Peru.

     
    October 9, 2011: Ron Wood attends the wedding reception of Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell at
        McCartney's home in St. John's Wood, London. He reveals he has split from Ana Araujoon and is
        accompanied by a new date, 33-year-old theatre producer Sally Humphreys.


    
    October 13, 2011: Mick Jagger arrives in Cusco in southeastern Peru, site of the historical capital of the
        Inca Empire. Ron Wood attends the Too Many Women charity auction for breast cancer in London and
        donates 13,000 Pounds for a date with Scarlett Johansson.



    October 14, 2011: Mick Jagger, son Lucas and L'Wren Scott visit Machu Picchu in Peru.


    October 15, 2011: It's announced that Mick Jagger has been made honorary ambassador for the Amazon
        rainforest by the Peruvian government. In Peru, Mick Jagger visits the Casa Concha museum.


    
    October 16, 2011: Ron Wood shows up for a horse race in Ascot, Berkshire, accompanied by a new date,
        25-year-old jewellery shop worker Nicola Sargent.


    
    October 18, 2011: Keith Richards and Patti Hansen attend the one-night only re-opening of Studio 54 in New
        York City.


   
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.



    October 21, 2011: Tom Waits' album Bad As Me is released, on which Keith Richards plays on four tracks.

       

    October 24, 2011: Bill Wyman turns 75, and receives 75 roses from the Rolling Stones.


       
    October 25, 2011: Keith Richards attends the premiere of Johnny Depp film The Rum Diary at the Musem of
        Modern Art in New York City, then joins him onstage to perform Key to the Highway at the afterparty at the
        Hiro Ballroom.


       
    October 31, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie perform in Zurich, Switzerland.
      

November 1, 2011: The Rolling Stones' complete performances on The Ed Sullivan
Show (1964-1969) are released on DVD.

 
 


 
     

    November 1, 2011: Ron Wood appears (with Nicola Sargent) at the Radio Awards at the Lowery Theatre in
        Manchester, England.


    November 2, 2011: The ABC & D of Boogie Woogie are back in Germany, performing in Dessau.


    November 8, 2011: Keith Richards receives from ex-President Bill Clinton the Norman Mailer Award for his book
        Life at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Ron Wood shows up for the opening of his new art
        exhibition in London, then jams with members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Club Nouveau to launch Flea's
        new line of bass guitars.


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...

   

November 9, 2011: Keith Richards announces to Rolling Stone magazine that he, Charlie Watts and Ron
    Wood will rehearse at a London, England studio later within a month, and that Mick Jagger is invited.
 
 
   
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. 

   
Keith 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.

      
      
    November 10, 2011: Ron Wood attends the opening of the Salon QP watch fair at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

   
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.



    November 14, 2011: Ron Wood performs with the Ben Waters Band at The Bull's Head in London.
      
 
November 17, 2011: The first of several classic Rolling Stones bootlegs announced
to be officially released, The Brussels Affair from 1973, is made available, via
download only (stonesarchive.com).

 
 
 
 


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.

   

    November 18, 2011: Ron Wood releases a CD box set, I Want You To Hear This, that features some new material.


    November 20, 2011: Pre-taped footage of Mick Jagger is used in an airing of the will.i.am single on U.S. TV's American
        Music Awards.



November 20-22, 2011: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hold press interviews via the telephone for the re-release
    of Some Girls.
 
 

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.


 
November 21, 2011: The Rolling Stones' remastered Some Girls album is re-issued,
with an additional Deluxe CD of new, reworked outtakes.
 
 
 
 

 
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.
 
 
 
November 21, 2011: The Rolling Stones' Some Girls Live in Texas '78 concert film is
released on DVD and CD (live album), the first official live documents released from the
1978 tour (finally!).

 
 
 
 




    November 21, 2011: While Ron Wood's radio show continues, Bill Wyman launches his own radio program, on Sirius
        satellite U.S. radio, The Bill Wyman Show.


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.



    November 27, 2011: Ron Wood is spending a week in Sydney, Australia, visiting his daughter Leah and 2-year-
        old granddaugther.

   

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.



    December 1, 2011: Keith Richards flies to London, England.


    December 5, 2011: Ron Wood performs onstage with Paul McCartney at the O2 Arena in London, England. Mick
        Jagger is in Paris for the day to assist a ceremony where film director Martin Scorsese is awarded the
        Commander of the Legion of Honour by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
   

    December 6, 2011: Mick Jagger is back in London.
   

December 6-8, 2011: The Rolling Stones, along with Bill Wyman and Ben Waters, jam in a rehearsal studio
    in Chelsea, London, for three days, with Mick Jagger present for the last day only.
 

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.


    December 8, 2011: It's revealed that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are paying for the funeral services of blues
        guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who died four days earlier, best known for his role in the legendary Howlin' Wolf's band.
        Meanwhile Patti Richards, Jo Wood and Jade Jagger are seen eating out together at the Ivy Restaurant in London.

 


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.


 
    December 11, 2011: Keith Richards has laser eye surgery at a London clinic to repair his deteriorating vision.
 

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.



    Mid-December 2011: Ron Wood undergoes minor surgery on a foot, hurt in his 1990 car accident.


Mick 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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