Give me one more shot
|Keith Richards & Mick Jagger (January 2013): On being nominated for best live act at the Brit Awards
Onstage is where we belong. When I’m up there with Mick, Charlie and
Ronnie, everything is rocking, so a big thanks to Brit fans and the
|Mick Jagger (January 2013): If you start me up...
not gonna do (the) Coachella (festival), because it's too early. There
was a rumour we were gonna do that one, but it's very early, Coachella.
It's April or something, isn’t it? And we're not gonna be ready to go
by April. But we're not gonna stop.
|Mick Jagger (January 2013): The Stones at the Glastonbury festival?
Well, I'm just looking at what offers are coming in for this year and sorting them out. I hate announcing things when they're not booked. People are always like, Yakety yak, you didn't do that in the end, and I say, Well, yeah, we never really announced it! All I'm doing at the moment is sifting through the possibilities, looking at the dates and how each one can fit in and so on. And then we'll see what we can come out with.
There are other things in the world, you know, apart from Glastonbury! But then again, Glastonbury is very important. It seems to be very important to my children – highlight of their year! But is it going to be rainy on the Sunday? Isn't it nearly always rainy on the Sunday?
|Mick Jagger (February 2013): Prince Rupert Loewenstein spilling the beans|
Call me old fashioned, but I don't think your ex-bank manager should be discussing your financial dealings and personal information in public. It just goes to show that well brought-up people don't always display good manners.
|Ron Wood (February 2013): Let's get cracking! |
Wouldn't it be nice (to play Glastonbury?)... We've got a meeting next month and that's going to be my first question to them. It's something I've always been interested in. I'm going to twist their arms.
I've got lots of high hopes this year, now that we're all rehearsed - let's get it cracking this summer.
|Ron Wood (February 2013): Rehearsals in April|
I have four big paintings to finish before the end of April, when we start rehearsing again.
|Bill Wyman (February 2013): The short-lived reunion with the Stones|
It was fun in a way... I thought I would get quite heavily involved, so when they said they only wanted me to do two songs I was a bit disappointed. I only had one rehearsal and no sound-check so I just winged it. It was great, but I didn't want to go to America for two songs. I think they understood. Well, Charlie Watts did!
|Ron Wood (February 27, 2013): Hoping for Glastonbury|
Keep your eye out because you know I want to do some more (live shows) and I know that the boys do too. I want to do (Glastonbury) badly, but I've no idea yet... I know we're the best live, so I just hope we get it.
|Charlie Watts (March 2013): Mellowed Stones|
There's no sort of going to bed at five in the morning. It's quite normal to wander down the corridor and go to bed at 5:00 in the morning when you're young. None of us do that. We try to do it, but by 2 AM we're (gone)... 'We are exactly the same really, as people, except we're mellower. We don't really hang out a lot together, we never have done, except in the very early days when we kind of lived together.
|Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Charlie Watts (March-April 2013): Glastonbury confirmed|
Mick: Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt!
Keith: We all had such a ball last year, and the energy between the band is so good. We can’t wait to play Glastonbury, see you on a summer’s day in England!
Ron: I've been using all my persuasive charm on the boys for a few weeks now. Really pleased to be doing it. Can't wait to be getting out on that stage at Worthy Farm.
Charlie: I don't want to do it. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals. I've always thought they're nothing to do with playing... But that's me, personally. When you're a band...you do anything and everything. But Glastonbury, it's old hat really. I never liked the hippie thing to start with. It's not what I'd like to do for a weekend, I can tell you... The worst thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move... it really is hard to play then.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2013): 50 & Counting: Part 2|
Mick: 50 & Counting has been pretty amazing so far. We did a few shows in London and New York last year and had such a good time that we thought Let's do some more. It's a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear … with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It's great fun to be able to get that close to the audience.
Keith: From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like Open the gates, let us out! 'Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Running the rehearsals|
We let Mick call the shots up to a point and then either Ronnie, Charlie or me might say, Hey, but don't forget this or let's take this down a notch and tempo. 'So it's a sort of free for all, but I mean basically Mick calls the shots, because as I say we're working with a front man here and he's got to feel comfortable. 'Rehearsals are about Mick feeling really, really comfortable that the band is right there - no matter what he does and that's what we do, we jump around like a safety net..
|Charlie Watts (April 2013): The driving force|
Well, you wouldn't do it if Mick didn't want to do it. You've got to have Mick and Keith, but the driving force is Mick. If he's enthusiastic, he'll push everyone along. Keith's much more laidback about it.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): Controlling the performance addiction|
I think people do generally get addicted to being on stage. It's like an adrenaline high that's what attracts you to performing really, the high of performing. 'But I think as you go on, you can, control it a bit better. So I like to think that I'm not addicted to it, but I'm not sure if that's a 100 per cent true.
|Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts & Keith Richards (April 2013): A new Rolling Stones album in the near future?|
Mick: It would be nice to have a new album, but people don't like the new album when you play it on stage (laughs). They glumly look at you. OK, it will be over in a minute. It's not a good excuse, but it's the truth and has to be said.
I have a lot of songs and I’d love to do some more recording with the band. But we’re going to get through the tour first and then see what happens... I'm working all the time, doing songs and writing. I hope there will be another Stones album. It would be good if there was.
Charlie: There's nothing yet. I've lost track with the record industry world, I don't get it any more. It's gone beyond me. The last single I thought was very good, but things don't mean anything any more. They're just tacked on the end of a reissue – and that ends up selling more than a new album... People say you need a new album out when you go on tour. Well, we did that on our last tour, and I don't know if the record sold. I suppose, as Mick says, it gives us something different to play on stage. It's not Brown Sugar again.
Keith: The time to record a band is once they've been on the road a while so they're hot. We'll think about that while we're doing this. The world needs more Stones records. So do I.
|Charlie Watts (April 2013): The short tour|
It's a very short tour for us. It's only 18 shows. It's nothing.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): The scalpers|
I’m very much against the secondary ticket market. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. We have a lot of secondary market problems in the U.K., it’s really bad there. And lots of artists are starting to participate in it, because they put the tickets up at a certain price, then the tickets get marked up by the secondary sellers and someone else gets twice as much as you. Personally, we don’t participate in it. That’s the view we take. I think it should be illegal, and in the U.K. it would be very easy to stop it. It’s a very concentrated operation you could stop immediately. It’s a bigger problem in the U.S., more difficult to contain, but they don’t even try. It should be made completely illegal. If people don’t like it, don’t complain to the artists. Each state should make secondary reselling illegal.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Mick Taylor for the 50th|
I don't know how much the guys really think about (the 50th anniversary). At the same time, you realize that the big 5-O does put a certain spin on things. Probably one of the reasons that Mick Taylor is going to be along with us is because we just thought it should be a bit of a celebration of any Stones that still want to join in... There are usually four, five, six guitar parts on the records. To have a third cat with us who knows the stuff, it's going to be interesting... (T)o have Mick Taylor there as well, it just gives us a chance to maybe make the stage show sound a little bit more like the records.
|Keith Richards & Charlie Watts (April 2013): The last time?|
Keith: Do you know how many times that one's been asked? Who knows, honey? If the guys are flying and rocking and everybody feels good, I don't see why they wouldn't do 51 and Counting, 52... But at the moment, we're well aware that we're getting up there.
Charlie: You do now seriously have to look at your age, because if this goes on for another two years, I'll be 73. But I say that at the end of every tour. And then you have two weeks off and your wife says, Aren't you going to work?
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2013): Part 3 in the fall?|
Mick: Not that I'm going to talk about this afternoon! But (laughs) looking forward to (this tour) and then might have a bit of a summer holiday, after Glastonbury. And see what happens in the autumn... (It)’s helpful to do these things in bite-size pieces, so you’re not feeling there’s this dreadful endless thing of being on the road.
Keith: I'm not saying there won't be but if I had (information) I'm told not to talk about it! (laughs) There's always surprises with the Stones... With the Stones, it's kind of like a juggernaut. Once it gets rolling, you never know quite where it's going to end up. But I see these nine dates as a promising beginning. (Let's) leave an air of mystery about it...
|Keith Richards (April 2013): The Keith Richards man cave|
Well, I have, but I keep shifting from room to room depending on where the action is! And I've got a library, and I go in. But I found the trouble with that is I was shutting myself up in there and not communicating. I would just get so into books and writing. Right now, I'm reading this terrible book, but I love it because it's 19th-century prose. It's called Great British Battles – ha, ha! It's boring as shit, but just the way it's written and their choice of words is fascinating, so I'm basically studying literature I suppose; I'm just finding a new way to see it, or an old way.
|Bill Wyman & Mick Jagger (April 2013): A short-lived reunion|
Bill: It was great for five minutes because that's about as long as they let me play. I thought I was going to get quite heavily involved because I was led to believe that throughout the year by them. Keith in particular made me think that I would be a large part of it but when it came to it they told me they only wanted me to do two songs. It was fun but I regretted not playing more... When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said for two songs? No thank you.
We still have a relationship. We send Christmas and birthday presents. They are like family. Jerry Hall is a great friend of my wife's and all the kids knew each other growing up. Our lives are still intertwined but it's social - it's not business any more... Although I am involved in business with them because all the projects they do usually involve me so I'm always asked for historical information.
Mick: I'm not trying to punish him (by having had him play only two songs)! I was very happy to see him. I don't know, really, what he wanted, to be honest.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2013): The Twins in 2013|
Mick: I've found Keith to be pretty hardworking and friendly, so it's been going OK.
Keith: We've come to an understanding. It's a perfectly balanced brotherhood.... Obviously, we wouldn't be working together if there wasn't a smooth relationship. Brothers fight like cats and dogs and then everything's smooth. It's smooth right now.
|Keith Richards & Mick Jagger (April 2013): The Stones at 70|
Keith: (W)e have to pace ourselves a bit. Of course age comes into play. But if you've got a frontman like Mick Jagger, and he's raring to go, let's go... Physically, these guys, you can't really knock 'em. It's all skin and bone and muscle. There's not a lot to go wrong.
Mick: If I'm going to do this really well, I have to do quite a lot of preparation. I have to do things vocally, and things physically. Because it's quite a physical show. You have to build up to that . . . you can't really burn a candle at both ends for that tour period. Or, at least, I can't.
It's really boring. Honestly, for athletics, it must be hell. They're doing 10 times what I'm doing. I like going out and having a good time but you can't do much while you're preparing for a show. I'm quite serious about it. You have to be physically fit, mentally alert, vocally strong. It's dull and repetitious. The only thing I enjoy is the dance rehearsal. I rent a dance studio and loon around in it.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): Rock & roll vs. blues on a chair|
(Muddy Waters) only (sat on a chair onstage at the end of his career) because he got into a car crash. If you watched Muddy at Newport, he was all over the stage... One remembers him, as Keith says, as the guy in the chair, but he really wasn't that a lot of his career. But you know, rock and roll is different than the blues. It's not the same thing at all. Blues played in a chair is fine, but rock and roll is not really meant to be played in a chair.
(Will there come a time when I will do that?) Probably not. I don't think so. I might do it to amuse myself, but I don't see it happening. But then you never know what's going to happen to you, do you?
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2013): A world tour?|
Mick: We've got lots of other possibilities in the rest of the world, but we haven't booked anything. And we don't really have a big stadium stage at the moment. We could get one.
Keith: I wouldn't want to push the band too hard. But I would like to see 'em maybe get round the world one more time... (We chose an arena tour) so for once we're not subjected to nature's wonders. The band feels we can do a better show indoors in a controlled environment. That's not always true. The ambiance of outdoor shows and that sense of chance — what's God going to throw at you, wind, rain or sleet — adds to a certain connection with the audience that you don't necessarily get indoors.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April 2013): Fans' wishes and the setlist|
Mick: I worry a lot. You see that post, I hope they do Wild Horses, and then we do some obscure ballad, perhaps not brilliantly. Then you see, It was really good, that obscure ballad, but actually I wanted them to do Wild Horses. We have so many ballads and we only do a couple in a show. I do think we'll do one or two obscurities... With Twitter you get so much more feedback. But the kind of people who tweet about songs are not your general fan. Not everyone wants obscure songs. Otherwise, you'll get everyone else saying, I brought my girlfriend along, and she wants Honky Tonk Women, not the whole of Satanic Majesties, thanks.
Keith: It’s a good question. We kind of throw all the songs in a pot, in a way. For the last shows, for instance, because it was so obviously a 50th (anniversary), we decided to throw in a few much earlier things than we would normally do. This has widened up our thing, and we can carry on doing that. And also be a little bit more experimental on the setlist side. It’s sometimes difficult to get Mick to change a groove once it’s good and once it’s hooked. I’d like to throw in three or four different songs at least a show in different places. But at the same time the show develops during rehearsals. Since I’m not going to be rehearsing until next Monday you’ll have to wait and see what happens (laughs).
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Ticket prices: the Stones are not out to soak you|
It’s the price of living and it’s the state of the economy. Actually, we’ve taken a deal on this tour which is substantially lower than another one we were offered. We’re not out to soak people, for Christ’s sake. It’s just what it costs to put it on and to pay everybody and to make a profit. It’s a business, but after all these years I don’t think anybody seriously thinks that the Stones are out to soak you.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Evolution and rock stars|
The weak will fall by the wayside and the good ones will always be remembered. A lot of guys get up there because they want to play for the people; it's up to the people whether they want those guys to stick around or not. We have several generations behind us now, which is quite amazing, and maybe well worth me remembering to say when I reach the gates of purgatory.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): The next Keith Richards solo album?|
I've been cutting stuff with Steve Jordan. For the last couple of years we get together and lay down tracks for a possible album. There's some great stuff in the can, we're just polishing things up and waiting for the right time to put it out. Maybe after this year with the Stones.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): He's so cold!|
I think it's kind of cliché, really. People like to pop-analyze others, put them into boxes and say, Oh, Keith's so passionate, and Mick's cold and dispassionate. People aren't like that in real life. Keith can be as cold and dispassionate as almost anyone I know. I don't mean that as a criticism, because you have to be sometimes. People have different natures. Talking about yourself as a person, not just as part of a band, I don't know where to separate or not. I have to be analytical sometimes, outside of music, then I have to be feeling as well. I have to see other people's points of view. If I'm talking business with someone, I try to see their point of view. You step back and analyze it. You don't need to be emotional with these things.
But that doesn't mean that I'm not passionate about the musical side of it. I can be really emotional about it. You have to be all things at once. I get very excited about designing stage sets and things like that, graphics and merchandise. I work sometimes with Charlie on them, and we get very excited about these things. I have lots of different roles within the Rolling Stones, and then I have roles outside of the Rolling Stones that have nothing that have nothing to do with the Rolling Stones at all. So I don't want to be pigeonholed that I'm one thing.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): Mick and the Family Stones|
My relationship with my brother is a brotherly relationship, and it's nothing at all like my relationship with Keith, which is more like someone you work with, completely different. With a brother, you have parents in common. You have families in common. We don't have that, Keith and I. We work together. It's nothing to do with it being a brotherly relationship. I suppose if you didn't have a brother you might say that it was like being a brother. But being in a band is another kind of relationship... (I)f you work with someone for that long, it makes a lot of bonds, it makes a lot of memories and things you can relate to from your past. Oftentimes, when you have long relationships with people, you have reference points that you can evoke, if you wish. You have relationships with everyone in the band, and then also you have relationships with people in the periphery of the band, so it's a very large kind of group. But it isn't a family.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): Rehearsing "Emotional Rescue"|
We've rehearsed Have You Seen Your Mother? We've never done Emotional Rescue, because every time I try to rehearse it, the rest of the band go, Oh, it's not very good, and Keith doesn't like it. We can do it, though. I'm gonna bring that up today at rehearsal.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): The Stones and the Twins in 2013|
Sometimes I'd look at it and say, This damn band is broken – but not unfixable. But none of us, not me or anybody else, ever discarded it in the junkyard, but it was like, Yeah, it's a bit broken, and it'll take a bit of work to, you know, to get it into shape again. That's what we've done the last year, is we've knocked the thing back into shape and into far better shape than I'd hoped for.
We know we're damn good and we have some weird desire to make it better. Everybody's still here, which is obviously an important ingredient. With any band that has been around, even for a few years, not everybody likes everybody all the time. But maybe you have a need for that conversation to continue, and music is the one way you can do that. It's stronger than any of the other things that can get in the way. It would be a miracle, wouldn't it, in 50 years for two guys to get along, let alone three or four?
At the same time, I don't want to overemphasize the differences between Mick and me, because that's all you hear about. You never hear about the 98% of the time that we're pretty much in sync and know each other and know what we want to do. But my main communication is through music. Call it a gentlemen's agreement, or something like that. It's unspoken and it's unsaid, but I do notice that once we start working, then a lot of the sort of barriers or whatever you want to call them do tend to disappear.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Writing with Mick again?|
We could do that, too. It's not that we would seek each other out for fun or company – it's a different social thing going on, but we could absolutely get together and sit down and go, Let's go in the back room, and then, I've got this song, you've got this song... , and I've always found working with Mick is like a joy, it's a real pleasure. It's outside of the realm of work is where we tend to disagree..
|Mick Taylor (April 2013): Back in the fold|
I didn't realize how much I missed being with them until we played again, to be honest. Once I got on the stage, I felt completely at home and very much in my element.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Charlie and Darryl|
I don't think there could be a Rolling Stones without Charlie Watts. I mean, you could pretend... (B)ut there's very few really great drummers that could fill that. Charlie's chemistry is so much part of it. I wouldn't dream of doing it without him.
And let's not forget that Mr. Darryl Jones is an incredible part of the rhythm section. Everybody thinks he's the new boy but he's been with us 20 years. His playing with Charlie is so locked in. I can't think of a rhythm section I've been with, except in the Winos maybe with Steve Jordan and Charley Drayton, where I've felt that same rapport. I wanna give Mr. Jones his due.
|Ron Wood (April 2013): Drug-free weaving|
It's some kind of magic, the reassurance of the clarity that I now have. I find that I'm playing far less now, but the stuff that I do play has far more meaning. That's the big reward. We all see it, especially in the rapport with Keith. He and I have this kind of unwritten thing of, 'Yes, that's what we've been trying to say, rather than eyes down and meet you at the end, the way it used to be – drug-fueled.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): The anniversary tour|
As it's the 50th anniversary, we thought we'd allow ourselves a bit of nostalgia - but leaven it with humour. The Stones are not a sentimental band, and I'm not one for looking back.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): The luminosity|
Why do the Rolling Stones endure? I always say, because they're successful. Because people still like them. However much we might like to do it for ourselves, if nobody wants to see you, then we probably wouldn't do it. But you ask me what we mean to ongoing and changing audiences, I don't know what we mean. I haven't got a clue. I do think our sort of longevity, standing up for being long-lived, rather than being any good – I'm not saying we're not any good – but that longevity adds an extra sort of layer to the appeal. Adding a patina to the piece of old furniture. Because you've been around for 50 years, it does add this kind of . . . this luminosity, if you want. But in some ways, it's a kind of a disadvantage, because then you're tempted to rely on it, you know?
|Charlie Watts (April 2013): Mick onstage|
Mick is the best frontman going.... Being out there, he's the best. He takes it deadly seriously, as well; he keeps himself together. He looks great – everything you could want.
|Kim Ritzer, Green Valley High School Choir director (May 2013): High schoolers join the Rolling Stones onstage|
When I announced it to the kids, I think their parents were more excited than they were because some of them didn't even know who The Rolling Stones were.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): Twin love|
Mick and I can get there, and it usually happens via music. There's moments when you realize, God, man, I love you, baby. That can happen onstage a lot. I watch Mick and I'm still astounded. I have to watch out that I don't become the audience from behind, because when he pours it on, he still amazes me. That's another reason I love to do this..
(W)e both enjoy working with each other. 90% of the time it's as cool as can be, then, of course, the people only get to hear about the 10. And the 10 are pretty fierce.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): Still in the same key|
When I'm onstage, I'm not just singing. I want to do a performance, as well, so that's waving my arms around and running around, and I'm dancing. That takes 50 % of your breath power, so my challenge is how to balance that with my vocals. You don't want to be out of breath when you do the ballads. That's the kind of balancing act. I have things that I can do at home for keeping my voice together. I do karaoke singing, and I write songs a lot, and I do demos and sing them. I'm very lucky, in a lot of ways, because – I'm not trying to sound bigheaded – I do all the Rolling Stones songs in all the same keys as they always were in, so my higher end is still there, maybe better than it was, because I don't smoke anymore and I don't drink as much and whatever.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (April-May 2013): Restart Me Up|
Mick: It never gets easier. You’ve always got to prove yourself. You can’t rely on anything you’ve done in the past. Every time you play live, it feels like you’re finding your way again. Then you look at Keith or Charlie and think, Oh it’s OK.
Keith: Mick will want to be convinced (to tour), but at the same time, he's the one that really wants to do it, so then he's like, OK, convince me. Charlie's a little hesitant about things until it starts. Charlie likes to check out the rest of the band to see if we can cut it. Then once he's happy with that, then we'll know. So it sort of starts in weird little ways like that, and the only way to find out is like, Why don't we all get together? And then we'll know, which is what we did in April of last year, in New Jersey – everybody got together, and I don't know what other people's expectations were, but they were incredible rehearsals. I mean, the band just exploded. And from that moment, I knew that we had a thing going.
|Keith Richards (April 2013): The Keith Richards tour workout routine|
My workout is when I work with the guys. If I have a massage, it's from the old lady. I've never been the person to be like, I need a massage, somebody who's like, Oh, that's nice. I mean, I'm pretty limber! Mick is in fantastic shape; Charlie Watts is endlessly relentless. So from the physical point of view – it doesn't come into it. We're actually doing a longer show than we've ever done! I've felt no particular strain.
I eat basically bangers and mash in the morning, and a small tipple in the evening. I've given up all the hard stuff.
|Ron Wood (June 2013): Recording "between the gaps"?|
Well it takes so much time and effort to take this thing back on the road, (but) we've got the big wheels rolling now. We've just got to find the gaps to record.
We're playing better than ever. The shows are the best we've ever done. These shows have proved to be a kick in the pants for us. Not only can we do it, we're better than ever.
|Keith Richards (April & June 2013): Still touring|
We love it, and even more important than that: They love it. You don't sell out Hyde Park in four minutes – that just happened – without knowing you have an audience. In a way, you feel an obligation. I don't get nervous. I don't feel like it's all on me, you know? I'm just there to sling some hash and everybody have a good time.
(It's d)etermination to outlive them all (laughs). It's just a unique bunch of guys... There are no ingredients here but you've got to have a good drummer and you've got to really want to do it. You've got to want it to death.
|Keith Richards (June 2013): Playing Glastonbury|
It just never occurred. Many times it has been on the list of tours and stuff and for one reason or another it never coincided. (It's) like a black hole in space or something but in we go this time. I'm looking forward to it because it is an iconic gig and it's an iconic band and finally the two meet at last. In a way it's kind of weird that at last we've made it to Glastonbury. It's like building Stonehenge right?
I think the only pressure we feel is that it is the first time we've done an outdoor show for yonks and English weather. Throwing in those two equations, yeah there is maybe a little apprehension.
|Mick Jagger (April 2013): The pre-summer gig warm-up routine|
Bed early the night before, about 2 AM. Up at 10 the next morning. Any earlier, and you'll be too relaxed by showtime. I have rituals. But my rituals all have a purpose. I'm not like a footballer, who has to wear the socks he wore when he scored two goals in the Premiership. I give myself two hours to get ready for the show - to tune up the old voice and get into the right frame of mind mentally and physically.
|Mick Jagger (December 2013): Being asked to play by Chris Martin (Coldplay)|
Chris (Martin) was very sweet. The truth is, though, that (the festival organizers had) never really asked us - and the first time they did, we said yes.
|Mick Jagger (June 29, 2013): Onstage at Glastonbury|
Gave her all my wet wipes, washed off all her dirt
Lit her up a cigarette, I gave her my clean shirt
Offered her my luxury yurt
Waiting for a Glastonbury girl
If this is the first time you have ever seen the band, do come again!
|Mick Jagger (July 2013): Hyde Park before the summer break|
(We are looking) forward to doing these two shows in Hyde Park, the last two shows of... this tour so we're gonna make them the best we can. Maybe there'll be things beyond that, but right now this is the summer then we have a bit of a break.
|Mick Jagger (July 6, 2013): Onstage: from Shelley to Shakespeare|
Let’s hope we blow like sweet roses in this summer air
As summer’s lease hath all too short a date
I love this set we've got, it's like a cross between Wimbledon and a pantomime forest!
|Mick Jagger (July 2013): New Rolling Stones songs?|
I'm always writing new songs so hopefully we'll do new songs one of these days soon.
|Mick Jagger (July 8, 2013): In between Hyde Park concerts|
I have to do another show on Saturday, so I can’t feel tired now. I’m not allowed to be exhausted on the Tuesday. I’ll have to be exhausted on Sunday.
|Keith Richards (July 2013): Lasting|
(We've lasted this long 'c)ause we’re damn good and we genuinely love what we do. We do it for ourselves. And I don’t mean that money-wise — of course, you don’t mind getting paid — but that is not the driving force behind this band. Sometimes I wonder, What do you really want to do, Keith? You can sit at home, do a bit of painting or writing or whatever. But there’s a certain magnetic thing that says what I really want to do is play with Charlie Watts and Mick and Ronnie. That’s the force that’s indescribable. You put this bunch into a room with a couple of microphones and some instruments and something is going to come out.
|Mick Jagger (July 2013): Hyde Park 2013|
Well the stage was less crowded (than in 1969). The funny thing is when you see the '69 one it's all your mates onstage sitting down. But this time I saw some of my kids sitting on the side of stage. It's like chalk and cheese really.
It's in the same place so it's very memorable but when you get out there you don’t really think about it. When you're there and you're getting ready, you take that in. But once you get out there, it's a gig, so you can't be thinking, Oh this is where we were last time, or, That's the Post Office tower. If you do that, you just blow everything. You can't think about reflections or where you are. The only thing you can do is concentrate on your performance.
(We're n)ot (going to play Hyde Park again) this year… I haven't given it any thought and nor has it been offered. But I’d love to do it. It's a great gig. I did enjoy it. It was beautiful… It turned out to be so wonderful with the sun going down behind the park. It was a perfect London evening.
|Charlie Watts (January 2014): The festival shows|
(Glastonbury) was wonderful, although you should have been there when I didn't like the idea of doing (it) in all the mud and everything. We had three weekends in England in July where we had fantastic weather and the crowds were great and I had a really good time in both places. I've got to learn to shut up about things. That's typical of me.
|Ron Wood (August 2013): Coming down again|
Drink, drugs and girls take the edge off the adrenaline, but they take their toll, especially when the tour ends. Suddenly you go from the big kerfuffle of touring to, bang, nothing. I think drink and drugs were the way to combat it and it worked for a while. Obviously it all backfired and luckily enough I got out of that way of life, and now I’m channelling my time much more creatively.
|Mick Jagger (September 2013): Writing songs|
I’ve been doing some songwriting - I write all the time - and I’m producing a film called Get On Up, a biopic about James Brown. It starts filming in November.
|Ron Wood (October 2013): The Stones rolling on in 2014?|
Hopefully we're gonna rehearse again next year... next February. There's a few offers on the table, but nothing concrete... While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally.
|Ron Wood (October 21, 2013): Fingers crossed for next year|
(Crosses fingers) Well let's hope that, you know, by watching this space, the Stones will be doing something, you know. No fixed plans yet, but I'm very hopeful.
|Mick Jagger (November 2013): Looking back on the Rolling Stones in 2013|
This summer was really good for us. I feel really happy and I had a really fantastic time in the last year. It was a great ending at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. We were blown away. I’d love to do it again.
|Mick Jagger (November 2013): Remembering Lou Reed|
He had style – that attitudinal New York hipster style. He was quite rude in interviews, but in person he was actually quite friendly – just not over-effusive. He wasn't a schmoozer, which was good. Everyone talks about punk, but to me he was the Johnny Cash of New York rock; he was always the man in black. I used to have him over occasionally in New York, and later he used to come and visit Mustique [in the West Indies], which is not the most obvious place for Lou Reed to go on vacation. Lots of posh English people. But when I would see him there, he still had that style going on.
I'm Waiting for the Man was my first big Lou Reed tune. I liked it because it was so minimalist in the arrangement and the chords – and the guitar sound on it was grunge before there was grunge, way back in 1967.
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (November 2013): The Oval in Adelaide 2014|
Mick: It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval…we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!
Keith: Hi everyone down in Adelaide, it’s been a while since we were in your back yard… see you on March 22 when we’ll take over your new stadium and make it our own, look forward to it.
|Mick Jagger (November 2013): Being approached to produce the James Brown film|
I said, Let me think about it. So I woke up in the morning and said, I'll do the documentary. But would you like to do a feature?
|Mick Jagger (November 2013): Looking ahead to an Elvis Presley biopic|
The actor has to have a look, but they also gotta have that kind of magnetism. People would fall down at their feet (for Elvis). You've got to make that be believable.
|Mick Jagger (November 2013): No memoirs|
I think the rock 'n' roll memoir is a glutted market. I'd rather be doing something new. I'd rather be making new films, making new music, be touring. If someone wants to know what I did in 1965, they can look it up on Wikipedia without even spending any money.
|Keith Richards (December 2013): Thinking he'd be back in Australia 50 years later?|
I think that's pretty much out of the question. No way, man! (laughs) What am I playing on, extra time or something?
|Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (December 2013): New songs & possible plans for studio work|
Mick: I write songs all the time. Actually, I was just finishing doing some yesterday.
Keith: We always have some work on the go and it's about getting off the hiatus and back in the studio. I think we have plans. Don't nail me down, but I got a call from Mick the other day saying sometime this year we better get in the studio.
When Mick and I are on the road we put ideas together and one thing leads to another. Playing live gives songwriting and recording more impetus, so I'm hoping we can come out with something great over the next few months.
|Ron Wood (December 2013): Rocking all over the world|
I can't get enough. It's going to be good. We can't leave the world uncovered. We've got to cover it all... We'll keep going - rock till we drop!
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