THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

2017

I swear we're never gonna stop


 
    January 12-19, 2017: Ron Wood paints at his home in London, England.


    Mid-to-late January 2017: Mick Jagger is in Mustique with Melanie Hamrick and their new son.


    January 24, 2017: Around this date, Keith Richards tapes segments in New York city for his Ask
        Keith
online video series.



    February 15, 2017: Ron and Sally Wood are in Barcelona, Spain. Keith Richards watches Lisa
        Fischer perform at The Blue Note in New York City.



Mid-February 2017: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spend a week working on the new Rolling
    Stones album in a studio in New York.


 
Keith Richards (Late February 2017): New Stones album

It was quite fun. We did a whole week in a little room, slowly putting a new album together.



    February 21, 2017: Ron Wood works on a new art book.


    February 22, 2017: Keith Richards catches Ivan Neville at The Blue Note in New York City.


    February 24, 2017: Mick Jagger attends the pre-Oscars Chopard & Green Challenge dinner party in
        Los Angeles.


    February 25, 2017: Mick Jagger is at the Charles Finch and Channel pre-Oscar dinner party, then
        attends a private party with Jay Z and Beyoncé.



    February 26, 2017: Mick Jagger attends the post-Oscar soirée Vanity Fair party in Los Angeles with
        some of his children and Jerry Hall.


 
Mick Jagger (February 26, 2017): The Stones album in the works

I'm working on new songs now.


    February 27, 2017: British watch brand Bremont unveils a new Bremont Ronnie Wood B1 Marine
        Chronometer clock, with a dial hand-painted by Ron Wood.



    March 2, 2017: Ron and Sally Wood attend the Bremont Townhouse watch launch, then the Save
        The Children's annual Night of Country at The Roundhouse in London, England.



    March 9, 2017: Keith Richards and Don Was are recording with trumpeter Keyon Harrold in a
        studio in New York City.



    March 16, 2017: Ron Wood attends the Roundhouse Gala charity event at The Roundhouse in
        London, England and performs with Imelda May.


    March 18, 2017: Death of rock and roll founding father, and leading Rolling Stones influence,
        Chuck Berry at age 90.

 
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood (March 18, 2017): Bye bye Chuck Berry

Mick: I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever.

Keith: One of my big lights has gone out.

Ron: So sad ~ with the passing of Chuck Berry comes the end of an era. He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed.



    March 24, 2017: Keith Richards is on holiday in the Caribbean.

 
Keith Richards (March 24, 2017): Chuck Berry's influence

(Over the years, we've) deliberately tried not to “do a Chuck Berry,” so to speak. But on every one, Chuck’s influence is there, for sure. And I love the fact that he could vary his music. When you listen to [You] Never Can Tell, he had a handle, he was very interested in various kinds of music. He used country music....[and] he was a great admirer of Hank Williams. We used to sit around talking about country writers.

I look upon (his signaatory guitar introductions) as sort of a clarion call, his way of saying, I’m here. That’s why those famous intros for Johnny B. Goode, Carol and Little Queenie are sort of the same. It was almost his own personal monogram on the damn thing before he would start.

People try and pick out things that are similar. Like Jimmy Reed - you want to talk about a guy who played the same song and beautifully! It’s not that -  it’s the variations on the theme that count. Also the effortless ease of that rhythm he could produce, which everybody else pumps away at. People don’t realize Chuck used his whole body to play that riff, he doesn’t just use his wrists. I’m still working on it.

Everything was syncopated and synchronized to his body movements. We all know the duck walk — that’s the famous one, and it’s a good one too. But if you look at old footage of him, playing in those times, those early movies, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, you see a sort of almost demonic power going on in that rhythm and his delivery of it. It always fascinated me.

There is a certain part of me that still has my Chuck Berry niche, especially on the rhythm end, more than anything. I’ve learned more and more from him over the years of how to sling the hash (laughs).



    March 28, 2017: Mick Jagger attends the opening of a Marc Quinn exhibition at Sir John
        Sloane's Museum in London, England.


    March 31, 2017: Ron Wood plays onstage with Paul Weller at the Royal Albert Hall in London,
        England, for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


    April 5, 2017: Keith Richards flies to Nashville, Tennessee.


    April 6, 2017: Keith Richards performs alongside Willie Nelson at a concert honouring Merle
        Haggard at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

 
Keith Richards (April 9, 2017): Losing Chuck Berry

At the moment I sense the same feeling I had at 15 years old when Buddy Holly died. A sickening thud to the guts and a feeling of losing a member of the family. For me the world went from black to white to glorious Technicolor when I first heard Little Queenie. There was no doubt in my mind: It was obvious what I had to do and I haven’t changed since. The effortless ease with which he laid down the rhythm makes a mockery of countless grimacing lip biting agonizing imitators. I’m still working on it.

He brought joy to us; the feeling for a fifteen year old guitar player that there was more to life than seemed possible. With the exuberance, he brought a casual ease and a rhythm that makes bits of your body move you didn’t know you had. In essence, he was a revelation. I ain’t 15 no more but the joy remains.



April 15, 2017: The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism opens at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

 
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (March 2017): Hoarders

Mick: Oh, Bill Wyman is the hoarder. No one else cares about anything. Bill had loads of stuff. I kept loads of my clothes. I did keep not only huge amounts of stage clothes, but street clothes. Everything else I just throw away because I'm not a hoarder. Charlie has some things. But Bill collects everything.

Keith: Probably Charlie Watts. Or, if you're talking about the band throughout its years, Bill Wyman absolutely tops the hoarding area. Everything. Yeah, we have enormous storage warehouses. Charlie Watts has one. I don't know how many drum kits are stashed away there. I take up quite a lot of room with a thousand guitars.

 
Mick Jagger (March 2017): The Rolling Stones and visual design

There's a lot of design in there. You see how much work has been done in the visual world, not just in the musical world. Which is quite amazing, considering. You know, Keith and Charlie went to art school; I never went to art school. I got interested in visual arts through, you know, working on the Rolling Stones posters.



    April 15-16, 2017: Mick Jagger is in Bequia Island in the Grenadines.


April 25, 2017: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood are on hand at the Shoreditch Town
    Hall in London, England, at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards, to accept Blues Act and Album of the
    Year
awards for the Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome, while Charlie Watts is honoured with
    a Gold Award for his lifetime contribution to jazz and blues.


 
Mick Jagger (April 25, 2017): Accepting the Jazz FM Awards

It's really kind of weird that we started off, a long time ago, in London trying to play clubs and those clubs were jazz clubs... And they used to kick us out 'cause we played blues! And this all feels full circle.

 
Charlie Watts (April 25, 2017): The Rolling Stones' next album

We've been in the studio since (recording Blue & Lonesome), doing the rest of this (new) album.



    April 29, 2017: Ron Wood is interviewed on UK TV for the snooker world championship.

 
Charlie Watts (April 25, 2017): Retiring

Well I try (to retire) at the end of each tour. Keith says: What are you going to do? I don't know, mow the lawn... So I don't retire.

 
Charlie Watts (April 25, 2017): Going on the road with the Stones

You get your call-up, you get your kit together, you say goodbye to your wife and you come back two months later, hopefully with your limbs intact. It’s always been tough. The worst time is when you have a young child. I never took mine or my wife on the road. But if you take them like Ronnie — he lugs everything around, even his bloody easel to paint with — it’s not such a wrench. It’s admirable in one way, but I couldn’t work like that — too many distractione. Now it’s not so bad because we only do 10 or 15 shows. In the old days you’d get three sheets of dates and you couldn’t see the end.



    May 3, 2017: Mick Jagger takes a walk in Richmond Park in London, England.


May 9, 2017: Through their website and social media, the Rolling Stones announce a stadium
    tour of continental Europe, with a new stage design, in September and October, called No
    Filter
.



May 11, 2017: Through Twitter, the Rolling Stones indicate the possibility of UK dates in 2018.


    May 12, 2017: Ron Wood does a photography session with Kate Moss and David Bailey in
        England.



    May 19-22, 2017: Mick Jagger is in Sao Paulo, Brazil and attends his son Lucas' 18th birthday
        party.



    May 22, 2017: Keith Richards designs a sculpture, The Wave, for an upcoming charity auction.


    May 24, 2017: A publicist announces Ron Wood has had a lesion in his lungs successfully
        removed.


 
Ron Wood (May 2017): Dear doctor

I'm so grateful for modern screening which picked this up so early, and would like to thank all the doctors who treated me.


Ron Wood (July 2017): A close call

I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smoking a year ago: How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smoking – and all the rest of my bad habits – without something going on in there? So I went along to see our good old doctor, Richard Dawood, because (the Stones) all have to be checked before we go on tour, and he asked me if I wanted him to go deeper and check my heart, lungs and blood. I said, Go for it. And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung. And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t surprised. I knew I hadn’t had a chest X-ray since I went into (a rehab clinic) in 2002. He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: Just get it out of me. But then there was a week of tests. They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes. If that had happened it would have been all over for me.

So there was this one week when I didn’t know what was happening. Sally was amazing. It’s only since we’ve got through it that she has been able to tell me how it was the worst seven days of her life. I was prepared for bad news but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn’t tell anyone because we didn’t want to put anyone else though the hell we were going through. But I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn’t going to go through chemo, I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body...  I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said,  No way. And I just kept the faith it would be all right. A week later they came back with the news that it hadn’t spread and I said, Let’s get it out now. Just before I closed my eyes for the operation I looked at the doctor and said, Let battle commence.

I’m OK now. But I’m going to have a check-up every three months. They caught it early. People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here.



 
May 26, 2017: The Rolling Stones' 2016 tour documentary, Olé Olé Olé:
A Trip Across Latin America
, is released on blu-ray/DVD.

 
 
 




    May 27, 2017: Mick Jagger attends the football FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium in London,
        England.


 May 30-June 9, 2017: The Rolling Stones resume recording sessions at British Grove Studios
    in London, England.



    June 1, 2017: Keith Richards attends Ron Wood's all-night 70th birthday party in a mansion in
        West London, England, along with Bill Wyman and various celebrities.



    June 13, 2017: Death of Anita Pallenberg, former partner of Keith Richards and Brian Jones, at
        age 73.


 
Keith Richards (June 14, 2017): Anita

A most remarkable woman. Always in my heart.



    June 16, 2017: Ron Wood attends Rod Stewart and wife Penny Lancaster's renewal of their
        wedding vows at their home in Essex, England.



    June 17-18, 2017: Mick Jagger is in New York City, spending time with Melanie Hamrick and
        their son Deveraux.



    June 20, 2017: Ron and Sally Wood take a stroll in London, England.


    June 22, 2017: Mick Jagger is back in London, England, at the Petersham Nurseries attending
        the Farms Not Factories charity banquet.



    June 24, 2017: Keith Richards' antique furnishings are sold at an auction in Hudson, New York
        City and donated to a charity.



    Late June 2017: Mick Jagger is at his home in France.


June 28, 2017: Keith Richards is in a studio in New York City to work on the Rolling Stones'
    upcoming album.


    July 4, 2017: Mick Jagger shoots videoclips in London, England, for an upcoming solo single.


    July 12, 2017: Keith Richards is at his home in Weston, Connecticut, celebrating granddaughter
        Ava's 7-year-old birthday.



    July 23, 2017: Ron Wood meets with publishers Thames & Hudson in London, England, to
        prepare the launch of a book of his art.



    July 28, 2017: Mick Jagger releases a solo single, Gotta Get a Grip/England Lost, on which Charlie
        Watts and Ron Wood play.


 
Mick Jagger (July 2017): Putting it out there fast

I started writing these two songs in April and wanted them out straight away. Doing a whole album often takes a long time even after finishing it with all the record company preparations and global release set up. It’s always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately. I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing.


Mick Jagger (July 2017): Playlists

I do quite a lot of trawling for music online and also the youngsters in my family all play me music when we get together, so I get to hear all kinds of things. I listen to R&B and pop and strange mixes of old and new and then like everyone I make my own random playlists. The last things I added to a list were Kendrick Lamar, Skepta, Mozart, Howlin’ Wolf, Tame Impala, obscure Prince tracks and classic soul stuff from the Valentine Brothers. I really like Kendrick Lamar, he’s also talking about discontent and he really nailed it. I thought his stuff, and what Skepta is doing, are very interesting and pretty much on the button.


Mick Jagger (July 2017): The Stones album in progress

We've been in the studio recording. All new songs. We've been working on that, and we'll keep working on it until we get it right.



    August 6, 2017: Mick Jagger is vacationing in the Caribbean.


    August 14, 2017: Ron Wood takes a walk in Hyde Park in London, England.


    August 15, 2017: Ron Wood signs copies of his new book, a collection of his visual art,
        Ronnie Wood: Artist, at Selfridges in London, England.


 
Ron Wood (August 2017): A permanent exhibition

I’m known as a musician, and people can only take in so much. But, as I say, I’ve done the two things my whole life so it would be nice to be recognised for both of them. I’ve had exhibitions, but nothing permanent – this book is my “permanent exhibition” now. It’s going to be great to see it up there on the shelf, and for me to say, I’m an artist.

 
Ron Wood (August 2017): Recovering lost paintings

Problem was, I lost a lot of my art. Especially when I was living in New York (in the '80s) on West 78th Street. There was so much drink and drugs, and you had no idea who was in and out of the place. A load of stuff went walkabout.  I’ve spent years trying to track stuff down and spent thousands buying paintings back. I’ve found my paintings on the internet or bought them back off a middle-man – I recently got back a picture of Pete Townshend that I’d done. I’m not going to let stuff go, even if it costs me, because it’s about getting my life back, actually feeling in control for the first time.

   
Ron Wood (August 2017): Drawing a timeline of his life

I did that in (the) Cottonwood (rehab clinic 2002).. I had nothing else to draw on and there’s a point – Step Four in the Alcoholics Anonymous programme – where you have to write an inventory of your life. I couldn’t write it but I could draw it. All the times I hadn’t wanted to deal with – like my dad dying in 1989 and my mum dying in 1999. I still really miss them. When my mum died my whole world changed, and I didn’t realise how much I relied on her.  I used to speak to my mum every day. She was the first person I’d go and see before I left the country and the first person I’d see after I came back. She never saw me sober, but she saw me trying. I was very trying! But she had faith I could do it. And now I feel I have her back because my little Gracie is like a reincarnation of her – which is just incredible.



    August 16, 2017: Ron Wood is interviewed on UK TV's The One Show.

 
Ron Wood (August 16, 2017): Tour rehearsals next week

We are starting to rehearse next week - we always love that... (I)t's like a family reunion, it really is good. It's like a meal that goes on for about a month. Then we go out on the road and spread that food everywhere!

What I am aware of is the smiles on people's faces when we look at the sea of people when we play. It's heartwarming and I'm just glad we make people happy. And the music makes me happy and it makes them happy, it just spreads.

 
Ron Wood (August 16, 2017): The next album

That's ongoing. We have some in the bag and I think now that we're getting together again we'll see what direction things are going to take.



    August 18, 2017: Keith Richards leaves his Connecticut home and flies to London, England, for
        upcoming tour rehearsals.



August 21-September 1, 2017: The Rolling Stones conduct tour rehearsals at LH2 Studios in
    London, England.


    August 21, 2017: Ron Wood's book Ronnie Wood: Artist goes on sale.


Ron Wood (August 2017): Choosing art vs. music

That’s a difficult question. But I could give up the playing. I could always pick up the guitar at home, though I often don’t even do that. Me and Keith, we both realised, at rehearsals, I don’t think I’ve picked up a guitar since I last saw you.

   
Ron Wood (August 2017): Being clean

These days, (Keith's) favourite line about me is, Now you’ve straightened out and you’ve cleaned up your act, you’re exactly the same as when you were using. What a waste of 20 million quid.

   
Ron Wood (August 2017): Should rock stars retire?

No. Well, it depends which band they’re in, but we won’t.



September 5, 2017: The Rolling Stones fly from London to Hamburg, Germany.


September 7, 2017: The Rolling Stones rehearse at the Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany.


September 9, 2017: The Rolling Stones kick off the 2017 No Filter European Tour at the
    Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany, in front of 82 000 people. The tour features a new stage
    and changes in the set list from recent years. Dancing with Mr. D, Under My Thumb and Play
    with Fire
are resurrected.



Keith Richards & Mick Jagger (September 9, 2017): Start me up

Keith: We haven’t finished yet. It’s still too early for me to talk about the Stones’ legacy. There’s one thing that we haven’t yet achieved, and that’s to really find out how long you can do this. It’s still such a joy to play with this band that you can’t really let go of it. I’m more interested in learning how far this bunch can take it.

Mick: It’s incredible to think about working with the same band for more than 50 years. Of course, members have come and gone, but it is still the Rolling Stones. Inevitably it makes you think about the mortality of it. But here we are making plans.



Mick Jagger (September 9, 2017): Kicking off in Hamburg

We were told by our friends from Liverpool that Hamburg is a good place to make a start with your career!



September 10, 2017: The Rolling Stones arrive in Munich, Germany.


September 12, 2017: The Rolling Stones perform at Olympia Stadium in Munich, Germany.


September 16, 2017: The Rolling Stones play in front of 90 000 at the Red Bull Ring in
        Spielberg, Austria.



September 17, 2017: The Rolling Stones arrive in Zurich, Switzerland.


September 20, 2017: Three years on, the Rolling Stones perform again at Letzigrund Stadium
    in Zurich, Switzerland, and premiere Hate to See You Go.



September 21, 2017: The Rolling Stones arrive in Pisa, Italy. On the same day, an official
    chronicle of the group's TV & radio appearances in the 1960s, Rolling Stones: On Air, is
    published.



    September 22, 2017: Mick Jagger takes a look at Michelangelo's David statue at the Galleria
        dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy.


September 23, 2017: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in Lucca, Italy, at the Mura
    Storiche. Meanwhile Exhibitionism opens in Las Vegas, Nevada.
















 








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