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.


 
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 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.

















 








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