THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

2018

I swear we're never gonna stop


 
    Mid-January 2018: Mick Jagger is holidaying in India.


    January 22, 2018: Also in India, in Kavalam, Ron Wood jams with two members of Sam & The Gravity.


    January 25, 2018: Mick Jagger is in New York City, eating out at Locanda Verde.


    January 28, 2018: The Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome wins Best Traditional Blues Album at the
        60th Grammy Awards in New York City.



    February 9, 2018: Mick Jagger is in a recording studio in Paris, France, with Matt Clifford and
        producer Carl Falk.



    February 18, 2018: Mick Jagger attends the British Academy Film Awards in London, England, then
        eats out afterwards at The Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone.


    February 21, 2018: Ron Wood presents the Global Success Award to Ed Sheeran at the BRIT Awards
        at the 02 Arena in London, England.



    February 23, 2018: In Chicago, Illinois, Mick Jagger eats out at Brindille, then catches drag queens
        Aja and Milk Queen performs at Roscoe's.



    February 24, 2018: Mick Jagger dines at Spiaggia in Chicago, and hangs out at the Three Dots and
        Dash bar.



February 26, 2018: Through their website and social media, the Rolling Stones announce a
    continuation of the No Filter Tour through the British Isles and additional European dates,
    starting in May.



    February 27, 2018: Still in Chicago, Mick Jagger is interviewed on UK radio to promote the Rolling
        Stones' upcoming tour. Keith Richards does the same on US radio from his home in
        Connecticut. In London, England, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood discuss the tour in an interview
        streamed on Facebook.


 
Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts (February 2018): The last time?

Mick: I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest. There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it any more, for whatever reason, but I’m not thinking about that this summer.

I think you have to be honest … if you weren’t enjoying it or it was too much of an ask physically, to do it with the energy you would really require. You would have to seriously consider it, but I haven’t reached that point yet.

Charlie: I’ve got absolutely no idea. I’m looking forward to Sunday 8th July, which is the last show. That’s as far as I can think ahead with The Rolling Stones.

 
Mick Jagger (February 2018): Conserving energy on tour

As soon as we come off stage, I’m in a car usually going back to the hotel. I’m pretty tired. But after an hour, I feel OK. But you can sometimes make the mistake of going out dancing, which is not always a good idea because you’ve got to conserve a bit of energy. On the last tour, I did make one or two mistakes like that. I got a bit over-exuberant on the after-show front. That’s no good, but I don’t usually feel that bad.

We play quite a long show – sometimes two hours and 15 minutes – so you’ve got to conserve some sort of energy. It’s like sport. You don’t go 100% all the time. It may appear you are, but you’re not. At the end, you feel OK, you’re not gonna lie flat on your back, that wouldn’t be a good ending. So I don’t feel too bad, normally.

 
Charlie Watts & Keith Richards (February 2018): The end of the band

Charlie: I hope (when the band ends) that everyone says, That’ll be it. I’d hate for it to be a bloody big argument. That would be a real sad moment. But to say this is the last show wouldn’t be a particularly sad moment, not to me anyway. I’ll just carry on as I was yesterday or today.

I think if Mick or Keith retired then it would be (the end). But they could get another drummer, another guitar player. If Darryl didn’t want to do it anymore we’d have a nightmare finding another bass player but Mick and Keith would or could carry on. If Mick said I’m retiring I don’t know how we’d do a show without him, or Keith.

Keith: There's never ever been a word about it muttered among ourselves. I guess the day's obviously going to come, some day. But not in the near future. We're all looking forward to doing what we're doing, especially back in Blighty....  I never think about it. Never. I know loads of other people worry about it, and I let them concern themselves with it. Me, I'll wait for it to happen.

 
Charlie Watts (February 2018): The new album

When we did the blues album Blue and Lonesome, that was in the middle of the second lot of sessions for the album. We’ve done another lot since then. So we’ve done three or four sets of sessions. But I don’t write the songs so I don’t have the final say. Once we’ve played them I’m not interested really (laughs). But Mick has to live with them and put his voice on them. Keith will sit for hours listening. I don’t know where we are with them to be honest. Every time we go in to the studio I think, Well that was the one. But it’s whether they’re happy with it and I don’t know if they are yet.



Late February/early March 2018: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards work on new Rolling Stones
    material in a studio in New York City.

 
Keith Richards (Late February-early March 2018): The new album

We’re working on it right now! I’m in the studio and I’m waiting for Mick to turn up. We’re doing a few days knocking some songs around and playing about, so work is in progress as I speak... He'll be here in half an hour and we'll be sitting face to face, making music, like always.

 
Keith Richards (Late February-early March 2018): Trying sobriety

I'm not saying I'm definitely off all of this (alcohol). In six months' time, I might be on it again. But at the moment, for a couple of months, I haven't touched it... It's novel (laughs).

 
Keith Richards (Late February-early March 2018): Heatlh of the band

So far, no one is tottering and falling over... Everyone is in remarkable shape and, yeah, as long as that holds up, I think we’ll keep at it... So far as I know, (Mick) doesn’t feel any pain. He would tell me if he did, I’m sure! He’s just in good form, I mean we all are.

 
Keith Richards (Late February-early March 2018): The death of rock

I don't think eras end, they sort of fold and meld into each other. If rock & roll is at an end, when was the beginning? It's part of the blues, it's built into the musical framework of the world. If we're talking about fashion and all the other things, everything was rock for a while - you can't expect that to go on forever. But we'll see. We're going to be playing to several million people in the coming months, so I wouldn't call that dead.



    March 6, 2018: Ron Wood attends the Picasso exhibition at the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in
        London, England.


March 12, 2018: The Rolling Stones announce additional UK tour dates.

 
Ron Wood & Mick Jagger (March-April 2018): Starting the tour in Ireland

Ron: It was a nice surprise to find out that Ireland is going to be the first gig of the new tour because we’re going to try keep that momentum going from the earlier dates. When we finished the last leg, only a few months ago in Paris, Keith said to me, We’ve only just started to warm up. That’s the feeling with all of us, Mick and Charlie were the same, and we just felt like we were just beginning to let rip. Hopefully that momentum will keep up for Croke Park. I’m pretty sure that it will.

Mick:
It should be really fun, we haven't played in Ireland for ages and we're really looking forward to coming.

 
Charlie Watts (February 2018): Life as a Rolling Stone... 55 years on

I don’t really talk about (the Stones) much. They don’t really enter my life to be honest. If Mick rings up it’s not The Rolling Stones. Obviously there’s a bit of me that thinks it’s work. But he usually rings to ask my opinion on a design or something. He gets very annoyed with me because I don’t have a mobile. So he can’t get an instant reply – he’s a real speed freak. It has to go via the postman, then I have to ring him and hope he’s in. He gets a bit pissed off nowadays with that. Years ago, that’s how we used to design the stage. But now it’s a bit quicker. It’s easier to do it when we’re altogether. But other than that, they don’t really enter my life to be honest.



    March 14, 2018: Keith Richards holds rehearsals at the Beacon Theater in New York City.


    March 15, 2018: With a back-up band including Steve Jordan, Ivan Neville and Robert Cray among
        others, Keith Richards performs two songs at the Beacon Theater in New York City for the Love
        Rocks NYC
benefit concert, with guests Norah Jones and Gary Clark Jr.

 
Keith Richards (Mid-March 2018): Working with Mick

The secret is that neither of us know what we’re going to do until we put ourselves together. And then just see what happens… I can walk in and say I hope Mick’s got a song because I haven’t got  a thing (laughs) Probably vice versa at times. But the fact is when we get together we come up with something else anyway… It was a great week last week. We just - I don’t know we did about 10, 12 different things that didn’t exist until that moment. And that’s a great thing , you know, ‘cause it’s a sort of creative thing.



    March 24, 2018: Ron Wood is playing in a London recording studio, possibly for a Rolling Stones
        session.



March 29, 2018: The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism opens at the Musicians Hall of Fame &
    Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.



    March 30, 2018: Mick Jagger is at work in a recording studio in the Caribbean.


    April 2, 2018: Mick Jagger visits and dances at a music festival on the island of Bequia in the
        Grenadines.


    April 3, 2018: Ron Wood visits Brad Paisley in Nashville, Tennessee.


    April 4, 2018: Ron Wood brings back one of his guitars to the Rolling Stones' exhibition in
        Nashville, borrowed to play on tour.



    April 8, 2018: Back in England, Ron Wood attends the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.


    April 18, 2018: Ron Wood has dinner out at Scott's Restaurant in London, England.

 
Mick Jagger (April 2018): The Stones' success across 55 years

I mean it is a bit mind-boggling if you think about it. It's not something to be taken for granted I think. Why would you still after all this time when there's so many musicians out there, and there's so many great ones, and there's so many people with great songs, why would you still be in any way in demand? It's really a mystery but I'm very thankful for it. However the mystery unfolds, I'm very thankful that people still come along. It's brilliant for me.

 
Mick Jagger (April 2018): Performing and writing songs

I still really enjoy it, you know... The last tour we did, the last European tours we did were really a lot of fun. We just keep going doing it... (I)t's not always easy being in a band but you sort of rub along and make the most of it. There's pluses and minuses, you know. In the end when you go on stage and you're doing the music together, I think it all gels and then everyone is really happy in being there and it all works perfectly. It's better than anything else.

My main job is to be the cheerleader for this band and sing, you know, and get out there and entertain. That's my main job. My other job is to write songs really, and then I've got lots of other things that I have to do. They're the most things that I like doing, is being out there and gently cavorting. I also said it before, I love writing.



April 30-May 4, 2018: The Rolling Stones start tour rehearsals at the Omnibus Theatre in
    Clapham, London, England.



May 7-11, 2018: The Rolling Stones continue rehearsals at another location in London.


May 13, 2018: The Rolling Stones arrive in Dublin, Ireland.


    May 13, 2018: Mick Jagger attends the Ireland-Pakistan cricket match at the Malahide grounds in
        Dublin.


May 14-15, 2018: The Rolling Stones rehearse at Croke Park in Dublin.


    May 17, 2018: Mick Jagger lunches with Ed Sheeran in Dublin.


May 17, 2018: The Rolling Stones kick off their 2018 No Filter European Tour, centered mostly
    in the British Isles, at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. They resurrect Neighbors and The
    Worst
.


 
Keith Richards (2018): Touring the UK

The whole tour takes us through, oh man, England and Britain and Scotland and Wales. I mean to do it all in one go again is going to be very interesting... We started there. They'll probably be our most critical audience. Playing hometown makes you a bit nervous.

 (Touring is) a habit. It's a lovely habit; it's one of the few I haven't given up. It's a joy to play with these guys, that's all. And they all want to do it. I mean who's going to be the first one of us to say I want to get off this bus.  You know, get out of here, right? I mean, it's like... til you drop, you know.



May 20, 2018: The Rolling Stones fly back to London.


May 22, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform at London Stadium in London, Wembley. The band
    opens with Street Fighting Man and dust off Fool to Cry.



May 25, 2018: The Rolling Stones play a second concert at London Stadium. Florence Welch
    guests on Wild Horses.



May 29, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform in Southampton, England, for the first time since
    1966, at St Mary's Stadium, and start the concert with a 4th opening song in as many
    shows.



    May 30, 2018: Fearne Cotton attends Ron Wood's birthday part for his twin daughers.


June 2, 2018: Charlie Watts celebrates his 77th birthday onstage, as the Rolling Stones play
    Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England, the band's first concert in Warwickshire since 1971.


June 3, 2018: The Rolling Stones arrive in Manchester.


June 5, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform at Manchester, England's Old Trafford Football
    Stadium.



June 6, 2018: The Rolling Stones arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland.


June 9, 2018: The Rolling Stones play Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.


    June 10, 2018: Charlie Watts attends the England-Scotland cricket match at The Grange Club in
        Edinburgh.



June 14, 2018: The Rolling Stones fly from London to Cardiff in Wales.


June 15, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.


June 19, 2018: The Rolling Stones are back in London, England, ending the UK portion of the
    tour by playing at Twickenham Stadium. James Bay guests on Beast of Burden.



June 21, 2018: The Rolling Stones fly to Berlin, Germany.


June 22, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.


June 26, 2018: The Rolling Stones play the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France.


June 29, 2018: The Rolling Stones fly back to Germany, in Stuttgart.


June 30, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform in Stuttgart, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.


July 1, 2018: The Rolling Stones fly to Prague in the Czech Republic.


    July 3, 2018: Keith Richards and Ron Wood take a cruise on the Moldau river in Prague.


July 4, 2018: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time since 2007 in Eastern Europe, at
    Letnany field in Prague.



July 6, 2018: The Rolling Stones arrive in Warsaw, Poland.


July 8, 2018: The Rolling Stones close out the 2018 No Filter European Tour with a show at
    the PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland. During the concert, Mick Jagger offers words of
    support, following Lech Walesa's request in regards to controversial judiciary reforms by
    the conservative government.

 
Mick Jagger (July 8, 2018): Onstage in Warsaw

I'm too old to judge, but young enough to sing. You know we came to Poland a long time ago, in 1967. It was fantastic. I hope that you get to hang on to everything youy've learned since then. God bless you.


    July 9, 2018: Mick Jagger spends time with his son Lucas in Warsaw.


    July 10, 2018: Mick Jagger attends the France-Belgium World Cup football match at the Zenit
        Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.



    July 11, 2018: Mick Jagger attends the England-Croatia match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

 
July 13, 2018: The Rolling Stones' Blu-ray/DVD and CD No Security San José
'99
is released.
 
 
 
 



    July 13, 2018: Mick Jagger dances at a nightclub in Moscow.


    July 26, 2018: Mick Jagger turns 75.



















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