How the years rush on by
(Birthdays, kids and suicides)

    January 1, 1984: Alexis Korner dies in London, England.

    January 5, 1984: Mick Jagger is interviewed in New York City for U.S. TV's Friday Night Videos, at Marylou's Seafood

Mick Jagger (January 1984): The Rolling Stones' longevity and accomplishments

Keith and I have been friends for a LONG time. Yes we were friends since we were 6 years old which, I'm not going to tell you, is a LONG time ago, more than 20 years... I've been friends with CHARLIE for over 20 years. It's difficult to analyze WHY, you know, why us? You don't know. And, as someone said to me, those friendships lasted over the other ones, you know, with women and all that. So the band's been going on longer than any marriage or involvement I've been in... I'm not proud of achievements. Pride can come just before a fall, you know, and all that. I'm not particularly proud of - some of the things the Stones have done have been great, some have been rubbish. That's the way life goes. That's the lot - I chose it and I could have sort of got out of it at any time. But I'm still in there. And I wouldn't be there if I didn't... enjoy it.

Mick Jagger (January 1984): Motivation

It's very hard to talk about motivation and all that in rock and roll. It's not like acting where it's something in yourself that's just like, That's what motivating me in this play, in this film... In our kind of rock and roll, you gotta go at home and sit down with a guitar, and write a song. And it's gotta be... reasonably good. It DOES require quite a lot of self-discipline sometimes to do that, 'cause you don't wanna do it. But when it eventually comes down to it, you sit down for a few hours and you write a couple of interesting pieces and you think, Hmmm... that's pretty good. (Laughs) And then you start to, the juices start to, you know, flow again. That's how (motivation) happens - I think FROM the songs themselves. I don't think it's a I can't wait to get back on the stage in front of 100 000 people - that's what I want to do in life. That doesn't feel for me, that doesn't - you know, I don't miss it that badly... So the motivation for me comes from the songs rather than thinking about touring. 


January 16-25, 1984: The Rolling Stones gather in Mexico City, where they film videoclips for She Was
    Hot and Too Much Blood.

    January 26, 1984: Along with Mick Jagger, Keith and Patti Richards return to New York City, after several months in
        Mexico. They check into a hotel room in Manhattan for a month.

    January 27, 1984: Ron Wood and his companion Jo Howard start a month-long holiday in Cancun, Mexico.

    February 17, 1984: Keith Richards is interviewed for U.S. TV'S Friday Night Videos at JP's bar in New York City.

    February 21, 1984: Bill Wyman presents a posthumous award to Alexis Korner in London at the British Rock Awards.
        He first meets 13-year-old Mandy Smith.

    February 23, 1984: Keith Richards joins Buster Poindexter (David Johansen, ex-New York Doll) onstage at Tramp's in
        New York City.

    February 25, 1984: Keith Richards leaves New York City for Paris, to check out a studio for the Rolling Stones'
        next recording sessions, then London.

    March 2, 1984: Mick Jagger attends the natural childbirth of his first daughter with Jerry Hall, Elizabeth, in New
        York City.

    March 6, 1984: Mick Jagger attends a party in New York City with Yoko Ono and Robert DeNiro.

    March 8, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards have dinner with Charlie & Shirley Watts in London, England. Bill Wyman
        secretly starts dating minor Mandy Smith for two and a half years.

    March 9, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards have dinner with Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith in London.

    March 15, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards arrive back in New York City.

    March 31-April 15, 1984: Mick Jagger starts studio work (demo sessions) on his first solo album, at Compass Point
        Studios in Nassau in The Bahamas.

Mick Jagger (1984): The band's reaction to a solo album

As soon as I was planning on doing it (I told the band)... (A)nd I said, Well do you mind if I take this time out?... I think that the Stones didn't want it to be a shit record: Mick, don't make a shit record, because that's going to reflect on us. And I said, No, if it's a shit record - if I think it's shit, and CBS thinks it's shit - it won't go out! I don't think they were furious about it, because we talked about it. I talked about it with Keith, and he said, Hey, if you want to do it, go ahead. Don't forget you're taking a chance. I said, Well, yeah. You know, you've got to take chances in life. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Mick Jagger (1989): Looking back

I was feeling very kind of stultified within the Rolling Stones and I felt I had to go and work with some other people to get a bit revitalized. And I think actually it worked, though it created a tremendous ruckus within the Rolling Stones, which was totally unnecessary really. And I think that everyone made much too much of  a fuss about it. And I think everyone should have been a bit more indulgent. That's why 
I was so surprised when Keith was so upset when I wanted to do something outside the band - he'd already done this thing with the New Barbarians. 


    March 31, 1984: Keith Richard and Ron Wood attend a wedding of a friend in Long Island, New York, where they

    April 3, 1984: Bob Dylan and Ron Wood visit Keith Richards at his hotel in New York City.

    April 10, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards fly off to their home in Jamaica for a few months.

    April 11, 1984: Ron Wood flies to San Francisco to attend his first art workshop.

    April 16, 1984: Mick Jagger appears in court in New York City on behalf of the Rolling Stones, to sue former
        business manager Allen Klein and ABKCO, and meets with Michael Jackson for their upcoming collaboration.

    April 17, 1984: Mick Jagger flies off for a holiday in Mustique.

    May 6-10, 1984: Mick Jagger records State of Shock with The Jacksons at a studio in New York City.

    May 11, 1984: Mick Jagger flies back to Mustique.

    Mid-May 1984: Mick Jagger resumes work on his solo album at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas.

    May 23, 1984: Ron Wood attends a party for Miles Davis in New York City.

    June 1, 1984: Ron Wood celebrates his birthday with a party at the club The Limelight in New York City.

    June 5, 1984: Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart, with Rocket 88, perform at a tribute concert for Alexis Korner in
        Nottingham, England.

    June 14, 1984: The Rolling Stones are the first rock band inducted into Madison Square Garden's hall of fame in
        New York City.

    June 17, 1984: Mick Jagger arrives in London, England, in part to meet with videoclip director Julien Temple for the
        Rolling Stones' upcoming video package. He and Bill Wyman shoot scenes to piece together the videoclips.

    June 19, 1984: Ron Wood and Jo Howard fly off to Jamaica to spend a few days with Keith and Patti Richards.

    June 24, 1984: Mick Jagger attends the christening of his daughter Elizabeth in London. Charlie and Shirley Watts

    June 25, 1984: Keith Richards flies in to London, England, from Jamaica.

June 26, 1984: The Rolling Stones, minus Ron Wood, meet in London, England, to discuss their future

    June 27-29, 1984: Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts attend cricket matches in England.

    June 28, 1984: The Jacksons' State of Shock single, featuring Mick Jagger, is released.

    July 1, 1984: Keith Richards returns to New York City from London.

July 2, 1984: The Rolling Stones' greatest hits album, Rewind (1971-1984), is released.

    July 4, 1984: Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman attend a party thrown by Michael Caine in London.

    July 5, 1984: Keith Richards and Ron Wood record a session with guitarist Charlie Sexton in New York City.

    July 7, 1984: Mick Jagger attends Bob Dylan's concert in Wembley, London.

    July 11, 1984: Keith Richards flies back to Jamaica again. Boy George visits.

    Mid-July 1984: Ron Wood and family vacation in Montauk, Long Island.

    Mid-to-late July 1984: Ron Wood records with Bob Dylan in New York City for the latter's Empire Burlesque album.

    July 17, 1984: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall attend a royal charity event in London.

    Late July 1984: Mick Jagger holds overdubbing sessions at AIR Studios in London, England, for his first solo album.

    July 28, 1984: Paul McCartney visits Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend in the studio.

Mick Jagger (1984): A Stone, a Who, a Beatle

I was doing some overdubs with Peter (Townshend) in London, and Paul was working on (Give My Regards to) Broad Street. Actually, it was the disco thing (No More Lonely Nights) he was working on. (He came in with a bottle of cognac). It was my BIRTHDAY, that's why! It was really nice. Paul has always been very polite and nice to me. He said, I've never done a disco mix before, and I kind of very patronizingly said, Oh well, WOW! (laughs) I mean it's TRUE, I was doing them in 1978: Miss You with Bob Clearmountain.


    July 29, 1984: Keith Richards returns to New York City.

    August 9, 1984: Keith Richards and son Marlon watch Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform at the
        Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, and talk with the band backstage.

    August 14, 1984: Mick Jagger returns to New York City from London.

    Mid-August 1984: Ron Wood heads to Jamaica for a holiday.

    August 19, 1984: Mick Jagger also checks out Bruce Springsteen's show at the Meadowlands, with daughter Jade.

Mick Jagger (1984): The Boss

(I stayed) through the bear and everything. I liked it. I thought the band sounded wonderful; I thought he sounded wonderfully well. It was better than when I saw him the last time around. I thought the drums sounded fantastic. I took the kids also. To tell you the truth, the kids didn't like it very much.


    August 22, 1984: Keith Richards and family attend a Tina Turner concert at The Ritz in New York City.

    August 27, 1984: In New York City, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards videotape a presentation for a later ceremony in
        honor of promoter Bill Graham.

    August 31, 1984: Keith Richards returns to Jamaica for the third time this year, joining father Bert, Ron Wood and
        Bobby Keys. They jam with local musicians.

    Early-to-mid September 1984: Mick Jagger spends time in London, England.

    September 14, 1984: In New York City, Ron Wood appears as a presenter on the MTV Video Music Awards. Mick
        Jagger appears on tape.

    Mid-September-November 1984: Mick Jagger is back in New York, resuming recording and mixing work on his solo
        album at The Power Station.

    September 19, 1984: Keith Richards returns to New York City from Jamaica. Mick Jagger attends a party for his
        co-producer Nile Rodgers.

    September 22, 1984: The Richards visit the Woods in New York City for a children's birthday party.

    October 1, 1984: Charlie and Shirley Watts arrive in New York City.

October 2, 1984: The Rolling Stones, minus Bill Wyman, hold a meeting in New York City to discuss
    recording plans for their next album.

    October 3, 1984: Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts have dinner together in New York City.

    October 18, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards fly off to Italy for a month-long trip of Europe.

Early November 1984: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts hold another band meeting in
    Amsterdam, a drunken brawl included.

Keith Richards (1988), Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts: Wanna get into a fight

Keith: I don't think (Mick) thinks he needs anybody's help. But I wonder if he's realized that he's way out on a limb. I feel like I'm his only friend. I know the way he lives. I know everybody else who knows him. I know that Charlie Watts dished him out a great fucking right hook and that was Charlie Watts saying, You and I have had it. It was 1984 at a Stones' meeting and... Charlie punched him into a plate full 
of smoked salmon and he almost floated out the window along the table into a canal in Amsterdam. I just grabbed his leg and saved him from going out... (The fight) was about absolutely nothing. I had taken Mick out for a drink in Amsterdam, so at 5 in the morning, he came back to my room. He's drunk by now, Mick drunk is a sight to behold. Charlie was fast asleep. Is that my drummer? Why don't you get your arse down here? Charlie got dressed in a Savile Row suit, tie, shoes, shaved, came down, grabbed him and went boom! Don't ever call me "your drummer" again. You're my fucking singer. That was Charlie's way of saying, It's over, man. It went really downhill after that. If there was one other friend Mick had, it
was Charlie. On top of that,  Mick was very stupid. He forgave Charlie. There's nothing to forgive. Nothing left to forgive.

Mick: (The fight with Charlie) never actually  happened like that. He pushed me, but I don't think he actually punched me. There's quite a lot of difference, in my book.

Charlie: I had a row with Mick, about attitude I suppose. With a lot of these things, when you're in a band it's a bit like having a row in the family. You know, it's over and you very rarely ever mention it again. That's what these things are like. They're like brother things... I was drunk (when that incident happened). I was really pissed off. It's not something I'm proud of... I'm closer to Mick than I've ever been. I think Jerry's done that. The children and that. He's grown up a lot. 


    November 1984: Bill Wyman, joined by Charlie Watts and other musicians, record an album's worth of rock & roll
        oldies in Cookham, England (Willie and the Poor Boys).

    November 1984: Back from Amsterdam, Mick Jagger finishes work on his solo album in New York City.

November 14, 1984: The Rolling Stones' videoclip package, Video Rewind, is released.

    November 16, 1984: Mick Jagger attends a concert by Frankie Goes To Hollywood at The Ritz in New York City.

    November 19, 1984: Keith and Patti Richards return to New York from Europe.

    November 21, 1984: Mick Jagger has dinner with CBS Records executives in New York.

    Late November-December 27, 1984: Mick Jagger spends five weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shooting videoclips for
      She's The Boss.

    November 28, 1984: Ron Wood launches his art exhibition in Dallas, Texas.

    December 4, 1984: After a fund raising dinner for Unicef in New York City, Ron Wood joins up with Keith Richards.

    December 9, 1984: Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart perform at a benefit concert for Ethiopia in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    December 16, 1984: Ron Wood and Jo Howard fly to London, England, to prepare their wedding.

    Late December 1984: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall holiday in Mustique. The Richards holiday with Patti's family and
        Marlon in Staten Island.

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