I'm not so green but I'm feeling so fresh

January 8, 2006: As they did exactly three years earlier for the Licks tour, the Rolling Stones
    reassemble in Montreal, Canada, for rehearsals.

January 10, 2006: The Rolling Stones resume their Bigger Bang North American tour, focusing
    exclusively on arenas, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Jumpin' Jack Flash becomes the set
    opener, while Keith Richards switches his numbers to This Place Is Empty and Happy.

January 13-15, 2006: The Rolling Stones return to Boston, Massachusetts to perform two concerts at
    the TD Banknorth Garden. Let's Spend the Night Together, Respectable, Gimmie Shelter and Memory
    Motel are all new to the tour's setlist.

January 18-20, 2006: The Rolling Stones return to New York City for their second and third concerts of
    the tour at Madison Square Garden. Love Is Strong and Worried About You are performed.

January 23-25, 2006: The Rolling Stones are back in Chicago where they perform two shows at the
    United Center.

January 27-29, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform arena concerts in St. Louis, Missouri and Omaha,

February 1, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

February 2, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold a press conference in Detroit, Michigan to promote their
    upcoming Superbowl appearance.

February 3, 2006: The Rolling Stones rehearse at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan for their special, live
    televised performance.

February 5, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform the half-time show at Superbowl XL at Ford Field in

Keith Richards (2005) & Mick Jagger (2006): Playing the Superbowl

Keith: Quite honestly, I don't like (football). I think it's a spectacle, not a sport. When you've got the team on the run, you don't give 'em timeout for a bloody ad. But the NFL is sort of that icon thing. It's fun. I don't consider it to be any sort of major highlight of my career.

Mick: It is hilarious to think about these very serious men sitting around and discussing whether the word cocks could be broadcast or not... It was fantastically mad. You had to be so on immediately. Then as soon as you're on, you're off.


February 8, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

February 11, 2006: The Rolling Stones interrupt their North American tour for a detour through Latin
    America, starting with their first ever concert in Puerto Rico, at San Juan's Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

    February 17, 2006: The Rolling Stones fly in to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

February 18, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform to the biggest crowd of their career, 1.3 million (dwarfing
    their previous record at Toronto's Downsview Park in 2003), at the Praia de Copacabana in Rio de
    Janeiro, Brazil. The concert is telecast live.

Mick Jagger (April 2006), Darryl Jones & Charlie Watts (2006): Playing to a million in Rio

Mick: You have to sort of pinch yourself. You couldn't really see the crowd at Rio - it was too big. But the sound of them was like hundreds of hives of bees; the buzz was really loud.

Darryl: (T)here was a bridge built so we could go from the hotel to the stage on the beach across the street... The hotel is across the street. That's the reason for the bridge. Trying to get through a crowd that big is nearly impossible.... The energy from the crowd was obviously the most intense I've ever felt. What occurred next was pure physics and metaphysics working hand in hand. When Keith started Jumpin' Jack it was as if the energy coming to the stage went into him and back out to the audience. It was like he was riding a hurricane. When I heard him I felt this spirit shoot up my spine and I jumped in for a breathtaking ride.

Charlie: It was fun. To be honest, it doesn't matter if there's 2 million or what, as you only see a certain area. For Mick it's different, working an audience. But I could see the boats in the sea, it was a wonderful setting, and the whole day was fantastic. It was like the Cup Final, but it went on all day.


    February 20, 2006: Mick Jagger visits his son Lucas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

February 21-23, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform two concerts at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos
    Aires in Argentina. Fans riot outside during the second concert.

February 26, 2006: The Rolling Stones are back in Mexico for the third time of their career, performing
    at Mexico City's Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

March 1, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time ever in Monterrey, Mexico, at a university

March 4-6, 2006: The Rolling Stones are back in the United States, playing a second show at the MGM
    Grand Garden in Las Vegas, followed by a concert at the Los Angeles Forum. In Los Angeles, the
    Stones add Faraway Eyes to the tour material.

March 9, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform in Little Rock, Arkansas.

March 12, 2006: The Rolling Stones play the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

March 14, 2006: The Rolling Stones officially end their North American tour with an intimate concert at
    New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

    March 16, 2006: The Rolling Stones fly in to Tokyo, Japan.

March 20, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, to promote their Pacific

Mick Jagger (March 20, 2006): A million in Japan

I can't believe we are playing to the millionth person in Japan this week.


March 22-24, 2006: The Rolling Stones kick off their 2006 Bigger Bang tour of Australasia with two
    concerts at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

March 29, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert in north Japan, in Sapporo.

April 2-5, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in the cities of Saitama and Nagoya in

Keith Richards (April 2006): Playing to young girls

(Y)ou're dealing now with a generation raised on MTV, which delivered a different incentive to young people about being in a band and playing music. It's more about what music looks like. So when these kids see rock & roll up close, it affects them. Or maybe we're just late bloomers when it comes to attracting 20-year-old girls.


April 7, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold a press conference in Shanghai, China.

Keith Richards (April 2006): Getting to Shanghai

I've always wanted to get there. We're very grateful for being allowed in. We'll stick our noses in and see what's happening. I want to buy some of my own bootlegs...


April 8, 2006: Following 2003's false starts, the Rolling Stones finally perform for the first time in
    mainland China, at Shanghai's Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones are banned from performing three
    songs (Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Rough Justice). Chinese rock star Cui Jian duets with Mick
    Jagger on Wild Horses.

April 11-13, 2006: The Rolling Stones are in Australia, where they perform at Sydney's Telstra Stadium
    and Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.

April 16, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform in New Zealand for the first time in eleven years, at
    Auckland's Western Springs Speedway.

    April 17, 2006: In Auckland, Mick Jagger shoots scenes in his motel room for the U.S. TV program The Knights of
        Prosperity, aired in January 2007.

April 18, 2006: The Rolling Stones end their Pacific tour at Wellington, New Zealand's Westpac Stadium.

    April 19, 2006: As Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts return home to Europe, Keith Richards and Ron Wood head for a
        holiday in Fiji.

    April 27, 2006: Around this date, Keith Richards unknowingly cracks his skull after falling from a low tree branch while
        on holiday in Fiji.

Keith Richards (September 2006): The fall

Everyone imagines it was a fifty-foot-tall palm tree (laughs). It's embarrassing, really: I was sitting on this gnarled shrub about six feet off the ground. I was wet - I'd been swimming. I hit the ground the wrong way, my head hit the trunk and that was that... It's not the first brush with death I've had. I guess what I learned is, don't sit in trees anymore.


    April 29, 2006: After experiencing intense headaches, followed by seizures, Keith Richards is flown to the main island
        of Fiji, then to a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, where a blood clot in his brain is diagnosed.
    May 8, 2006: Keith Richards undergoes surgery in Auckland, New Zealand, to remove the blood clot after it fails to
        dissolve and he starts showing more symptoms.

Keith Richards (June 2007): The treatment

(A)ll in all, the experience was quite interesting. I can never forget my voice echoing round the room in New Zealand. The doctor that was taking care of me said, Well, I think you're ready to fly to London or Manhattan for your operation. I said, I ain't going nowhere, motherfucker, YOU'RE doing it. And as I said it, I heard the words floating round, like, Did I actually say that? You're gonna break my head open, pal. It's something you don't want to contemplate really.

May 8, 2006: In an uncanny repeat of 1998, the Rolling Stones' European tour, set to start on May 27,
    is delayed following Keith Richards' injury and treatment.

Ron Wood (August 2006): Pirates of Fiji

In Fiji, Keith dropped right behind me and I thought, What the fuck was that? He thought he was Tarzan for a second and lost his grip... I spun around and there he was, on the ground. He'd cut his gums up on impact, he was very bloody, and clutching his head.

It was quite frightening because over the next few days I could see him get bad headaches and begin to feel depressed. That's when I knew he had to have proper medical attention. I knew he'd come though. But you just never know - lots of people have died after simple accidents like that.

    May 11, 2006: Keith Richards is discharged from the hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, but stays in the city as an
        outpatient. He is given a blood thickener and told to stay off cocaine.

Mick Jagger (August 2006): Land on me tonight

Keith should never go up anything without a parachute. It's all very funny and everything. You can't help laughing 'cause it's got this comedy side to it. When he sees people in the audience waving blow-up palm trees at him, he's got take that with a sense of humour. But I was worried about Keith. It's never funny to get a concussion. It can take six months to get over it. It was serious and I'm sure for Keith it wasn't very funny at all.

Keith Richards (June 2007): Clean bill of health

(F)unnily enough, I'd never bothered much about (a health check) until I did the head in. And then, of course, I had to be checked out from head to toe. The doctors come back with this sort of amazed look on their faces, like, (raised eyebrow, looking down list) heart, liver, kidneys, all perfect... Maybe I'm a one-off. But at the same time, I'm working with guys that are the same size as me, never get a cold, work our butts off. Mick, Charlie, Ronnie, you know.

    May 15, 2006: Ron Wood jams with musicians at a pub in Dublin, Ireland.

    May 22, 2006: Keith Richards is back in the United States.

    June 2, 2006: Charlie Watts celebrates his 65th birthday.

    June 6, 2006: Legendary keyboardist and Stones collaborator Billy Preston dies.

    June 13, 2006: Ron Wood checks into a rehabilitation center in London, England, for a week.
Ron Wood (August 2006): Reality check

I think Keith and Charlie having near-death experiences taught us all a lesson. You only live once and you've got to look after yourself. It's hard not to go out after a great show and celebrate. Now I go back to my hotel and stick on CSI or a movie. I also get coffee-ed out a lot. I'm addicted to the stuff.

(I)t was my fifth (visit to rehab). Or maybe my sixth? What can I say, I'm an alcoholic. It's what I do. Obviously normal people don't go out to work drunk, but for an alcoholic it's entirely normal to go to work out of your fucking brain, and that's exactly what I did - for years. But not anymore, hopefully... I just think my body can't handle it anymore. I did try a little drink a while back, and I was actually physically ill. I went into an immediate depression, and felt awful, just dreadful. So that's it. I'm over it now. I am.

Keith still has a few, but even he has been watching himself recently. Mostly we're all very well behaved these days. Charlie doesn't touch anything now, and Mick will only have a glass of wine on a night off. But then it's easier for them; alcohol is in my genes.

June 27, 2006: The Rolling Stones' upcoming European tour is heavily truncated, as concerts in Russia,
    Greece, Poland, Sweden, Croatia and Belgium are cancelled because of time constraints, as well as
    shows in extra cities in Spain and Germany. The cancellations give rise to rumours of the Rolling
    Stones coming back to Europe for a second round in 2007.

    Late June 2006: Keith Richards is at his home in Connecticut, where he sends a message of well-being and thanks
        to his fans.

    July 1, 2006: Mick Jagger catches an England vs. Portugal World Cup football (soccer) match in Gelsenkirchen,

July 6, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold an impromptu press conference in Milan, Italy, in front of the
    Alcatraz club where they are starting five days of rehearsals.

July 10, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold an official press conference to promote the European tour at
    Milan's Hotel Principe Di Savoia.
Keith Richards (July 10, 2006): Ready, willing, able

I feel great. I can't wait to get back on the stage again. Basically everything is cool... Of course they put me out like a light. I was surprised myself... I had total comfort. When you've got to do it, you've got to do it.... I recovered. Six weeks, I mean, not bad for a brain job.

Keith Richards (Life, 2010): Looking back

They said you won't be able to work for six months. I said six weeks. Within six weeks I was back on stage. It was what I needed to do. I was ready to go. Either you become a hypochondriac and listen to other people, or you make up your own mind... Until I got to Milan and played that girst gig, (the Stones) were also holding their breath. I know that because they're all friends of mine. They're thinking, he might be all right, but can he still deliver?

July 11, 2006: After a month-and-a-half delay, the Rolling Stones kickoff a drastically shortened Bigger
    Bang, focusing almost exclusively on stadiums, in Italy at Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazzas, as most
    postponed concerts because of Keith Richards' injury have been cancelled. The band performs As
    Tears Go By in Italian, as they had also recorded it in 1965 (Con Le Mie Lacrime). The new Streets of
    Love as well as Under My Thumb and Before They Make Me Run are new additions to the setlist.

July 14-16, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform stadium concerts in Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany.

July 19-23, 2006: The Rolling Stones continue their trek through Germany, performing more stadium
    shows in Hannover (AWD-Arena), Berlin (Olympiastadion) and Cologne (Rhein-Energie Stadion).

July 25, 2006: The Rolling Stones hold a press conference from Europe announcing they will return to
    North America for a two month tour in the fall.

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (July 25, 2006): Another North American bang

Mick: We're very excited about coming back to the U.S. and Canada. Most of the shows are going to be on the big stadium stage with fans in the balconies behind us. We're going to play many cities we didn't get to before and also return to some of our favorites places. There's plenty of time for rehearsals and to be able to make some set changes - we'll have a variety of material ready so we can keep it fresh.

Keith's fine, his head's better, he's playing well and enjoying himself, so we're all looking forward to this leg of the tour.

Keith: I thought we left too soon, you know, so that's the reason we're coming back. I'm really happy that we got some more gigs in America and Canada. I'm feeling great and can't wait to get there.

Keith Richards (July 2006): The meaning of success is...

The opportunity to continue.


July 28, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform at the Stade de France in Paris.

    July 30, 2006: Ron Wood checks out his art exhibition in Amsterdam.

Ron Wood (July 30, 2006): New and improved Keith

I think it was kind of a wake-up call for him. His attitude is better now, and you can see it in everything he does. It's like he knows he's lucky to be alive, and is well happy about it. Wait till you see us tomorrow night. You'll have to come backstage afterwards and watch him take the piss out of me. He always does. It's funny as fuck.


July 31, 2006: The Rolling Stones give a concert at Amsterdam's ArenA in The Netherlands.

August 3-5, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform in Stuttgart, Germany, at Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion,
    followed by Zurich in Switzerland, at theDubendorf Airfield.

August 8, 2006: The Rolling Stones are back in France, performing at Le Palais Nikaia in Nice.

    August 11, 2006: Charlie Watts records with saxophonist Tim Ries in Porto, Portugal.

August 12, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert in the city of Porto, in Portugal, at
    the Estádio do Dragăo.

August 14-15, 2006: Mick Jagger's laryngitis forces last-minute cancellations of the Rolling Stones' last
    two remaining concerts in Spain following the original cancellations, in Valladolid and El Ejido.

August 20-22, 2006: The Rolling Stones resume the tour and start their British trek, with two concerts at
    London's Twickenham Rugby Ground.

Charlie Watts (August 2006): No Keith, no Stones

I wouldn't have carried on without Keith. I think the Rolling Stones could tour without me but we couldn't do it without Mick or Keith.


August 25, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform in Scotland, at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

August 27-29, 2006: The Rolling Stones play a concert in Sheffield, England, at Don Valley Stadium, then
    head to Wales for a show at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

    August 31, 2006: The Rolling Stones fly into Norway from England.

September 1, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert in Bergen, Norway, at the

September 3, 2006: The Rolling Stones play to 85 000 at their first ever show in Horsens, Denmark,
    where they end the 2006 A Bigger Bang European Tour.

Charlie Watts (September 2006): Mick the taskmaster

Doing this to a certain standard again and again is very tiring. It's not like we're playing Bach but it's the level of professionalism you put it. With Mick the professionalism is very high. The more successul you are, the more he is on you. We're not allowed to look back, have colds or be grumpy.


    September 11-15, 2006: Three years after the first rumours, Keith Richards finally films his part for a Pirates of the
        Caribbean movie (the third intallment), in Palmdale, California.

Pirates director Gore Verbinksi (2007): Keith

He literally had a waltz going on in his head. Johnny (Depp) can turn it on and off, that meandering, sea-legs thing. But that's Keith all the time.


September 16, 2006: The Rolling Stones, minus Keith Richards, rehearse at the Orpheum Theatre in
    Boston, Massachusetts.

Ron Wood & Mick Jagger (September 2006): More Stones in 2007?

Ron: We're going to have a well-needed break over Christmas, and then we'll go back out, probably, next year. We'll probably do some Europe; we owe them some dates... (I'm) loving where (the band) is, musically.

Mick: I don't want to spend the whole year doing shows. I've got children and they need looking after, and I need some peace and quiet.

Ron Wood (mid September 2006): Pirate Keith

He said he's going to come to the next rehearsal in character - he's going to come straight off set dressed as a pirate and come to rehearasls. He said to me: I'm not allowed to shave from now on, so they're going to tie little bits on my beard. Whatever bits grow, they're going to dangle bits off of it, and the longer it gets, the more they're going to tie on... 


September 17-19, 2006: The Rolling Stones, minus Mick Jagger, continue rehearsals in Boston at
    Agganis Hall.

    September 19, 2006: The Rolling Stones are interviewed on satellite U.S. radio.

September 20, 2006: Thirteen months after the start of the world tour, the Rolling Stones are back at
    its start, Boston, where they kick off their Fall 2006 North American Tour at Gillette Stadium. The
    setlist has undergone an overhaul, as the band starts off unusually with Paint It Black for this show,
    add Monkey Man, and Keith Richards drags out You Got the Silver and Little T&A out of the closet for
    their second tours only (1999 and 1981-82 respectively). Streets of Love gets its North American
    debut. The tour focuses mostly on stadium shows, many of them in markets the Rolling Stones have
    rarely or never played before.

Keith Richards (September 2006): Another endless tour

It seems to be an endless tour. Nobody can quite put a stop to it. We're kind of looking at (this U.S. tour) like we're Lewis and Clark - we're playing the Wyomings and Montanas.


September 23, 2006: The Rolling Stones play in the rain, fittingly, as they perform for the first time in the
    maritime Canadian province of Nova Scotia, at Halifax Commons.

    September 26, 2006: Mick Jagger attends the premiere in New York of Martin Scorcese's The Departed, who is soon
        to work with the Rolling Stones.

September 27, 2006: A year later, the Rolling Stones return at Giants Stadium in New Jersey for another
    show, which kicks off with It's Only Rock 'n Roll and features Just My Imagination.

    September 28, 2006: In New York, Ron Wood takes part in the filming of a U.S. music TV special around Jerry Lee
        Lewis .

September 29, 2006: The Rolling Stones head out for the U.S. midlands, performing another rainy show
    at the Churchill Downs Race Track in Louisville, Kentucky. The show includes, of course, Dead Flowers.

October 1, 2006: The band performs its first ever concert in the state of Kansas, in Wichita, where they
    tease the crowd with a part of Glen Campbell's country favourite, Wichita Lineman. Let It Bleed is also
    added to the setlist.

Mick Jagger (September 2006): Magic Mick

It's discipline. And keeping myself together, and training a bit before the tour, and a lot of really good luck.


October 4, 2006: The Rolling Stones conquer another virgin state, Montana, performing at Missoula's
    Grizzly Stadium.

October 6-8, 2006: Another virgin Canadian province this time. The band's two first ever concerts in
    Regina, Saskatchewan, in cold weather, are Canada's highest ever grossing musical events up to this

    October 7, 2006: Mick Jagger and his son James visit the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

October 11, 2006: Thirteen months later, the Rolling Stones perform again at Chicago's Soldier Field, in
    brutally freezing weather, where they premiere for the first time in their career 1983's She Was Hot,
    a perfect location and time for its debut (...on a cold Chicago night). You Got Me Rocking gets its
    start as a show opener.

October 17-20, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform at Qwest Field in Seattle, then head down south for a
    show in El Paso, Texas, at the Sun Bowl, where they play a bit of Marty Robbins' El Paso. Dave
    Matthews duets on Let It Bleed on both nights.

October 22, 2006: Continuing a tour leg with considerably more surprises in the setlist, the Rolling
    Stones perform their first ever concert in Austin, Texas, at Zilker Park, where they please the crowd
    with a bit of Waylon Jennings' Bob Wills Is Still King, and Keith Richards throws in Buddy Holly's
    Learning the Game. The concert is one of those filmed for a future DVD.

    October 24, 2006: Bill Wyman, who is still touring with his Rhythm Kings, turns 70.

October 27, 2006: The Rolling Stones' concert in Atlantic City is rescheduled as Mick Jagger is stricken
    again with laryngitis.

October 29, 2006: In the first of two special concerts filmed by famed director Martin Scorcese for a
    future DVD concert film/documentary, the Rolling Stones perform at the intimate Beacon Theatre in
    New York City. The concert features rare material, such as the first reappearance of I'm Free since
    1969, and the tour firsts of Shine a Light, Loving Cup and Undercover of the Night, as well as guests
    Jack White of the White Stripes (on Shine a Light), Christina Aguilera on Live with Me, and a special
    Champagne & Reefer with Buddy Guy. Bill and Hillary Clinton are in attendance.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Martin Scorcese (2008): The idea for the concert movie and Martin Scorcese

Mick: At the beginning, I was thinking we would be doing some kind of film for this tour. And because we were doing this big concert in Rio de Janeiro on the beach, I started thinking it was going to be different than the normal concert. It was going to be a big event, a million people on the beach, a huge audience, a big occasion. ... We started to think, if we're going to do this, we might as well start with a really top-flight filmmaker. It's good to start at the top (laughs). Martin Scorcese is perhaps the most talented American film director...

Keith: All I heard was that Marty was might be shooting the Stones, and I said, Yeah! Given the opportunity to get a Stones show shot by a master, who's going to say no?

Martin Scorcese: We did talk about making an official tour film but at a certain point, I thought making something more intimate would be more suited to me as a filmmaker and would also facilitate a more personal connection between the audience and the band. 

Mick: (H)e had to convince me. He said, this is kind of my forté, is to shoot these intimate things... So it took me quite a long while to get used to the idea because I was rather fixated on this huge show... I know that Marty had seen our IMAX film and he felt that you don't really see much in the relationships when you see a big movie like that. Also, he wanted to be in a very confined space with a lot of cameras and a lot of different angles, which gives you more control than being in a very large space. 

Mick Jagger (2008): Choosing the set list

It was quite a difficult set list to do. It's a film to watch in a movie house or on DVD. So it's got its own aesthetic. You're not going to do the same show you do in a big place. The problem was, we didn't have a theater show on this tour... And then the other thing was that it's always nice in a film like this to have guest artists. So you had to think about them, what kind of numbers were they going to sing and what could they do... And also, I had to balance off the fact that we had some prior commitments to shoot a DVD of the tour as well. so I had to try to make the set list different from the DVD set list. It doesn't really come out in the film, but that was my big headache. I had to work out what shows we were going to play, this one and that one and the other one and so they wouldn't be the same but, nevertheless, be related. 


    October 29, 2006: Following the first Beacon concert, Ron Wood flies to England to visit his ailing brother Art in
        the hospital.

October 31, 2006: Because of Mick Jagger's continuing throat problems, the second New York City
    concert is rescheduled for the next day. Other concerts are rescheduled, and a concert in Hawaii is

November 1, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform their second Beacon Theatre concert, which also
    features the tour firsts of Some Girls and Connection.

Mick Jagger (2008): More shooting

We did discuss all the cameras and the only problem we had really was that every time you go to a camera that moves, it takes up a lot of room. Marty and I wanted a lot of tracks and cranes and cameras but there wasn't a lot of room in the theater and not a lot of room onstage... But we had a lot of tracks and learned a lot on the first night. We were much more efficient on the second night.


    Early November 2006: Jagged Films acquires the rights for the remake of the film The Women, which Mick Jagger
        will produce.

    November 3, 2006: Ron Wood's beloved older brother Art, musician in his own right, dies of cancer at age 69 in

November 6-8, 2006: The Rolling Stones start the last, western leg their North American tour with
    shows at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California, and Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

    November 10, 2006: Mick Jagger flies back to England for a day to visit his father who has fallen ill after a fall.

    November 11, 2006: In the next of a series of hard-hitting events, Mick Jagger's father, Joe Jagger, dies at age 93.

November 11, 2006: In difficult circumstances, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform their third
    show of the world tour at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden.

November 14, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in the state of Idaho, at Boise's Idaho

November 17, 2006: The Rolling Stones are back east for a single concert, playing Atlantic City's
    Boardwalk Hall.

    November 20, 2006: Charlie Watts, along with Chuck Leavell and Bernard Fowler on vocals, record a remake of Hey
        Negrita for Tim Ries' Rolling Stones project at Capital Studios in Los Angeles.

November 22, 2006: The Rolling Stones perform at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Bonnie Raitt guests
    on Dead Flowers.

November 25, 2006: The Rolling Stones end their Fall 2006 North American tour and, for the moment,
    their world tour, at Vancouver, Canada's BC Place Stadium. Bonnie Raitt guests on Shine a Light,
    while Keith Richards performs three songs for the first time ever in a Stones concert. Unconfirmed
    rumours at this time has the band returning to Europe in the spring or summer of 2007, which would
    make the Bigger Bang World Tour possibly the longest of their career, surpassing the 1997-99 Bridges
    to Babylon/No Security epic. The Bigger Bang World Tour takes its place in history as rock's highest
    grossing tour ever, taking over the previous record held by the Stones' own 1994-95 Voodoo Lounge
    World Tour.

    November 28, 2006: Mick Jagger, along with his family, including ex-wives and all his children, attends the funeral
        for his father in England. Charlie Watts and Ron Wood also attend, along with Bob Geldof.

Mick Jagger (October 2007): Joe Jagger

(H)e was 93 when he died. .He was a very good father to me. So, you know, I was really - because of that I think - because of him and my mother, of course - but they gave me really solid grounding in life. And they were very supportive of me even though... There was a few rocky times when they didn't quite understand what I was doing. But that's normal, you know.


    December 1, 2006: Ron Wood jams as he takes part in a wake for his brother Art near London, England.

    December 14, 2006: Death of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, home to Rolling Stones Records
        worldwide between 1971 and 1977, and in North America until 1984. Ertegun had attended the Stones' concerts at
        the Beacon Theater and suffered a head injury.

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (December 2006): Godspeed Ahmet

Mick: Ahmet was very expansive and caring. And he would always make me laugh. We had so many good times together, and I will miss him so much.

Keith: Ahmet sort of insidiously crept into our lives (laughs). He was both diplomatic and down home. He was very different from the people who run most record labels... When he came to our sessions, it was usually with a bit of fanfare and some beautiful babe on his arm - he had a bevy. He wouldn't say much about the music. You'd get little grunts: Damn good. That's the shit... He was one of the Stones' father figures. I looked up to Ahmet the way I did Muddy Wates. Until the day he died, his whole thing was to be involved with musicians. His love of the music, his joy from it, stayed with him. Otherwise he wouldn't have been backstage at the Beacon a couple of weeks ago. It was full circle. And that touches me.


    December 25, 2006: Death of R&B legend, and Stones inspiration, James Brown.

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