And the guitar player gets restless

    January 1974: Mick and Bianca Jagger holiday in Trinidad.

    January 5-February 1974: Bill Wyman holds recording sessions for his solo album in Sausalito, California.  

January 10, 1974: Mick Jagger does early mixes for the upcoming It's Only Rock 'n Roll album at CBS
    Studios in London, England.

February 8-13, 1974: The Rolling Stones resume recording sessions for It's Only Rock 'n Roll at
    at Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany.

    February 15, 1974: Mick Jagger attends the opening of The Bottom Line night club in New York City, with Stevie
        Wonder, Carly Simon and others.

February 20-March 3, 1974: The Rolling Stones continue recording the album It's Only Rock 'n Roll
    at Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany, working on If You Really Want to Be My Friend,
    Dance Little Sister and Time Waits for No One among others.
Mick Taylor: "Time Waits for No One"

The best one (on that album) - for a guitar solo, anyway - is Time Waits for No One, which is the first song we recorded for It's Only Rock 'N Roll. We hadn't seen each other for about 3 months, and it was done in one or two takes. We had done a bit of a layoff because we'd finished an American tour (sic), and everybody went to different parts of the globe and had a rest. I went to Brazil, which is possibly why there is a little Latin influence there.


    March 1974: Mick Jagger attends the American Film Institute's tribute to James Cagney in Los Angeles with John

April 10-15, 1974: The Rolling Stones continue recording and mixing sessions for It's Only Rock 'n Roll    at Mick Jagger's Stargroves home in Newbury, England, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Keith Richards: The spring '74 sessions

We finished off writing the songs that hadn't been completed lyricwise, because a lot of them had been written in a very loose framework to start with - maybe just a chorus, a hook line, or something. Then we got on and did the vocals and I left Mick for a couple of weeks to do his solo vocals, because he often comes up with his best stuff alone in the studio with just an engineer. Then he doesn't feel like he's hanging anybody up.


April 14, 1974: The Rolling Stones' first full-length concert film, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling
    Stones, filmed in 1972, is premiered in New York City.

    April 29, 1974: Mick Jagger is in New York at the Record Plant, where John Lennon drops by and spontaneously
        produces the song Please Don't Ever Change.

    Late April-June 1974: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Mick Taylor contribute to the recording sessions of Ron
        Wood's first solo album at the latter's home studio in Richmond, England.

    May 13, 1974: Bill Wyman's solo album, and the first solo album by a Rolling Stone, Monkey Grip, is released.

Mid-May 1974: The Rolling Stones hold a band meeting in England to discuss tour plans and business &
    tax issues.

    May 18, 1974: Eric Clapton jams with Ron Wood and Keith Richards at the former's home studio, The Wick, in
        Richmond, England.

May 20-25, 1974: The Rolling Stones hold overdubbing and mixing sessions for It's Only Rock 'n Roll
    at Island Studios in London, England.  

June 1, 1974: The Rolling Stones shoot promotional film clips for It's Only Rock 'n Roll, Ain't Too Proud
    to Beg and Till the Next Goodbye at studios in London, England.

    June 28, 1974: Bill Wyman performs with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Muddy Waters at the Montreux Jazz
        Festival in Switzerland.

    July 13-14, 1974: Keith Richards performs in Ron Wood's band at the latter's solo concerts at the Kilburn Gaumont
        State Theatre in London.

Keith Richards (1975): No tour in 1974

I can't live without being on the road. Every minute spent off the road I either turn into an alcoholic or a junkie 'cause I've got nothing else to do. It's just a waste of time. I can turn into anything: a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a psychedelic treat, a Jehovah's Witness, a junkie - anything can happen 'cause I'm not doing THAT. That's what I do. I mean, most people that do things at least have the opportunity of doing it pretty regularly. We're in this unique, so they say, position of not being able to expose ourselves too much. So you've got these horrible extravagances of people saying, I don't want to work this year. That's why I did the album with Woody. I couldn't stand it anymore. To write off a whole fucking year in one sentence is stupid.


July 26-27, 1974: The Rolling Stones' first single off their next album, It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It), is released.

    July 27, 1974: A day after his 31st birthday, Mick Jagger holds a big party in London, which Rod Stewart, Pete
        Townshend and Mama Cass attend among others.

    August 1974: Charlie and Shirley Watts spend time with Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom in France. Mick Taylor
         produces and plays on Robin Millar's Cat's Eyes album at Apple Studios in London.


August 18, 1974: Mick Jagger does additional mixing for the It's Only Rock 'n Roll album at a studio in
    in London, England.  

    September-November 1974: Keith Richards spends time in Switzerland, and gets his teeth fixed. He also
        attempts nsuccessfully another heroin addiction cure.

Keith Richards (1974)

I reconciled myself to what I was years ago (laughs). I'm not gonna last forever. I'm changing my image. I'm finally getting my teeth fixed.


    September 13, 1974: Ron Wood's first solo album, I've Got My Own Album to Do, is released.

    September 16-17, 1974: Mick Jagger spends one of these evenings with Bob Dylan at A&R Studios in New York City,
        as the latter is recording Blood on The Tracks. Mick Jagger also spends time at John Lennon and May Pang's
        apartment in New York this month.

    Late September 1974: Mick Jagger and John Lennon attend the fall opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
        New York City, then hang out in Montauk, Long Island.

    October 9, 1974: Mick Jagger attends Lou Reed's concert at the Felt Forum in New York City.

October 16-18, 1974: The Rolling Stones' 14th U.S. and 12th UK studio album, It's Only Rock 'n Roll, is released.

    October 24, 1974: Bill Wyman spends his 38th birthday at home in France with French poet André Verdet.

October 25-28, 1974: The Rolling Stones join Keith Richards and hold band meetings in Geneva,
    Switzerland, discussing plans for the next year. Mick Taylor gets angry and leaves after a day.

Keith Richards (November 1974): A two-year plan

Well - what we're thinking of is something like this: We'll go and do some sessions in December to start recording a new album which we hope to have out by May. Because, hopefully in June we'll be starting out a tour which will last a year altogether. It would start in America and go through there until about August, with maybe South America and Canada thrown in somewhere during. After which there will be a break when we hope to be able to get a live album out - of the American tour. Following that - starting around November, or October or something, will be the second half of the tour, which will probably be Australia, Asia, and ending up in Africa. There we hope to be able to make some kind of a movie, not just a documentary... Anyway - that will take us until about Christmas, when we'll have another break, and we'll have to start recording another albunm because by then it will have already beeen a year since we will have done the one we're planning to do now, if you follow me. Yes (laughs), and then it goes on for the third part of the tour which would be Europe, hopefully the Iron Curtain, England, etc.... which would take us a year from the start of the tour. That would then be one June later, and it would end in June 1976. That's basically what we talked about.


November 1974: Bill Wyman is informed of Mick Taylor leaving the Rolling Stones.

Mick Taylor: Leaving the Rolling Stones

It was inevitable. I was becoming so depressed and frustrated that it was rubbing off on the group. I had a lot of personal problems which had nothing to do with the group. I was bored. Not bored with the Rolling Stones but bored with myself. I knew I had a lot more inside me, and it needed to get out.

I was actually getting very bored with the inactivity and the lack of direction. You know, for a whole year we just really didn't do anything. We didn't see each other and nothing was happening. And there were all sorts of things going on that had absolutely nothing to do with the band and being on the road and making records, which, I think, interfered with relationships within the band.

I think if I'd have been a little older, I don't think I would have left actually. You know, I don't REGRET that I left, but because I hadn't been involved with them right from the beginning, there was much more of a sense of urgency about needing to do something else, inside me, you know. Whereas with the rest of them, they always knew inside themselves that no matter how difficult things were or how crazy things were, they'd sort of always be together, they'd get through it.

Bill Wyman: Thoughts of leaving the Rolling Stones

Around the time Mick Taylor quit I just wanted to leave. I couldn't see myself standing it any longer. But I didn't want to be the person who caused the breakup of the band.


    November 14, 1974: Mick and Bianca Jagger attend a party at New York City's Hippopotamus Club for the play
        Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, mingling with John Lennon and Ronnie Spector.

December 6-15, 1974: The Rolling Stones, minus Mick Taylor, start work on their next album, Black
    and Blue, at Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany. They record the basic tracks for Fool to
    Cry and Cherry Oh Baby.

Engineer Glyn Johns: starting Black And Blue

We started the record in Germany, the night before Mick Taylor left the band. The five of us, as it turned out to be, getting back together as the original crew on our own, with Nicky Hopkins, and Stu. And it was FANTASTIC, because it was just like the old days but without Brian. We cut eleven tracks in - I think we were there for just under two weeks. We overdubbbed on a lot of them. Cause they got on quicker than they'd ever been before. We had a GREAT time. The material was pretty good. We broke for Christmas or whatever...


December 12, 1974: The Rolling Stones officially announce the departure of Mick Taylor from the group.

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards: Living & playing with Mick Taylor

Mick: Living with someone like that for five years, being with them so much, makes you very close to them. So, as far as we're concerned, he was just as close as anyone else in the band. There's no question of his being frozen out of the group or anything like that. Five-and-a-half years is a long time to spend with one band, especially these days, I think. And people talk about him not having a kind of Stones image. I think it's only Keith and me to a certain extent, who have what you'd call that kind of image.

Mick and I used to get on very well, and we used to go around a lot together. I think it's just that he has a lot of ideas and he wants to try them out. And I hope he does. I don't want to say goodbye to him. I hope I can work with him again.

Keith: My playing relationship with Mick Taylor was always very good. There is no way I can compare it to playing with Brian, because it had been so long since Brian had been interested in the guitar at all, I had almost gotten used to doing it all myself - which I never really liked. I couldn't bear being the only guitarist in a band, because the real kick for me is getting those rhythms going, and playing off of another guitar. 

But I learned a lot from Mick Taylor, because he is such a beautiful musician. I mean, when he was with us, it was a time when there was probably more distinction, let's say, between rhythm guitar and lead guitar than at any other time in the Stones. More than now and more than when Brian was with us, because Mick Taylor is that kind of a player; you know he can do that.

Mick Jagger (December 1974): Plans for the new year

We have got American dates coming up about May, and we'll be touring extensively next spring. Mick's departure doesn't really affect the plans, by then we'll probably have a new man anyway.


    Late December 1974: Bill Wyman holidays in Bermuda.

    December 23, 1974: Keith Richards joins Ron Wood and The Faces for a concert in London.

December 26, 1974: The Rolling Stones appear on UK radio's Hunky Chunky Radio Show, speaking on
    the phone with hospital patients.


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