THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

1979
 

Does one or the other of us
have to be the boss?


    Early January 1979: Keith Records records with reggae group Black Uhuru in Kingston, Jamaica.

 
January 22-February 12, 1979: The Rolling Stones resume work for their next album, Emotional Rescue,
    recording for the first time at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas. Songs recorded
    include She's So Cold, All About You, Little T&A and I Think I'm Going Mad and the unreleased Lonely
    at the Top (redone solo by Mick Jagger in 1984).
 
 
Keith Richards: Rolling Stones rockabilly

The guitar sound on Little T&A and She's So Cold is our equivalent of that rockabilly thing. I think you'll find that comes from using a lot of analog delay on Ron's guitar or my guitar or both of them, and I dampen it (cover right hand over base of strings). That'll give you that ticka-tacka-ticka.


 
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts & Ron Wood (1980): "She's So Cold"

Ron: The only obvious thing to me about it is that it fits that rhythm and that feel - she's-so-cold, you know? It comes off the tongue....

Mick:  It's really OUR version of she's so cold. Which is, like, very funny because it is an obvious subject. It's like the old cold lady.

Ron:When I touch her, my hand froze.

Mick: Yeah, when I... No, when I touched her, I looked like an ice cream cone - isn't that it? (Laughs) ... There's another... I heard it on the radio the other day. And there's like three songs all about the same subject, so it's a very traditional one.

Charlie:She's So Cold, quite honestly, was a track that Keith had going that I didn't know what was going on it. And I'm the drummer. And Mick wrote lyrics and I never heard a thing until after. Quite honestly.

Ron: I remember you and Keith and me and Bill trashing over and over...

Mick: Actually I wrote it in an hour (...)

Charlie: And I had a great time making the record with Keith. But was he was going to sing or what he wanted on it or what Mick was going to write, it was something I heard months later, in fact.

Mick: Well it was a bit like Shattered, in that way, you remember that one?

Charlie: Yeah, another one.

Mick: It was a bit like Shattered 'cause it was always there...


 
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood & Bill Wyman (1980): "All About You"

Charlie: The classic one on this album is the one Keith's done. I mean, I didn't know what... right up until about 2 months before the album... has now come out.

Mick: Which one are you talking about, Charlie?

Charlie: I mean, I didn't know...

Mick: Which song... ?

Bill: All About You.

Mick: Oh, All About You.

Bill: The train song.

Mick: Yeah.

Charlie: Yeah.

Ron: Train Song, that's what we knew it as.

Charlie: Yeah, Keith's, yeah... Oh nobody knows...

Bill: It's just a track called Train Song.

Charlie: And I never knew what Keith was going to (put) on it, I never knew what he wanted... But it was a great track to play. That's being a drummer, you know?

Ron: He ended up singing that too, which is quite pleasing.

Charlie: Yeah, it's great. But I mean...

Mick: It's not me singing it (laughs).

Charlie: How he made a song out of it, I don't know.



 
    February 6-9, 1979: The Rolling Stones' recording sessions in Nassau are interrupted when Stones assistant Alan
        Dunn and his girlfriend go missing on the ocean. Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, Astrid Pallenberg and a
        security man spend a few days looking for them (they are found).

 
    February 13, 1979: Keith Richards and Bill Wyman remain in Nassau after the rest of the group has left the previous
        day. Keith Richards is with Lil Wergilis.

 
    Late February 1979: Keith Richards hangs out with John Belushi in New York City.

 
    March 1979: John Belushi and Ron Wood hang out in Los Angeles, using a lot of cocaine.

 
    March 17, 1979: Keith Richards meets Patti Hansen for the first time, while at Studio 54 in New York City with John
        Phillips.


   
    April 1979: The New Barbarians, Ron Wood's group that Keith Richards has decided to join for a tour, rehearse in
        Santa Monica and Culver City, California.

 
    Early April 1979: Rolling Stone journalist Chet Flippo interviews Mick Jagger at his home in the Dakota Building in
        New York City, where John Lennon is also living. Mick Jagger asks Flippo to write a short history of the Rolling
        Stones for the Chinese Government to allow the band to tour China.
 
 
Mick Jagger to Chet Flippo (April 1979): China

The Stones want to play China. We'll never get Russia. But the Chinese Government is interested. (They) don't really) know who the Stones are. What we need is a concise, detailed history and description of the band to present to the Chinese Government. Something that explains to China why China NEEDS us... Just haul out the good stuff about us. Quote the right lyrics. Explain why we are what we are.



 
    April 20, 1979: Ron Wood's third solo album, and first since becoming an official Rolling Stone, Gimme Some Neck,
        is released.

 
April 20, 1979: The Rolling Stones rehearse at a studio in West Lakeshore, near Toronto, Canada, for
    their concerts two days later.

 
April 22, 1979: The Rolling Stones, following the New Barbarians, perform two benefit concerts for
    the blind at the Civic Auditorium in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, as part of fulfilling Keith Richards'
    1978 Toronto sentence. John Belushi emcees the concerts. This is the last time the Rolling Stones
    ever perform two concerts on the same day, and it is their last public performance for two years
    and a half.

 
    April 23, 1979: Still in Toronto, Charlie Watts goes shopping for clothes but having not slept for three days, falls
        asleep in an Indian restaurant before being awakened by the police. Meanwhile Keith Richards, following his
        October 1978 sentence, reports to his probation officer.

 
    April 24 - May 8, 1979: Ron Wood, Keith Richards and the other New Barbarians (Ian McLagan, Stanley Clarke,
        Bobby Keys, Ziggy Modeliste) start a U.S. tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and proceed with concerts in Detroit,
        Milwaukee, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Washington (Largo), New York City and Cleveland. Keith Richards
        sings the songs Let's Go Steady Again, Apartment No. 9, Worried Life Blues, Sure the One You Need and Before
        They Make Me Run. Lil Wergilis accompanies Keith Richards on tour.
 
 
Keith Richards (1979): Playing with the New Barbarians

The thing about being in the Stones - and baby, when you're in the Stones, you're in the Stones - you don't get that much chance to go out on the road and play with othe people, as a part of another band, just to keep your hand in. It was a delicate situation, not to come on too strong. I was there to back Woody up and that's what I tried to do. If you come on upstaging everybody, then there's no boddy point in being there, because you might as well go out on the road on your own.



 
    May 3, 1979: Mick Jagger attends court in London for his divorce from Bianca Jagger.

 
    May 10-22, 1979: The New Barbarians conclude their U.S. tour with swings through the south and west, performing
        in Atlanta, Houston, Fort Worth, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.

 
    May 11, 1979: Charlie Watts attends, and performs at, engineer Glyn Johns' wedding in London, England.

 
    May 19, 1979: Mick Jagger attends in London the marriage of Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, ex-wife of George
        Harrison. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Ginger Baker,
        Jack Bruce, Elton John and Rod Stewart also attend. The musicians jam together after the ceremony.

 
    May 21, 1979: Bill Wyman visits French painter Marc Chagall near Vence, France, and takes photographs of the
        artist and his paintings.

 
    Late May 1979: Ron Wood, Keith Richards and the New Barbarians hold unfruitful recording sessions at RCA
        Studios in Los Angeles, California. Around this period, Keith Richards uses heroin again, through contact
        with John Belushi and Cathy Smith, but temporarily and for the last time.


 
    May 27, 1979: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall attend the Monaco Grand Prix and spend a week with Bill Wyman at the
        latter's home in Vence, France.

 
June 1979: The Rolling Stones' UK-only compilation album, Time Waits for No One: Anthology 1971-1977, is released.
 
 
 
 
 


    June 6, 1979: In Toronto, Canada, the Crown asks for an appeal before the Supreme Court of Ontario, declaring

        the sentence imposed on Keith Richards in October 1978 was too light and demanding incarceration.

 
    June 8, 1979: Keith Richards signs a declaration for the Toronto appeal proceedings. Meanwhile Ron Wood performs
        Buried Alive for US TV's Midnight Special, with Ringo Starr on drums.
 
 
Keith Richard: Declaration to the court (June 8, 1979)

Ever since my arrest in February 1977 in this case, I was grimly determined to change my life and abstain from any drug use. My whole experience in this case and, in particular, the Order of his Honor Judge Graburn have afforded me the opportunity to give positive direction and effect on my life and future career. It was a rewarding experience for me also to have been given an opportunity to assist in my small measure the blind people of Canada. I can truthfully say that the prospect of my ever using drugs again in the future is totally alien to my thinking. My experience has also had an important effect not only on my happiness, but on my happiness at home in which my young son is brought up.


 
June 25-August 30, 1979: The Rolling Stones return to EMI-Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France and
    hold more recording sessions for Emotional Rescue. The title track, Hang Fire, Dance, Start Me Up,
    Indian Girl, Let Me Go, Send It to Me and No Use in Crying are among the songs started or continued.
   

    June 27, 1979: The Crown's appeal of Keith Richards' October 1978 sentence is heard at the Supreme Court of
        Ontario's Court of Appeal in Toronto, Canada.

 
    July 8 & 14, 1979: Rocket 88 with Charlie Watts & Alexis Korner perform at jazz festivals in Bracknell, England and
        the Hague, Netherlands.

 
    July 10, 1979: During a temporary separation with Astrid Lundstrom, Bill Wyman meets American model Suzanne
        Accosta in France and they start dating.

 
    July 20, 1979: While Keith Richards is in Paris with Lil Wergilis, at his home in South Salem, New York, a 17-year-
        old boy hanging out with Anita Pallenberg kills himself with one of Keith Richards' guns, playing Russian
        roulette. Anita Pallenberg is eventually cleared of charges of involvement in the boy's death.
 
 
Anita Pallenberg: Scott Cantrell's death

(Keith) didn't say anything about the guy, he just got annoyed with my negligence, being so slopy and flopped out... That boy of seventeen who shot himself in my house really ended it for us. And although we occasionally saw each other for the sake of the children, it was the end of our personal relationship.


 
    August 11, 1979: Keith Richards and Ron Wood take time out of the Rolling Stones' recording sessions to perform
        with the New Barbarians at the Knebworth Fair festival in Knebworth Park, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England,
        headlined by Led Zeppelin. This is Keith Richards' last performance with The New Barbarians.
 
 
Keith Richards (1979): Touring with his own band

I know I could do it. But there ain't no reason to tour with my own group. There's no reason to tour with anyone but the Stones unless something like the New Barbarians thing were to come up. I ain't got no 5-year plan or anything.


 
    August 12-13, 1979: Keith Richards spends time in London with his mother and daughter.
 

    September 2, 1979: Bill Wyman performs in Las Vegas, Nevada with an all-star band he has organized for U.S.
        TV's Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, including Ringo Starr and Todd Rundgren.

 
    Early September 1979: Keith Richards spends time at his home Redlands in England with Anita Pallenberg and
        his son Marlon.

 
    September 8, 1979: Keith Richards attends a wedding of a member of the Rolling Stones' office in London and
        performs at the reception.

 
September 16-October 8, 1979: The Rolling Stones hold yet more recording sessions for Emotional
    Rescue at Pathé Marconi Studios near Paris, France.
 
 
Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts (1980): Making an album

Ron: You have to be prepared to lose a lot (of songs), 'cause you get attached to songs.

Bill: It's also the ones that get finished the quickest, as well.

Mick: Yeah, that's one of my points. You know, the ones who get finished quickest are the ones that are gonna get used...

Bill: The other prospect, the whole problem of... if you do 4 or 5 songs in the same key at the same tempo, you can't use 'em all (...)

Mick: Yeah, what he's saying is right.

Bill: You've got two other really great tracks that you all love, but you can't (use them) all because you've got Where the Boys Go.

Mick: You've got four similar things is what Bill is saying.

Bill: And the same applies to slow ballads, which we've got lots of really great ones. You can only put so many on an album. One, maybe two if you're lucky.

Mick: Some numbers you play a lot, and then there's a number on this record called Down in the Hole which we actually made up (on the spot). And we only cut it twice, I think.

Ron:  I think we let the tape run.

Mick: We did it twice. And there's other numbers which we did many times.....When we did Emotional 
Rescue, that particular track, it was me and Charlie and Woody. And just on our own. And, it was like towards the end of the sessions and Bill was  - I don't think  - there. Keith wasn't there. We just did it... 

We'd done it before, all together actually, in Nassau. We all knew the song. But the actual one that we liked was the one that we just did kind of... During the whole thing, I mean I really wish there was someone that could do a lot of this. Cause there's a lot of donkey work making records, you know. You hear about bands making... spending two years making (records.) A lot of it is donkey work 'cause what you do is a really stupid way of making records. Instead of going in with 10 songs saying, These are the 10 songs we all know and like, you know - they're all rehearsed, great, fantastic, here they come... (Again we did) 30! - it's like making a movie. And so... and then you start, Oh, I wish we could use that one!, and Ronnie's going, What about that one? (laughs) ... And so you wither it down from thirty down to ten and it's a very slow process...

Ron: (Jokes) And there's guitar lessons for Mick, you know. They take weeks and weeks...


 
    October 1979: The Supreme Court of Ontario in Canada decides not to reopen Keith Richards' case. The October
        1978 sentence is made to stand as it is.

 
    October 21, 1979: Mick Jagger contributes to a recording session by Neon Leon in New York City.

 
October 26-Mid-November 1979: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hold overdub and mixing sessions for
    Emotional Rescue at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, which are interrupted due to a
    disagreement.
 
 
Chris Kimsey, Keith Richards & Ian Stewart: Glimmer Twins Battles over Emotional Rescue

Kimsey: Sometimes Keith will argue just to be different than Mick. When Keith's got a point he's very convincing, but sometimes it's just to create a bit of friction. And that friction helps them creatively. It's all done in humor anyway. It's like a childhood joke that nobody takes seriously. They fought a lot during that album because Keith thought Mick was getting his way too much, and Keith had to fight for what he believed. Keith fights for his half of the Glimmer Twins.

Keith: Of course the tracks were too similar! That's why I screamed. I was the maniac on that album, always complaining, always going to battle. It's more difficult to get people to go along with certain ideas now because it's become such a fucking organization. If you're the odd one out who speaks out and says, Look, I know we can do that song better, then they turn around and say, Everybody loves it. And you end up being the agitator, the paranoiac, you know... What's HE on?

Ian: Keith seems to have a little chip on his shoulder regarding Mick. Keith wants to assert himself now, which is great, but at times, it seems Keith wants to give Mick a hard time. Mick kept it together for a long time when Keith wasn't interested. A lot has gone down between Mick and Keith. But they're very close. The last few years it seems they're both thinking differently, which is perfectly understandable after all this time. There does exist a slight lack of discussion between them, though, a lack of communication.


 
Keith Richards (1988-89): Glimmer Twin tensions

If things are perceived as a power struggle, then (Mick's) automatically gonna go against (anything I propose), 'cause it's my idea. But to me it's no power struggle... But I mean, I'm not fautless either. A lot of this perceived struggle is down to me because of the whole thing I went through in the 70s. Dope and getting busted and all that. Mick took an awful lot on his shoulders. I never realized he actually got used to it. I left him to deal with all the business, where before we used to work very closely together on it. Then, when I cleaned up and said, Hey, I'm ready to help out again, he saw it as if he'd have to give up something that he had actually enjoyed wielding, not seeing that I had only temporarily forfeited the right to get involved.

I ain't knocking the cat at all. But when I came back, I didn't want to believe that Mick was enjoying the burden. He could now control the whole thing; it became a power trip. I've heard the shit from the john, like, I wish he was a junkie again.


 
    November 1979: Ron Wood has John Belushi as a guest at his home in Los Angeles and gives him and his wife
        instructions on how to freebase cocaine.

 
December 9-Late December 1979: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards resume mixing sessions for
    Emotional Rescue at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
 
 
Mick Jagger & Ron Wood (1980): "Where the Boys Go"

Ron: That will be very popular in England and here, I suppose. But on a Saturday night the boys all go somewhere and it's usually down to where they can go out of their brains... drinking.

Mick:  And the pub...  (The backup vocalists) were just little girls who live up the road. In New York... Central Park West... (T)hey had all the attitudes off, it was the notes they couldn't get. (Laughs)


 
    November-December 1979: Rocket 88, with Charlie Watts, Alexis Korner and Ian Stewart, tour West Germany and
        the Netherlands.

 
    November 30, 1979: Ron Wood joins Bob Marley and the Wailers onstage in Oakland, California.

 
    December 1979: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards attend a party thrown for Stevie Wonder at the trendy Xenon club
        in New York City.

 
    December 18, 1979: On his 36th birthday, Keith Richards is celebrated with a party at the Roxy Roller rink in New
        York City, where he meets American model Patti Hansen for the second time, invited by manager Jane Rose.
        Anita Pallenberg is at the party.
 Keith receives his skull ring as a gift from his London jeweler.

 
    December 18-23, 1979: Keith Richards ends his relationship with Lil Wergilis and hangs out for five days with Patti
        Hansen in New York City. They wind up at
 a party thrown by Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.
 
 
Patti Hansen Richards: Meeting Keith

When I first met Keith all I could think was: This is a guy who really needs a friend. I gave him the keys to my apartment after only knowing him two weeks. There was no sexual thing going on. I knew he just needed a secret place where he could get far away from the madding crowed. It wasn't love at first sight, though it feels like that now. It just sort of mutually grew. But he is the most romantic man.



 
    December 18 & 30, 1979: Rocket 88 performs concerts in London, England.

 
    December 31, 1979: Keith Richards waits on the stairs of Patti Hansen's apartment until she shows up.
 
 
Patti Hansen Richards: New Year's Eve 1979

I remember New Year's Eve '79 going into '80. I came back from Staten Island in my brother's Oldsmobile because I knew somehow I was going to see him. I just knew it. When I got to my apartment, there he was sitting on my stairs, waiting for me. Keith and I have never been apart on a New Year's Eve since.


 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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