Head back to the jungle
January 1990: Keith Richards spends the month in Antigua.
January 5, 1990: Ron Wood leaves his London home for a holiday in Ireland.
January 18, 1990: Jerry Hall announces again to the press that she and
Mick Jagger will marry.
February 1990: The Rolling Stones'
documentary, 25 X 5: The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling
Stones, is released on video.
February 4, 1990: Keith Richards and Ron Wood leave London for Japan. Bill
Wyman stays behind because of his
February 5, 1990: Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts fly from New York to Japan.
(2003): Equal on the payroll after 15 years
Before we went to Japan, on the Steel Wheels tour, my pals Charlie and Bill stood up for me. They said, Are you earning as much as we are? and I said, No. So they said, Unless you earn as much as us, we're not going to carry on. They brought this up at a meeting and I thought, Thank you very much! Bill and Charlie were very supportive. They made a stand for me without me having to beg and say, I'm being unfairly treated. They said, Ronnie's slaved away as hard as we have and he's not getting as much as us. And the rest of the band said, Right, OK, we'll finally end your apprenticeship, you're finally part of the band.
February 6-9, 1990: The Rolling
Stones, minus Bill Wyman, start tour rehearsals at the Mza nightclub in
February 9, 1990: The Rolling
Stones, minus Bill Wyman, hold a press conference at Korakuen Hall in
Tokyo to announce the 1990 Steel Wheels Japan Tour.
February 10-11, 1990: The Rolling
Stones, still without Bill Wyman, hold more rehearsals.
February 11, 1990: Bill Wyman arrives in Japan. The other four Rolling
Stones witness a Mike Tyson boxing match
February 12-13, 1990: Bill Wyman
joins the Rolling Stones for the final tour rehearsals.
February 14, 1990: The Rolling
Stones perform the first of ten concerts at Tokyo Dome in Japan,
first ever performances in that country.
February 15, 1990: Bill Wyman and Ron Wood promote books at a Tokyo bookstore.
February 16-21, 1990: The Rolling
Stones perform five more concerts at Tokyo Dome.
February 21, 1990: Keith Richards joins his wife Patti in a Tokyo hospital
following her mother's heart atttack.
February 22, 1990: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood bring their
children to the Korakuen Amusent Park.
February 23-24, 1990: The Rolling
Stones perform another two shows at Tokyo Dome.
February 26, 1990: Bill Wyman learns his father has died back in England.
February 26-27, 1990: The Rolling
Stones end their first ever tour of Japan by performing their two last
concerts at Tokyo Dome.
February 28, 1990: Bill Wyman leaves Japan for England.
Early March 1990: Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger return to England, and
Ron Wood returns to his new home in
Ireland. Keith Richards visits Paul McCartney in Tokyo, then flies to Antigua for the month.
March 3, 1990: Bill Wyman attends his father's funeral in England.
Mid-March 1990: Mick Jagger spends some time in Paris, France.
March 18-21, 1990: Keith Richards returns to New York City to celebrate
his daughter Theodora and wife Patti's
birthdays and visit his mother-in-law at the hospital. He is also interviewed on New York radio for a
March 22, 1990: Mick Jagger holds
a press conference at the Tabernacle Club in London, England, to
announce the Rolling Stones' 1990 Urban Jungle Tour of Europe.
March 22, 1990: Keith Richards flies back to Antigua from New York City.
April 1990: Keith Richards spends most of the month in Antigua, while Mick
Jagger stays in London and Paris.
April 26, 1990: Keith Richards returns to New York for a few days.
April 28, 1990: Keith Richards leaves New York for Paris, France.
April 30-May 11, 1990: The Rolling
Stones start tour rehearsals for their European tour at the Château
du Dangu near Paris, France.
May 12, 1990: The band members start arriving in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
May 15-18, 1990: The Rolling Stones
finish their European tour rehearsals at Feyenoord Stadium in
May 18-21, 1990: The Rolling Stones
kick off the 1990 Urban Jungle tour, their first tour of Europe
eight years, with three concerts at Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The tour features
a different theme and stage from Steel Wheels.
(2003): Urban jungle
We created another version of (the Steel Wheels staging) for Europe - the Urban Jungle tour - and designed a whole set of fresh visuals featuring lots of dogs. We couldn't use all the steel we had used on the Steel Wheels tour, because we couldn't afford it for Europe - the ticket prices wouldn't support it - and so we had to scale it down somewhat.
May 20, 1990: Charlie Watts visits a Van Gogh exhibition in Rotterdam.
May 23-31, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform two stadium concerts each in the West German cities of
Hannover, Frankfurt and Cologne.
June 1, 1990: Ron Wood and Charlie Watts celebrate their birthdays at their
hotel bar in Munich, West Germany.
June 2-3, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform two concerts at Munich's Olympic Stadium.
June 6, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform a stadium concert in West Berlin.
June 10, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform their first ever concert in Portugal,
at Lisbon's Avalade
June 13-17, 1990: The Rolling
Stones perform two stadium concerts each in Barcelona and Madrid,
June 15, 1990: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts record a Charlie Mingus
jazz piece in Madrid for a tribute album.
June 20-25, 1990: The Rolling
Stones swing through France, performing at the Velodrome in Marseilles,
followed by three concerts at Paris' Parc des Princes.
June 27, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform at St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland.
June 28-July 3, 1990: The group spends a week on holiday. Keith Richards
stays in England, Ron Wood in Ireland
and Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in France.
July 3, 1990: The band all arrive in London.
July 4-7, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform three concerts at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
July 9, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
July 10, 1990: Keith Richards
is treated at a London hospital for a seriously infected finger and the
Rolling Stones postone their next three concerts: one in Cardiff, Wales, and two more at Wembley
Stadium. This is the first time in their history that the group has to postpone or cancel concerts
because of illness.
July 14, 1990: The Rolling Stones, minus Keith Richards, host a party at
The Serpentine Gallery in London, England,
with Jeff Beck and Elton John among the guests.
July 16, 1990: The Rolling Stones
resume the Urban Jungle tour with the rescheduled concert at
Cardiff's Arms Park, their first in Wales since 1966.
July 17, 1990: Back in London, Bill Wyman visits his sick wife Mandy Smith
in the hospital for her 20th birthday.
July 18-21, 1990: The Rolling
Stones perform in north England, with a show at St. James Park in
Newcastle and two concerts at Maine Road Stadium in Manchester.
July 25-26, 1990: Mick celebrates
his 47th birthday onstage in Rome, Italy, as the Rolling Stones
perform two concerts in Stadio Flamino.
July 28, 1990: The Rolling Stones
continue through Italy with a concert at Turin's Stadio Delle Alpi,
which is filmed in IMAX format for a projected concert movie.
July 29, 1990: The Rolling Stones
film scenes without a crowd at Stadio Delle Alpi for the concert movie.
July 31, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform at Vienna's Prater Stadion.
August 3-9, 1990: The Rolling
Stones swing through Scandinavia, performing stadium concerts twice
each in Gothenburg (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway), then once in Copenhagen (Denmark).
August 13-14, 1990: The Rolling
Stones performing for the first time of their career in East
playing two shows in East Berlin's Radrennbahn Weissensee, the second of which is filmed again for
the IMAX movie.
August 16, 1990: The Rolling Stones
perform for the first time in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany.
August 18, 1990: The Rolling Stones
visit with Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia,
They then perform for the first time ever in the country, at the city's Strahov Stadium to more than
100 000 people. Posters in the city read Tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in.
August 19, 1990: The Rolling Stones
fly back to London, England, resting for a week before the tour's
Watts & Ron Wood (2003): Bill's fear of flying
Charlie: (Bill) was extremely paranoid about flying, which I hadn't realised, although he drove everywhere on the Urban Jungle tour that we did in Europe. I thought it was just him going off on one of his own things.
Ron: Bill had been heading that way for years, and the more planes we got on the worse it got. In the end he'd taken too many plane flights. In fact the last flight he took with us, he said, Hey, look out here. I looked out of the window and he said, See that stuff coming off the wing? I said, Yeah, that's condensation, but Bill said, No it's not. That's fuel. It's leaking.
August 24-25, 1990: The Rolling
Stones end their 1989-90 world tour, the biggest of their career and
largest-grossing in rock history at this point, with the two additional, rescheduled concerts at
London's Wembley Stadium. The concerts are again filmed for the IMAX movie and are Bill Wyman's
last ever public performances with the group.
August 27, 1990: Mick Jagger sees Bernard Fowler perform with his band
Tackhead in Reading, England, near
September 1990: Mick Jagger spends some time in France. Charlie and Shirley
Watts holiday in Poland.
Mid-September 1990: Keith Richards returns to New York from London.
September 19, 1990: Keith Richards leaves New York for a lengthy stay in
Early October 1990: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall leave for southcentral and
eastern Asia for six weeks, visiting India,
Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Indonesia.
October 24, 1990: On his 54th birthday, Bill Wyman hosts a book launch
for Stone Alone, at his club Sticky Fingers
in London, England, the first volume of his long-promised biography of the Rolling Stones, covering the 1960s
and candidly critical of the group on a personal level. Full follow-up volumes are never written/published.
November-December 1990: The Rolling
Stones individually drop by Olympic Studios in London, England,
for the mixing and overdubbing of the live album Flashpoint.
November 12, 1990: Ron Wood undergoes a serious car accident near London,
England, sustaining fractures on both
of his legs.
November 21, 1990: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall finally marry, holding a
wedding ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.
November 22, 1990: Bill Wyman announces he will divorce his wife Mandy
Smith, after a year-and-a-half-long
Late November 1990: Mick Jagger arrives in Los Angeles for two weeks.
December 2, 1990: Keith Richards arrives in London, England, from Jamaica.
He attends the mixing sessions for
Flashpoint and visits with Ron Wood.
December 7, 1990: Keith Richards returns to Jamaica.
December 14, 1990: Keith Richards leaves Jamaica for New York.
December 19, 1990: Bernard Fowler and the other Steel Wheels tour
vocalists are among the guests for Keith
Richards' birthday and wedding anniversary party in New York City.
December 20, 1990: Ron Wood and family leave England for a holiday in Ireland.
Late December 1990: Mick Jagger spends the holidays with his family on
the island of Mustique.
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