We make a beautiful team
Early January 1993: Mick Jagger is holidaying in Mustique.
January 1-13, 1993: Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos rehearse at
S.I.R. Studios in New York City for their
upcoming North American tour.
January 6, 1993: Bill Wyman officially
announces he is quitting the Rolling Stones in a British TV
(January 1993): Goodbye
I really don't want to do it anymore. I have many special memories. It's been wonderful. But I thought the last two tours with them were the best we have ever done, so I was quite happy to stop after that.
When I joined this band, we thought we would last two or three years with a bit of luck and come out with a few shillings in our pockets. Now, here I am 30 years later, and I haven't done any of the other important things ni life.
(2003) & Charlie Watts (2013): Bill leaving
Keith: It was a huge surprise when he actually said, I'm going to leave the group. Nobody says that - that's a kind of Spinal Tap line - but I eventually had to accept it. I didn't let him off the hook for ages about it, because we've got this unit and whatever it is we do somehow seems to work well. The idea of taking a slice out of something that only has five elements in it in the first place is difficult. You can't do anything about people dying, but apart from that... Also Bill was my rhythm section. As far as I was concerned he and Charlie were joined at the hip, musically. He had an affinity with Charlie Watts that was quite amazing, and good rhythm sections don't come around that often.
Charlie: No, (it wasn't) a mistake, because he was in the middle of a terrible marriage that he should never have got into – he had a horrendous time with the Mandy girl – and he then married a very good woman and had three children very quickly... and he was very, very happy. But it was a shame he left because a) it was great having him and b) I think he missed out on a very lucrative period in our existence. There were very sparse periods you went through building the band, and he didn't really reap the rewards that we do now.
Watts (2003): Bill as a bass player
Bill in comparison (to Darryl Jones) was almost an effeminate kind of player, although he played some great bass lines, fabulous lines in fact - I think that was because he came from the guitar, in the same way that Ronnie can play great bass... Bill was totally unlike a bass player. When we were in Toronto rehearsing for the Forty Licks tour I was listening back to a lot of the songs that Bill and I had played together - and I found myself thinking that he was a lot better than I had remembered. I supposed that I had never really thought about it before: Bill had been a bass player who I worked with, and a friend, and I had never sat down and considered his actual bass playing.
January 10, 1993: Ron Wood starts a short tour of Japan in Osaka.
January 11-13, 1993: Ron Wood performs concerts in Fukuoka and Nagoya,
January 14, 1993: Ron Wood finishes his Slide On This tour of Japan
at the Budokan in Tokyo. Keith Richards
leaves New York for Seattle.
January 15, 1993: Ron Wood performs with Guns 'N' Roses in Tokyo.
January 16, 1993: Bill Wyman and Suzanne Accosta get engaged in England.
January 16-17, 1993: Ron Wood gives press interviews in Tokyo.
January 17, 1993: Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos open their second
North American tour with a concert
January 19-26, 1993: Keith Richards performs on the West Coast, in Vancouver,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las
Vegas and San Diego.
January 28-31, 1993: Keith Richards and the Winos perform in Pheonix and
January 30, 1993: Mick Jagger is in New York, appearing in a club with
model Elle MacPherson.
February 2-4, 1993: Keith Richards performs concerts in St. Paul and Chicago.
February 4, 1993: Mick Jagger rehearses for an appearance on Saturday
Night Live, and appears on U.S. TV's David
February 5, 1993: Ron Wood performs a recorded and filmed Unplugged
MTV concert with Rod Stewart at Universal
Studios in Los Angeles.
February 6, 1993: Mick Jagger appears on U.S. TV's Saturday Night Live,
performing and appearing in skits, notably
imitating Keith Richards. The real Keith Richards performs a concert at Massey Hall in Toronto.
February 8, 1993: Mick Jagger's third solo album, Wandering
Spirit, is released on Atlantic
February 8-10, 1993: Keith Richards performs in Detroit and Washington
February 9, 1993: Mick Jagger performs a single concert to present his
new album, at Webster Hall in New York
February 11, 1993: Mick Jagger leaves New York for a holiday in France.
February 12-14, 1993: Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos perform three
concerts at Boston's Orpheum Theatre.
February 16, 1993: Ron Wood, along with Bill Wyman filling in for Ronnie
Lane, participate in a Faces reunion for
the televised Brit Awards at London's Alexandra Palace.
February 16-17, 1993: Keith Richards performs two concerts at Philadelphia's
February 19-24, 1993: Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos complete their
North American tour with five concerts
at New York City's Beacon Theater.
February 1993: Keith Richards
meets with Mick Jagger at the latter's home in New York City to discuss
the next Rolling Stones album.
(1994): Focusing on the Voodoo
I sat down with Mick in New York in February of '93 and said, What are we going to do? We sort of had a glass of wine in his kitchen, and the only word - and the word that counted - was FOCUSED. We said, If we can look down the same telescope, I think we've got a good one here. That was the real word, to get everybody focused on the same thing.
February 25, 1993: Keith Richards flies off to the Caribbean island of
St. Barts for a holiday.
Early March 1993: Mick Jagger shoots a videoclip for Don't Tear Me Up
in London, England.
Mid-March 1993: The Charlie Watts Quintet starts recording its next album
in London, England. Mick Jagger attends
a dinner party in London with Bill Wyman and George Harrison.
Mid-April 1993: The Charlie Watts Quintet finishes recording in London.
April 20, 1993: Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards meet in New York City and fly together to Barbados.
(1993): The Rolling Stones Mach IV
It's kind of like an adventure, the Stones. You can't give up now. Once you're in, you take it to the end. If you got off the bus now you'd spend the rest of your life wondering where the end of the line was. We're the only ones here, so in a way there's a duty to see how far you can take it. I think there's a possibility of another gold period in the Stones somewhere.
April 21, 1993: Bill Wyman marries long-time girlfriend Suzanne Accosta
in Vence, France.
April 21-29, 1993: Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards start writing demos for the next Rolling Stones album
at Blue Wave Studios in Barbados.
The place there is Eddy Grant's studios. It's away from everything, not touristy. You don't get the feeling that you're anywhere.
& Mick Jagger (1994): Starting a new album
Keith: I went straight off that (solo) tour and went into writing songs with Mick and Charlie down in Barbados, with maybe a week off. I really had no time to discern the difference between the Winos and the Stones. I was just doing what I was doing. I knew that I didn't have to do any practising; I was already on a roll.
Mick: I did go from work on my solo album straight into work on the Stones album. So yes, I was already in the groove, as it were. But the other side of that is that I just wrote a bunch of songs and now I have to write another whole bunch (laughs). I did have a few things left over that I hadn't finished, like Brand New Car, but I didn't have an awful lot else. So I went to Barbados and sat there at first thinking, What am I going to do?
We did a lot of writing. In Barbados, Keith and I did a lot.
April 29, 1993: Ron Wood joins Rod Stewart on U.S. TV'S Late Night with
April 30-Mid-May 1993: Charlie
Watts joins Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in Barbados to continue the
(1994): Deciding on what kind of album to make
I feel like I've been here before because everytime I say these things I read in an article where Keith says, Oh, it just happened, man!... And I look like a complete twit! Because I say all these kind of, like, Well this is why it was this or... At the risk of that, Keith and I DID actually sit down, and I also sat down with Charlie, we did actually sit down and say, Well what do you...? You know, I think the record should be like this. Or And it shouldn't be like this. So we did actually talk intellectually about it. We wanted it to be more direct. We wanted it to be more interesting rhythmically. We said we wanted to... keep sort of quirky things if they happened... to keep them in the album rather than say Well, that's very interesting but, you know, no one's going to like it.
May 1, 1993: Ron Wood and Rod Stewart attend the Kentucky Derby in Louisville,
May 3, 1993: Ron Wood performs with Rod Stewart for U.S. radio at ABC Studios
in New York.
May 5, 1993: Ron Wood returns to London from New York.
May 12, 1993: Ron Wood presents an award to Rod Stewart at the World
Music Awards in Monte Carlo.
Mid-May 1993: Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts return to England from Barbados,
Keith Richards to New York.
May 21, 1993: Ron Wood shoots a videoclip with Pete Townshend in London.
May 23, 1993: Ron Wood performs with Jerry Lee Lewis for British TV in
May 30, 1993: Ron Wood joins Guns 'N' Roses onstage at Milton Keynes in
June 1, 1993: Ron Wood celebrates his birthday in Ireland.
June 2, 1993: Keith Richards accepts an award in New York on behalf of
Mick Jagger and himself inducted them
into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan had been inducted in 1982, Lennon & McCartney in 1987.
(1993): The Songwriters Hall of Fame award
The trophy was signed by Sammy Kahn, one of the best songwriters of the 20th century. On his deathbed he said, I want to include Keith in the Hall of Fame. I found that really touching, and I am in good company there - Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and many more.
(1993): The future for the Rolling Stones' recording career
I just don't want to see the Stones grasping hungrily to be up to date and have hit records, I just want the Stones to do the best they can. They're the only ones who can do it. I want to make really good stuff. If we get hits out of it fantastic, but if not they'll be damn good reords, and they'll still last, and they'll be around a long time.
June 8, 1993: Mick Jagger shoots a videoclip for Out of Focus in
June 13, 1993: Ron Wood performs with Rod Stewart for U.K. TV in London.
June 17, 1993: Mick Jagger holds interviews to promote his album in Hamburg,
June 21-25, 1993: The Rolling
Stones audition bass players at S.I.R. Studios in New York City. Mick
Jagger and Keith Richards also interview producers for the next album.
Watts (1994) & Ron Wood (2003): Auditioning bass players
Charlie: I've never auditioned anybody before. It's not horrible, it's bloody hard work. We had four guys a day for a week! Seven days (sic) of it - you were just bassed out, I supposed they'd call it. I couldn't hear another bass at the end of the week.
Ron: One of the songs we would play with a bass player coming to audition with us would be a blues jam, but we'd leave that to the end, after starting with a couple of numbers like Brown Sugar and Miss You. The jam was important because it gave us to the opportunity to see how solid they were and how well they kept with Charlie.
We had so many applicants. All these people were coming out of the woodwork once they heard we were auditioning, from Noel Redding out of the Jimi Hendrix Experience to all these young whippersnappers.
Jones (1994): Auditioning for the Stones
A few hours before I auditioned, a friend who worked with the Stones called and said, Okay, they are probably going to play through this and this. So I just brushed up on those tunes a little bit, and I went in and played. Even from the beginning, though, I didn't go in thinking, Hey, play this like Bill Wyman played. I just learned the songs and played what I thought should be in those places. When I arrived, all of the guys were very, very nice. They really made me feel comfortable from the beginning.
(1994): Brown Fucking Sugar
Oh God... We auditioned about 16 (bass players) and then you have to listen back to the tapes. It's torture. And in order to be fair to them all, you have to do the same fucking songs over and over again. Brown Fucking Sugar. Then we had to try them on the the new stuff because anyone can play Brown Sugar. I can play Brown Sugar.
(1994): Getting interviewed by the Stones and meeting Keith
I knew Mick a bit but I'd never met Keith before. I went to an audition in New York, where they were trying out bass players. My interview for the job was listening to Keith tell me why he doesn't need a producer.
(I)t was shocking to me to contrast the Saturday Night Live parody image... with this vibrant, really intelligent, lucid, mind-racing character. He's the exact opposite of what you picture. The man is as creative as anyone I've encountered in my whole life. Whether he's doing a handwritten fax or playing guitar riffs, he's always inspired. It's a remarkable thing. I'd say he's at the peak of his powers. He's always grown as an artist and he's at a point where he's got a lifetime of experience on which to draw for inspiration.
July 9-August 6, 1993: The Rolling
Stones hold demo sessions at Ron Wood's home studio in St. Kildare,
Ireland. An early version of Sweethearts Together is one of the songs worked on.
(1993): Wild horses
We promised not to scare the horses. So Keith (was) only playing on Volume 8.
(1994): Spending a lot of time writing the material
We talked about the record, and we wanted to be focused and direct and to keep it simple. That's all well and good, but we still had to write the songs! We took a long time to write them - which is good, because I hate to rush that part - and we got a lot of good things, so we didn't waste a lot of time in the studio.
(1994): Getting back into the harmonica
I did a lot of playing along with blues bands (on record for this album) - mostly dead, unfortunately. You know, old records. I would come to the rehearsals in Ireland and for an hour I would just put up CDs of old, like, Muddy (Waters) records and stuff, and play with them. And if they had harmonicas on them, I'd play along with that. If they didn't I'd still play and get a really good sound.
July 16-17, 1993: The Rolling Stones take a break from recording and fly
to London, England, to celebrate Mick
Jagger's special birthday party ten days in advance, with a Bastille Day dress theme, before returning to Ireland.
July 26, 1993: Mick Jagger celebrates his 50th birthday.
(1993): Getting older as a performer
I'm always a bit worried about (becoming obsessed with age) 'cause it always makes you set a lot more store by it than you should really be bothered with. I mean, as long as you can deliver the goods, I think - compose and sing and make the record and perform. I never seem to tire of writing and performing. I LOVE putting on those big shows. Contrary to what people say, I'm not interested in the BUSINESS side of it - only as an adjunct to getting the show up. To get it UP there... to me, that's a business ACHIEVEMENT.
August 2, 1993: Jerry Lee Lewis visits the Rolling Stones in the studio
August 7, 1993: Keith Richards and Ron Wood remain in Ireland for a holiday
following the Rolling Stones' sessions,
while Mick Jagger flies to France.
Mid-to-late August 1993: Keith Richards holidays in Greece and Ron Wood
August 28, 1993: Mick Jagger is back in Dublin, Ireland and catches U2's
concert at the R.D.S. Arena.
Early September-September 29,
1993: The Rolling Stones start recording sessions proper at Ron Wood's
home studio in St. Kildare, Ireland, with producer Don Was, engineer Don Smith and different bassists
joining in, including Doug Wimbish. Darryl Jones becomes the steady bass player in the last two
& Charlie Watts (1994): Choosing Darryl
Keith: The only cloud on the horizon last year, putting all this together, was changing the bass playing. You know, 30 years, the same rhythm section - this is a major upheaval. But in actual fact, it went smooth. We played with a lot of great guys, and eventually I said to Charlie, You decide... And he said, You bastard, you put me in the hot seat! And I said, Yeah, for ONCE, Charlie, once in 30 years, you're going to be the supreme judge on this. Mick and I will say what we think. Because they were all such good players and hey, you're playing a couple of hours with a guy and then another. It's so difficult to tell... So to get to that question - why Darryl (Jones) - I think that 5 years (playing) with Miles Davis didn't hurt as far as Charlie Watts is concerned! Because Charlie, being a jazz drummer himself, you know... I mean, to Charlie, rock and roll is part of jazz, and it still has to swing. So in a way one of the best decisions I made last year was to leave the actual choice up to Charlie.
Charlie: Eventually it came down to Dougie Wimbish and Darryl as well as this guy that Keith had worked with. It was an extremely close-run thing between the three of them, but Darryl was so easy to work with that in the end he got a unanimous decision.
It... got into a question of feel and do you think you could work with this guy for two years, or for however long it is? Luckily, Darryl was a very nice guy. He was a very pleasant man and a wonderful musician as well. This band doesn't call for that incredible sort of virtuoso bass playing, but he does have it, and if there was any room for it, he does have it, he could do it.
September 7, 1993: Keith Richards and Ron Wood take a break from recording
and attend a party for Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore in London, England.
September 28, 1993: Ron Wood releases a live album, Slide On Live.
September 30-October 1, 1993:
The Rolling Stones join in on the Chieftains' recording sessions in
Dublin, Ireland, with Chris Kimsey producing.
October 2, 1993: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood return to England,
while Keith Richards flies home to
Early-to-mid-October 1993: At
home in Richmond, England, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood get together to
listen to the tracks recorded by the Rolling Stones thus far.
October 11, 1993: Charlie Watts performs at a press party for his new album's
release at the Algonquin Hotel in New
October 12, 1993: The Charlie Watts Quintet's album Warm and Tender
released, an album of jazz standards with
Bernard Fowler singing.
October 12-13, 1993: Charlie Watts is interviewed and performs on U.S.
TV in New York, including Live with Regis
and Kathie Lee and Late Night with Conan O'Brian.
October 15, 1993: Charlie and Shirley Watts fly from New York to Albuquerque,
New Mexico, to buy horses.
Late October 1993: Mick Jagger flies to New York from England, where he
spends a weekend with Keith Richards
November 3-December 11, 1993:
The Rolling Stones resume and complete basic recording sessions
for Voodoo Lounge at Windmill Lane Recording Studio in Dublin, Ireland. Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
and Ron Wood also contribute to recording sessions by Bobby Womack and Marianne Faithfull.
& Mick Jagger (1994): Recording in Dublin
Ron: Working in Dublin, we weren't disturbed. If somebody did come into the studio, it was a funny character and they weren't going to hang any proceedings up. That is a big clue in the way that the album flows - it's that comfort. Everybody was happy in playing.
Mick: We did so much writing - that took so long - and the actual recording time wasn't very long.
(2003): Working with Don Was
(Don) has an unwritten understanding with the band that he doesn't interfere too much, but that he's there if you need any direction, which means that we are able to operate pretty quickly and efficiently with his help: he's a very easy man to work with. Most of the time the feedback I get from Don is, No, you're doing fine, just carry on doing exactly what you're doing. He might come up to me and say, You can let rip on this one, this one's for you or, I really like that line you were playing - play some more of that. And I think that Mick gets a lot of bounce-back from Don in terms of the arrangements, because Don's a very good arranger.
Chris (Kimsey) and Steve (Lillywhite) would always put in their twopennyworth, whatever they could do, but they were operating much more under the orders of Mick and Keith, who would be telling them, Right, we're going to do this this way, and we want you to handle it this way, whereas they tend to give Don more of an open hand in what he is doing, more of his own choice about the direction he wants the song to go in.
(1994): Keith & his slow things
(Laughs) Yeah, there were a few intense moments. I don't particularly enjoy intense moments. People get very wound up about their songs. I do. Very precious. Very proprietorial. Everyone's playing them wrong. Play it faster, Keith, for Christ's sake, we can't play it this slow, everyone is falling fucking asleep! That was the source of some interesting discussions with Keith. Because if it doesn't get me up on to my feet then I get bored. But Keith just like things too slow and sometimes I have to give in and let him have his... slow things.
19, 1993: The Rolling Stones' Europe and Japan-only greatest hits album,
Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones 1971-1993, is released.
|Keith Richards (Life, 2010): A fight with Mick
Don (Was) was rocked off balance very early on by a sudden and apparently terminal row that erupted in the studio, Windmill Lane in Dublin, between Mick and me, out of the blue, despite our apparent peace terms. It came from sheer nonexistent communication, the building up of festering rages... Ronnie and I had come back into the studio, and Mick was playing some imitation riffs on a brand-new Telecaster. It was one of his songs, called I Go Wild... I'm told I said, There's only two guitar players in this band and you're not one of them. I probably threw it out as a joke, but it didn't connect to the funny bone for Mick - he took it the wrong way, and then it got deeper. I just laid into him, and once again, according to eyewitness accounts, we hammered each other about everything from Anita to contracts to betrayals... And everyone else ran, th assistants and Ronnie and Darryl and Charlie and everyone, all scuttled into the control room... Don told me he genuinely believed that if one more word was uttered, everybody was going to get on planes and the show would be over forever... In the end, after maybe an hour and a half, we hugged and carried on.
December 12, 1993: Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts return to England, Keith
Richards flies home to Connecticut.
December 18, 1993: Keith Richards receives a surprise party for his 50th
birthday and 10th wedding anniversary, at
a restaurant in New York. Guests include Eric Clapton, Johnnie Johnson, Bobby Keys, most of the X-Winos,
Adam Clayton of U2, Phil Spector, Jann Wenner, Steve Van Zandt, Peter Wolf, Darryl Jones and others.
December 19, 1993: Keith Richards returns to his home in Connecticut.
December 25, 1993: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood spend Christmas
in their English homes.
December 26, 1993: Keith Richards leaves Connecticut for Jamaica. Mick
Jagger leaves London for Mustique.
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