Ronnie Wood: “I saw the Stones in 1963 at the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival” – Music News

Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood have joined Matt Wilkinson for The Rolling Stones: 60th Anniversary Special on Apple Music Hits. They discussed when Ronnie first saw the Stones perform live, their love for new talent including Prince, Charlie Watts, the band’s future in tech, Mick missing the ABBA show and Mick speaking French.

Ronnie Wood
Yeah. I saw them in 1963 at the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival, with one of my favorite bands at the time, Cyril Davies All Stars, and my brother Art was singing was Cyril. John Baldry was in that band with Alexis Korner, and all that. The expansion of the Blues, and the shift from Jazz to Blues and Rock and Roll, was right at the tipping point where I saw the band. I saw the band I wanted to be in, and I thought they were doing what I wanted to hear, what I wanted to do. Look at the presence of these guys and look at the girls. I said, that sounds like a good job, and it was fantastic.

Ronnie Wood
The very first days, very melodic songs with a lot of feeling. Mick always had a knack for peeling back the layers, like an onion in modern music, whatever music is today, back then he was discovering bands like Shirley and Company, like shame, shame, shame, all things like that. When Prince came out, Mick and Charlie, they saw this precocious talent that people were throwing cabbages at, dressing up camping and in a Mac with women’s underwear and everything. The talent of his voice and his acting was marvellous. We have always appreciated new talent, and also taken the leaf out of their book, or made room for them to come out with us, or attract people to them.

Mick Jagger
Yeah. I mean, we did a whole tour with him before this tour, so this is our second tour. If you bring someone else into a group of people it will always change the dynamic but Steve he’s a great drummer but he’s also part of it like Charlie was he’s a student of battery. He’s not just a wang bash drummer, or even just a great drummer. He is also a drum student. It’s as if I was studying a certain vocal style. He can listen to Charlie’s performances on record, and live, obviously, and take them and keep the essence of what Charlie did in those songs without changing it too much. Sure, he’ll interpret them slightly differently, but he’ll keep the great things Charlie did and add his own thing to them. As he gains more confidence, he will always keep the same thing, but it will be something that will belong to him.

Ronnie Wood
Oh, that’s been amazing. Keith, and me, and Darrell, mostly. Engine room Darrell and Steve rock. Darrell has changed in a way, he’s getting closer, it’s like a magnet, and me and Keith are like magnetized for him. Mick has known him for years, as have Keith and me. He’s an old friend of ours and he knew Charlie very well too. He had Charlie’s blessing to join the group until Charlie could get better and come back to us. Since he didn’t, God bless him, so Steve did, just like lighting the wick of a firework, when Charlie played, on a firecracker. Now it’s like lighting a fuse on the whole box of fireworks, it’s Steve Jordan. He is simply amazing. He kicks us and directs us musically, and we love it.

Mick Jagger
It would be stupid of me to give you a one line answer, because I haven’t really thought about it. The ABBA stuff gives you that kind of technological breakthrough, which I haven’t seen yet. I was supposed to go see him, but there was a train strike. So I couldn’t go there. I wasn’t going to take the train, but the traffic was terrible, so I can’t really answer that. Obviously, technology is going to give you some of the answers to this, and who knows what technology awaits us later? We’re already in a world of artificial intelligence to do this kind of stuff, and you can also do a lot of musical things with not very complicated computerization.

Ronnie Wood
He adapts very well to the public, wherever we play, and speaks their language a little and they master that, and it’s a little… Oh, I can’t wait to arrive in Paris, for example. Mick speaks French very fluently, and it’s a natural thing for him to fall into French, to be saturated again by the French genre.

Ronnie Wood
We all have talents in different ways. I like to paint. He also likes to speak a little Italian, for example.

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