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HERITAGE – 10: “GET OFF OF MY CLOUD!” – Fifty Plus Rocking Years of The Rolling Stones [+ 2017 Euro Tour Dates]
Updated on June 29, 2017 Alan R Lancaster moreContact Author “I was sick and tired, fed up with this and decided to take a drive downtown. It was so very quiet and peaceful, there was nobody, not a soul around. I laid myself out, I was so tired and I started to dream. In the morning the parking tickets were just like flags stuck on my windscreen…”
‘Get off of my cloud’, Decca 8th single, September, 1965
Early days, (cover versions still),
(A) Around and Around – Confessin’ the Blues – Empty Heart – Time is on My Side – Good Times, Bad Times – It’s All Over Now;
(B) 2120 South Michigan Avenue – Under the Boardwalk – Congratulations – Grown Up Wrong – If You Need Me – Susie Q
The Rolling Stones 12X5
12 X 5 [Clear Vinyl] Buy Now Rolling down through the years
As the birthplace of British R he could copy a Chuck Berry solo note for note after only a few hearings. It was also a happy time for me as my son Stephen Paul was born on 29 March, 1962″.
Brian moved to Hampstead, where he sometimes played host to his girlfriend. On Easter Sunday, 1962 Pat and the baby took the bus to London. On her arrival at Brian’s flat he nearly fell back. She moved in with him and then they found another flat in Notting Hill. Brian worked at Whitely’s Kingsway sports department and she took a job at a laundry. He soon moved on to the Civil Service Store in the Strand. Long John Baldry remembered that Brian borrowed some records of his,
“Jonesy (Brian) came round with a girlfriend of his and borrowed some singles of mine, which at that time were irreplaceable. They were American things like BB King on the RPM label. He never ever returned them. I think in actual fact he lost them. I wouldn’t speak to him for two years after that”.
Mick sat in on some numbers with Alexis Korner at the Marquee. Well over a hundred loyal Ealing fans joined them in Soho at their first appearance. In the same month (April 1962) Charlie and Jack Bruce from Cream shared a flat in Primrose Hill. Sylvia McNeill sang with Korner on their regular Thursday gigs. Once when Keith was with them Alexis suggested they form a band.
An advert appeared in Jazz News, s May, 1962, “RHYTHM AND BLUES, Guitarist and Vocalist forming R I was sold on them’.
After the Marquee the band played Ealing Blues Club. Stu knew the traditional jazz scene and he was left to find a replacement drummer. As gigs were uncertain he was left with a hard task.
…The Clintons underwent a change of direction around this time, becoming more of a white rock’n’roll band. The singer Dave Harvey wanted to leave so Bill Wyman and Steve Carroll were left to share the vocals. They added a sax to the line-up and started playing bigger gigs. They also did a gig at the London School of Economics (LSE) where they were probably seen by Mick.
Having finished art school at Sidcup, Keith was in no hurry to find a job. He and Brian decided to do an Everly Brothers sort of act. They put their heads together to write a song that sounded like a 1920s Broadway musical number. Brian tried to dominate the proceedings and Mick was unable to sing the number, being limited to 12-bar blues. They went back to rehearsing, still short of a drummer. A son of the comedian Charlie Chester tried his hand but he was more of a jazz man. Tony Chapman, the drummer of the Cliftons thought he would try for it, having seen an ad in another UK music paper, Melody Maker. Stu was not impressed with his performance,
“Tony wasn’t very good. He would get onto the on-beat and slow down. He’d finish the number mid-chorus”.
In late August 1962 Mick and Brian moved to 102 Edith Grove in Chelsea with a weekly rent of 拢16. Pat moved back to London with the baby and cooked for them. Brian’s money went on guitar strings and gear, Pat’s cash kept them. It was a scruffy flat (whoever thought Chelsea was posh?!) lit by a single bulb in the living room. Keith moved in soon after,
“I never consciously thought of leaving Dartford, but the minute I got out, I had pretty strong instincts that I’d never go back”.
Brian badgered Charlie Watts to join them, but he was happy with his job and gigs at the Marquee with other bands. Their rehearsals were always their strong point, more so than performances. They practiced around the corner from the flat at the Wetherby Arms. Brian called often on Cyril Davies who taught him how to flatten the notes on the harmonica and create a ‘bluesy’ sound. Keith half-heartedly carted his portfolio around the advertising agencies, looking for a job.
Mick passed his first-year exams at the LSE and Brian drifted on aimlessly. Pat left, back to Cheltenham, fed up with her many roles. Brian was so distraught he lost his job and headed for a breakdown. Charlie Watts kept hearing bad things about the band, complete outsiders with no prospects. No-one wanted to hear the music they put out, concentrating instead on their appearance.
Things did not improve as weeks passed. Money and food stayed in short supply at Edith Grove. Dick Hattrell, who had moved in and performed with them suffered from a burst appendix and went back to Cheltenham. A neighbour downstairs who supplied food and IOU’s read Mick’s palm once. Judy Credland gasped, telling him, “You’ve got the star of fame. It’s all there”.
Bill Wyman was introduced to Stu at the Red Lion in Sutton (Surrey), who suggested he go to the next rehearsal at the Wetherby Arms. He went with drummer Tony Chapman, met Stu (and Mick) again and was introduced to Brian and Keith. He wasn’t very much taken with their appearance, but they were fairly impressed by his equipment. He had his home-made bass, his wardrobe-sized bass cabinet, a Watkins Westminster and Vox AC30 amp he’d bought on hire purchase (60’s credit arrangement that most people defaulted on) in August. He wore a suit and tie, thinking a band should dress smartly but the (rest of the) band were less impressed with that. Stu thought highly of him, even though he was more of a Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran fan, unfamiliar with the blues. Purists that they were at the time, the others looked on him with distaste but still the attraction was there for his gear.
Nor was Bill too taken with them, telling them point-blank, “You can’t play f**king twelve bar blues all night!”
He was asked back to rehearsals. He and Tony took their gear to the Edith Grove flat and were taken aback, “It was a disaster area”.
In December Charlie Watts left Blues Incorporated and played with several other bands, his opinion being that he wasn’t up to their standard. His place was taken by Ginger Baker. Also in early December Keith and the Rollin’ Stones played Sidcup Art College’s Christmas dance. Then Bill joined them for another rehearsal. Having supplied fish and chips, shillings for the electric meter and cigarettes, his popularity increased. He made up his mind to join the band, something told him, he said later, that they were ‘a better bet’ than the Cliftons. On the 14th December he played his first gig with them at the Ricky Tick Club in the Star
‘Road Runner’ Charlie (drums), Bill (bass), Keith (rhythm guitar), Brian (lead guitar), Stu (piano), Mick (double-tracked lead vocal and backing vocal);
‘I Wanna Be Loved’ Charlie (drums), Bill (bass), Keith (rhythm guitar), Brian (harmonica), Stu (piano), Mick (double-tracked lead vocal);
‘Honey What’s Wrong’ Charlie (drums), Bill (bass), Keith (lead guitar), Brian (rhythm guitar), Stu (piano), Mick (double-tracked lead vocal, harmonica and maracas);
‘Bright Lights, Big City’ Charlie (drums), Bill (bass), Keith (lead guitar), Brian (rhythm guitar), Stu (piano), Mick (vocal and harmonica).
There was obviously still some way to go…
Rolling With The Stones
Rolling With The Stones Buy Now Literature to look out for:
“Rolling With The Stones”, (see right) Bill Wyman (from his diaries), publ. 2002 Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 0 7513 4646 2, 拢30 – Exhaustive supply of information, press clippings, photographs, music lists. I bought a copy of this heavy volume when it first appeared on the market; Bill Wyman’s recollections of the Stones’ tours, albums, events, court appearances and everything that happened to them from their early days at the clubs and pubs, the Marquee and the BBC. What more could you want?;
“The Rolling Stones – Unseen Archives”, Susan Hill, photographs from the Daily Mail, publ. 2002 Parragon Books, ISBN 0 75258 970 9 – Thorough coverage of the band 1964-2002, good class B
MOJO Magazine (Jan 2012 拢4.50/US$9.99/CAN$13.50) “The Rolling Stones (Cover Story: On The Run In The 1970s)”: Workmanlike overview of Stones’ career, lots of b
MOJO Magazine (Jul 2013 拢4.60/US$9.99/CAN$13.50) “The Rolling Stones (Cover Story: Keith Richards Exclusive ‘Open the cage… and let the tiger out!’)” : looking at the Stones on tour, with retrospective anecdotes from supporting musicians – Chrissie Hynde, Slash, Kasabian, Billy Gibbons etc;
UNCUT Magazine (Issue 4 拢5.99) The Ultimate Music Guide: “Fight The Establishment? We Just Wanted To Be Free!”: Another musical press-orientated expose of the band with good, crisp images;
New Musical Express (NME) Special Collector’s Magazine:- “Ultimate Satisfaction” (Issue 6 – 98pp, 拢5.99): Looking back down 50 years of riotous rock’n’roll in easily digestible slices (1962-67/1967-72 etc) , performer interviews, archive photographs and albums re-assessed;
New Musical Express (NME) Originals 146pp “The Wild Ones – The Rolling Stones, The 1960s” : looking through the early years in press pieces, divided into six chapters. (拢4.99/$9.95) – A sound buy if you don’t want to go to the expense of 拢30, buying both of these NME specials takes you clean through their 50 years, witnessing Brian’s progress through the music press to find fellow musicians for his new band, fast forward to 1969 and plans to start a new band of his own, departure from the Stones, death in the pool, Mick Tayor joins, free concert in Hyde Park (‘Yea, I wuz there!’), exile and so on, exit Mick Taylor, enter Ronnie Wood, exit Bill Wyman… Makes you giddy, don’t it!
A new cover found its way onto my bookshelves in May, 2017:
RECORD COLLECTOR PRESENTS The Rolling Stones (Making the Legend – From the archives of Record Collector): The whole issue is dedicated to the band’s recording experiences from early days in 1962, through 1963… 1964 at Decca with Andrew Oldham at the helm. Fast forward to running their own show after being ripped off over the years. The ‘tongue’ image and on from the 1970s. It’s not cheap at 拢6.99, but worth it for the personal views and reminiscing. What started them off on writing their own material? Andrew locked them in the kitchen and told them not to come out without recordable material. The result was “As Tears Go By” sung by Marianne Faithfull with Andrew’s studio backing. They’ve never looked back, as the saying goes. True, Brian was ‘edged out’ in the move and he was gradually sidelined whilst the creative duos ‘Nanker Phelge’ and the ‘Glimmer Twins’ took over his ‘baby’, but he was given his chance to create something and he came out wanting. Having decided to start a new Blues band of his own, Brian celebrated his move but fell drunk and under the influence into his pool. 114 pages devoted to the Stones including discography (pp.111-114) with revised prices from the 2018 Rare Record Price Guide (Decca singles, Rolling Stones label, CBS,Virgin, others, singles boxed sets, Export singles, Promos; EPs, UK and Export; Albums – Decca, Export, Rolling Stones’ label, others and Promo LPs).
The rest you know. [www.recordcollectormag.com].
Each of these publications has had pride of place on one of my bookshelves, together with newspaper and magazine clippings snipped over the years… Reminds me, I should look back over them… Time, eh? Doesn’t respect any of us, and unless you’ve built a time machine you won’t get it back on ‘replay’
Electrifying performance from ‘the human riff’, rousing lyrics from ‘rubber lips’, jazzy percussion from Charlie, a welcoming debut from Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman’s stony-faced base-line and guest ‘appearances’ from Stu as well as Bobby Keys et al… And a Delia Smith cake
Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed Buy Now Almost bang up to date with ‘Sweet Summer Sun’
All right, all right! Let’s have it for the greatest… I know the lads are turning a bit wrinkly and all that – after you’ve been performing for fifty years let’s see if you’re not a wrinkly yourself.
And then it comes to the performance – whack, no intro’s, straight into – ‘Start Me Up’ is as good as any number to open the proceedings. I’d been waiting weeks after ordering the triple disc (1 X dvd + 2 X cd) set from Amazon in October (2013), a few months after the concerts at Glasto and Hyde Park.
Was it worth the wait? You bet your sweet life it was!
First chance I got, out came the dvd disc (‘O’) from the box. Most of the audience by my reckoning hadn’t been there in 1969, the day I travelled up to London from Nottingham (where I lived at the time), and had forgotten about what I’d heard from work colleagues and reading the local rag. You can’t easily put into words what a performance like that conjures up in emotion. The cost of tickets was way out of my pocket money league, so I had to live with that disappointment for a while… And then I read about the three disc set on the Amazon site when browsing for another cd to complete my collection (two dozen from the No1 untitled album with classics like ‘Oh, Carol’ and ‘King Bee’ to the ‘A Bigger Bang’ album.
Watching the audience, some of them were on another planet – ecstatic and blown away. Certainly a large part of the audience had been there in ’69 when Mick Taylor first appeared onstage with the lads (and Bill Wyman was still in the lineup), introduced as ‘Someone they’d met in the pub’. (The ‘Stones in the Park’ dvd is available as well, plus the ‘Gimmie Shelter’ of later that year when they played the notorious Altamont Speedway gig. See also the ‘Exile on Main Street’.dvd that charts the making of the album under insane conditions in Keith’s French Riviera villa) As it says on the liner notes with ‘Sweet Summer Sun’, there is much to compare with the technology of the previous Hyde Park Concert, what with the kids – mostly girls – clambering up onto the stage whilst Mick in his ‘Greek’ creation and the band tried to perform, Bill was stony-faced as ever, and Mick Taylor looked bemused by the whole ‘circus’..
Mick T was with them at Glasto (Glastonbury to our trans-Atlantic friends) as well, struttin’ his stuff. He’s still as good as he was then, but he just didn’t really fit in. He’s filled out a lot since then, with his boyish looks, but he’s a maestro, as he proved in ‘Midnight Rambler’ near the end of the two hour + set. Legendary performances all round with guest solo performances from Bobby Keys and Lisa Fischer who joined Mick J along the ‘runway’ in ‘Gimme Shelter’, flapping her eagles wings (the fronded wrap). Keith wore a wry grin for much of the time (why did I keep thinking of,pirates?)
Recommended, 10/10 plus stars.
*Oh, and before I forget, there was another bonus in the post the other week, a cd ‘The Jimmy Rogers All Stars – Blues, blues, Blues’ featuring Mick’n’Keef on three tracks ‘Trouble No More’, ‘Don’t Start Me To Talkin’ and ‘Goin’ Away Baby’.
‘Sweet Summer Sun’, following their first ever ‘Glasto’ performance, Rock’s masters capped the 2013 tour season with their concert in Hyde Park, 44 years after their 1969 performance. Watch and listen to this evening’s entertainment, a full 120 minute bonanza. The package includes the dvd and two cd’s that include bonus tracks.
Well worth the outlay. ‘Nuff said, geddit!
Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun
The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun Hyde Park Live Buy Now At last, the lid’s been lifted on the Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band
2016 ‘Exhibitionism’, the Rolling Stones’ Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square off the King’s Road, London SW3
You had a slot for entering. Latecomers didn’t get in. My wife Kath bought me a ticket as a birthday prezzie – thanks Kath – in April, 2016, my ticket for 2pm on a day in late April. I was almost a half hour early. I wasn’t going to miss this for the world. The visitors who cruised around with me were a varied bunch, some unlikely looking candidates although they all seemed to enjoy themselves. Let’s get down to particulars.
Pegs were handed out before you passed through the basement flat they shared, smells and all, with tables full of unwashed dishes, sink full of ditto, stubbed-out ciggies, bedsheets all awry and so on (they were in training for when they struck rich and had somebody else to do the housework). Mind you, whoever owned the property was a bit remiss in maintenance, with black patches on the walls, peeling wallpaper… Seriously though, there was a great selection of guitars, electric and acoustic, amps and everything. There was plenty of stuff to do, listen to the lads talk about their recording sessions, do some mixing yourself on an easily operated ‘console’ (I enjoyed moving the tabs up and down to vary input, bass guitar, Ron and Keef, drums, lead and backing vocals). The lyric writing was covered in its own room, with original material that showed the creative process, Keef’s notebooks and diaries etc. You could listen to the professionalism of their work in entertaining the millions of punters. The stage design concept and set models, cover and sleeve artwork by different artists including Andy Warhol’s working zipper cover and ‘Y’ Front sleeve. Masses of photographs by the big names of the business. There were the stage outfits Mick and Keef have worn to gigs in one long gallery. Then in Room 9 you entered a mock-up of the backstage area with Keef’s trunk and Mick’s make-up ‘tent’ with all the spare amps and rehearsal kit. The girls handed out 3D glasses before you went next door for the finale… The closing number ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ from the Hyde Park Concert (see above) with the whole crowd in on the act including Mick Taylor joining Ron and Keef for this last colourful blast. That got your juices going, eh? In the words of the immortal Keef, “What a gas!”
Hurtled downstairs to the shop next. Lots of goodies, T-shirts, headwear, jackets and all sorts. I bought myself a mug with the exhibition logo and a few postcards. There were some really pricey gear on sale, so if you wanted to go to town you took a wad of cash or cards and a trolley to wheel it home in. There’s a cafe outside, open to the general public called ‘The Mess’ (the site used to be the Duke of York Barracks near Sloane Square Underground station) that offers a bite but not if you’re on a budget.
Blue margin:0px !important;” /> Now we’re up-to-date. Presented in a blue card wallet with liner notes (trademark ‘Mouth’ logo on the cover, there’s no mistaking who’s this is), the Stones take us back to roots with a blues-biased album of twelve tracks. Think back to smoky club rooms, The Station Hotel at Richmond, the Crawdaddy Club, Ealing Jazz Club and finally the Marquee before graduating to a live performance at the ‘Beeb’. They’re all masters of their trade on title track ‘Blue And Lonesome’, ‘I Gotta Go’, ‘Ride ‘Em On Down’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ amongst others too good really to pick out individually. Just go gerrit!
Rolling Stones Tours, Facts, Albums etc…
The Rolling Stones | Official Website
Tour dates for the European “No Filter” Tour 2017, Facts, Albums … Look into their studio activities, public lives, off-stage activities and so on
European “No Filter” Tour Dates, 2017
9th September – Hamburg, Stadtpark; 12th September Munich, Olympic Stadium; 16th September Spielberg, Graz, (Austria), Red Bull Ring; 20th September Zurich Stadion Letzigrund; 23rd September Lucca, (Province of Lucca) – Mura di Lucca; 27th September Barcelona, Estadi Olimpic Luis Com; 30th September Amsterdam, Amsterdam Arena; 3rd October Copenhagen, Telia Parken; 9th October Dusseldorf, Congress Spo.; 12th October Solina (Sweden), Friends Arena; 15th October Arnhem, Geire Dome; 19th, 22nd and 2on 5th October Nanterre (France), U-Arena
*** 2018 UK Tour dates and places still on the Drawing Board ***
“Now let’s bow out with a rockin’ floor-show!”
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