Monday, April 11, 2011

Bill Wyman reunites with the Rolling Stones for Ian Stewart tribute album

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has recently reunited with his old band. The band recorded a cover of Bob Dylan's "Watching A River Flow" for the album Boogie 4 Stu, a tribute album which honors the late great Ian Stewart. Stewart was one of the original members of the Rolling Stones, playing keyboards. However the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, thought Stewart didn't fit in with the band and Stewart was made the band's road manager (meaning he wasn't an official member of the band at that point). Still Stuart, or rather Stu (his nickname), stayed with the Stones as their keyboardist and friend until December 12, 1985 when he suddenly died from a heart attack. Stones fans lovingly refer to Stu as the "sixth Stone".

  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts are playing on the song with  Bill Wyman.  This song makes it the first time Wyman has recorded with the band since 1992 when he left the band. Wyman, 74, left the Rolling Stones for a few different reasons. Wood said in his 2007 autobiography that Wyman hated flying on planes. Also, Wyman was in the band since 1962 (the year the band formed) and thought 30 years was enough. According to the Telegraph, Jagger and Richards recorded their parts for this song separately. Wyman also played with Wood, Watts, and former guitarist Mick Taylor for a tribute concert for Stewart in London last month.

This is pretty cool news and the song is great (I'll put a link down below to Rolling Stone where you can hear the song). I think it's nice that Bill joined the band for something like this. Obviously, Stu meant a lot to the Stones. As for Mick and Keith, this is coming from the Telegraph from the UK. I've read some of their articles before and many of them had inaccuracies. I wouldn't be surprised if the Glimmer Twins recorded their parts in separate places. What has me worried is if a feud or rift will ruin the possibility of a 50th anniversary tour for next year.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rolling-stones-cover-bob-dylan-with-original-bassist-bill-wyman-20110408

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