Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Keith Richards says Mick Taylor will play more songs on 2013 Rolling Stones tour...

Keith Richards says Mick Taylor will play more songs on 2013 Rolling Stones tour

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has hinted that former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will play more than one or two songs when Taylor is a special guest on the Rolling Stones' 2013 tour. Richards made the remarks when during an interview that he did on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," in an episode that aired on April 8/early-morning hours of April 9, 2013. The interview was prerecorded earlier, on the afternoon of April 8.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones have announced several concerts so far for 2013: a North American tour of indoor arenas, as well as massive outdoor shows in England. Taylor (who was in the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974) is a guest on all of the tour dates.
Taylor was also made guest appearances at four of the five arena concerts that the Rolling Stones did in 2012. Taylor joined the Rolling Stones on "Midnight Rambler" at the concerts, which were part of the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" shows to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
Richards said during the interview with Jimmy Fallon: "I'm called to duty next week in rehearsals, which is where we kick the stuff around and try to figure out how we want to balance it out. We have the added beauty of keeping Mick Taylor with us as well. It's great. We wanted to do some more.
"And Ronnie [Wood] and I, after all, you understand, the Stones' records sometimes have four, five, maybe six guitars on them which we carefully overlay and artistically manufacture. And then we get on stage, and there's two of us [guitarists], and we have to decide which of the six guitars [we're going to play]. Mick Taylor with us as an added third guitar. Yeah, this is going to be an interesting tour all around."
Richards was previously on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in May 2011 to promote his role in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Fallon tends to be a very star-struck name dropper when he's interviewing Richards, so the rest of Fallon's interview wasn't very noteworthy. Fallon started off by reminding Richards about the lemon from Richards' garden that Richards gave to him as a gift. Fallon then said that he took a seed from the lemon and planted it, and it's now blossomed into a plant, which Fallon showed to Richards.
Fallon also mentioned that when he went to the Rolling Stones' December 2012 concert at the Barclays Center in New York City, Fallon was in awe because he was seated next to Paul McCartney.
Richards was also asked to confirm the story about shooting a golf ball that Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys had accidentally lobbed in Richards' breakfast many years ago. Richards explained, "There's a golf ball in my scrambled eggs, man. It's a little early in the morning for me to take this as a joke. So I took my old trusty .38 [pistol] and blew that ball apart!"
And naturally, Fallon did plenty of over-the-top shilling for the Rolling Stones' tour, by telling people they should buy tickets because "If you haven't seen the Rolling Stones ever, you're really missing out. There's a part of your soul that hasn't developed. You have to see the Rolling Stones. It's amazing!"
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones performed five arena concerts in 2012 to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary: Nov. 25 and Nov. 29 at the O2 Arena in London; Dec. 8 at Barclays Center in New York City's Brooklyn borough; and Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The concerts featured several guest performers, including former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman (in London), Taylor (in London and Newark), Bruce Springsteen (in Newark), Jeff Beck (in London), Eric Clapton (in London), John Mayer (in Newark), Lady Gaga (in Newark), Mary J. Blige (in London and Brooklyn), Florence Welch (in London), the Black Keys (in Newark) and Gary Clark Jr. (in Brooklyn and Newark).
Wyman is not expected to perform with the Rolling Stones on their 2013 tour, due to remarks he's made to the media about being "disappointed" that he wasn't given more songs and more rehearsal time for the concerts that he did with the Rolling Stones in 2012.
Unlike many of their peers, the Rolling Stones have never announced a "farewell" tour. Richards has said in many interviews that he'll keep performing until he dies. In the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" interview, Richards commented on why the Rolling Stones are touring in 2013: "The shows last year were too overwhelming. Come on, this is begging for more--and so are we."