Rolling Stones Keyboardist Talks About New Tracks And Tour Dates
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell shed some light on the band's recent sessions and rehearsals for their rumored 50th anniversary dates. As it stands now, the Stones are heavily rumored to be playing four shows before years end -- two at London's O2 Arena and two at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center -- although nothing official has been announced. Leavell, who joined the band on the road in 1982, spoke to The Atlanta Journal Constitution and was pressed for the scoop regarding the shows -- but remained tight-lipped, explaining, "They have not made any announcements, so there's no official news to report. (The rumored Brooklyn and London dates) will remain rumors until the band confirms, but we recently had sessions in Paris and worked on two great songs."
He went on to talk about the two new studio tracks to be featured on the Stones' upcoming greatest hits collection, titled, Grrr!, coming on November 13th: "One, Keith (Richards) brought in called 'One More Shot.' It's really cool, great guitar riff. And Mick (Jagger) has one called 'Doom And Gloom.' The song sounds a lot different than the title. The theme is that he's talking to a girl saying all I hear from you is doom and gloom -- let's go party, let's go dance. It's an up-tempo tune. They'll be on the 50th anniversary set coming in November."
Leavell was asked if he thinks that additional stops beyond the already mentioned London and New York gigs are a possibility: "As far as what's left of this year, I can't see that it would be very much. But I do think the possibility exists that the band would want to tour again, so I think the answer is yes. Having spent time in rehearsal and the studio recently, there's nothing but smiles and backslaps and hugs going down. It reminds you of how passionate we all are about doing this and how much you miss it when it's gone. . . Based on the recent experience I've seen, I would say Keith would have no problem (going on tour.) I'm waiting for the call. I'm on standby and will remain so."
As the details of the Stones' recording sessions leaked out over the years, fans have been amazed that songs started during 1969's Let It Bleed sessions were actually finally realized in time for 1972's Exile On Main Street collection -- not to mention that nearly all of the tracks from 1981's Tattoo You featured outtakes from Goats Head Soup, Black And Blue, Some Girls, and Emotional Rescue.
Keith Richards told us that he views the band's recording career as an ongoing mission as opposed to their contemporaries who recorded specific projects every year: "Albums, what you get when you say, 'Oh, that's that album,' a lot of albums they, like, roll over into the next one. Some of the stuff that you do, and say Sticky Fingers, towards the end, you've got more stuff than you can use; 'Well, we'll just save it.' So you kind of roll over material that way, and the album becomes what gets on there. But to us, the process is like, continual. 'Let's use these 12 songs, and what do we call it? I know -- Beggars Banquet. I know -- Let It Bleed. I know -- Exile On Main Street.' So, you kinda take snippets of something that's going on all the time."