The Rolling Stones Rehearsing 70 Songs For Upcoming Shows
Mick Jagger says that as usual, the Rolling Stones are over-rehearsing for their upcoming live dates in London and New Jersey. At the October 18th London premiere of their new HBO documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, Jagger shed light on the band's current rehearsals in Paris, saying, "Rehearsals are going very well. We've done about 70 different songs. I said, 'Look, we only need to do 30, we don't need to do 70.' But now we are doing 70. I don't know if we will do them all."
Keith Richards added: "Y'know, we are looking forward to a great time. See, it's a two-way thing. It's to do with all these people and it's to do with us. We will deliver alright -- one love."
Ron Wood seems hopeful for more Stones shows throughout 2013, explaining, "Once this wheel is turning, I don't think it will be able to stop. We won't be able to stop."
Chuck Leavell, the band's keyboardist for the past 30 years and the Stones' musical director, collaborates with Jagger every night on the road to create the band's setlists. He told Variety, "There is such a wealth of material that it is, frankly, a constant challenge to decide which 20 or so out of that deep, deep well will make it to the stage on any given night. And don't forget that we need to insert the new songs in there."
He spoke bout one of the rarer occasions when a tune didn't seem like a good fit for the live show, and ended up turning into a showstopper: "For instance, 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' (from Sticky Fingers) posed a challenge for the band when we first decided to try it. It's not exactly compact. But I pushed for it, (because) I felt the fans would like to hear the band stretch out on something. It has a section that is sort of a jam, with a long sax solo, harmonica solo and guitar solo. It's not the kind of song that we necessarily want to do every night, but when we dust it off and perform it, we always gets a great reaction."
Mick Jagger says that keeping a balance between being professional and being cool is a tricky fence to sit on when performing live in concert: "When you have an audience that's seen everything, then you have to work a lot harder. But if you work too hard, then it looks ridiculous, so (laughs) you have to time it right."