Ron Wood revealed that the Rolling Stones will reconvene in a recording studio later this month to "just throw some ideas around," according to The Associated Press. The sessions will mark the band's first since those for the Stones' last album, 2005's A Bigger Bang. Wood, who along with the Faces will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 14th) in Cleveland, met with the press last week in Manhattan to publicize his new art show Faces, Time And Places, running at the Symbolic Collection through June 30th. Wood explained that the Stones are slowly eying their 50th anniversary, saying, ""It's like working out for the Olympics or something. You've got to go into training. So we're going to go into training."
He went on to tell Reuters that the band is "kicking at the heels" to record again but that plans are being kept casual: "We're going to get together to have a rehearsal and see what happens." The Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Wood, and Charlie Watts -- last rehearsed in December and were joined by original bassist Bill Wyman, who hadn't performed with the band since their 1989/1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour.
- When pressed about his upcoming April 21st solo gig at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Golden Nugget, Wood said that fans should expect "lots of surprises because I'm going to surprise myself. I don't know what the hell is coming next. The whole set list is going to be made up. I'm making it up every day now."
- Wood said that he and Faces drummer Kenney Jones, along with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor have joined forces for a tune to be featured in the season finale of CBS' CSI: Miami.
- Ron Wood -- who's checked himself into rehab seven times over the years -- told us that sobriety seems to always recharge his creative outlets: "A much happier place because after playing the last few tours focused, I feel much better within myself and satisfied. I couldn't have done a better job, and every show did get better, and my playing for some miraculous reason is getting better and better all the time -- and so is my painting. And I'm still on this ambition thing. Y'know, I'm still very ambitious, and I think that's a big drive to life."
DID YOU KNOW???
- Ron Wood actually co-wrote the Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock N' Roll" with Mick Jagger. Jagger cut a deal with Wood, trading him full copyrights and credits for their other co-write "I Can Feel The Fire" so that he could keep the song and credit it as a Jagger/Richards original. "I Can Feel The Fire" -- which Jagger sings on -- can be found on Wood's 1974 solo debut, I Got My Own Album To Do.
- Although Wood began touring with the Rolling Stones between Faces tours in 1975, he wasn't announced as an official member of the band until the Faces split was formally made public.
CHECK IT OUT: The Faces with Keith Richards in 1974 performing "Sweet Little Rock N' Roller":
Ron Wood On His Sobriety
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