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Ronnie Wood on The Rolling Stonesí new tour, exploding lungs and the ultimate frontman (Metro)
Mar 28th, 2018 at 12:30pm
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Chris Cowley
Published March 26, 2018

The Rolling Stones guitarist, 70, on the bandís new tour, exploding lungs and the ultimate frontmanÖ but is it Mick or Rod?


Youíre off on tour again. Do you guys ever stop?
Apparently no. Great, isnít it? After the last show in Paris, we all looked at each other and said: ĎWeíre just getting warmed up.í

What is it about the Rolling Stones that keeps you going?
Thereís something magic that happens when all four of us come together. Itís like a momentum none of us can explain. Itís like, bang ó an unstoppable force.

Do you think youíll do another tour?
Thereís nothing to stop us because I think the band is playing the best itís ever played.


In what way?
All of the songs we play have a life of their own. Instead of the monotony of Ďer, not that song againí, which you would think might set in with us being so weathered and aged, thereís a kind of freshness. Satisfaction, for instance ó that takes on a completely different shape every time we play it now, which means itís more of a challenge to make it ring true with a different presentation.

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Humour: Rod Stewart

How do you achieve that?
We have a rough arrangement but none of us know whatís coming next. So weíre all having to keep on our toes.

Do you see much of the places you play?
Most of the time we are trapped in the hotels because once the word gets around town, you are confined to barracks, as it were. In Argentina, for instance, forget about it ó you canít go out.

Is there anywhere you havenít played?
Iíd like to play to the Samburu tribesmen in Kenya. I think weíd have something in common.

Whatís it like being a Rolling Stone?
Itís a continuing adventure. Fun. We get enough off-time to be able to contemplate what itís like but not enough spare time to really wallow in any great bits. Thereís so much on our plates and my twins [Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, with wife Sally, who turn two in May] are taking up all my spare time. They are fantastic.

Do they go on tour with you?
Yeah. They love people and people love them. Sally is pretty full-on with them during the daytime. They enjoy soundchecks and then they go home to bed for the gig.


You donít seem to ageÖ how do you keep your hair?
[Laughs] Thank you, God. Someone up there likes me and someone down there likes me as well.

How is your cancer?
I had three months of check-ups and it was all clear and they said go and enjoy life.

Would you turn down chemotherapy if you wanted to keep your hair?
I donít want to lose my hair. If your body is riddled with cancer, itís a losing cause. Luckily, all mine was contained within the left lung and I was fortunate enough to get shot of it, bang. There was none in the rest of my body so I didnít require chemo.


Do you have any regrets about all the excesses of the past?
No, not even smoking for England for over 50 years ó it was a wonder I wasnít riddled with cancer in both lungs. Itís a wonder they both didnít explode.


Do you have a message for anyone told they have cancer?
Just be strong and remain positive. I was prepared to remain positive to my dying breath. Iíve had a great life and I was all ready to go. Wow! I didnít know I was going to be given the ticket to last this long. What a reprieve.


Do you have any vices left?
Just the mere act of getting up in the morning is the big vice for me now.

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So what do you do to relax these days?
Well, my painting and drawing are my big relaxer, but apart from that I love box sets ó Spiralís great.

Whoís the better frontman, Rod Stewart or Mick Jagger?
I have played with two of the best frontmen: Rod in his warmth and his humour, and Mick with his sheer stamina, vigour and unbelievable energy. Mick comes and urges you on. He shares a vibe and gives encouragement, and I often feel him go by and wonder: ĎWhat was that?í I have to hand it to him.

-Chris Cowley

The UK leg of the Rolling Stones No Filter European Tour starts at the London Stadium on May 22


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Re: Ronnie Wood on The Rolling Stonesí new tour, exploding lungs and the ultimate frontman (Metro)
Reply #1 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 2:15pm
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Gazza wrote on Mar 28th, 2018 at 12:30pm:
Do you see much of the places you play?
Most of the time we are trapped in the hotels because once the word gets around town, you are confined to barracks, as it were. In Argentina, for instance, forget about it ó you canít go out.




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Re: Ronnie Wood on The Rolling Stonesí new tour, exploding lungs and the ultimate frontman (Metro)
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Ronnie used to give the most interesting interviews until about A Bigger Bang. You can phone them in now. I almost feel like I could answer the questions for him. Keith was similar until a couple years ago when his interviews became a little more interesting again.
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I'm just happy to hear that Ronnie is doing well.
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