Ron Wood told NME that The Rolling Stones are planning some secret warm-up gigs before their big dates in London and Newark.“There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well, we’ll bung a few in next week or the week after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever,” said Wood.
“I don’t know who we’ll be billed as but we’ll turn up somewhere and put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places.” If you live in London and you notice some very expensive vintage amps getting loaded into an otherwise low-rent rock club and lots of Secret Service-looking fellows talking into their watches, you can probably assume that the Stones are soon to arrive.
And if you paid $800 for a ticket, Mick and the fellows would like to assure you they are actually rehearsing. “We’re all making a concentrated effort of being there on time every day, we start at three o’clock in the afternoon, we go through to dinner time, we have one break and so far everything has been [like] an operation, nose to the grindstone. We wanna give 200 per cent."
Mick Jagger, who everyone expects to be in his typically fine form ("It's a bit of a burden, really, isn't it? I better be OK, at least”) confirmed to Rolling Stone that both original bassist Bill Wyman and fan favorite guitarist Mick Taylor will also make a special appearance at the concerts. Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton are rumored for the pay-per-view show in Newark.
Keith Richards added that he and Mick are hanging out again and hanging in there. “If you was married to somebody for 50 years, you can have your little spats here and there, and we don't mind having them in public occasionally,” said Richards. "We can't get divorced – we're doing it for the kids!"
This year Epiphone introduced the ES-355. It's one of Keith's favorite designs. Originals are pretty much impossible to come by. And Epiphone's recreation (or shall we say continuation) of the original is based on--you guessed it!--some of our favorite vintage examples here at Epiphone/Gibson HQ. Make a new friend in an ES-355 at your local Authorized Epiphone dealer. Maybe your rock and roll band can hang in there for 50 years, too!