- 17 May 18
As they get ready to rock Croker to within an inch of its life, STUART CLARK recalls some epic encounters with Rolling Stones new boy - it’s relative! - RONNIE WOOD whose storytelling is as enthralling as his guitar-playing.
He may with a mere 42 years of guitar-playing service still be the new boy in the band, but Ronnie Wood officially knows more about the Rolling Stones than Mick, Keith and Charlie do.
“Mick said to me, ‘You have to write the official Rolling Stones book because you’re the only one who remembers all the stuff we got up to in the sixties – and you weren’t even in the band then!’” Ronnie cackled a few years back over a glass of very fine wine in the Shelbourne with yours truly, snooker ace Jimmy White and a professional Irish poker player who politely declined to tell me his name because he wasn’t supposed to be in the country.
“Given the number of times I saw ‘em live and the friends we had in common, I could probably go on Mastermind and have the Stones’ first decade as my specialist subject!” resumed Ronnie who, to illustrate his point, remembered exactly what both him and the Rolling Stones were doing on February 28, 1965.