Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is the subject of a new official career-spanning documentary, titled, Somebody Up There Likes Me. Uncut reported the film, which was directed by Mike Figgis, covers Wood’s life and career from making his bones in the mod-based mid-’60s London combo the Birds, through the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, the Stones, and beyond. Among the participants in the doc are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Rod Stewart.
Ron Wood, officially joined the Rolling Stones in 1975, and is now also renowned for his sketching and painting, said, “Who would have thought that a lad from Hillingdon would be able to combine all his hobbies and convert them into such diverse careers. It’s such an incredible feeling to look back on my life and discuss key moments along the way that I remember vividly as if they were yesterday. I am flattered that so many talented people took the time to say such nice things about me!”
Director Mike Figgis went on to say, “I was intrigued by Ronnie. The combination of his eclectic musical range and his love of painting seemed like a promising start to a documentary. I decided to jump in and we began talking, the first of a really interesting series of conversations. . . The remaining Stones chimed in with interesting stories and the result is the film. Ronnie Wood is a very interesting guy, so many personas.”
Ron Wood revealed in an exclusive interview that legendary jam sessions between him, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Steve Winwood have remained unheard for well over 40 years. Wood recalled the incredible team-up of some of his closest friends in early 1973, when they joined forces to coax a deeply heroin addicted Clapton back into the spotlight with a pair of legendary concerts on January 13th, 1973 at London’s famed Rainbow Theatre.
Wood told us the rehearsals leading up to the gigs were among the hottest he can remember. Also on board for the Rainbow gigs were Jimmy Karstein and Traffic’s Jim Capaldi on drums,Blind Faith’s Ric Grech on bass, and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah.
Ron Wood took us back to the early days of rehearsing the shows at his legendary London home “The Wick”: [“Yeah — oh, they were magic. That was about ’73, wasn’t it? It was a very special time with rescuing Eric from his. . . he was really down in the dumps from his drugs, y’know? And Pete Townshend and I gettin’ him up into London and then getting’ him over to my house, The Wick, and gathering the musicians, like, Stevie Winwood. It was a really special rehearsal time. And backstage at The Rainbow, I remember meeting George Harrison for the first time, him and (his wife) Pattie (Boyd) — and very special memories from those days.”] SOUNDCUE (:37 OC: . . . from those days)
Surely, with a fully functioning studio in “The Wick,” we pressed Wood if he remembered if the rehearsals and jams being committed to tape: [“Yeah, there were some tapes running. I think Bob Pridden, the Who’s roadie may have been involved at the time. . . Yeah, ‘cause of Pete’s involvement, I’m sure. Maybe if I asked him there would be some tapes. I seem to remember some rehearsal cassettes from the time; although whatever happened to them, they’d be worth following through (with), ‘cause there were some magic rehearsals.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . some magic rehearsals)
- Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is the subject of a new official career-spanning documentary, titled, Somebody Up There Likes Me.
- The film covers Wood’s work in the Birds, through the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, the Stones, and beyond.
- Among the participants in the doc are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Rod Stewart.
- Back in December, Ron Wood published his latest book, titled The Rolling Stones Set Lists.
- Wood chose 108 painted set lists to be published for the first time. Presented in chronological order, the collection reveals the songs rehearsed for historic performances, such as the Rolling Stones‘ 2014 inaugural concert in Israel, as well as documenting the shows as eventually played.
- The colorful hand-lettering is filled with fascinating details. Wood’s calligraphy is interspersed with his own illustrations, doodles by fellow band members, and jotted notes that all add up to paint a picture of life on the road with the Stones.