What If: The Rolling Stones

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  1. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just for a little fun, let's go back to 1974-75 and think about the Stones after Taylor's departure. I love Ronnie Wood and think he has done an excellent job over the years, but lets discuss what may have happened if he was not available and you had a say in the replacement. Who do you think would be the ideal player to take over the opening in the Rolling Stones? Beck? Gallagher? Winter? We all know that there is a certain dynamic in that band - especially when one is weaving with Keef Richards.
     
  2. Geoff738

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    Nils Lofgren would have been an interesting choice.

    Cheers,
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    Waddy Wachtel might have been a good choice.
    He played with Keef later, and Waddy's band, Ronin has a Stones-ey vibe.
    Or me. :rolleyes:;)
     
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    If you listen to live Faces from around the same time it seems as though Ron Wood was fated to join the Stones. That said, Taylor is my fav. Get Yer Ya-ya's well and truly out.
     
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    I think Buddy Guy would have taken the Stones in a direction that I would have rather enjoyed. :D
     
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    ... had an actual drummer?

    Wait... sorry - I jumped in without thoroughly reading your question. The Stones would have sounded awesome with that dude from Bad Company, whatever his name was.
     
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    Gary Moore? My out of the box suggestion would be Hound Dog Taylor's sideman, Brewer Phillips. He would be available about then, too.
     
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    Angus Young would have been great. So would Steve Cropper. Francis Rossi could have done it. Same with Peter Frampton.
     
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    Clapton?
     
  10. Tony Done

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    For music, Ry Cooder, but he would never have got on with their lifestyle.
     
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    Steve Marriott!!! (I've read that it nearly happened; Keef wanted him but Jagger didn't want to be upstaged.)
     
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    indeed Ry Cooder worked with the stones and was considered very seriously. He has claimed he actually wrote the riff to honky tonk women which mick and Keef stole.

    He does not like them as people. Or at least he didn't for a time there
     
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    I'd forgotten that. :) IIRC he belongs to a religious sect that has pretty strict rules about lifestyle, and isn't the easiest person to work with if you have a more relaxed attitude.
     
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    Ry Cooder is far to sensible & musically eclectic to be pigeon holed into a rock star's lifestyle. Wish lists are fun, but then reality comes around. Ronnie's the right man, on several levels...
     
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    I would have taken Keef aside, and told him to swallow his pride and beg Mick Taylor to come back. Nothing against Ron Wood, but the band was a shadow of itself after Taylor left.
     
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    Blasphemy... :eek:
     
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    That's true. It is unrealistic to expect that he would have stuck with them, even if he did have a compatible lifestyle.

    Brian Jones was great in his own way, but the band grew up when Mick Taylor joined them.
     
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    I love love love love me some Ry Cooder (Bop "Til You Drop was and is amazing); but that thing about him writing HTW has been beat to death and I don't think he ever really claimed it. Not that I've seen in his words. Lots of other people on the interwebs have said it, but not Cooder himself. If I'm wrong, I'll stand corrected....

    Richards gives him full credit for turning him on to open g - but I think what Keef did with it after that was all Keef. And thank God too, how many great riffs did he come up with? He also doesn't spare giving credit to others - he gives Mick credit for the Brown Sugar riff, and openly admits he copped everything Chuck Berry ever played.

    Keef has evolved that song so much over the years too, there's a million random fills he does that he damn sure didn't get from anyone else. He never plays it the same twice he's got so many options.

    I remember thinking ''whaaaat?'' when Ronnie came in, as Ya Yas was still getting worn out on my turntable and MT seemed like God. But Woods has turned out to be a gosh-darn Rolling Stone, his bendy licks over Keef's work seem perfect now.

    As to Charlie, IMO he and Keef together are the magic of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.
     
  19. MickM

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    Surely you jest! Mr Watts is a living breathing metronome that swings! BTW that dude is Mick Ralphs and yea, he would've fit musically but joining Mick and Kieth is like walking into a sometimes volatile marriage.
     
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    Nothing to do with Keith's pride, he never wanted Taylor to quit.
     
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