Status of the Stones: Chuck Leavell Talks Rolling Stones

When you add keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones with Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, you’ve got the “core band” of the Rolling Stones. Leavell, who has a long and illustrious history that includes a stint in the Allman Brothers Band, spoke with Melissa Ruggieri of Access Atlanta about the current status of the Stones in a revealing interview.

The Alabama native went into detail about the two new songs that the Stones will include on an upcoming 3-CD set called GRRR!…

We recently had sessions in Paris and worked on two great songs. One, Keith [Richards] brought in called ‘One More Shot.” It’s really cool, great guitar riff. And Mick has one called ‘Doom and Gloom.’ The song sounds a lot different than the title. The theme is that he’s talking to a girl saying all I hear from you is doom and gloom – let’s go party, let’s go dance. It’s an up-tempo tune. They’ll be on the 50th anniversary set coming in November.

According to Leavell the vibe between the band has been great. Chuck gave the following response when asked whether the Stones were thinking about doing a full tour or just a couple of major market shows (as had been reported by Billboard)…

 As far as what’s left of this year, I can’t see that it would be very much. But I do think the possibility exists that the band would want to tour again, so I think the answer is yes. Having spent time in rehearsal and the studio recently, there’s nothing but smiles and backslaps and hugs going down. It reminds you of how passionate we all are about doing this and how much you miss it when it’s gone.

Leavell will perform tonight at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta as part of an event called “Capricorn Experience,”  along with former Capricorn Records labelmates Cowboy, Col. Bruce Hampton, Wet Willie, The Randall Bramblett Band and Paul Hornsby. Be sure to check out the complete interview for more from Chuck.

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