Jump to content

Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

Bill Wyman: The Stones Wouldn't cut it today

Recommended Posts

[b]Yes, it's just a Reuters story that basically says everything that we all already know about the sucky record industry, but I thought it was intersting.[/b] Rolling Stones Would Have No Chance Today - Wyman 41 minutes ago By Christian Ruettger BERLIN (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones would have no chance on the music market if they were to start as newcomers today, the band's former bassist Bill Wyman (news) said on Wednesday. Wyman, who left the Rolling Stones after the band's 30th anniversary 10 years ago, said record companies would no longer sign people whose style was different to that of the charts. "That's why many talented young people don't have a chance. The Rolling Stones would be too different today. They were different then but in those days the record companies and the media were open to new ideas," Wyman told Reuters in Berlin. "Now it's completely closed to only two or three kinds of music. And if you don't play those you don't get signed by a record company and you are not played on the radio. So, the Rolling Stones would never make it now," he added. Wyman, 66, who was in Berlin to present his new book "Rolling with the Stones," said he did not regret leaving the band and was still in good contact with the other band members. "We are very good friends," he said, adding that drummer Charlie Watts (news) often phoned him from the band's tour. "Charlie says: 'I was playing on the show tonight and I turned around to speak to you again and you weren't there. Come back." He said he expected to see the band members when they come to England and they have been talking about a show together. "A last time or something," he said. While the remaining Stones -- Mick Jagger (news), Keith Richards (news), Watts and Ron Wood -- have spent the past year preparing for their "Forty Licks" world tour, Wyman has been compiling what he hopes will be the definitive book on the band. "Rolling With The Stones" is based on the diaries Wyman has kept all his life and features personal insights and insider information on the band. "Nobody collected in the other bands. Nobody. And everybody thought I was crazy, stupid. They don't think now I'm stupid. It's very valuable. Now everybody starts to make a collection," Wyman said at the book's presentation in Berlin. In his new book, Wyman writes about the band's music and behind-the-scenes history, including the death of founder Brian Jones in 1969, the drugs, the groupies and the fights.
I really don't know what to put here.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 2
  • Created
  • Last Reply
Bill Wyman was on the tube late last night doing an interview with an unknown host. The host referred to Bill as 'the mortician' due to his lack of movement on stage. Bill made the comment that during the heavy drug years of Brian and Keith, he and Charlie were 'sober and reliable'. He also said the Stones were not good musicians or songwriters (I disagree) but, 'the live act was the best in the world'. It was good to hear comments from the 'quiet Stone' (that walked away from the best gig in the world! :confused: ) I'm going to buy his new book; From the excerpts, it looks like a good one. Matt
In two days, it won't matter.
Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...