Saturday, August 10, 2013

Concert For The Blind

April 1979 time had come for Keith Richards' fracas with the Canadian authorities after his 1977 drug bust to be put to rest. Among other conditions set by the authorities Keith had to play in Toronto in aid of the Canadian National Institute For The Blind. Around that time, Ron Wood had formed a touring band for his new solo album "Gimme Some Neck", named the New Barbarians.

The New Barbarians, with Keith Richards as special guest guitarist, provided the basis for the two free concerts held on April 22, 1979, at Oshawa Civic Auditorium, Toronto. Besides both Stones guitarists the band consisted of Bobby Keys, Ian McLagan, famous bass player Stanley Clarke and Meters drummer Joseph 'Ziggy' Modeliste.

The Rolling Stones' song 'Before They Make Me Run' had an apt title for the shows, and was a climax of the two sets the New Barbarians performed that day. Then at the end the full Stones line-up, including Ian Stewart on piano and Ian McLagan on keyboards, came on stage, as a surprise to the Canadian crowd. The band opened with Chuck Berry's Let It Rock (listen to it here), and played a short set consisting mostly of songs from their recent "Some Girls" album.

Adapted from the following source: Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.

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