Ron Wood becomes
the 'fifth' Stone instead of Mick Taylor.
He and Keith will introduce the 'ancient
form of weaving' where no one
guitarist can claim to be the 'solo-guitarist'
and the other the rhythm guitar-player.
Under the influence of Billy Preston (and
also Ronnie Wood) they introduce new musical
styles into their repertoire: Disco (Miss
You), Funk, Reggae, and Punk-like music
(Shattered, Lies). For me only three good
albums were released (and I know that there
are a lot of people that disagree, bu this
is my website so....:)): Black and
Blue, Some Girls
(the only one that would fit in the previous
era) and Tattoo You
(which mainly existed out
of earlier recording).
After the phase
of "Greatness" the Rolling Stones
become more and more involved with drugs,
(lack of) money, women, and so on. The image-building
term Sex, Drugs and Rock'n Roll becomes
reality. Because of Keiths drug-abuse The
Stones get into real problems in 1977. In
Canada Keith faces jail-time. In 1978 he
gets away from that by playing some charity
concerts (for blind children). Keith now
tries to stop with drugs and because of
that he tries to get his influence back
in the band. This worsens his relationship
In '79 the first solo-actions
are being undertaken (Mick's single with
Peter Tosh, Keith and Ronnie in The New
Barbarians). After '82 their relationship
was at an all-time low and they stopped
touring. In the following years they produced
some minor albums (Emotional
and focussed on developing their solo-careers.Tragically
in that time Ian Stewart (STU) died from
a heartattack in 1985. Beginning 1986 the
Rolling Stones come together in the 100-Club
in London to play a trbute concert for Stu.
Only friends were present. Perhaps this
was the beginning of a new an better relationship
between the band-members?
Finally at the
end of the eighties they come to their senses
for whatever reason (money, music, failing
solo-careers). At May 18, 1988 they 'made
piece' between them and decide to start
recording and touring again.