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Ron Wood Empties His Pockets on the Rolling Stones' Latest Tour

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Do you have any good-luck charms that you use for a show?
Yeah, things like rings, watches. I must keep this bracelet on for the gig. If I happen to take it off for the shower or something and forget to put it back on, I would worry.

When's the last time you hung out with your former Faces partner Rod Stewart?
When we were in L.A., I saw him one night. We had a dinner at my manager's house. We did this whole Sunday roast dinner: Yorkshire pudding and all that.

How wholesome. Do you cook?
No. I can do a good roast, but it's been about 15 years. I always ring my mum. She gives me all the instructions. She's still rocking. She's 83. Every time I ring her up, she gives me all the information. What's going on with Princess Di and this, that and the other. I spoke to her last night. She said, "I'll speak to you when you're sober."

How did Jerry Lee Lewis happen by during the Stones' recording session in Ireland?
He was living there to escape having the carpet taken from under him in Memphis [Tenn.]. I've known him for many a year. He doesn't get on with many people. Not that I get on really well with him! [Laughs] I invited him over, and everyone kept saying, "He's not coming, Woody." Just when we least expected it, he turned up! Keith got mad at him because he said to him, "Son, one day you'll learn how to play that thing!" Keith stormed out and went over to my pub. He was pacing up and down. I went, "Keith, why don't you realize you finally met your match! Why get violent about it?" He said, "Yeah, you're right." Jerry Lee was just winding him up, anyway.

JO: We went to his house, and all his furniture has plastic on it – the lampshades, the cushions, the couch. And we were going upstairs, and there's this big hole in the wall," and I said, "Jerry, what happened here?" And he said, "I missed her that time." [They both laugh.]

WOOD: We went over to Fats Domino's house, and he had the shrink wrap on the carpet as well! I said, "Why do you got all this plastic wrap on your chairs?" Fats is not allowed in the house. His wife makes him live in the garden in the shed. He lives out there in a hammock. He's famous for cooking gumbo. He takes a big vat of gumbo to the hedge round his property and feeds all the waifs and people who can't afford to pay for meals. He rang me in New Orleans the morning we were leaving and said, "Hi, it's Domino. Sorry I couldn't make it to the show, but when you get to be my age, you don't get out much." I felt so honored.

What's the best party you've been to?
Robert Stigwood's party in the '70s. Mick Taylor [former Stones guitarist] left this band right in front of me. Mick [Jagger] came up to me and said, "What am I going to do? Mick Taylor just left. Will you join?" I said, "I'd love to, but I don't want to let the Faces down." He said, "If I get desperate, can I ring you up?" I said sure, then a year later. . . [laughs.] That was a good opportunity party. But the best party was probably my two this year for my birthday. One in Ireland and one in England. All these people came out of the woodwork. My son's band played at the one in London. Beforehand he said, "Dad, we can't go up. We've all had too much to drink." I said, "That's no excuse, son!"

This is a story from the December 29, 1994 issue of Rolling Stone.


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