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Video: Ron Wood, Mick Taylor Unite for Benefit Show

Current, former Rolling Stones members come together to save landmark London venue

December 2, 2010 10:45 AM ET

 

Ron Wood, Mick Taylor and Dick Taylor never played in the Rolling Stones at the same time, but Wednesday night they joined forces to try and save London's legendary 100 Club. Open since 1942, the tiny venue has hosted Louis Armstrong, The Sex Pistols and Oasis, among many others.

In the early 1960s the Rolling Stones played many of their earliest gigs at the club, but in recent years the club has struggled to pay the rent. Now, it may close unless it finds a sponsor. "Are you ready to save the 100 Club?" Wood asked the screaming crowd as he took the stage.

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At the benefit Dick Taylor (the Stones' original bassist, who later formed The Pretty Things) jammed with late 1960s/early 1970s guitarist Mick Taylor and his replacement Ron Wood. The three Stones had never before shared a stage and have rarely played together in any capacity. Their set included staples of early 1960s 100 Club gigs, including "Spoonful" and "Shaking All Over." (Watch the video above for their performance of "Fancy Pants.")

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It's great to see Mick Taylor back in the fold; he had been out of the limelight for a very long time, though the band did recently bring him back to the studio to record new guitar overdubs on Exile On Main St. outtakes. Plus, with Mick and Keith feuding again there's no telling when the Stones are going to reform.

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