Thursday, May 30, 2024

LOL Mick Jagger Has Little Memory of Jimmy Page Playing on Demo, But Keith Richards Recalls It Perfectly


Keith Richards was literally high as a kite 20 years or more. Mick Jagger rarely did drugs, or so he says. But Keith has clear recollections of everything that happened to them. Mick remembers nada. Jagger has said as much when people ask him writing a book. Keith, however, wrote a hilarious, detailed book called “Life.”

Now the Rolling Stones have released a demo track they did with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in 1973 for “Goat’s Head Soup.” The song is called “Scarlet.” In the press release, we get two quotes. They crystallize this memory issue. The quote are pretty funny.

Mick Jagger commented: “I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith in Ronnie’s basement studio. It was a great session.”

Keith Richards added: ‘’My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay. We weren’t actually cutting it as a track, it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.‘’

Jimmy Page said nothing. I wonder if he knows they’ve released “Scarlet” or if they’re going to pay him. Also on the track: Blind Faith’s Rick Grech (d. 1980).

Anyway, new “Goats Head Soup” box set September 4th. I’m really looking forward to it, nearly as much as “Sticky Fingers” update from several years ago with Eric Clapton playing on “Brown Sugar.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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