1st: Keith is forced to leave his Manhattan apartment under the pressure of the other tenants who complain about him playing loud music at the most impossible hours, giving the Stones the inspiration for their video “Neighbours.”
2nd - February: Mick travels to the Brazilian jungle to begin three months of filming Fitzcarraldo with director Werner Herzog. When the lead actor, Jason Robards, falls ill and is unable to continue shooting, Mick has to abandon the four-month project due to his 1981 touring commitments

22nd: Keith plays guitar on “Johnny B. Goode” at New York’s Trax with “The Shaboo All Stars.”
27th:Keith Richards attends Jerry Lee Lewis's concert at the Ritz in New York.

        9th: At the Lone Star Café on Fifth Avenue, Keith Richards joins Etta' James on stage to play' Miss You'


1st : Mick, Jerry, Keith and Patti take a brief holiday in Barbados before the band resumes touring

4th: The Stones release their compilation LP Sucking In The Seventies in the States and Canada. The sleeve comes with a 12-inch separate Stones tongue-logo sticker and the campaign posters feature Keith’s girl friend Patti Hansen sucking her thumb, it enters the US charts at No. 29 reaches No. 17


Mick and Keith travel to New York to put the finishing touches on the new album, which will come out as the curiously titled Tattoo You. Sonny Rollins completes the final sax-parts on “Waiting On A Friend,” “Slave,” and “Neighbours.”

 13th: The Stones release their compilation album Sucking In The Seventies in the U.K

                     LP ‘SUCKING IN THE SEVENTIES
                  A:  Shattered (MJ/KR)
                        Everything Is Turning To Gold (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Hot Stuff (MJ/KR)
                        Time Waits For No One (MJ/KR)
                        Fool To Cry (MJ/KR)
                  B:   Mannish Boy (McKinley Morganfield/Ellas McDaniel/Mel London) 
                        When The Whip Comes Down (MJ/KR)
                        If I Was A Dancer (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Crazy Mama (MJ/KR)
                        Beast Of Burden (MJ/KR)


Mick, Keith and Patti, Charlie and Shirley catch Reggae-legend Jimmy Cliff playing The Ritz in New York. A little while later, Keith and Patti go to see Chuck Berry play, also at The Ritz. When Keith goes backstage to say “hi,” Chuck doesn’t recognize him and punches him in the eye



2nd: Stones also tape a video for "Waiting On A Friend" in a St. Mark’s bar on 2nd Avenue and 10th Street in the East Village, New York. After the shoot, the band attempt to play a few songs to the growing crowd but soon exit when the crowd grows too large for comfort. The same day Mick and Jerry host a party at Mr. Chow’s restaurant.

3rd: Bill Wyman releases his solo-single “(Si Si) Je Suis A Rock Star,” which hits the Top 10 in many countries in Europe

                  7" single
                  A: Je Suis Un Rock Star I (BW)
                  B: Rio De Janeiro (BW)


5th: Stones hang out a window of the Taft Hotel in New York to shoot the video for "Neighbours," very much harking back to their “Respectable” days


27th: Keith, Patti and Alan Dunn fly to Worcester to inspect long View Farm. Keith spends three days hanging out.

1st: Mick returns to New York, stopping over in Paris en route.

12th: Keith flies to Rome from New York to get his American visa fixed.

14th-25th September: The Stones rehearse at Long View Farm, Brookfield, Massachusetts for the new tour  with ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan on keyboards. In between their rehearsals, Keith and Bobby Keys continue to work on some C&W and assorted classics such as “Over The Rainbow,” “Nearness Of You,” and “Blue Moon,” with minimum instrumentation (guitar, piano, sax). Many believed the album was to be Keith’s long awaited first solo album, but it never materialized

14th: "Start Me Up"/"No Use In Crying" released. The B-side is credited to Jagger/ Richards, and Ronnie Wood. In the U.K. the single reaches Number 4. In the U.S. it reaches Number 2

                  7“ single
                  A: Start Me Up (MJ/KR)
                  B: No Use In Crying (MJ/KR/RW)

15th: Ian Stewart fries to Worcester, Massachusetts, as an advance guard for the Stones.

16th: A Philadelphia radio station somehow manages to lay their hands on a copy of The Stones’ forthcoming Tattoo You LP. It becomes the first radio station in the world to exclusively air the new Stones album.

26th: Mick heads down to Philadelphia for a press conference at JFK Stadium. He jokingly announces that Hoagy Carmichael will be opening some of their dates and some of the slightly more gullible members of the Press corps believe the story


27th: Tattoo You album is released and the first single, the snarling “Start Me Up” climbs to Number Two. The album turns out to be a collection of new songs and some remakes of on-the-shelf outtakes, like “Waiting On A Friend,” and “Tops”(’72s “Goats Head Soup” sessions), “Slave” and “Worried About You” (’75s “Great Guitarist Hunt”-sessions), and even the single, “Start Me Up,” which originally started out as a slow reggae song years earlier. Two songs on the album are co-written by Ronnie Wood: “Black Limousine” and “No Use In Crying.” The album is Number One in U.S., Europe, and most countries around the world

                        LP ‘TATTOO YOU
                  A:  Start Me Up (MJ/KR)
                        Hang Fire (MJ/KR)
                        Slave (MJ/KR)
                        Little T & A (MJ/KR)
                        Black Limousine (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Neighbours (MJ/KR)
                  B:   Worried About You (MJ/KR)
                        Tops (MJ/KR)
                        Heaven (MJ/KR)
                        No Use In Crying (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Waiting On A Friend (MJ/KR)

Dates: Sir Morgan's Cove, Worcester, Massachusetts (14); JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25-26);  Rich  Stadium, Buffalo, New York (27).

1st: The Stones shape up the tour with the help of a sponsor, the American perfume manufacturer’s Jovan. It’s the very first time any band has had a tour sponsor.

2nd: Ron Wood's fourth solo album LP ‘1 2 3 4’ is released


14th: With rehearsals complete, the Stones treat rural Massachusetts’s residents to more disarray when they play the tiny Sir Morgan's Cove bar in Worcester as a warm-up show for the tour and 11,000 fans descend on the village. The club only holds 350 people. The pseudonym they chose is “Blue Monday and The Cockroaches”-- a warped version of Little Boy Blue & the Blueboys. The next day, half the towns in Northern Massachusetts issue pre-emptive ordinances to prevent any other club repeating the event. Reportedly, on the night the band kicks off just after midnight with the Sixties crowd-teaser “Everybody Need Somebody To Love,” a song which doesn’t make it to the tour’s set list

18th: After the mayhem at the Worcester warm-up show the week before, Boston Mayor Kevin White takes precautionary measures – he pulls the plug on The Stones playing the Orpheum for two more warm-up gigs.

21st: Despite requests from ovary major TV channel, wire service and newspaper in the country, Mick only grants one interview during rehearsals and that is to two girls, aged 12 and 13, from the North Brookfield Junior High School for their school newspaper.

24th: The Stones leave Brookfield, Massachusetts and fly to Philadelphia; in a private F28 Fokker jet. They check into the Barclay Hotel facing Rittenhouse Square.

25th September - 19th December: THE ROLLING STONES. US Tour 1981.

25th: Over 90,000 people attend the opening concert of the tour in Philadelphia. The band uses the biggest of its throe stages, the
others being for medium and smaller shows. Each stage has a hydraulic lift which can wave one of the band out over the audience and Mick has one all of his own. The drums are on a revolving platform for venues with behind the stage seating. The Stone hire a Boeing 707 for the duration of the tour to travel from city to city.

Dates: The Metro, Rockford, Illinois (1); Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado (3-4); San Diego Stadium, California (7); Los Angeles Coliseum California (9, 10); The Kingdom Stadium, Seattle, Washington (14-15); Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California (17-18); Tangerine Bowl, Orlando, Florida (24-25); The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia (26); The Astrodome, Houston, Texas (28-29); The Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas (31).

4th October: Bill Wyman releases his solo-single Come Back Suzanne/Seventeen

7" single
A: Come Back Suzanne (BW)
B: Seventeen (BW)

7th: Bobby Keys guests on saxophone for the band’s LA shows. Even though Keys has been the Stones’ side-kick blower for many years, on this tour, Lee Allen and Ernie Watts (no relation) are also roped in for the job. Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson and Peter O’Toole all attend the show

15th: A 16-year-old fan, Pamela Lynn Melville falls 50 feet to her death from a ramp leading into the Kingdom Stadium on to the parking lot below after repeatedly being warned by ushers not to loan over. At the same concert a woman is arrested after threatening Mick's life.

17th: The 146,000 crowd at Candlestick Park is the biggest ever gathered in San Francisco.

19th: Stones fans in the relatively small town of Rockford petition for the band to play at their local venue. After being presented with 36,000 signatures, the band agree to visit and play today to a mere 9,000 audience at The Metro

20th: Mick appears on public service television with Dianne Feinstein, Mayor of San Francisco, on a 'Save The Cable Cars' appeal. Afterwards be has dinner with Jackie Onassis.

21st : Mick organizes a party at New York’s Roller Disco for daughter Jade’s 10th birthday

24th October: Bill celebrates his 45th birthday with the other Stones on a boat in Disneyland, Florida

Dates: The Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas (1); Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky (3); Byrne Arena, Meadowlands, New Jersey (5-7); Civic Centre, Hartford, Connecticut (9-10); Madison Square Garden, New York City (12-13); Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio (16-17); Checkerdrome, St. Louis, Missouri (19); Unidome, Cedar Fails, Iowa (20); Civic Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota (21); Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois (23-25); Carrierdrome, Syracuse (27-28); Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan (30).

3rd: Directly after the show in Louisville, the Stones fly back to New York City where there have been four million postal applications for their New York area concerts.

5-6-7th: Tina Turner opens for the Stones at all three Meadowlands concerts. She duets with Mick on 'Honky Tonk Woman' during the second show.

12th: Bill Wyman gives a 90 minute guitar lesson to tennis star John McEnroe in his hotel suite. Among the stars in the audience at the Madison, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Angelica Huston, Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Ali McGraw, Shelley Duval and Peter O'Toole.

20th: 'Waiting On A Friend'/' Little T&A' released in the States on Rolling Stones Records and promoted with a video shot in Greenwich Village.

                 7“ single
                  A: Waiting On A Friend (MJ/KR)
                  B: Little T & A (MJ/KR/RW)


22nd: Mick joins Muddy Waters on stage at Buddy Guy’s club, the Checkerboard Lounge. Keith, Ian Stewart and Ronnie join in the fun as well as Guy himself and his long-time partner Junior Wells.



Dates: Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan (1); Superdrome, New Orleans, Louisiana (5); Capital Centre, Washington, D.C. (7-9); Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (11); Sun Devil Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona (13); Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri (14-15); Hampton Coliseum, Hampton Roads, Virginia (18-19).

1st: Stones released the promotional 12” single
                  A: If I Was A Dancer (MJ/KR/RW)
                  B: Dance (MJ/KR/RW)

The Stones play Pontiac. Iggy Pop and Santana provide the excellent double support-bill

4th: The Stones hold a party on a riverboat on the Mississippi.

14th: Mick Taylor joins the Stones on stage in Kansas City for almost two-thirds of the show

18th: The Hampton Roads concert is broadcast live on television across America.
After the show there is a joint birthday party backstage for Keith and Bobby Keys. Marion and Dandelion, accompanied by Keith's mother, Boris, flew in for the concert and party.

19th: The Stones fly back to New York directly after the second Hampton Roads show, the final date of the tour. More than 2,000,000 attended the shows and the tour grossed over $50,000,000. Merchandising brought in over 510,000,000, Jovan gave them $4,000,000 for sponsorship rights and they sold about $1,500,000 worth of records. The tour was also filmed by Hal Ashby which promised future income. It was their longest and most financially rewarding tour over.
Ron and Jo stay in their Greenwich Village apartment for Christmas.
Mick spends a few days in his Central Park West apartment before ,he flying to France to spend Christmas
in his chateau. Charlie and Keith fly back to London and Bill flies to Nice to spend Christmas at his villa in the south of France.

26th: Ron, Jo and family fly to London.


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