For 50 years and counting the “Rolling Stones” have been providing fans with hits like, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Start Me Up.” To celebrate their historic five decades in the music business, the stones are celebrating with a 50th anniversary “Final” tour where they are performing only five concerts. This week they will be appearing in New Jersey. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell who is sometimes called the “fifth rolling stone,” has been a member of the band for the past 30 years, performing on their albums and on stage with them. This morning, Leavell joins “Starting Point” to talk about the tour and some of his once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Leavell says he and his band mates all feel fortunate that they are healthy and still able to perform. He adds the fact that fans still wanting to come and see the band “gives [him] the wherewithal to get up there and give it 100%.” Leavell says rehearsals for him are “the most fun part of the whole process,” mainly because the band gets to perform songs they never bring to the stage.
On the topic of rehearsal, Leavell says the band rehearsed 75 to 80 songs in Paris but can only perform 20 to 23 songs during the actually concert. Leavell adds, “The fun part for [him] is trying to bring in the odd ones, the ones that are a little obscure that people… the hardcore fans really want to hear.”