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WELCOME to the official Chuck Leavell website! Chuck has been honored to play piano and keyboards with many fine musical artists in his career including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Train, John Mayer and many others. Chuck is an inductee in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and recently received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band. Chuck is also a solo artist in his own right. His latest CD just released is called "Back To The Woods: a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano". Chuck is also one of the most dedicated and revered conservationists in the world. His recent book, "Growing A Better America" has been revered by the environmental community as one of the best books on "smart growth" in recent years. This site will keep you up to date on all his current activities.

Chuck will be touring with David Gilmour in Europe this summer!

From Chuck > “I was pleased and surprised to be contacted by David (Gilmour) a couple of months ago asking me if I would be available to tour with him in June and July. My first contact with David was back in 1984 when I was the Musical Director of a show broadcast on MTV called “Guitar Greats”. David was a part of that, and he was amazing. Then a few years later when I was with Eric Clapton, David invited me and some of the other members of the band to his home where we had a memorable night talking about music and life in general. To have him reach out to me now is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to start work with him and the band. My good friend, Greg Phillinganes, who I was honored to work with during some of my Clapton days will also be playing keyboards on the tour and I look forward to “tag teaming” with him again. The timing for this is perfect, as the Stones will gear up again for our “Desert Trip” shows and some other activity in September and October. So this is proving to be an extraordinary year for me!

David Gilmour – Summer 2016

  • 6/25/16 Wrocław @ Wrocław’s Market Square
  • 6/27/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 6/28/16 Vienna @ Schönbrunn Palace
  • 7/02/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/03/16 Roma @ Via del Circo Massimo
  • 7/07/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/08/16 Pompeii @ Roman Amphitheatre
  • 7/10/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/11/16 Verona @ Arena di Verona
  • 7/14/16 Stuttgart @ Schlossplatz
  • 7/16/16 Paris @ Château de Chantilly
  • 7/18/16 Wiesbaden @ Bowling Green
  • 7/20/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/21/16 Nîmes @ Les Arènes de Nîmes
  • 7/23/16 Arc-et-Senans @ Saline Royale
  • 7/27/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt
  • 7/28/16 Tienen @ Grote Markt

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NY Times – Dylan, Rolling Stones and McCartney to Play New Desert Trip Festival

The Coachella of classic rock is coming soon, and it features no less than Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Neil Young, the Who and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will round out the bill for Desert Trip, a new festival scheduled for Oct. 7 through 9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., home of the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But instead of the millennial-heavy crowd that flocked there last month for LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding and Disclosure — accompanied by flower-crown fashion and trendy V.I.P.s — this one aims squarely at baby boomers, a largely untapped festival audience.

Goldenvoice, a California concert promoter that is owned by the global concert giant A.E.G. Live, organized the mega-concert, which will have two acts play full-scale shows — not abbreviated festival sets — per night.

The Rolling Stones and Mr. Dylan are scheduled to get things going on Friday, Oct. 7, with Mr. McCartney and Mr. Young filling the Saturday slots on Oct. 8. Mr. Waters and the Who will close out the event on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Despite their established places in the rock canon, the six acts have never shared a bill. Roger Daltrey of the Who called the lineup “the greatest remains of our era.”

The performers, who have all been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, teased their participation with videos posted this week to social media, but each gave just one hint: “October.”

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Chuck Leavell, Harvey Thompson inducted into Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Two musicians with Tuscaloosa ties will be highlighted during the Thursday night broadcast of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Among the 2016 inductees were Chuck Leavell, a Birmingham native and Tuscaloosa-raised keyboard player currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, and Harvey Thompson, a saxophonist with the Muscle Shoals Horns and a 1959 graduate of Druid City High School.

The broadcast of the induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday on PBS. The ceremony was taped in February at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence.

“It was a fantastic experience to be inducted,” Thompson said in a February interview with The Tuscaloosa News, “especially while everyone is still able to be there and still able to perform.”
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Rolling Stone – Stones, McCartney, Dylan, the Who, Waters, Young Confirm Mega-Fest

Three-day fest dubbed Desert Trip will take place this fall – Organizers of Desert Trip, the classic rock fest featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters, have added a second weekend October 14th-16th.

Six of rock’s biggest artists and bands will perform at the same fest for the first time this fall. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters have all confirmed that they will take turns playing Desert Trip, a three-night event from the organizers behind Coachella. The festival will take place at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club from October 7th through the 9th.

Dylan and the Stones will open the show on Friday with back-to-back sets. Young and his backing band Promise of the Real will pair with McCartney on Saturday, with the Beatle headlining. And the Who and former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Waters will close out the event on Sunday.
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CNN.com: How Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell became an environmental activist

Chuck Leavell is a forester, an environmental activist and a rocker.

As a musical director and keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, Leavell has been recording and touring with the legendary British band since 1982. He is also a former member of The Allman Brothers Band for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 2012.

Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of “The Rolling Stones” perform during The Rolling Stones North American “ZIP CODE” Tour in Nashville, Tennessee on June 17, 2015.

Leavell, who is a member of the Global Restoration Council, told CNN that the cultural revolution of the 60s influenced him and awakened in him a passion for environmentalism that became parallel to his passion for rock and roll.

“I was a child of the 60s, okay? So, the cultural revolution that went on at that time — the environment was certainly a big part of it and a lot of us were concerned with the pollution that was rampant throughout that time in our country,” Leavell said.

Leavell’s interest in environmental activism escalated in 1981 when his wife, Rose-Lane, inherited about 1,000 acres from her grandmother near Macon, Georgia. [...] Continue Reading…

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Keith Richards: ‘I’d Work With Bob Dylan in Hell or Heaven’

The Rolling Stones will soon be gearing up for their Desert Trip festival, which will find them at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club for two weekends in October, alongside their music veteran peers Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters. In an interview with Q104.3, the Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards talked about the upcoming events.

“I thought it was Coachella for old people,” Jagger joked when asked about what he thought of Desert Trip. The singer discussed the logistics of the camping-oriented festival and when asked if he planned to stay for the whole weekend (the Stones play on Friday both weekends), he said, “Maybe I’ll just get my RV and stay there for a bit longer.” Later, Jagger reveals that Dylan also has an RV.

The band is no stranger to huge events like this one and the singer discussed how the band focuses on stage configurations and “what special songs could you possibly think of doing … You gotta worry about yourself, you don’t really worry about anyone else” rather than who else is on the bill.

As for how it will be backstage, Jagger anticipates it will be “absolutely chaotic.” [...] Continue Reading…

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Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters Confirmed for Desert Trip Concert Event

Following the swirling rumors of a mega-festival organized by Goldenvoice, the people who present California’s Coachella Festival, the event has been officially confirmed, as the Empire Polo Club in Indio will play host to a gathering of some of the biggest names in classic rock in a concert event dubbed Desert Trip.

The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Neil Young + Promise of the Real have been confirmed as the participants in Goldenvoice’s three-day concert event that will take place October 7–9. Performances will start after sunset, with two acts per night playing full sets.

Passes for Desert Trip go on sale May 9 at 10am PT. View the daily schedule below. More information is available here.

Friday, October 7

The Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan and his Band

Saturday, October 8

Paul McCartney
Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Sunday, October 9

Roger Waters
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Leavell makes history with Rolling Stones during Cuba show

Their music was banned from the communist-run country for decades, but Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell was part of history when the band performed in Havana, Cuba, last month.

“I’ve never seen so much joy in a crowd in all my life,” Leavell said of the more than 500,000 people who gathered in an open field in Havana March 25. “The Rolling Stones enjoy first, and this is a first.”

Leavell, who lives in Twiggs County, returned to Middle Georgia recently from touring Latin America and the Caribbean with the Stones.

The culminating performance in Cuba was planned shortly after President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the United States would make efforts to mend relations with the island nation through increased travel, commerce and flow of information.

The show was the first time the 63-year-old Leavell had been to Cuba. He remembered when he was a boy during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, crouching under his desk during emergency drills at school, “thinking that war could erupt in any moment.” [...] Continue Reading…

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All-Star Concerts Honoring Dr. John and Jerry Garcia to Be Released Soon on CD, DVD & Other Formats

Audio and video releases documenting star-studded concerts saluting Dr. John and the late Jerry Garcia will hit stores soon in multiple configurations as part of a new partnership between Blackbird Presents and the Concord Bicycle Music label.

The events will be available on CD, DVD, as CD/DVD packages and as digital downloads.

The Dr. John tribute, titled The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, captures a May 2014 event held at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The show featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Dr. John for a rendition of the New Orleans legend’s funky 1973 hit “Right Place, Wrong Time.” Other guest performers included John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.

The show also featured an impressive house band led by Don Was on bass which included drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
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