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The Rolling Stones kick off their new tour May 24.
On June 9, the legendary band will play at Bobby Dodd Stadium, their first appearance in Atlanta in six years.
Chuck Leavell has been playing keyboards with the band since 1982. Prior to that, Leavell was with the Allman Brothers.
When he’s not on tour, he and his wife, Rose Lane, can be found working on Charlane Plantation, their 2,900-acre tree farm in Macon, Georgia.
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Amidst a loose-limbed version of “Tumbling Dice,” Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger dropped a line that could have doubled as the band’s mantra for the evening, singing, “Always in a hurry/ I never stop to worry.”
For the bulk of the Stones’ 130-minute set at a packed Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Jagger & Co. held to these words, blasting through a steady parade of uptempo hits built on swaggering guitars and the swinging-yet-steady hand of drummer Charlie Watts, whose silver hair and erect posture suggested he’d look just as at home manning a desk at Sterling Cooper as backing the veteran English rockers.
Jagger, 71, still oozed an effortless charisma, and he repeatedly sashayed across the stage and down a long catwalk like James Brown auditioning for a role on “America’s Next Top Model” — a fashion-forward sensibility that carried over into his frequent wardrobe changes, which found the singer flitting through looks as though he were some kind of living paper doll, only skinnier. On a fiery “Sympathy for the Devil” he even donned a full-length feathered cape that gave him the appearance of a Jim Henson creation. [...] Continue Reading…
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mick Jagger, resplendent in a black shirt, sparkly royal blue jacket and black “trousers” that were more accurately leggings, had a few questions for the 60,000 or so Rolling Stones fans who packed the Horseshoe at The Ohio State University on Saturday night.
“Anybody here from Cleveland?”
“Anybody here from Dayton?”
Anybody here from Cin-cin-naaaaaa-ti?” (He had to draw that one out.)
Cheeky little bugger, isn’t he?
But the fact of the matter is that we WERE grateful that the Rolling Stones, who have been coming to Ohio since 1964, decided to make a return appearance to the Buckeye State. Even if it was a little – OK, a lot – further south than Cleveland would’ve preferred. [...] Continue Reading…
Patty Bonner with the Woodlands Gardens sends in this lovely report from Westchester’s weekly community circle at the Woodlands Gardens this morning, where Chuck Leavell performed a song and took questions from students. He plays a benefit for the Westchester PTA tonight at Eddie’s Attic.
Weekly community circle at Westchester School received a fresh energy jolt Thursday morning when Chuck Leavell injected a rocking keyboard version of of “Jumpin Jack Flash”. Amidst the May blooms at Woodlands Garden, Leavell, a former member of the Allman Brothers and current piano player for the Rolling Stones, performed, answered questions, and received a citation designating May 7, 2015 Chuck Leavell Day in Decatur.
In a Q & A session Leavell told the group of 300 that two of his most memorable concerts were played out of doors, one with the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Band at Watkins Glen in New York, and the other before a crowd of 1.5 million on Copacabana Beach in Rio.
Leavell, whose grandchildren attend Westchester school, gives a sold out performance to benefit the Westchester PTA this evening at Eddie’s Attic. He is an award winning conservationist and tree farmer in middle Georgia. Noting the natural beauty surrounding him at Woodlands, the famous keyboardist referred to the book, Last Child in the Woods. He encouraged the children, educators and parents present to ensure that coming generations continue to have the chance enjoy the physical and emotional benefits from connecting with nature. [...] Continue Reading…
ArtsAtl.com – Preview: Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell plays Eddie’s Attic benefit for school arts program
When ArtsATL last checked in with Chuck Leavell, he was serving as the music director of last year’s all-star tribute to Gregg Allman at the Fox Theatre, in addition to helping put together a show with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall that celebrated Georgia music. And he was gearing up to leave for Asia for his primary musical gig — keyboardist and music director for the Rolling Stones.
Leavell — who was a member of the Allman Brothers Band and has toured and recorded with the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton and John Mayer — will perform a sold-out special solo show May 7 at Eddie’s Attic to raise money to fund arts programs at the Westchester Elementary School in Decatur, where his two grandsons go to school. From there, he’s off on another Rolling Stones tour that will come to Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 9.
Leavell lives in Dry Branch, Ga. (south of Macon) on a plantation that has 2,500 acres of forest, and he is one of America’s most famous tree farmers. He also co-founded the website Mother Nature Network. ArtsATL recently caught up with Leavell, who discusses his music, his upcoming performance at Eddie’s and his 34-year history with the Stones. [...] Continue Reading…
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Party time: White House Correspondents’ Jam – Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and MNN welcomes journalist-musicians to a party in D.C.
Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, teamed up with his co-founder of MNN.com, Joel Babbit, to create a party for all those journalists with musical leanings. The result was The White House Correspondents’ Jam, which featured plenty of music, a couple of Pulitzer winners and a dose of celebrity for good measure.
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The guy playing guitar onstage has a Pulitzer somewhere back at home. That older man in the audience shimmying and spinning his wife to a Grateful Dead number? He’s the second-in-command at the Federal Reserve. Oh, and stick around for the next set — that’s when you’ll see a senator jamming to “Rock the Casbah.”
(The actors in this bizarre-o tableau: CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer, and Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow, respectively.)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), here at the cloture vote of Loretta Lynch, partied at the Friday night jam. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
The “White House Correspondents’ Jam,” a mini-concert thrown by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and his enviro-news outfit, Mother Nature Network, turned out to be a welcome addition to the crammed lineup of pre-White House correspondents’ dinner parties. Featuring four bands with journalist members, the musical interlude gave just about every middle-aged dude in D.C. a chance to dust off his leather jacket and hop around to Beatles’ tunes.
Younger attendees seemed a little more starstruck by Lena Dunham, the politically minded creator of HBO’s “Girls,” who dropped by to introduce The Sequoias, a band whose lineup included the New Yorker’s David Remnick. “Like the trees they’re named for, they’re old, wooden and dead inside,” Dunham joked. [...] Continue Reading…