Current/2017 & Beyond
2017/2016: Forthcoming new album / Blue & Lonesome
In February 2016, the Rolling Stones embarked on their Latin American tour. On 25 March, the band played a bonus show, a free open air concert in Havana, Cuba. On 3 June 2016, The Rolling Stones released, Totally Stripped, an expanded and reconceived edition of Stripped, available in multiple formats.
Rolling Stones … from the start:
Leavell first began working with the Rolling Stones in 1982 when promoter Bill Graham suggested him to the group as they prepared for their Tattoo You summer tour in Europe. Leavell subsequently performed on the Stones’ Undercover (1983) and Dirty Work (1986) albums. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, he co-authored Back to Zero for the Dirty Work LP.
During the Stones’ three-year hiatus (1986-1989), Leavell remained in contact with Jagger and Richards. Jagger invited Leavell to perform on his 1988 solo project, She’s the Boss, and Richards chose him for two projects – Aretha Franklin’s Jumpin’ Jack Flashvideo and single, and the all-star band that backed Chuck Berry in the 1987 Taylor Hackford Hail, Hail Rock ‘n ‘Roll feature film. Leavell again worked with Richards on his debut solo album, Talk is Cheap, in 1988.
When the Rolling Stones regrouped in 1989, it was only natural that Chuck would be asked to be their piano player. In June of that year, Leavell was called to London for the sessions for the Rolling Stones’ hit album Steel Wheels, and in July he began rehearsals with the band for the imminent tour.
During 1989 & 1990 Leavell played with the Stones on their Steel Wheels album and Urban Jungle (Europe) tour. Three years later came the Voodoo Lounge CD and subsequent, record-breaking world tour which lasted through 1995.
During the fall of 1997 Leavell again was on the road with the Stones on their celebrated Bridges to Babylon world tour … a tour that would evolve into No Security (which would be a live CD release as well) and last for nearly two years.
After 20 years, six tours and ten CDs with the Rolling Stones Chuck was once again invited to join the legendary band on yet another CD and world tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band – 40 Licks. This, too, would end up being released on both DVD and in a live-CD chronicle of the year’s performances.
In the spring of 2005, he got the call to fly to Paris for new, original sessions for the new Bigger Band CD. Then, of course, the Bigger Bang tour of 2005/2006 kicked off August 27 in Boston with Chuck on keyboards.
2016: Forthcoming new album / Blue & Lonesome
2005-2007: Leavell joins the Rolling Stones for their Bigger Bang Tour.
2002-2003: Leavell joins the Rolling Stones for their 40 Licks world tour.
1999: Leavell accompanies the Rolling Stones for their “No Security” Tour and succeeding live album.
1997-1999: Leavell travels around the world with the Rolling Stones during their celebrated “Bridges to Babylon Tour”.
1996: Leavell plays on Rolling Stones CD, Stripped.
1995-1994: Leavell plays on Rolling Stones CD, Voodoo Lounge, and travels with them on their world tour.
1993: Leavell appears with Mick Jagger on the February 6th episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
1993: Leavell plays with Mick Jagger at Webster Hall in New York City on February 9th.
1990: Keyboardist for Rolling Stones “Urban Jungle” tour in Europe, Leavell contributes keyboard talents as Stones play to record-breaking crowds in Japan’s Tokyo Dome.
1989: Rolling Stones ask Leavell to join group on Steel Wheels album and plays with group for its four-month North American tour.
1987: Chosen by Keith Richards to be member of Chuck Berry’s all-star back-up band for the movie Hail, Hail Rock’n’Roll.
1985: Records Dirty Work album with the Rolling Stones.
1983: Records Undercover album with the Rolling Stones.
1982: Joins Rolling Stones on their “Tattoo You” summer tour of Europe.