Ronnie Wood says stay tuned for Rolling Stones gigs

Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:54pm EDT
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By Josie Cox

LONDON (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones are set this week to reveal plans regarding upcoming live gigs, guitarist Ronnie Wood told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Thursday as part of celebrations marking the band's 50th anniversary.

"What we do is live in hope and hopefully this week we'll unfold some plans," Wood said, adding that the band had recently spent a number of days rehearsing in a studio in New York and that being back with the band was like "being back at school".

The 65-year-old Wood, who joined the Stones in 1975 to replace Mick Taylor, also refused to rule out the possibility of a Stones collaboration with Bill Wyman -- bass guitarist for the band from 1962 until 1993.

"I saw him last week and he was in top form, rocking," Wood said. "We also did a rehearsal with him a few weeks ago." "It's like he'd never been away."

Speaking at Somerset house, near an exhibition of photographs celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, Wood reminisced about the good old days and remembers admiring his future bandmates as an outsider.

"When I was at college I used to listen to the early Stones," he said, adding that he always told himself that one day he would be one of them.

Recounting his personal standout moments from the last half a century, Wood - clad in his trademark black suit, bright red socks and silver-spiked shoes -- reeled off a long list, at the top of which was his first encounters with singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, who collaborated with him on his 1974 solo album, "I've Got My Own Album to Do."

"It was just a fantastic experience of getting to know each other and then being asked to join them and making (his first Stones album) 'Black and Blue'".   Continued...

Ronnie Wood plays as the band The Small Faces are inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan