Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ronnie Wood Helps Save the State

Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones, The Faces) is supporting the campaign to Save the Kilburn State! In a message posted on his blog, he says: "HI EVERYONE PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO SAVE THE KILBURN STATE THEATRE WHERE THE NEW BARBAIRANS GIG WAS ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. THANK YOU -- RW."

It turns out that Ronnie recorded an album -- The First Barbarians Live From Kilburn -- live at The State in July 1974. "I feel very sentimental about this gig as it was an amazing time of my life, working with all those amazing musicians for those two nights after completing my first solo album," he writes.

Ronnie also played at The Faces' last ever gig -- Rod Stewart and Faces: The Final Concert -- at The State, in December 1974.

Wonder what it sounded like? There's a bootleg of "I'd Rather Go Blind" from the gig available here (search for 'Kilburn'). (You can hear Keith Richards, who played at both gigs, being thanked at the end.) And to hear what The Faces were like during this period, check out these live versions of Stay With Me, Maggie May, and Maybe I'm Amazed.

Who knows, perhaps The State will one day host a Faces re-union... ?

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