Steven Van Zandt Shares The Real Driving Force Inside The Rolling Stone
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In a recent post on X, former E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt shared his thoughts about the oft-overlooked contributors to the Rolling Stones’ triumphs, going beyond the well-known names of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
A user on the platform shared an image featuring Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, labeling them as “the original rhythm section of the Rolling Stones.”
The repost by the Disciples of Soul founder included a thoughtful commentary pointing out the significance of Watts and Wyman in the band’s legacy:
“These guys (and the songwriting on the first 12 albums) are why they’re still selling out stadiums 60 years later.”
The distinct musical imprint of Charlie and Bill
In the comment section, fans resonated with Van Zandt’s sentiments, expressing their agreement through specific examples from the Rolling Stones’ extensive catalog.
One enthusiastic fan highlighted a track from the new album, stating, “”Live By The Sword” on the new album is a reminder of how underappreciated (casually) Wyman’s bass was to Stones’ signature wobble. [I] could listen to that rhythm section while sitting on hot coals and still enjoy it.”
Another fan chimed in, sharing the sentiment about the impact of the bass and drums in a classic Stones track: “The bass and drums on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” get me every time..” A subsequent comment zeroed in on Wyman’s role, offering a comparative perspective: “No offense to Darryl Jones, who is a fantastic player, but it just doesn’t sound like the Stones without Wyman. Such a unique player.”
These reflections from fans underscored the enduring influence and distinctive musical imprint that Watts and Wyman left on the Rolling Stones’ sonic landscape.
Little Steven’s appreciation for Bill Wyman
Little Steven had earlier emphasized Wyman’s significance in shaping the band’s sound during a discussion on X, particularly when reflecting on the bassist’s brief reunion with the Stones for Hackney Diamonds.
The guitarist expressed his admiration for Wyman in response to the news about him, stating, “Bill Wyman is the most underrated bass player in Rock history and was a huge, essential part of the totally unique sound of the early Rolling Stones.”
It’s noteworthy that while Watts contributed to every Rolling Stones album until his passing in 2021, Wyman made his mark on an impressive 19 records before parting ways with the band in 1993.
The enduring impact of both musicians on the band’s musical legacy is undeniable, with Watts and Wyman each leaving an ineffaceable mark on the Stones’ evolution over the years.
One last collaboration between the two original Stones rhythm section
The Rolling Stones formally announced in September this year that Wyman will be going back into the studio to work on their next album, Hackney Diamonds. This thrilling news was made during a live stream from the Hackney Empire in London, UK, where the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band had an interview with host Jimmy Fallon.
Wyman left the Stones in 1993 and hasn’t been on a record since Steel Wheels in 1989. But the bassist is going to make a big return by contributing to the song “Live By The Sword”.
This choice has even more significance because it coincides with the late Stone drummer Charlie Watts’ 2019 recording sessions for two tracks; the drummer would later pass away the same year.
For the first and last time since 1993, Wyman and Watts, the original Stones rhythm section, will come together to create a record. It’s an occasion to be both nostalgic and excited about. During the live event, Keith Richards jokes, “Bill’s creeped in!”
You can watch the said live event below: