The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

2013: Rolling Stones

It’s Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones

Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Cleveland

The tribute concert on October 26 at the State Theatre was anchored by a group of top flight musicians who have performed with the Rolling Stones over their fifty year career and contributed to shaping the band’s extraordinary sound. Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan led the house band as musical director. Jordan assembled a group of critically-acclaimed musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan.


Steve Jordan, drums

Steve Jordan, leading sideman, session player, acclaimed composer, musical director and drummer, has worked alongside Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and many others. He appeared on the Rolling Stones album Dirty Work and is a member of Keith Richards’ band the X-Pensive Winos.

Sarah Dash, vocals

Sarah Dash is a founding member of Labelle and has sung with some of the greatest names in pop, rock, and R&B. She has toured with Keith Richards, appeared on two of Richards’ albums (Live At The Hollywood Palladium and Main Offender), and appeared on The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels album in 1989.   

Bernard Fowler, vocals
Bernard Fowler has performed with the Rolling Stones on every tour since 1989. He has also been a featured guest vocalist on many solo albums released by the members of the band, including Mick Jagger’s first solo album, She’s The Boss.

Bobby Keys, saxophone
Top touring and session sax man for Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and others, Bobby Keys has been recording and touring with the Rolling Stones since 1970, appearing on Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, Emotional Rescue and several live albums.

Trevor Lawrence, saxophone
Saxophonist and producer Trevor Lawrence performed with the Rolling Stones in 1973 and 1975. He has recorded with many legends over the course of his career, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bonnie Raitt, and B.B. King.

Steve Madaio, trumpet
Most frequently heard performing with Stevie Wonder, trumpeter Steve Madaio was featured on the Rolling Stones' 1973 European tour.  Madaio's skills have been showcased on stage or in the studio alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees John Lennon, Etta James, James Taylor, B.B. King and Donna Summer among countless others.

Ian McLagan, keyboards
Ian McLagan is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee as a member of the Small Faces/Faces. He has worked with a wide range of legendary artists and has performed with his Bump Band since 1979. McLagan played on the Rolling Stone’s Some Girls album and toured with the group in 1978, 1981 and 1982.

Waddy Wachtel, guitar
Guitarist and composer Robert “Waddy” Wachtel has recorded or performed with dozens of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Carole King, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Iggy Pop, and Jackson Browne. He is a member of Keith Richards’ band the X-Pensive Winos and played on the Rolling Stones’ Bridges To Babylon album.

Willie Weeks, bass
In-demand session bass guitarist Willie Weeks has recorded and toured with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees such as Eric Clapton and George Harrison among many others. He played bass on “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” by the Rolling Stones.

Click here for an expansive Rolling Stones biography written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum wtih pictures and video clips from their 1989 induction.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Foster Theater on the fourth floor
10:30am-4:00pm. Portions of this event were streamed live on 

Former music correspondent for NBC’s TODAY Show, Rona Elliot discussed her interviews with the Rolling Stones and her recent ebook, Mick and Keith: Never Stop.

Film screening of ABKCO Film's Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 (2012, 64 minutes), a legendary but never released film shot during a quick tour of Ireland in 1965.

Interview with American soul and gospel singer, Merry Clayton who has provided a number of back-up vocal tracks to songs recorded by major performing artists during the 1960s, most notably with her duet with Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter.” She was recently featured in the film Twenty Feet From Stardom.

Discussion with music industry professional Andy Babiuk ( who wrote Rolling Stones Gear (January 2014), which is the first book to historically document all of the Rolling Stones’ musical equipment. This book covers not only the group’s personal background, but also every tour and studio session from their inception in 1962 to date, with detailed documentation illustrating what instruments and equipment were used during these periods.

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