The Rolling Stones’ touring bass guitarist Darryl Jones spoke in the recent interview with ‘Bass Player Magazine’ and revealed one of the weirdest conversations he had with the band members.
In the conversation, Darryl recalled the time he was entering the audition and explained what happened there. He said that Mick warned him after playing exact same notes of ‘Respectable’ song, and Mick wanted from Darryl to play what he heard.
Furthermore, Darryl asked Keith Richards about some of the basslines in the songs that Keith wrote the bass riffs, and he was shocked after hearing the answer. Keith pointed out Darryl and said that he is the one who plays bass, and he should now what is the basslines are.
“When you joined the Stones in 1993, did you play Bill Wyman’s bass parts as he had recorded them, or did you add your own spin?”
Darryl Jones said:
“You know, an interesting thing happened there. Before the audition, I went out and bought a bunch of Stones Greatest Hits records and started trying to figure out some basslines.
That really showed me, even before the audition, that there was no way I was really gonna be able to learn these basslines verbatim. But there are certain things that Bill and whoever was playing bass – Keith was on a bunch of it, Ronnie’s on some of it – did, that really are parts of songs.
I try to cover those things, but I can’t think of any song that I really try to play exactly like Bill played, you know.”
“Do the other Stones have strong views about that?”
Darryl Jones replied:
“At one rehearsal, I figured out what Bill had played on ‘Respectable,’ and I started playing it, and Mick was like ‘Where are you going?’ I said, ‘Well, this is what Bill played on the song’ and he said ‘No no, don’t play that. Play what you hear.’
So neither I nor they are that precious about that stuff. The first time I rehearsed with them, I asked Keith, ‘Hey man, did you play bass on this song?’ and he said ‘Yeah.’
I said ‘So what’s the bassline?’ and he was like, ‘I don’t know, man. You’re the bass player, you tell me what the bassline is!’ So they’re pretty cool about letting me do what I want. I still want to play the essence of the song.”
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