The World According To Ronnie Wood

06/25/2013
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(Gibson) 2013 is a good year for Ronnie Wood. He's just turned 66 – "I'm really lucky to have survived everything I put myself through," he admits. Plus, The Rolling Stones play the Glastonbury festival for the first time ever on June 29. Wood was key in persuading his fellow Stones that "we must do this."

When you're in a band with Keith Richards, you'll always be "the other guitarist." It wasn't long ago that the other Stones referred to Wood as "the new boy" (he joined in 1975!) But "Woodie" has his own unique skills, wit, wisdom and plenty of stories…

On how he influenced Slash: Speaking on his new Absolute Classic Rock radio show in 2010, Wood said, "Slash, I remember him as a kid spying on me when I was playing guitar, and I'd teach him little licks." Wood also added he's learned licks off Slash. "It's really good. He's a great guy to play with, and he's great at interacting, a good weaver, you know. We can weave, like me and Bobby Womack do, and me and Keith Richards do."

On briefly sharing an apartment with Jimi Hendrix in 1967: "Jimi was quite a gentle flatmate," Wood told Shortlist. "He gave me a dog - a basset hound called Loopy. We were living with Pat Arnold, who was the singer in The Ikettes, but she threw me and Jimi out because the dog kept sh*tting everywhere. Jimi said, 'I'm going back on tour, Ronnie. Will you take my dog?' I had a little house in Kingston [west of London] at the time, so I took her with me. Lovely dog, I'd completely forgotten Jimi gave her to me.

"Neither of us were there long enough. But we did used to sit on the bed and exchange ideas on the guitar. Jimi could flip it over and play left or right-handed equally well."

On working with Rod Stewart, in the Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and solo…: "It's not easy playing with Rod," Wood told Guitar Player. "But he just makes you feel good - as long as you're playing in the pocket." Here's Woodie and Rod on MTV Unplugged" - in the pocket" playing from Ronnie included. More.

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