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Topics: Rolling Stones

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Rolling Stones have been the 'world's greatest rock'n'roll band' for decades. Now two of the original members, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, revealed sensational new facts about the band's history in interviews.

When former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman's book 'Stone Alone' was published back in 1997 it instantly became a bestseller.

Besides his accurate descriptions on the life of the Rolling Stones in the studios and on the road, he told the readers about his almost incredible sex life and told details about encounters with hundreds of girls and women.

But in a recent interview the 73-year-old rock star admitted that all that is nothing but pure fiction.

"I never had intimate relationships with anybody except for my steady partner at a given time. Well, er, and honestly, I never was too active in that field" he told a journalist in a luxury hotel in Sheffield.

Wyman said that he was forced on request of the book's editors to blow up his sex life in the book.

"Well, I sent them my manuscript where I had told things how they had actually been", he stated, "but they said: What? A Rolling Stone without an exuberant sex life? How the hell should we sell this book at all? So I asked my friends about their adventures in that field and took notes. Thank God I got a lot of friends who were much more active than I had ever been or dreamed of.

"I listened to lots of stories and did not care too much if they were true or not. For instance, the 16-year-old son of a neighbor told me about the toothpaste trick which I attributed to that lady in Asia. With my friends' consent I added all their stories to my manuscript, and the editors were happy with it.

"In the end the book sold hundreds of thousands of copies."

In the interview Bill Wyman talked about his secret passion: refurbishing rooms.

"I am quite an experienced craftsman in all sorts of plumbing. So at a very early age I started refurbishing rooms. And by age 20 it had become my real passion", he said.

"When we had become famous and we were on tour I insisted that in each place we stayed the organizers had to reserve a hotel room for me which I could renovate completely. So while the others, except Charlie, were busy with lots and lots of women I painted walls, laid out new electricity, and renewed the carpets.

"Very frequently Stu [Ian Stewart] had to pull me out of the room to get in time to the concert venue".

Even today guests can rent hotel rooms which were renovated by Bill Wyman.

"If you look closely enough when watching our concert movies you can see stains of paints on my trousers", he says.

Wyman states that he not only invented the riff for the huge Stones hit 'Paint it, black' but he also inspired Charlie Watts to write the lyrics.

"I had played the riff accidentally over and over again on an organ in the studio. I remember it clearly because the studio room would urgently have needed refurbishing.

"Some days later, Charlie came into the room I was renovating in a big hotel in Kansas City. I was busy painting an old red door in black color.

"Suddenly, Charlie mumbled the words 'I see a red door and I want to paint it black'.

"He immediately disappeared, and within 15 minutes he came back with the complete lyrics.

"When I had finished painting the door in the middle of the night we pulled the others out of their beds which was not easy because of the many girls that were around there and all that. We rushed to a studio and recorded a demo.

"Mick and Keith were not impressed in the first place but when we did the proper recording at the RCA Studios in LA the song worked out perfectly with Brian on sitar. It became a one of our biggest hits."

According to Wyman the album entitled 'Black and Blue' from 1976 also originated in his renovating passion, as well as other song titles and lyrics which Charlie Watts wrote, for example 'She's a rainbow' ('She comes in colors everywhere...') or 'Blue turns to grey'.

'I would still prefer the opportunity of overdoing any room that needs it over any pretty woman, except for my steady partner', says Wyman.

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