Chuck Leavell Clocks Up 40 Years As The Rolling Stones Keyboard Player - Noise11.com
Chuck Leavell photo by Ros O'Gorman

Chuck Leavell at Cherry Bar Melbourne photo by Ros O'Gorman

Chuck Leavell Clocks Up 40 Years As The Rolling Stones Keyboard Player

by Paul Cashmere on October 29, 2021

in News

This week Chuck Leavell clocked up 40 years with The Rolling Stones. That’s longer than Bill Wyman (31 years), Brian Jones (7 years) or Mick Taylor (5 years).

Chuck is an integral part of the Stones love band. In his role as music director for The Rolling Stones, Chuck constructs the Stones setlist at each show with Mick Jagger. The Stones show is so precise that every single show features a song that has never been played live in each town before.

Watch the Noise11 interview with Chuck Leavell.

Check Leavell’s first show with The Rolling Stones was on 26 October 1981 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Here is that show:

And here is the setlist from the show:

Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, USA, October 26th, 1981.

00:00:00 Intro/Under my thumb
00:04:32 When the whip comes down
00:09:43 Let´s spend the night together
00:13:51 Shattered
00:18:55 Neighbours
00:22:19 Black limousine
00:26:13 Just my imagination
00:33:21 Twenty flight rock
00:35:29 Let me go
00:39:59 Time is on my side
00:43:31 Beast of burden
00:49:52 Waiting on a friend
00:54:29 Let it bleed
01:00:11 You can´t always get what you want
01:07:03 Little T&A
01:11:24 Tumbling dice
01:15:40 She´s so cold
01:20:00 All down the line
01:24:27 Hang fire
01:27:49 Miss you
01:34:13 Start me up
01:38:08 Honky tonk women
01:41:30 Brown sugar
01:45:13 Street fighting man
01:49:23 Jumping Jack flash

Chuck took over keyboard duties from Ian Stewart, an early member of the Stones who was relegated to tour manager in 1963. However, he continued to contribute to Stones releases (he plays piano on ‘She Was Hot’ and ‘Pretty Beat Up’ on ‘Undercover’ (1983) and is credited with piano on ‘Dirty Work’ (1986). Stewart died at age 47 in 1985. (He was also the piano player on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘Boogie With Stu’ (which was also named after him).

Chuck Leavell has performed on every Stones album since ‘Undercover’ (1983) except ‘Bridges To Babylon’. He was the keyboard player for George Harrison ‘Live In Japan’ (1992), David Gilmour ‘Live At Pompeii’ (2017), John Mayer’s ‘Born and Raised’ (2012) and ‘Paradise Valley’ (2013), Eric Clapton’s ’24 Nights’ (1991) and ‘Unplugged’ (1992), The Black Crowes ‘Shake your Money Maker’ (1990) and four albums for Allman Brothers including their classic ‘Brothers and Sisters’ (1973) featuring ‘Jessica’ and ‘Ramblin’ Man’.

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11.com

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Related Posts

UB40
UB40 Cover 60s Pop Classic ‘Gimme Some Sign’

Robin Campbell’s UB40 are continuing their tradition of covering pop hit as reggae songs with their latest cover, Brenton Wood’s ‘Gimme Little Sign’ as ‘Gimme Some Kinda Sign’.

6 hours ago
The Beatles Sam Mendes film official photo
The Beatles Support Production Of Sam Mendes Four Beatle Movie

Filmmaker Sir Samuel Mendes has announced will make four Beatles movies, each a biopic about the individuals John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

2 days ago
Engelbert Humperdinck performs at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda on Thursday 29 October 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Engelbert Humperdinck Has The Hot Ticket of 2024

If Taylor Swift fans are called Swifties, what are Engelbert Humperdinck fans called? Humpers?

2 days ago
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich
Ian Amey ‘Tich’ of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich Dies At Age 79

Ian Amery, the Tich of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, has died at the age of 79.

5 days ago
Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds at the Palais in St Kilda on Sunday 3 April 2016. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Brian Wilson Is Suffering From Dementia

Just weeks after the death of his wife Melinda, Brian Wilson’s family has revealed that the iconic singer, songwriter for The Beach Boys is suffering from dementia.

5 days ago
Taylor Swift at the MCG Melbourne 16 February 2024 Photo Credit TAS Rights Management
Taylor Swift Performs First Australian Show For The Eras Tour In Melbourne

Reporting a first-hand account of the Taylor Swift phenomenon was not something I was expecting but when I was invited to attend the first Australian show of The Eras Tour my interests piqued. This will truly be the biggest music event in Australia for 2024. The Eras Tour is breaking records all over the world. It is major news.

6 days ago
Taylor Swift, Etihad, Ros O'Gorman, Photo
Taylor Swift vs The Beatles Ticket Price – Australian Bureau of Statistic Compares

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has compared the cost of The Beatles 1964 Australian tour ticket to that of the 2024 Taylor Swift ticket price and there are some interesting facts.

February 15, 2024