This story is from the November 27, 2018, issue of Rolling Stone.
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“I think we should be able to have some fun with our kids, but I can’t really think of anything that would be more fun than a trip,” says former Nashville singer/songwriter Joe Budden, who had been a longtime fan of the Stones.
“There are a lot of good reasons for it, but we just can’t have kids around us all the time.”
Burt Reynolds, a Nashville native who had played drums in the band in the 1950s, remembers sitting on the bus with his family when it stopped in Nashville.
“You were just like, ‘Wow, you have to go to Nashville,'” Reynolds says.
“That was it.
You had to go.
You couldn’t just drive by it.”
Reynolds, who died in 2012, and Budden were two of the first musicians to go out of their way to support the music and its culture in the mid-sixties.
“It was the hippie movement that was pushing for all these things that we were all so interested in,” Budden says.
Budden also remembers the feeling of having “a friend or two in the audience.”
“You couldn’t really get close to people,” Buddan says.
“‘I’m a hippie!
You’re a hippy!'”
Budden remembers one day, while rehearsing in Nashville, getting into an argument with a guy who had a big sign on his door that read, “If you don’t like my music, then go back to where you came from.”
Budden’s parents were hippies, and his dad was a bassist in the Grateful Dead.
“He was like, You’re not going to get into the band because you can’t even play guitar, and I was like ‘Dude, that’s just stupid, I’m a rock ‘n’ roll guy.
You’re gonna play a lot worse than that,'” Budden recalls.
“We had to just keep our heads down, but there was no question in my mind that this was a real thing that we had to do.
But my dad really hated it because he was into drugs. “
I remember being a big fan of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ as a kid.
But my dad really hated it because he was into drugs.
“If we don’t look at what we’ve accomplished and do it with the same amount of love and dedication and attention, we’re just going to fail. “
They have this huge influence on my life,” says the former Nashville guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, who has worked with the Stones since their early days.
“If we don’t look at what we’ve accomplished and do it with the same amount of love and dedication and attention, we’re just going to fail.
That’s why they’re so good.
They’re great artists.”
Claptons wife, Lynne, is also a longtime friend of the band, and they have had the chance to travel with the band during the tour, including several stops in the Middle East.
“When I’m with them, I don’t know what to do, but when I’m not with them I know what I want to do,” she says.
But Claptones wife also says that it’s important for the group to understand that their fans and fans of other artists have different opinions.
“For us to really be successful, we need to have an open-minded approach,” she adds.
“And it’s like, we want to have fun and play our own music and have fun, and not be afraid of controversy.
But at the same time, we can’t get too much into the politics of it.
We just have to be respectful.”