ROLLING STONES - LOS ANGELES 1989 [CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]

November 23, 2020 – 5:21 am

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CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P. 1941 - 2021

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who helped them become one of the greatest bands in rock ‘n’ roll, has died on August 24 at the age of 80. A statement from his London publicist, Bernard Doherty, to the PA Media news agency said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”

Mick Jagger paid tribute to Watts posting a picture on Instagram, without adding a caption, of his bandmate smiling while playing drums. Keith Richards soon followed on Twitter with a picture of an empty drumkit. The news came weeks after it was announced that Watts would miss the band’s US tour dates to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. Watts was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004.

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ROLLING STONES
Los Angeles 1989 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 40. Live at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA; October 22, 1989. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77.

Until 2020, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R, Bill C. and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

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Rolling Stones - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA; October 22, 1989

The Millard archive yields another gem, which is Mike the Mike’s recording the Rolling Stones playing their fourth and final night at the colossal Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, site of two Olympic Games. This was the biggest stand of shows the band ever played in Los Angeles, with more than 360,000 people attending over the four performances (for a combined gross of $9+ million).

Yes, Steel Wheels was the Stones’ first US tour since 1981, so demand was high. But attendance at the Coliseum was undoubtedly bolstered by having Guns ’N Roses and Living Colour as opening acts. GNR was on top of the world at that moment. Mike did record their sets as well, but unfortunately they can’t be shared on DIME.

1989-90 would also prove to the band’s final tour with original member Bill Wyman on bass, which could lead one to call Steel Wheels (and Urban Jungle, the later ex-US leg) the last tour of the band’s middle era. I however see Steel Wheels as the first tour of the modern era, driven primarily by the addition of Chuck Leavell on keyboards, who has sat on that piano bench ever since.

Sure, the band toured with Billy Preston on keys and Ians Stewart and McLagan along the way. But Leavell’s arrival had two major impacts. One, it opened up the band’s catalog, as with his keyboards and synthesizers, heretofore “unplayable” songs requiring strings or other studio-centric sounds could be recreated which explains the inclusion of tracks like “Ruby Tuesday” and “2000 Light Years From Home.”

Leavell’s second impact is debatable and I’m sure my contentious take puts me in the minority, but… his keyboard arrangements can be a little on the cheesy side. Over time, his place in the mix of what the live Stones sound like, how much of the melody he is carrying vs. the rest of the band, has only increased, to the point where I once jokingly referred to a Bridges to Babylon recording as “Chuck Leavell featuring members of the Rolling Stones.”

That being said I find myself slightly more forgiving as I listen to Millard’s fine capture more than 30 years later. Hearing “Ruby Tuesday” and “2000 Light Years From Home” in any form is a treat. I think “Mixed Emotions” is the best single of the contemporary Stones era and it is played well here, as are relatively uncommon songs like “Sad, Sad, Sad,” “Undercover Of The Night,” “Harlem Shuffle,” and “Rock And A Hard Place.” Of the classics, “Paint It Black” is cool, Jagger puts a lot of feeling into “Miss You” and “Midnight Rambler,” and the Uptown Horns add some nice accents to songs like “Happy.”

Given its enormous size and shape, the Memorial Coliseum is a challenging venue for taping as so few seats are close to the PA. Even with Millard sitting in the main section on the floor, seven rows back, the recording has a little distance to it but is otherwise clear, full and steady.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. There are a few recordings out there that have long been attributed to Mike that he didn’t actually record based on his own master tape list. One of those is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Oakland Stadium, July 13, 1974. Perhaps it is simply the quality of the recording that led someone to assume “it had to be Millard,” but the show predates the AKG + Nak era and to the best of our knowledge and research, Mike did not attend or record.

Another is the Stones Candlestick Park, San Francisco, October 17, 1981. The fact that Millard taped multiple Stones shows in ’75 and ’89, but none in ’78 or ’81 is peculiar, though for both tours, the LA market only got stadium shows which was likely a factor.

As I have written before, if Millard couldn’t record a show in the manner and location he wanted to, he was more inclined to skip a show than tape from an inferior location. The San Francisco recording isn’t on Millard’s master list either, but there is evidence to support the show was recorded by a friend of Millard’s using his gear, but not Mike himself. We do know Millard would allow close friends to use his rig on occasion and we hope to have more definitive answers on this subject in the near future.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program. Our releases would not be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories and photos. As many of you have noted, the stories offer an entertaining complement to Mike’s incredible audio documents, though Jim didn’t attend this show.

I can’t say enough about mjk5510, our critical collaborator for nearly all JEMS releases. Without his steady support, our Saturday release schedule simply would not happen.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi DR-1 (azimuth adjusted) > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture to 24/96 .wav > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 8 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction 1:47
Track 102. Start Me Up 4:03
Track 103. Bitch 3:44
Track 104. Sad Sad Sad 3:43
Track 105. Undercover Of The Night 4:31
Track 106. Harlem Shuffle 4:47
Track 107. Tumbling Dice 4:56
Track 108. Miss You 7:05
Track 109. Ruby Tuesday 3:26
Track 110. Angie 4:05
Track 111. Rock And A Hard Place 5:34
Track 112. Mixed Emotions 5:06
Track 113. Honky Tonk Women 4:51
Track 114. Midnight Rambler 10:29
69 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 7:30
Track 202. Little Red Rooster 5:13
Track 203. Before They Make Me Run 3:53
Track 204. Happy 3:53
Track 205. Paint It Black 3:44
Track 206. 2000 Light Years From Home 5:35
Track 207. Sympathy For The Devil 7:12
Track 208. Gimme Shelter 7:53
Track 209. It’s Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It) 4:23
Track 210. Brown Sugar 4:20
Track 211. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 7:52
Track 212. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 7:35
69 mins

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  1. 34 Responses to “ROLLING STONES - LOS ANGELES 1989 [CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]”

  2. Rumor has it Mick gots a Lil Un

    By U L E on Nov 23, 2020

  3. Rumor has it Keef gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 23, 2020

  4. The Glimmer Twins

    By U L E on Nov 23, 2020

  5. The twin song Miss You and Paint It Black are the gut wrenching release of heart and tears over the deaths in different years of my oldest brother at 57 due to young onset Parkinson’s while my wife and I were celebrating at a party for our 25th wedding anniversary, then the death of my wife nine years later a week before Christmas, while the rest of the world, it seemed, was celebrating, I and her family were in sorrows.

    By ScarRad on Nov 23, 2020

  6. Thanks for another Gem from Mike the microphone. I saw them in Jacksonville Fla during this tour at the gator bowl . Living Colour with Vernon Reid was the opening act . They were on fire this tour . Still prefer the Mick Taylor era though.

    By Bill on Nov 23, 2020

  7. Hey DD , triple h , haven’t heard from you dudes in awhile . Whatcha think of this show ? Pretty good even if it ain’t the 70s . Music is shit today

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  8. Was catching some nfl highlights and still the same ole shit . Coons wit dreads and tats acting like monkeys. I swear to god the nfl has gotta he 90 percent coons and hi yellers. The only whites is kickers

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  9. Looks the the Donald is tryin to overturn the election. Rudy Gulliani is one dumb ugly fuck . Did you see that hair dye runnin down his ugly face . Funny as shit

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  10. This show is great. Love the Stones. Americas answer to the Beatles.

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  11. Twernt me above . I’m not interested in men’s penises

    By U L E on Nov 23, 2020

  12. I didn’t leave that last one . More dic suckin Jew bastard name hijackers

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  13. I don’t watch the nigger football league derrick. For the reasons you mentioned. Gorilla behavior from the black apes . Juking jiving and hi fiving . Nothing will change , it’s in their dna. Look at some of these apes today . Not only do the ape males make babies with multiple females , they must screw their moms , sisters and cousins too. Many look deformed . Must be a lot of incest going on . Eyes far apart , weird shaped heads , speech problems etc .apes looked normal in the sixties and seventies, that’s because family values were still Intact , before hip hop future took hold .

    By HHH on Nov 23, 2020

  14. Orange face is a joke . His futile attempts to overthrow the election only prove him to be the dictator we all knew he thought he was . If he had won I guarantee you he would have tried to change the constitution and run for a third term . Either way the corpse takes office January 30 and then Kamala will be Biden her time . Then the socialists/ communists like AOC , Towelhead Omar , Pelosi and Chuckie Wuckie Schumer can alter America with their agendas . Open borders , defunding police , voting rights and free medical for illegals etc . The country is fucked .

    By HHH on Nov 23, 2020

  15. Look for AOC to run in either 24 or 28 . I’m serious. That’s where this is headed.

    By HHH on Nov 23, 2020

  16. ScarRad so sorry to read that ScarRad. My thoughts are with you . . . x

    By swappers on Nov 23, 2020

  17. Oh, I’m so very disappointed. I thought that the horrible Derrick & HHH had left the premises i.e. had gone away, but no, they return with their racist rantings and sportstalk. And they have said it all previously anyway, that HHH seems to be set on programed repeat!

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 23, 2020

  18. I didn’t leaf that last one . More dic suckin Chew bastard name hijackers get me an my 2″er turned on . Triple h faggot is my bitch

    By Derrick on Nov 23, 2020

  19. I think this show is from October 18, 1989. The Stones played Little Red Rooster on October 18th and 19th during this LA stint. The second night was with Eric Clapton. This version doesn’t include him. I think the date might be in error.

    By Harve on Nov 23, 2020

  20. a great millard recording of a band completely past their prime is still what it is. All compliments for the recording, but a golden turd is still a turd.

    By ouyg on Nov 24, 2020

  21. If the stones were past their primes in 89 , what are they today ?

    By CJ on Nov 24, 2020

  22. Actually they were never the same after Mick Taylor left after 74 . If you want to hear great live stones , listen to any of their 73 Euro tour . Mick Taylor was amazing.

    By CJ on Nov 24, 2020

  23. First comments were me and make no mistake. I am VERY interested in male genitalia. My commenting history tells the truth.

    By U L E on Nov 25, 2020

  24. Nuther fake on the last one . Twernt me . Straight not gay . Gots a wife and kids

    By U L E on Nov 25, 2020

  25. Twernt me above . I enjoy penis . That don’t make me gay . Wife and kids like penis too

    By U L E on Nov 25, 2020

  26. Derrick - you said the Stones were”America’s answer to the Beatles”. Are you really that fucking ignorant - oh yeah you thought Zeppelin were American as well…what a total fuckwit !!!

    By Sleepy Joe on Nov 25, 2020

  27. Led Zep WERE American. America’s answer to Black Sabbath.

    By Derrick on Nov 26, 2020

  28. Oh dear, . . . seeing as you are talking about music we will deign to talk to you some more - we really need to school you poor D’reck
    Led Zeppelin are ENGLISH!

    Formed out of The New Yardbirds (British)
    They are Robert Plant - born West Bromwich, Staffordshire
    Jimmy Page - Heston born (suburb of London)
    John Paul Jones - Sidcup born, Kent
    John Bonham - born Redditch, Worcestershire

    By swappers on Nov 26, 2020

  29. swappers if u were a man I suck u off but your not a man. your a sissy

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 26, 2020

  30. I’m a penis sucking queer. I post as HHH, U L E and Derrick too . I’m a total homo. Love it right in the shitty ass HOLE

    By Madame Phoot on Nov 26, 2020

  31. The Zep was too American. So are the Stones. They are all white except Charlie Watts who is a Red Indian.

    By Derrick on Nov 26, 2020

  32. Derrick you butt munch, how many times do I have to say it. Charlie Watts was Jewish. His real name was Wattstax.

    By HHH on Nov 26, 2020

  33. Reading your bullshit about LZ an RS, I understand why DT was voted for president.

    By dugfried on Nov 27, 2020

  34. Sorry, I’m not keeping my lies straight. I said above “Gots a wife and kids” but as I commented on the Camper Van Beethoven post from September:

    Twernt me above. I’m not married
    By U L E on Sep 30, 2020

    So believe nothing that I post from now on. Except this: I’m as queer as a three-dollar bill.”

    By U L E on Nov 30, 2020

  35. I wish it was swappers instead of scarrad that had all that misery. That scumbag deserves all the plagues the Egyptians received. Die scumbag

    By U L E on Aug 25, 2021

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