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Truth Be Told: "Behind the Set"
The Rolling Stones
On two different occasions, I have had the pleasure of interviewing a member of the Rolling Stones: Ron Wood and Bill Wyman, to be exact.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom, nor a 102-degree temperature can keep a broadcaster away from doing an interview with a member of the Rolling Stones. Especially when that member is in town for one night only. Such was the case on this particular evening. Although there were no weather problems on this special night, I had a fever.
I was in the broadcast studio feeling worse and worse as time went by. Plans were to finish on the air, and then head over to the concert hall, where I was to sit down with Ron Wood for our conversation prior to the concert.
As we traveled over to the venue, my staff asked me if I felt up to doing the interview. The only thing I could do was give somewhat of a smile, because there was no response to give. There was no way I would pass on this auspicious opportunity.
When we arrived, everything was set: the chairs, the mikes, and everything else had been tested. There could be no room for error. This was a one shot deal. I recall the area set aside for the interview was darkened, with only a small light near by – nice ambiance.
Ron Wood walked over (of course with cigarette in hand). He was a gracious person, a very easy going, warm, friendly man. I remember him having a lot to say from the moment we were introduced, and there was no mistaking his pleasantness and happy attitude coming from the core of who he is. Though I wasn't feeling good, it felt good being around him. He made it a point to introduce me to Jo, his wife, who was also extremely forthcoming, personable and talkative.
I went back to review the interview the other day, and I still very much like the way it went. I'm certain Ron enjoyed it, as well, because of his compliments. He mentioned more than once how we should do this with his "other mates". "They'd luv it," he commented in his English accent. I thought that was incredibly flattering.
Truth be told, after the conversation, I took my sick body and fever home, collapsed, and couldn't move out of bed the following day. Nevertheless, I did get my first interview with a member of the Rolling Stones.