The Rolling Stones’ backstage secrets: Dressing rooms littered with skeletons and art supplies, Mick Jagger’s intense warm up routine and VERY last minute setlist changes
The Rolling Stones are on the road for their mammoth SIXTY world tour.
And after six decades of touring, the iconic band have perfected their backstage routine, with crew members spilling the behind the scenes secrets of life on the road with Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.
MailOnline can reveal that the group still like to mix things up, only deciding on their final set list less than an hour before they head out on stage.
Tour: The Rolling Stones are on the road for their SIXTY world tour and crew members have spilled the behind the scenes secrets of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards
With a back catalogue of over 400 songs, the group keep their encore of Gimme Shelter and Satisfaction each night the same, but will regularly switch out other hits throughout the gig.
Their backing singers even love to wade in and suggest their favourites for each night.
Ronnie then hand paints the final set list onto a canvas backstage, which is turned into a print and sold to fans via the band’s art store.
The trio are playing to thousands in arenas across the world, and while they’re constantly on the move, each bandmember has their own home comforts for life on the road.
Tunes: MailOnline can reveal that the group like to mix things up, deciding on their final set list less than an hour before they head out on stage, Ronnie paints the set list to be sold to fans
Speaking on the Talk is Jericho podcast the Stones’ band’s dressing room co-ordinator Heather Foster Kjollesdal, explains how Jagger, 78, Richards, 78, and Wood, 75, have individual dressing rooms.
The separation backstage is not down to a rock band feud, but more due to individual tastes.
‘Keith smokes a lot, and not everybody wants to be around that, so they have their own individual rooms. It really isn’t a hateful thing, they just have different styles,’ Heather explains.
Home comforts: The Stones’ band’s dressing room co-ordinator Heather Foster Kjollesdal reveals that each bandmember has their own dressing room, with Keith’s featuring candles, skeletons and prints of his favourite artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis
‘Everyone knows Keith, he likes pirates and baggy clothes. His room looks like him. It’s a little darker and it’s got cool statues of skeletons. It’s awesome, my favourite room, I love it. There’s lots of candles, with lots of great ambience.’
Family man Ronnie indulges his other passions – art and his twin daughters Alice and Gracie, five.
‘His room is very artistic really. He’s got a lot of things in there that inspire him. I hang drapes over the pipe that just give the room some texture and some colour.
Dad: Family man Ronnie indulges his other passions, art and his twin daughters Alice and Gracie, five, with art supplies littering his room including easels for his girls
Family: Roonie’s wife Sally and their twins join the band on the road, flying with them on the Stones’ private jet
‘The easel comes in, he has paints, special markers. He has kids, so we’ll get small canvases for them. They’re really artistic too,’ says Heather.
And as for frontman Mick, his main request is space to warm up for his energetic stage routine.
‘Mick likes surfaces. There’s not a lot of stuff. It’s very clean. I do set up a little warm-up area. I’ve never seen what goes on, I know there’s music. He probably just loosens up his limbs.’
Energetic: As for frontman Mick, his main request is space to warm up for his energetic stage routine, with a warm up area set up so he can work with his trainer
Missed: The band’s crew also have their own special tribute to the late Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died last year aged 80 (pictured with Richards on a previous tour)
‘From what I understand from his trainer, he trains like that. Before the tour, he’ll do serious training for four or five minutes and then he’ll bring his heart rate down. So it’s very much interval training.’
‘That’s why he can sing a song, run across the stage, and then the song ends and he’s talking to the crowd and he’s not out of breath. He’s absolutely incredible.’
The band’s crew also have their own special tribute to the late Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died last year aged 80.
‘He was a gentleman down to the core,’ explains Heather. ‘We’ve kept a picture of his dressing room sign on our road cases and every time we open our cases we see it and are always like, ‘Hey, Charlie.’
He’s back: Mick has returned to the tour after falling ill with Covid. The frontman shared an update with fans this week after his Covid-19 diagnosis forced the group to postpone two dates
Mick has returned to the tour after falling ill with Covid. The frontman shared an update with fans this week after his Covid-19 diagnosis forced the group to postpone two dates on the SIXTY tour.
The rocker insisted he was ‘feeling much better’, and thanked his fans for their well wishes.
Taking to Instagram, Mick said: ‘Thank you all so much for your well wishes and messages the last few days.
Iconic: The legendary music act looked in good health as he performed for audiences in Milan, Italy on June 21 after the band cancelled the two previous gigs
‘I’m feeling much better and can’t wait to get back on stage next week! The Amsterdam date has been rescheduled for July 7 and we’ll have news of the new Bern date ASAP. He signed off: ‘See you soon! Mick’.
It comes after The Sympathy For The Devil rockers were last week forced to postpone their Amsterdam concert at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Monday hours before it was set to start after the legendary frontman came down with coronavirus.
Then, the band announced they would no longer play Wankdorf Stadium in Switzerland as planned.
In a fresh update on social media, they said: ‘The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for this postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians and the touring crew has to take priority.’
The Stones are also due to play the first of two nights at American Express presents BST Hyde Park on Saturday, June 25, with another date on July 3.
In good health: Mick, who was recently sick with Covid, energetically performed for an excited audience