Jack, what did you learn about the Stones when you opened for them?
White: How good they were. You could see the comfort level between them, in Keith’s guitar playing and Ron’s slide playing. It’s impressive, man, when that confidence is exuded. Someone once told me when I first started playing – you get a lot more respect if you act like you own the joint. If you fumble around, you don’t gain respect.
Richards: You could have asked me that question back when we went from clubs to opening for Bo Diddley, Little Richard and the Everly Brothers on one tour [in 1963]. I learned more in those six weeks than I would have learned from listening to a million records.
Richards: I loved listening to music – the pure beauty of listening – before I ever learned an instrument. I realize, in a way, that I tainted that beauty, because now I know how certain things are done. But brother, you’ve made your deal now. The only thing you can do is pass it on.
(Ist das wirklich so? Dass man die Schönheit des Kunstgenusses zerstört, wenn man weiß, wie es gemacht wird? Ich glaube eher, der Genuss ist dann auf einer anderen Ebene. – DR)