The Rolling Stones @ The London Stadium: 25th May 2018

25th May 2020 marks a special anniversary for the Ealing Club. Travel back to 2018 and Mick Jagger was fronting The Rolling Stones at the London Stadium, where he announced the following:

“Playing Harmonica is significant to me .  We’re going to play a blues number like we did in the Ealing Club” … a few more people here tonight though ….. but same numbers” 

The band proceeded to deliver a blistering version of Little Walter’s “Just Your Fool” to > 70,000 + fans packed into the former London 2012 Olympic Venue….

This announcement followed a series of special ‘Ealing Eclectic Gigs” held in collaboration with fans from Argentina and Brazil who had travelled to London to experience their legendary band on their home-turf. On May 24th, Chris Jagger and His Band played at ‘The Red Room’ following in the footsteps of the Ali Mac Band and Ben Waters.

The Ealing Club Community Interest Company was set up to ‘curate’ Ealing’s Rock ‘n’ Roll music roots and it was an honour to host these fans from afar who had been following plaque commemorations, exhibitions, festivals & development of the Ealing Club feature film documentary: Suburban Steps To Rockland.

In the coming months, we hope to see the Ealing Club film reaching out to more fans around the world having screened on TV in the UK, Ireland, NZ, Belgium & The Netherlands.

Of course, it’d be great to see The Rolling Stones back in action, playing together in the same room!

Special thanks go out to 40x5TributoBar in Buenos Aires, Stones Planet Brazil & Fan Club Patagonico Rolling Stones. We hope you are keeping Safe & Well!

The Pretty Things

The Pretty Things were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the London ‘R & B’ scene of the early 60’s. Regretfully, their lead singer Phil May passed away last week following complications from a Cycling accident as reported in the wider media. 

The Pretty Things fronted by Phil May were closely linked to the Ealing Club scene through their lead guitarist Dick Taylor. Prior to forming the band, Taylor was a regular visitor to Ealing Broadway, where he would travel with fellow Dartford residents, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards.

As most Ealing Club followers are aware, in July 1962 Dick Taylor would become a member of the ‘formative’ Rolling Stones, eventually deciding to move on and take up Art College. Following his departure, Bill Wyman would take over the bass guitar role becoming a permanent part of the legendary Stones line-up. 

The full story is detailed in the movie Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club. 

Formation of The Pretty Things

In 1963, at Sidcup Art College Dick Taylor formed a group alongside Phil May that would start to follow the footsteps of The Rolling Stones, challenging & emboldening their pursuit to become the bad-boys of mid 60’s London Music. Both bands were heavily based on the blues and the Pretty Things would build up a catalogue of self-penned songs that epitomized the raw, frenetic and pounding attitude of certain bands born out of the London R & B scene.

The Pretty Things would innovate and become early adopters of the psychedelic & counterculture movements integrating those influences into tracks such as LSD (released in 1965) and later creating what is considered to be the first Rock Opera Album,  (SF Sorrow) in 1968. This record debuted prior to the release of the Who’s Tommy and was released on a Motown subsidiary, another first for any UK band. 

The Pretty Things have been feted and admired by David Bowie (Oh – You Pretty Things). David Bowie, mentioned Phil May and The Ealing Club in his ‘Pin Ups’ Broadcast in 1973. Jimi Hendrix, The Clash: (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais, Nirvana were also admirers.

Their final 2018 show saw David Gilmour & Van Morrison playing in support of the band. 

Listen to tracks such as ‘Buzz The Jerk’ and the likes of ‘The Jam’ are very close by. TURN IT UP LOUD!

Lockdown Weekends?

Here’s some ideas to keep ears, eyes & minds busy during lockdown 

  • Go watch the movie Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club. The 90 minute feature film documentary brings together interviews with Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Burdon, Pete Townshend, John Mayall (and many more). It explains why music journalists have cited Ealing Borough as “The Cradle of British Rock Music”

The movie is available in UK/Ireland via a free 7-day limited subscription via: NOW TV (please ‘google’ “Now TV & Suburban Steps” if this link appears broken)

DVD’s are also available via the Ealing Club shop: www.ealingclub.com

Suburban Steps To Rockland premieres on Belgian TV in April 2020! Please keep supporting to see it move further.

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  • Go check out the Soundtrack of Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club on spotify. The soundtrack has been cleared on a global basis enabling this story to reach out to music fans world-wide!
  • Go follow the playlist here! SPOTIFY: SUBURBAN STEPS TO ROCKLAND
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  • Check out some live performances online with the Hanwell Hootie Music festival. Kicking off the weekly Friday night performances from 10th April is the charismatic Tommy Hare. He will undoubtedly entertain the masses who will one day return back to the tiny venues of West London. 
  • The Hanwell Hootie Livestream
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  • Go watch Rock ‘n’ Roll Island, the newly aired documentary that features the story of the Eel Pie Island Hotel. The venue, that was located just down the road from Ealing and Hanwell became the destination for many bands. Our full write up is available on the Ealing Club blog here: 
  • The full documentary is available on BBC4 here:
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gp1k
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  • If you are looking for online music with a tinge of Jazz check out the guy that “almost” played with The Ealing Club’s Eclectic MusicSpace, in June 2018 …. Tom Seals. His online performance can be accessed at 6.00 pm Friday afternoon via instagram & via his website: www.tomseals.co.uk
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