Ronnie Wood Sets Chuck Berry Tribute Album: Listen

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Ronnie Wood has announced the release of a new album with his side band, Ronnie Wood with His Wild Five, that will honor one of his musical heroes. The album, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry, will be released November 15 by BMG.

The 11-track album was recorded live at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre in 2018, with guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters. The album includes performances of such Berry classics as “Little Queenie,” “Back in the USA,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” as well as a Wood original, “Tribute to Chuck Berry,” and “Worried Life Blues,” written by Maceo Merriweather. (See the complete track listing below.)

Listen to “Talking About You” from the upcoming album

The album artwork was hand-painted by Wood. Besides a CD and heavyweight vinyl release, Mad Lad will also be available as a deluxe box set (CD, LP and 12×12 art card of the album artwork) and in a super deluxe limited-edition box set (including CD, LP, 12×12 art print, signed and numbered set list and t-shirt).

The album will be the first in a trilogy to be recorded by Wood and the band in the coming years, each paying tribute to Wood’s musical heroes. He chose Berry for the first album as he has been a lifelong fan, has toured with him and also, to honor his passing in 2017.

Related: Our interview with Ronnie Wood

Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, MetLife Stadium, August 1, 2019

Wood is due to be honored at the London Film Festival on October 12 with the premiere of the Mike Figgis directed, Somebody Up There Likes Me, an in-depth documentary about Wood’s life and careers both in the Rolling Stones and in the art studio. The film will be released in early 2020.

Wood, who completed the 2019 edition of the Stones’ No Filter tour in August, will be performing with his band at the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire on November 21. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday September 13 at 10 a.m. local time here.

Mad Lad Track Listing
1. Tribute to Chuck Berry
2. Talking About You
3. Mad Lad
4. Wee Wee Hours Feat Imelda May
5. Almost Grown Feat Imelda May
6. Back In The USA
7. Blue Feeling
8. Worried Life Blues
9. Little Queenie
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Feat Imelda May
11. Johnny B Goode

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