This great photo of Keith and I would have been taken outside a hotel on Nice seafront, most likely in 1982.
I was in my early 20s and the tour was an incredibly steep learning curve. For one it took a lot of stamina. The group preferred to work at different times for media interviews: Mick early morning, Keith and Ronnie late evening. From a PR perspective this almost started to feel like a 24-hour day. Having said that I remember it being great fun with lots of laughs especially with the photographer Dennis O’Regan.
The Stones were on what was probably the first global stadium tour ever which was obviously groundbreaking and started a trend that’s carried on ever since. Nothing was done by halves on that tour. In fact the Rolling Stones had a full size private plane which flew the group and tour party to gigs throughout Europe, returning the same evening. Nobody had ever done anything like that before. Lunch in Nice, a gig in Austria, and back to the Cote d’Azur for dinner. It was great waking up to a beautiful beach despite whatever gloomy North European football stadium the band had played the night before – Rock & Roll Groundhog Day!