Remembering Bobby Keys: Performing Live With The Rolling Stones

“Bobby Keys is not the very best saxophone player on the planet, he’therefore the very best stone ‘n’ roll saxophone player on the planet. ”

The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts

The above quote comes from a new documentary concerning the late great sideman Bobby Keys who died on this date in 2014 just weeks before his 71st birthday. Keys’ resume stands as one of the most remarkable in stone ‘n’ roll background, having played alongside such accomplished musicians like Joe Cocker, B.B. King, John Lennon, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson, Dr. John, Graham Nash, Warren Zevon, Marvin Gaye, Van Dyke Parks, Martha Reeves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Faces and Many More.

Perhaps Keys’ best-known affiliation was with The Rolling Stones with whom he recorded and performed with from 1969 during his passing in 2014. The legendary rockers depended upon Keys’ sax for lots of their most prosperous hits. This variant of Sunday Cinema introduces video of Keys onstage with The Stones at various points during his tenure as a touring member of their team.

First is footage of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” featuring Keys’ signature soloing in Madison Square Garden in New York City in January 2003. Keys first appeared with The Stones on their 1969 album Let It Bleed, contributing to the monitor “Live With Me,” which is viewed and heard in footage from August 2005 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The following of Keys’ trademark solos drives “Brown Sugar,” which can be observed in footage from Fort Worth, Texas in June 1972. “Rip This Joint” follows from a performance in July 1975 in the L.A. Forum. Ultimately, Bobby glows about the fellow Exile On Main Street cut “Sweet Virginia” in acoustic footage from Brixton Academy in London in July 1995.

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking

Live With Me

Brown Sugar

Rip This Joint

Sweet Virginia

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