Doug Wimbish Says He Refused Mick Jagger’s Offer Out Of Loyalty


In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish revealed that he refused Mick Jagger‘s offer to record with them due to his loyalty to his band.

Doug Wimbish is a well-known name in the music industry as one of the most versatile session and touring bassists. He has experimented with various genres, including pop, rock, funk, metal, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, electronic, and many more. As a sought-after and respected musician, he began receiving phone calls from notable names and groups in the industry.

One of the calls came from the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s team to invite him to play bass in his second solo album, 1987’s ‘Primitive Cool.’ He succeeded in the audition and shared the album’s bass duties with Dean Garcia. Later in 1991, Living Colour, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal asked the bassist to work with them. He eventually decided to join Living Colour as their permanent bassist.

When the Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman left the band in 1993, Doug Wimbish received a phone call from Mick Jagger and asked whether he wanted to record with them. However, Living Colour was to play in Australia, so Wimbish rejected Jagger’s offer due to his loyalty to his band. He was confused, but his priority was Living Colour. The bassist said he had to make the right decision for everyone at the time. Things might have turned out differently if the timing was right.

The reason he rejected Mick Jagger’s offer, in Doug Wimbish’s words:

“I’m still in Living Colour, but I come out. We start recording, and I meet Keith. We’re hanging out; they were recording. There was no tour or anything. And then I go back to New York, and Mick calls me up. ‘Hey, we’d like for you to come and do it. We’re doing a record.’ It was like October of 1993. I’m like, ‘Okay, well, Living Colour is booked to play Australia at that time. I’d love to do it, but we have this tour.’

My loyalty was to Living Colour. ‘Stain’ had just come out. It was like, ‘What do I do? Do jump ship and work with the Stones?’ I was in a vortex. I was caught in the middle. Maybe if the timing were different, things would have worked out. Lo and behold, things got dark in 1994, and Vernon broke the band up in 1995. That’s what happened. I had to make a decision based on what was right, and not just for me, but for families and everyone else. You stand by it. That’s what happened.”

Wimbish actively records and tours today with Living Colour. The group’s latest album, ‘Shade,’ arrived in September 2017, and they have been currently working on new material for a possible new release.