Ronnie Wood Once Saved Bob Dylan From A Disaster On Stage
Ronnie Wood wasn’t a part of The Rolling Stones’ first stable lineup, and the famous guitarist joined the band when Mick Taylor decided to leave in 1974. Wood began participating in their recording sessions for the band’s 13th British and 15th American studio album ‘Black and Blue,’ released on April 23, 1976. Even though he was still a Faces member, he went on a tour with The Rolling Stones shortly before the album.
In 1976, the band announced that Wood became their new member, and his remarkable talent as a guitarist and bassist drew significant attention quickly. However, the musician didn’t give a break to his solo career and other collaboration with several artists such as Prince, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton, with many more. Furthermore, one of his live performances with Bob Dylan gave birth to a fun memory, even though it was also a little cringe-worthy for Wood.
Why Did Bob Dylan Need Ronnie Wood’s Guitar?
Live Aid was a music-based fundraising initiative and benefit concert. The main reason behind this event was to help people during the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It took place simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia on July 13, 1985. The event became one of the most popular occasions at that time, with an estimated audience of two billion.
Countless notable names such as Sting, Phil Collins, Queen, The Who, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and more performed unforgettable shows to raise funds for such tragedy. Along with these and many other legendary musicians and bands, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, along with Bob Dylan, hit the stage with three Dylan classics, ‘Ballad of Hollis Brown,’ ‘When The Ship Comes In,’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind.’
Dylan went through a very problematic situation while they were playing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ originally released on his second studio album entitled ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ on May 27, 1963. The musician’s guitar strings broke during their live performances. Wood became his savior, and he immediately gave his guitar to Dylan even though he had to play air guitar, which was a cringy situation for an icon like Wood.
However, The Rolling Stones guitarist didn’t consider it a problem, and Wood showed his love and respect to Dylan by lending his guitar to him without any hesitation for ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and the whole show. His air guitar performance finally ended when a crew member brought him another one. The benefit concert and the moment became an unforgettable memory for Wood, Dylan, and their fans.
You can watch the performance below.