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Rolling Stones Documentary Premieres on HBO Tonight, Band Prepares to Tour


After its premiere U.S. screening on Tuesday night at New York City's famed Ziegfeld Theatre, the new Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane will get its TV debut tonight on HBO.  The film, which celebrates the band's storied 50-year career, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT and then will be viewable on-demand to HBO subscribers starting the next day.
Crossfire Hurricane was directed by Brett Morgen, who was allowed to use the band's personal archives while putting together the film.  He also conducted new interviews with all of The Stones for the flick.
At the premiere on Tuesday, Morgen gushed about the "incredible experience" he had working on the movie.
"I feel like Cinderella at the ball," he told reporters.  "For the last year I've had an all-access pass hanging out with The Rolling Stones…So, it's been a dream come true, man."
He also revealed that, when Mick Jagger asked him to helm the project, he explained to the singer that he wanted to create "something that's visceral, that you can experience, that's exciting, that's animated, that's alive, that's kinetic."  Morgen added that Crossfire Hurricane is "a love letter from me to the band, and from the band to the fans.  It's a ménage à trois."
Now that the documentary has arrived and The Stones are finishing up their promotional duties, the band members will turn their attention back to preparing for their upcoming tour dates.
Drummer Charlie Watts reported on Tuesday that, after six weeks of rehearsal, things were going great.  Asked to confirm reports that former Stones bassist Bill Wyman would be joining the group at any of the upcoming shows, Watts said, "Yeah, I hope so.  [He should], he's still standing.  He's still playing well."
He added, "The only thing with Bill is he doesn't like flying.  He doesn't like hard work and he doesn't like flying.  [So,] I don't know if he'll get here [to the U.S.], but I think in London we might be doing some."
Guitarist Ronnie Wood, meanwhile, said he'd like to play a few club shows in the U.S. like The Stones did recently in Paris, although the group likely won't be able to fit them into its schedule.
"I said to Mick…'Let's do some more.'  And he said, 'We don't have time,'" noted Wood.  "You know, we've gotta get back [to] London for the O2 [Arena concerts on November 25 and 29]."
The rocker pointed out, however, that he's expecting The Stones to play a lot more concerts than the five they've initially announced.  "Now that this big wheel is starting to move, I don't think you're gonna be able to stop it," he insisted.

Photo courtesy of sharmillfilms.com.au & starpulse.com

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