Ian McLagan is best known as the founding keyboardist of The Small Faces and The Faces, but the acclaimed rocker also spent some time as a sideman with The Rolling Stones. That association apparently has led to his involvement in a new documentary about Keith Richards that movie star Johnny Depp is directing.
In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, McLagan explains that Richards had called him up a few months back and asked him to fly to Los Angeles to take part in the movie.
"We went to [Depp's] house and were filmed recording with Keith, all day, and we cut three tracks," Ian reports. "And Keith was in great shape, great spirits."
The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals that the songs they recorded included new renditions of the Keith-sung Stones classics "Happy" and "You Got the Silver," as well as a brand-new Richards composition. McLagan says the new tune is "really, really strong" and describes it as "a real dark song, a bit of a country song." He adds that Keith told him that the tune was inspired by the influential country duo The Louvin Brothers.
McLagan also says he really enjoyed getting the chance to pal around with Keith again. "We just, like, looked at each other and laughed," he recalls. "And we just had our arm around each other chatting. It was just so lovely."
As for his take on Depp and the actor's friendship with Richards, Ian says, "Johnny Depp's like his son…he's the next Keith Richards, and he's such a sweet guy."
McLagan recently completed a 36-date solo tour, and he's planning to release a new studio album titled United States with his group The Bump Band soon. In addition, he tells ABC News Radio that he'll be appearing on upcoming albums by country star Jennifer Nettles and young U.K. rocker Jake Bugg. Check out the latest news on Ian at IanMcLagan.com and Facebook.com/IanMcLaganAndTheBumpBand.
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