Hey Stones fans, Mick Jagger has joined another band! You read that right; the swaggering frontman of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world has gone off and formed a supergroup with Damian Marley, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Joss Stone. The supergroup is called Super Heavy, and it also contains Indian film composer and musician, A.R. Rahman. Each artist has a very distinctive sound, but this will enhance the fusion effect. The group stirred into life a couple of years ago, when Stewart contacted Jagger from his home in Jamaica, while several neighborhood sound systems blasted out several different kinds of music.
“I live in Lime Hall right above St. Ann’s Bay. It’s kind of the jungle,” Stewart explained, “and sometimes I’d hear three sound systems all playing different things. I always love that, along with Indian orchestras. I said to Mick, ‘How could we make a fusion?’ We were talking about an experiment, and then we started talking about voices. It was all born from that conversation.”
From little acorns, great jungles grow. Over a year back the foursome met in an LA recording studio, with no prepared ideas. They simply jammed together and songs emerged from the chaos. Even the band’s name came from an improv vocal session by Marley, who, according to Stewart, “was just singing ‘Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy, super heavy’. We thought that sounded good and it sort of stuck with us.” Now, the buzz is about Super Heavy tour tickets instead of Rolling Stones tickets, as a wide variety of music fans will want to see how this band of outlaws sounds live. It’s not clear when or if Super Heavy will go on tour, but it’s hard not to see this as a chance for Mick to rehearse some live material prior to the Stones 50th Anniversary tour scheduled for 2012.
Don’t get caught napping. Mick Jagger is in Super Heavy with the son of Bob Marley, the world’s leading film composer, one of the world’s most exciting soul singers and one half of the Eurythmics. That’s a big deal, and I for one cannot wait to hear this unlikely fusion. I anticipate something like Stewart heard through his open window two years ago, with some Indian orchestra grandness thrown in for good measure. Bookmark this site and return soon for more news on the formation and music of Super Heavy – Mick Jagger’s new band!
- Mick Jagger Has Formed A Secret Supergroup! (perezhilton.com)