Gloucestershire Echo interviews Bill Wyman ahead of summer concerts

Bill has given an exclusive interview to the Gloucestershire Echo talking about his life before, during and after the Rolling Stones.

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings will be performing at Cheltenham Town Hall on July 29 – and Bill has given a great interview to the Gloucestershire Echo in advance of the concert, revealing how putting together a band is a bit like creating a football team.

The article starts:

Bill Wyman’s analogy that getting a band together is a bit like naming a football team seems very topical at the moment.

Famous for being part of one of the world’s greatest rock bands, Bill spent 30 years living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle before leaving to indulge other interests.

One of those has been forming rhythm and blues band the Rhythm Kings, who will be heading for Cheltenham Town Hall on July 29 as part of their latest tour.

Bill has a top line-up of musicians in the band, including Andy Fairweather Low, who’s played with the likes of Eric Clapton and Roger Waters, and Hamish Stuart, of the Average White Band, who’s come in to replace Albert Lee, who’s busy in the US.

“Getting a band together is like a football team; you get red cards or injuries and you have to get another player to take their place,” he said.

“We’re like a little family; everybody gives up their careers for short periods during the year to play a few gigs. It’s just a lovely thing about the band.”

Everyone has a turn at the mic, including a slightly reluctant Bill who usually sings You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry. Other old favourites they may play include Harlem Shuffle, Nutbush City Limits, Dancing in the Street and some Dylan.

You can read the full interview at the Gloucestershire Echo – and find out more about Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings future concerts and tour dates.


  1. HI Bill, How are you? I want to tell you I won a book autographed by you many years ago. It was 40th anniversary Stones hard cover. Bill German ran a contest on a Boston Ma radio station I listen to . The 40th entrant was me. i cherish this book greatly. Do you keep in touch with Bill? He emailed me a couple of times long ago. He is a very nice man. Are you in touch with the Stones as well? Do you live in the UK? I live in Mass. All the best, Cheryl

  2. In 1952, Tony Bennett said that he never wanted the life of a star; instead, he wanted a career. You’ve had both. Nice one, Bill. Cheers for everything!

  3. Bill
    Love your new release. I have been a fan since 1964. Got to see your band at the rock hall in Cleveland.thank you for the music !


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