Rolling Stones – 50th Anniversary Music and Testimonials – Mastered by Pete Maher.
This Rolling Stones project came to me one sunny afternoon in May 2013 when I was on the train from Brighton To London to present a seminar about my work at the S.A.E. I was just north of Gatwick when I received a text from U2’s producer, Declan Gaffney. ‘Did you get the Stones job?’ he asked. ‘Eh? What Stones job?’ I replied’ ‘Oh I just recommended you for a project with their production company’. At that point a call came through from the line producer at The Third Company who were making a testimonial video for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour. They wanted me to mix, edit and master archive Stones material blended with testimonials from Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Martin Scorsese, Elton John and Pete Townshend amongst others. This was to be shown at their London Hyde Park shows (where Mick turned 70) and New York shows before the band came on stage. I brought Steve Belgrave in to handle mixing and editing duties whilst I happily mastered the audio to the total ‘satisfaction’ of the Rolling Stones! You can hear the full audio below but unfortunately no video. Edits were super fast with each second of audio in need of sonic microsurgery!’
Quotes from the project:
‘Lude and rude’ – Cate Blanchett
‘They’re great songs to do bad things to’ – Johnny Depp
‘When I first saw their pictures I’d never seen people with teeth like that’ – Iggy Pop
‘There’s a danger to it’ – Martin Scorsese
‘Keith Richards once threatened to stab me’ – Pete Townshend