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 from 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

‘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

 In 1969, The Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Hyde Park just two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones, with the gig also serving as the introduction to new guitarist Mick Taylor. As part of the 50 & Counting tour that celebrated The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary celebrations, a new Hyde Park concert was scheduled in 2013, supported by The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, and Gary Clark Jr. The 65,000 tickets were sold out in three minutes. Taylor, who left the band in 1974, had appearances in two tracks, “Midnight Rambler” and show closer “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

A Short Film Of Testimonials featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Elton John, Pete Townsend and Iggy Pop.


The Third Company: Film Information & Credits

The Rolling Stones Official Website