A few days late, but better late than never.
seven years ago Chuch died on 18th July, 2002.
Though he's not depicted among Wood's portraits, the exhibit also contains a memorial to Wood's longtime guitar tech, Royden "Chuch" Magee, who died July 18th during a band rehearsal. Considered "the world's most famous roadie," according to crewmate Johnny Starbuck, Magee, the Stones' first crew member, had been asked several times to donate his large work trunk to the museum. Sunday, the worn, battered case full of drawers containing everything from guitar strings to Mick's throat lozenges, went on display, along with photos and personal effects. Magee, who worked with Wood since his Faces days and also served as Charlie Watts' drum tech, collapsed from a heart attack. The case he fell on is also displayed, with a marker inscribed, "Chuch's last resting place." On it sits one of the many band rehearsal set lists hung as part of the exhibit. Under a half-finished list is written, "Chuch Magee, 1947-2002. Dead End."
Starbuck, who worked with Magee since 1975 and is now his replacement, said the case, emblazoned with a large lick logo, is only on loan to the hall. Though he admitted, "I raided it," he noted the crew has carried it with them since Magee's death, and added, "We're keeping it. It belongs to the Rolling Stones. I want it to stay in the family."
The exhibit closes November 15th.
LYNN MARGOLIS (October 14, 2002)