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I would tell them to do this:
Mick and Keith and Ronnie should write songs together, in the same room.
Bring in Charlie to rip thru them one by one, honing and narrowing down the list.
Next, bring in Jack White to produce the songs.
All tracks must be played "live" with all members present. Add Darryl, Bobby, Bernard, and Lisa to the lineup. No more, no less.
Release the album with great fanfare and begin the tour immediately in Detroit.
Talk amongst yourselves...
...Forget Jack White-get Rick Rubin....forget Bernard, Lisa, and Chuck Leavell-Darryl and Bobby Keys only-get Bob Clearmountain to mix it if he is still around....begin the tour in Long Beach California......other than those few corrections you are on to something!
I never mentioned Chuck. Mick would be fine for any studio piano work.
As much as I like Rick Rubin and his work with Johnny Cash, I don't think he fits in with the Glimmers dynamic. At least the dynamic that I'm dreaming of...
Long Beach for starters???
OK, as long as they tour damnit!
...Rick Rubin wouldn't take any $#@!%^& from the boys--when he is hired to produce-he produces...i think he would get an interesting feel from the band and maybe a different sound (mix) than Don Was has been foisting upon us...Mick would be great if he played piano-hadn't thought of that...maybe Keith too?...i will compromise with you--they can start the tour halfway between Detroit and Long Beach...say maybe...mmmmm....Ft Collins Colorado..just for old times sake!!