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Waiting On A Friend 1981 Video Shoot in East Village
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: December 21, 2014 04:45

Waiting On A Friend
1981 Video Shoot in East Village


After college I moved to New York CIty, where my friend and classmate PK had also moved. PK got a job as an assistant to a famous fashion photographer. And when the Rolling Stones hired that photographer, suddenly PK was on tour with the Stones! I could not believe it! I begged PK to tell me where the Stones were rehearsing in NYC. But he said that he was sworn to secrecy, and he wasn't allowed to tell.

But one afternoon, the phone rang and it was PK calling. "Whatever it is that you're doing..." he said, "Just drop it. Grab your camera and get over here to St. Mark's Bar and Grill now. The Rolling Stones are here shooting a video!"

I ran out and sure enough, there they were: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, just hanging out on a stoop. It was their shoot for "Waiting On A Friend." Keith actually walked right by me. And I thought what I could possibly say to one of my guitar heroes, Keith Richards? I said simply, "Keith, can I shake your hand?" He came over and extended his right hand, while he ran his other hand through his messy hair.

Later, after it was dark, the Stones were taking a break on their tour bus, which was parked next to the bar. The door to the bus opened, and PK stepped out. He walked over to me, and he handed me a unusual-looking cigarette hand rolled with leopard-skin paper. It was still burning. He said it was from Keith. As I held it, I was torn. Should I save this or smoke this? I wondered. On one hand, I thought: Keith would want me to smoke it. On the other hand, if I saved it forever, it would make a great momento. I won't tell you which I chose...


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Google Maps

St. Marks Place in New York City today






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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: December 21, 2014 04:50

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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: GasLightStreet ()
Date: December 21, 2014 05:04

WOW! COOL!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: December 21, 2014 06:22

Nice post. Much Thanks.

The ladies in the white jumpsuits, with Bill looking very interested.....then they and Bill are gone from the next shot....hmmmm cool smiley

peace

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Koen ()
Date: December 21, 2014 06:39

Quote
Naturalust
Nice post. Much Thanks.

The ladies in the white jumpsuits, with Bill looking very interested.....then they and Bill are gone from the next shot....hmmmm cool smiley

One of them with the red belt is still there smoking smiley

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: NoPanic ()
Date: December 21, 2014 14:47

Saw these shots here before - always nice to bring em up again.Very precious photos when they were young and on top of the world!Thanks schillid

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Mr Jimmy ()
Date: December 21, 2014 16:18

Great photos, thanks for posting! What's the intersection on the second one? St. Marks Place and ?

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What's your favourite flavour?...........Cherry Red!!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: 2000 LYFH ()
Date: December 21, 2014 17:25

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Mr Jimmy
Great photos, thanks for posting! What's the intersection on the second one? St. Marks Place and ?

1st ave

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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: gotdablouse ()
Date: December 21, 2014 17:29

Thanks for sharing I'd never seen them. I wonder if that video isn't the last time Mick and Keith displayed their friendship in public ?

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Cristiano Radtke ()
Date: December 21, 2014 17:47

Quote
NoPanic
Saw these shots here before - always nice to bring em up again.Very precious photos when they were young and on top of the world!Thanks schillid

Yes, I've seen these cool pics before on another thread, but it's great to see it posted again. Thanks for sharing, schillid!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: 2000 LYFH ()
Date: December 21, 2014 18:12

VBar St. Marks

Dave Ratzlow


Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Mr Jimmy ()
Date: December 21, 2014 18:16

Quote
2000 LYFH
Quote
Mr Jimmy
Great photos, thanks for posting! What's the intersection on the second one? St. Marks Place and ?

1st ave

[vassifer.blogs.com]

Thanks!

_____________________________________________________

What's your favourite flavour?...........Cherry Red!!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Turner68 ()
Date: October 11, 2015 09:45

great story!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: VideoJames ()
Date: October 11, 2015 11:05

I remember this very well, I live in the Village near the St Marks Bar and Grill. The St. Marks Bar and Grill (located at the corner of 1st Ave & 8th Street...AKA... St. Marks Place) has a capacity of about 90 people. The Stones or their record label had put up shots of their L.P."Tattoo You" up on the outside wall of the bar, which they took down right after the shoot (as the L.P. was not out yet.) as they did not want anyone leaking it out.
Keith was sitting on the stoop with his good friend (his name slips my mind right now) who made Keith many leather goods like belts and boots etc.
B.T.W. I have heard many people had thought it was Peter Tosh, well it's not.
The people you see inside the bar besides the Stones and their staff were employees of the St. Marks Bar & Grill. Inside the bar you see the Stones miming to play back of "Waiting On A Friend". But in fact their equipment was hooked up and they did perform live, (probably one of the smallest venues they ever played at) and it was video taped (I have a copy of that). Mick seemed quite drunk (IMHO). One song they did perform live was Jimmy Reed's "Baby, You Don't Have To Go". This was in July 1981

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: October 11, 2015 11:29

Missed this first time round. The coolest of the @#$%&' cool man. Great story and pix Schill. Hope ya smoked it! >grinning smiley<

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: crumbling_mice ()
Date: October 11, 2015 12:42

Now this is why I come on IORR, a brilliant insight Schillid, you landed lucky that day. One of the best Stones videos and you were right there at it's conception but to be handed a leopard pattened joint from Keith is the business. What a memory and so cool to have got the photos and have shook hands with keith. That has been one of my bucket list things to do and I got very near to doing it in Sheffield UK in the 90's but as I got near the limo where Keith was shaking hands with fans it pulled away!


Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: IrisC ()
Date: October 11, 2015 18:25

So cool. Thank you for sharing!

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: October 11, 2015 18:30

very nice

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: October 11, 2015 18:33

Nice that people see these pictures or read this story for the first time

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: DoomandGloom ()
Date: October 11, 2015 18:52

I played a regular weekly gig at that bar for a couple of years after the video was shot. I had no idea they used so much of the interior in the video as it was not so easy to just pull up a video in those days. For me it is nostalgic as the place is long gone. The owner was a crook BTW. We were promised a bonus if the drawer went over a certain amount. Once we asked him to check and found ourselves 3 dollars shy, a patron then ordered a round and the total stayed put. I pissed on his stage and never returned. ST Marks Bar.



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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: October 11, 2015 19:27

Then ...


More recently... it looks like this:

Google Street View

ST. MARKS PLACE
1ST AVENUE





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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: BILLPERKS ()
Date: October 11, 2015 19:47

Fantastic.. Been there a few times since 98.

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: October 11, 2015 21:10





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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: HalfNanker ()
Date: October 11, 2015 21:20

Quote
VideoJames
I remember this very well, I live in the Village near the St Marks Bar and Grill. The St. Marks Bar and Grill (located at the corner of 1st Ave & 8th Street...AKA... St. Marks Place) has a capacity of about 90 people. The Stones or their record label had put up shots of their L.P."Tattoo You" up on the outside wall of the bar, which they took down right after the shoot (as the L.P. was not out yet.) as they did not want anyone leaking it out.
Keith was sitting on the stoop with his good friend (his name slips my mind right now) who made Keith many leather goods like belts and boots etc.
B.T.W. I have heard many people had thought it was Peter Tosh, well it's not.
The people you see inside the bar besides the Stones and their staff were employees of the St. Marks Bar & Grill. Inside the bar you see the Stones miming to play back of "Waiting On A Friend". But in fact their equipment was hooked up and they did perform live, (probably one of the smallest venues they ever played at) and it was video taped (I have a copy of that). Mick seemed quite drunk (IMHO). One song they did perform live was Jimmy Reed's "Baby, You Don't Have To Go". This was in July 1981

Any chance of posting that video!?!?

Always loved hanging out in the old St Marks Bar and Grill (no kitchen so really not much of a grill!). Lots of good music--a pass the hat around kind of place.

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: October 11, 2015 21:22

Well, it's always a good time to post a link to

THIS VIDEO


.



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Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Date: October 11, 2015 21:46

Not Peter Tosh?

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Rolling Hansie ()
Date: October 11, 2015 22:26

Yeah, first time I see this. Must have missed it last year. Thanks, really great

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Keep On Rolling smoking smiley

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: toomuchforme ()
Date: October 11, 2015 22:54

What a great story and peace of your life ! unique

"we know it's a bit late but we hope you don't mind if we stay"

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Title5Take1 ()
Date: October 12, 2015 00:47

Missed this the first time, too; an enviable experience. I think it's been said on this forum that the building with the steps Mick and Keith sit on is also on the cover of Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti >>> [www.feelnumb.com]

Re: 1981 VIDEO SHOOT in EAST VILLAGE Waiting On A Friend
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: October 12, 2015 00:51

Always good ta read again schill....
Bet ya still have that joint and ya pretend ta light it up every day .... Hhhhaaa

ROCKMAN

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