PJ Harvey, Rolling Stones on Ian Stewart Tribute, ‘Boogie for Stu’

January 3, 2011

Ian Stewart, the late Rolling Stones pianist and tour manager, will get a tribute album this spring, complete with new recordings by the Stones themselves, PJ Harvey (whose family was friends with Stewart), Jools Holland, and legendary rock producer Glyn Johns.

In addition to helming and performing on the project, Spinner reports that solo artist/session pianist Ben Waters has recorded songs for the album, dubbed — presumably after Led Zeppelin’s famous 1971 Stewart-led jam, “Boogie with Stu”Boogie for Stu, with all four current Stones, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts, as well as former bassist Bill Wyman. On one cut, the band covers Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow.” Johns, who has been semi-retired for a number of years, will produce the star-studded effort, set to include “a few more special guests.”

Look for Boogie for Stu on April 19, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation, and hear Stewart play keys on the tune from which the comp got its title below:

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