Bill Wyman’s ‘Brief’ Return To The Rolling Stones Is Met With Criticism From Steven Van Zandt

Bill Wyman recently recorded in the studio with the Rolling Stones for their upcoming Charlie Watts tribute album. Steven Van Zandt took to Twitter after viewing this reunion to voice his opinions, which were followed by his conversations with fans under the post. The guitarist retweeted Wyman’s homecoming and added:

“Bill Wyman is the most underrated bass player in rock history, and he was a huge, essential part of the totally unique sound of the early Rolling Stones.” One of his fans made the following comment: “This is fantastic news. I simply wish he was on all of them rather than just one.” Van Zandt responded, saying: “I’ve heard that.” Someone else mentioned another underappreciated musician: “A good shout, but surely not more underrated than James Jamerson?” The member of the E Street Band clarified: “No one underestimates Jamerson. Ever. Session guys, on the other hand, are a different breed. A category in which he excels.”

The last Rolling Stones album with Bill Wyman on bass before his departure in 1993 was ‘Steel Wheels,’ released in 1989. During the Stones’ 50th anniversary concerts in 2012, he made a special appearance with his former band, playing on the songs ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ The Stones’ new album, due out this fall, will be their first since the 2016 covers album ‘Blue & Lonesome,’ as well as their first to feature original material since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang,’ which was released in 2005. It will also include contributions from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as previously announced.

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