Rolling Stones – 50th Anniversary Music and Testimonials – Mixed and edited by Steve Belgrave. Mastered by Pete Maher.
This Rolling Stones project came to me via mastering legend Pete Maher in May 2013 just before we were about to present at a seminar about our work and life in the industry at the S.A.E. London. Pete had told me about his call from Declan Gaffney and asked if I’d be interested in mixing the project. It was a great surprise and I had the same reaction he had when told about it, ‘What Stones job?’ He laughed and the story unfolded. The Third Company’ were making a testimonial video for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour. My job was to do a first class edit mix of archive Stones material, knowing all ears would be on this one and blend it with testimonials from Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Martin Scorsese, Elton John and Pete Townshend amongst others. It was a big job and was aired at the London Hyde Park shows (where Mick turned 70) and New York shows before the band came on stage.
Quote from Pete Maher UK’s No1 ‘independent’ mastering engineer. “I brought Steve Belgrave in to handle mixing and editing duties whilst I happily mastered the audio to the total ‘satisfaction’ of the Rolling Stones! You can hear the full audio below. Edits were super fast with each second of audio in need of sonic microsurgery!’
Read about the project from Pete Maher’s perspective
Quotes from the project:
‘Lude and rude’ – Cate Blanchett
‘They’re great songs to do bad things to’ – Johnny Depp
‘When I first saw their pictures I’d never seen people with teeth like that’ – Iggy Pop
‘There’s a danger to it’ – Martin Scorsese
‘Keith Richards once threatened to stab me’ – Pete Townshend