20 Songs, 1 Hour 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ron Wood first put together the New Barbarians in 1974 to make some appearances in support of his first solo record. The band reunited briefly in 1979 to open a few shows for the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They played 18 dates in the U.S. and Buried Alive captures the band’s tour stop at the Capitol Center Arena, in Largo, Maryland, on May 5, 1979. The original band employed Donny Hathaway bassist Willie Weeks and Sly Stone drummer Andy Newmark, but in this 1979 incarnation they were replaced by Stanley Clarke and Zigaboo Modeliste, respectively. The rhythm section’s expert playing brings added weight and shades of jazz phrasing to classic Wood songs like “Mystifies Me” and “I Can Feel the Fire.” Though the Barbarians are usually considered Wood’s band, the group actually belonged equally to Wood and Keith Richards. More than Jagger and Richards, Ronnie and Keith formed the strongest fraternal bond in the Stones organization. With its mix of Faces and Stones, blues and soul, and even country (in the form of the Richards favorite “Apartment No. 9”), Buried Alive suggests an alternate reality in which Wood and Richards became the Glimmer Twins.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ron Wood first put together the New Barbarians in 1974 to make some appearances in support of his first solo record. The band reunited briefly in 1979 to open a few shows for the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They played 18 dates in the U.S. and Buried Alive captures the band’s tour stop at the Capitol Center Arena, in Largo, Maryland, on May 5, 1979. The original band employed Donny Hathaway bassist Willie Weeks and Sly Stone drummer Andy Newmark, but in this 1979 incarnation they were replaced by Stanley Clarke and Zigaboo Modeliste, respectively. The rhythm section’s expert playing brings added weight and shades of jazz phrasing to classic Wood songs like “Mystifies Me” and “I Can Feel the Fire.” Though the Barbarians are usually considered Wood’s band, the group actually belonged equally to Wood and Keith Richards. More than Jagger and Richards, Ronnie and Keith formed the strongest fraternal bond in the Stones organization. With its mix of Faces and Stones, blues and soul, and even country (in the form of the Richards favorite “Apartment No. 9”), Buried Alive suggests an alternate reality in which Wood and Richards became the Glimmer Twins.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

sothewind ,

The old Cap Center

I was at this show...a great night for an 18 year old. Saw all my early shows at the craphole that was the CAP CENTER. I think this was the first show of the tour. I loved Ronnie's solo album at the time- "Gimme Some Neck". The show was alot of fun and this definitely brings some memories back. Stanley Clark on bass! Can you believe that? He took one very short jazzy bass solo I rememeber, and that was it from Stanley other than straight ahead playing. Another thing I clearly remember is Keith stealing the show at the end. The Stones (and the New Barbs) always killed in DC.

freakuency ,

bout time

This is the next best thing to having an old school rolling stones album come our way.

RWjed ,

I was at the 79' Milwaukee Riot Show! This is Great!!!

From what I remember, it was a great show. The only problem, was that there were supposed to be "special guests", and then like nobody showed. Local radio was promoting Mick, Rod Stewart (this was before he turned into Merv Griffith) etc., but nobody came on, and people just went nuts! Fires, throwing chairs, tipping over ciggarette machines - whatever? Oh well it was 79 and we were full of speed and booze and whatever else we could find. It was still great. Ron had to come back and do a benefit show, which I attended as well, and that was quite a bit of fun (we tripped on purple microdot). Ron introduced that "makeup" band as the "Falcon A's", whose name we ripped off for our college band, the famous LaCrosse "Falcon Eddies". This is awesome! Thanks!!

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