Rock Hall of Fame panel on Rolling Stones today includes desert trumpeter

October 23rd, 2013 | by Bruce Fessier | Comments
Steve Madaio

Steve Madaio is participating this week in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute and conference on his old band mates, the Rolling Stones

Trumpeter Steve Madaio, who has recorded with the likes of John Lennon, Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers, will reunite this week with fellow sidemen from the Rolling Stones.

The Palm Desert resident recorded and toured with the Stones in the 1970s and early ‘80s – the band’s halcyon days when Madaio said they  traveled on tour with doctors “to make sure nobody died.”

The Stones are the subjects of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 18th Annual Music Masters Series this week at the rock museum in Cleveland, Ohio. At 5 p.m. today, Madaio will participate in a panel discussion with fellow Stones sidemen Bobby Keys and Steve Jordan, titled “Songwriters to Soundmen.”

Local residents can hear Jason Hanley, the hall’s director of education, interview Madaio, saxophonist Keys and drummer Jordan on their past work with the Stones by watching a live stream of the event.

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They’ll also perform as part of an all-star tribute band playing the music of the Rolling Stones at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Playhouse Square State Theatre in Cleveland. The concert is titled, “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones.”

Others in the band include Stones veterans Nils Lofgren,  Ian McLagan, Waddy Wachtel, Willie Weeks, Bernard Fowler, Trevor Lawrence and Sarah Dash of Labelle. Making appearances with them will be “Gimme Shelter” vocalist Merry Clayton, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D., “Miss You” harmonica soloist Sugar Blue, singer-guitarist David Pirner of Soul Asylum, Patterson Hood of Drive-by Truckers and many more.

The week-long activities also include a keynote lecture by Alan Light, editor-in-chief of Spin and Vibe magazines, at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the annual Music Masters Conference, where musicians and journalists will discuss the music and influence of the Stones, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Included in the latter program will be a screening of ABKCO Film’s new concert movie, “Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965,” at 1 p.m. The entire conference will be screened at

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