ROLLING STONES: Bernard Fowler Follows Up

ROLLING STONES: Bernard Fowler Follows Up

Now that The Rolling Stones No Filter tour has concluded, longtime backing singer Bernard Fowler says he’s turning his attention to promotingInside Out, an album of Stones covers that came out in April.

Fowler plans to do live shows to get the word out on the album and is already thinking about a follow-up. Like Inside Out, it would have him reciting, rather than singing, some of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards‘ best lyrics over music that emphasizes percussion over melodic instruments.

Fowler says he didn’t get serious about making Inside Out until he ran the idea by Mick and Keith before the first leg of the No Filter tour in 2017

Fowler chose some obscure album tracks rather than hits for Inside Out, though he did eventually add “Sympathy for the Devil” and a song he felt a connection to from his youth, “Undercover of the Night.”

Fowler says he kept Jagger and Richards apprised of his progress as he was making the album.

The critics and Fowler’s fans and friends obviously agreed, as the album received rave reviews and strong word-of-mouth praise

Fowler has not decided if the follow-up will be all Jagger-Richards songs or might include songs by other artists. He also says he’s planning to record a follow-up to his first American release, 2015’s The Bura, sometime soon.

Hot Takes:

  • If you haven’t heard it, Inside Out is worth a listen. You’ve probably heard plenty of Stones covers, but as Jagger said, never quite like this.
  • Fowler has a couple of side bands with other touring members of the Stones. Band2 usually performs on off nights during Stones tours, while Stones Throw mostly does private corporate parties.

Fowler did A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at the beginning of the year, but tells us at the moment he’s not planning to do the next one, which will play Europe in early 2020.