Downbeat: It's not only Rock & Roll and Tim Ries Takes it Seriously 

February 2003

By Thomas Staudter


It was close to midnight at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. As more than 53,000 unabashed devotees of the Rolling Stones cried out for an encore, saxophonist Tim Ries had one of those permanent mental scrapbook moments. Standing halfway up the long ramp that leads to the massive stage for the Stones' outdoor shows on their 2002-'03 Licks Tour, Ries awaited his cue to rejoin the band onstage. As he surveyed the yowling sea of fans, a big, beaming smile and look of fascination spread over his face.

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