The Rolling Stones Legend Reveals Sad Paycheck


The Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler recently joined in for a conversation with Rolling Stone. He talked about several topics and out of them he also told the outlet that even though working with Mick Jagger & Co. has many benefits, it’s also got one serious downside.

Bernard Fowler reveals he would do side gigs for free

He explained that people are too afraid to offer him gigs because they think they can’t afford it. He went on to clarify themselves regarding the misconceptions. Fowler explained how him and Daryl Jones adopted a different approach to playing shows outside of their work with The Rolling Stones:

“We started doing gigs for free just so people knew. We’d go and do gigs for free! Nobody was going to call. We had to call and offer. ‘Hey, man, we’ll do it. No problem.'”

Fowler has had a stupendous career during which he had the opportunity to work with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Michael Hutchence, Public Image Ltd, Duran Duran, Alice Cooper, and more. He is best known for his work with the Rolling Stones.

Fowler first got in touch with the band in 1985, when he was asked to record backing vocals for Mick Jagger’s solo album “She’s The Boss”. Four years later, Fowler joined the Stones to record the band’s 1989 LP “Steel Wheels”, and has remained with the band ever since. The subsequent tour launched in support of Rolling Stones’ 19th studio album saw Fowler perform on such a grand scale for the first time in his career.