Canada’s National Music Centre have announced plans to take the Rolling Stones‘ mobile studio out of storage and restore it to its former glory.
According to NME, the Centre – which purchased the studio in 2000 – is now planning to get the studio back in full working order as part of the venue’s refurbishment.
The moveable studio was originally built in 1968, and was often used by the band to lay down tracks at frontman Mick Jagger’s country home, Stargroves.
National Music Centre electronics technician John Leimseider is behind the push to restore the studio, telling the Calgary Sun of its “spectacular” history.
“Some of the most important albums of our musical lives were done in that (studio),” he said.
“This is a piece of major history that has to be protected to death, so my plan is a very conservative restoration. There are people who will take consoles and rewire everything — we’re not changing anything, and the plan is to clean it up and make it work perfectly.”
National Music Centre spokesperson Naomi Grattan said that the studio would be a feature of the venue when it re-opens in 2015.
“We’ll have it parked by the King Edward Hotel stage, and our hope is that it will be available for use on new recordings.”
Apart from the Rolling Stones’ albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, the mobile studio was used to record Led Zeppelin’s classic records III and IV, Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry and Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water.
In addition, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Status Quo, and Santana have all also used the studio’s equipment in the past.