The Rolling Stones announced that Ron Wood would step in as the replacement for Mick Taylor on April 14, 1975.
By the mid-1970s, Taylor had become disenchanted with the band and Wood agreed to head out on the road with the Stones for their upcoming U.S. tour.
Having already risen to prominence as a member of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, Wood initially joined the group for their “Black and Blue” recording sessions in 1974. Wood was still active with the Faces, a band that featured Rod Stewart and future Who drummer Kenney Jones, while touring with the Stones in 1975, and became a full member after the Faces split in 1976.
According to Rolling Stones blog timeisonourside.com, Mick Jagger liked Ronnie’s previous experience playing in well-known bands.
“It’s quite a lot to ask of someone to come and do a big American tour with a band like the Stones, you know? I mean, not that I think the Stones are any really big deal, but it tends to be a bit of a paralyzing experience for people. You know what I mean? And I wanted someone that wasn’t going to be phased out,” the frontman said in 1975.