The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio is being revamped for a music venue in Calgary. The studio, which is embodied within a large lorry, was purchased by the National Music Center in 2000, but has remained in storage ever since. It is now to be restored by a team led by John Leimseider, the National Music Centre's electronics technician.
Leimseider said: "It's spectacular - some of the most important albums of our musical lives were done on that. 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."
Famous albums recorded using the studio include the Stones' "Sticky Fingers" and"Exile On Main St" and Led Zeppelin's "III", "IV", "Houses Of The Holy" and "Physical Graffiti". Notable songs recorded using the studio include Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" and Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water".
The National Music Centre, which is to open its doors in 2015, will place the truck by the King Eddy (King Edward Hotel) stage. A spokesperson for the Centre has stated that it is hoped that the studio will be used for recordings again in the future, after years of dormancy.