Niall Horan to learn guitar from Stones legend

Irish pop star Niall Horan from One Direction is turning to Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood for guitar lessons. However, due to both men’s heavy workloads they have been unable to get together for the first session.

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Niall Horan

Wood had promised to give the young singer some one on one classes as a 20th birthday present. Horan was said to be delighted at the offer as he is keen to improve his guitar skills.

Due to the touring commitments both stars have with their bands they have not had a chance to meet up.

The Rolling Stones have had a very busy year in 2013. It was their 50th anniversary and they embarked on a huge international tour which included headlining the UK’s famous Glastonbury festival in the summer.

One Direction have been just as busy with huge European and American tours making them one of the world’s hottest acts.

More people searched for One Direction tickets on ticket vending website Viagogo in 2013 than any other band, ahead of Kings of Leon, Green Day and the Arctic Monkeys. The Rolling Stones were second on the list.

Speaking at the Sun newspaper‘s 2013 Military Awards in London, Wood said: “He’s worse than I am … He’s always out on the road.” He promised to honour his offer as soon as the two have some free time.

Horan, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, was recently named the third most influential person in the UK thanks to his huge Twitter following of over 16 million.
Veteran rocker Ronnie Wood joined the Rolling Stones from Rod Stewart’s band the Faces back in the 1970s.

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.