High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "Waiting on a Friend" is a song by the Rolling Stones from their 1981 album Tattoo You. REleased as the album's second single, it reached number 13 on the US singles chart.IT was first played as early as 1970, when Mick Taylor first joined the group and was recording with Jagger in London. REcording on "Waiting on a Friend" began in late 1972 through early 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica, during the Goats Head Soup sessions when the band still had Taylor as a member. HIs guitar piece made it to the overdubbing sessions in April of 1981 when the song was selected by Tattoo You producer Chris Kimsey as one the band could re-work for the album.