Why Charlie matters!

Mike Edison: Sympathy for the drummer

I stumbled upon a recommended read&hear at the site americansongwriter.com. There, in an article by Paul Zollo, I found a review of Mike Edison‘s book “Sympathy for the drummer“.

Mike Edison: Sympathy for the drummer

Mike, a drummer himself, gave his book the sub-title “Why Charlie Watts Matters.” That’s a great line and luckily, there’s 2 hours more for us. Paul Zollo interviewed Mike Edison and we can hear this interview in two parts of 1 hour each:

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is celebrated in 2 Hour special. Music host Paul Ingles talks with drummer and writer Mike Edison, author of the book SYMPATHY FOR THE DRUMMER: WHY CHARLIE WATTS MATTERS. Mike lays out a playlist of music showcasing Watts’ influences and Watts’ own seminal performances with the Rolling Stones

You can listen to it here:

Part One


  • If You Can’t Rock Me – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll”)
  • Walkin’ Shoes – Gerry Mulligan Quartet (excerpt from “Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Vol. 1”)
  • I’m A King Bee – Slim Harpo (excerpt)
  • I’m A King Bee – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “Englands Newest Hitmakers”)
  • Bye-Bye Johnny – Chuck Berry (excerpt)
  • Bye-Bye Johnny – Rolling Stones (excerpt) (from Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones)
  • Down the Road A Piece – Rolling Stones (from “Charlie is My Darling” Soundtrack)
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones (from “Got Live If You Want It”)
  • Hand of Fate – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “Tatoo You”) [Break Music]
  • Street Fightin’ Man – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “Beggar’s Banquet”)
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “Singles Collection: The London Years”)
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones (excerpt from “Shine A Light” Soundtrack)
  • Live With Me – Rolling Stones (from “Sticky Fingers” Deluxe re-release)
  • It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – Rolling Stones (from “Love You Live”)
  • Crazy Mama – Rolling Stones (from “Black and Blue”)

Part Two


  • SHOW INTRO – Hand of Fate – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Black and Blue)
  • Scarlett – Rolling Stones (excerpt from re-issue of Goat’s Head Soup) [Paul’s pick]
  • Commit A Crime – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Blue and Lonesome)
  • Shattered – Rolling Stones (from Some Girls)
  • When The Whip Comes Down – Rolling Stones (from Live in Texas ’78)
  • Respectable – Rolling Stones (from Live in Texas ’78)
  • Miss You – Rolling Stones (from Some Girls)
  • BREAK MUSIC – Undercover of the Night – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Undercover)
  • Get Off My Cloud – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Got Live if You Want It!) [Paul’s pick]
  • Let Me Go – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Emotional Rescue)
  • Hang Fire – Rolling Stones (excerpt from Tattoo You)
  • Moon is Up – Rolling Stones (from Voodoo Lounge) [Paul’s pick]
  • (Satis)Faction – The Danish Radio Big Band (from Charlie Watts meets the Danish Radio Big Band – Live)

Ronnie: 2nd all clear!

Ronnie: 2nd all clear!

Lucky Ronnie!

Ronnie got the bad news of his second cancer diagnosis in lockdown. He was told he had the aggerssive small-cell variant of the disease. It is so-called as the cancerous cells appear as a different size and shape under a microscope. This type commonly arises in the lung but can affect areas such as the prostate, pancreas, bladder or lymph nodes.

So Ronnie fought it during the last lockdown. And much to our huge relieve, he came out with an all clear!

Dear Ronnie! All our best wishes to you, your family and the whole band! Stay well and take care!

All I can do is stay positive in my attitude, be strong and fight it, and the rest is up to my higher power,” he said. “I came through with the all-clear.

BBC.com: “Ronnie Wood: Rolling Stones guitarist given all-clear after second cancer diagnosis”
thesun.co.uk: “SECRET BATTLE Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, 73, reveals he fought cancer for a second time during lockdown”

Ronnie told The Sun that he and the other Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, both 77, and Charlie Watts, 79 — are “ready to go” with the rest of their No Filter Tour, which began in autumn 2017, once Covid restrictions are lifted.

Also in this context, Ronnie will release a new signed, limited-edition print in support of Turn Up For Recovery, the charitable movement established to spread awareness of abstinence-based recovery through music founded by Melia Clapton.

The Making of Let It Bleed!

The Making of Let It Bleed!

Speaking of the recent Sticky Fingers anniversary, I came upon a real treat for us Stones fans as far as the Stones’ history and music is concerend and I might add: that’s exactly what I am fond about!

So there’s a documentary about the Rolling stones album  LET IT BLEED, and I write that in capitals, because that’s one of the masterpieces of the band as well as the black sun in the center of the Stones’ system…

It’s a three-part documentary. And it was created and uploaded to YouTube by Steve FLIPSIDE CT” – aka Vinyl Records:

FlipSide CT = A member (geek) of the Vinyl Community that loves collecting Vinyl Rock and Roll (all genres), Blues and some Jazz – here’s his own introduction:

Steve seems to be a nice guy to me, he’s cool. I like him! 🙂 Go catch his YT-channel – nice finds there st

The first part of the docu has 35 minutes,
the second 1 hour, 04 minutes and
the third 1 hour, 30 minutes and 24 seconds.

So all in all, you have about 3 hours (!) of documentary about the album and it’s aera. That’s simply great and a guarantee for  Stones-filled evening! What I have seen from this so far I can tell, that it is very well and accurate documented and that means a lot. I’m very grateful to the authors (FlipSideCT) of this an I’m sure you will enjoy this, too!

So here we go:




Any comments? 🙂

50 years of Sticky Fingers!

The Sticky Fingers 50th Anniversary Collection

The second album I got to seriously listen to was this: Sticky Fingers!

First was Let It Bleed. That’s the effect of beeing born after 1950, hehehe. But no problem, I quickly cached up on the older albums! 🙂

So tomorrow is the day! Let’s see, what’s behind the 50th Aniversary Collection! Check it out tomorrow…

UPDATE  April23, 2021 – Ok, well, as you can see, that announcement was about some merch added to the Stones’ shop:



And now, they have a remastered version of that iconic album out:

Eazy Sleazy goes charity!

Eazy Sleazy goes charity!

Mick and Niftygateway.com collaborate in a charity project:

An audio-visual collaboration between Mick Jagger & 3D artist Extraweg. Available to buy as a collectible 1 of 1 digital artwork (NFT) via a 24-hour auction on Nifty Gateway. Featuring a custom loop of ‘Eazy Sleazy’ – Mick’s lockdown-inspired track with Dave Grohl.

All profits from this sale will be going to charity, split between Back Up, Music Venue Trust & NIVA. A percentage will also be going to environmental causes.

The auction will take place on Nifty Gateway and begin at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm BST Thursday April 15th. It will run for 24 hours and end at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm BST Friday April 16th.

Head to the Nifty Gateway sales page here.

100% of the proceeds are being divvied up between Music Venue Trust, a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues, Back-up, which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members, and National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), an organization working to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live performance venues and promoters throughout the United States. A portion of proceeds will also be going to environmental causes.

Get ready for tour!

Get ready for tour!

Although the No Filter USA/CA Tour 2020 of The Rolling Stones had to be postponed, Mick still expects the band to complete that leg of the tour!

BBC had done an interview with Mick in order to get more details about his new collaboration with Dave Grohl and the new song, Eazy Sleazy.

So 6 Music News’ Matt Everitt speaks to Mick Jagger about his new song with Dave Grohl, life in lockdown and more (like the reason why he did not finish his autobiography). And of course, Mick tells nice details about this song and how it came about, his life during lockdown, still, dring the interview, some remarkable word can be heard when the subject switched to the postponed tour and plans to fulfill the plans for that tour in 2020.

Go check out this interview and hear Mick talk to 6 Music News’ Matt Everitt for yourself – it’s an 11:42 minutes interview really worth listening! 🙂

Mick says, that he definitely would go on tour again if there’s any possibillity; and then adds that, too, they just *have* to, because they had signed (the contracts) to so this tour and tickets were sold – some had given them back, others didn’t – and that they wouldn’t be able to do that exact tour because it wouldn’t be the exact tme, but they (the band) were pretty much committed to do this tour and that he hopes by the end of summer or begin of autumn things would return to be somewhere near normal so that the tour could happen.


The Stones will definitely continue and remain committed to completing their American tour that was postponed by Covid. Hopefully things will somewhere near normal by the end of the summer, let’s hope, anyway!

And when asked what’s he preparing for these days, he said:

Improve guitar playing. Practice mouth organ. Do more dancing.
Get ready for tour!!!

The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour, Pasadena, August 22, 2019

Eazy Sleazy!

Mick Jagger, Dave Grohl: Eazy Sleazy

Mick’s got a new song out!

Written by Mick (vc, gt), co-produced by Dave Grohl (gt, b, dr), mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent – it’s  real punky rocker with sharp lyrics. ENJOY!

More details and interviews:

Mick Jagger Has Some Thoughts on the Pandemic, Anti-Vaxxers, and Conspiracy Theories (rollingstone.com)

Mick Jagger Shares the Origins of New Dave Grohl Collaboration “Eazy Sleazy”: Stream (consequence.net)

51 years of TONGUE logo

Very nice tongue pic by Jason

The Rolling Stones tongue is a LOGO at it’s best!

And it’s incredibly stron. Rnking among the top  well known logos of any kind of brand, enterprise, name or product, the tongue logo is the definite trade mark of this rock’n’roll band we like to call the greatest.

And as design i concerned – this one is just one of the genious moments, where time and idea fall into a very maching place.

I am very fond of the interview of John Pasche, who created the logo in 1970, where he tells us first hands about the how’s and who’s when this logo was created. Mick Jagger’s lips were involved, as were the stricing tongue of indian mothergodess Kali. So please have a loog and listen to this 8 minutes talk with John Pasche:

See also: NYtimes.com: How the ‘Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’ Got Its Logo

In this context, our friend Jason sent in this nice text and picture:

Fifty years ago, the most famous, wordless logo in Rock n Roll was publicly unveiled: the tongue and lips design for the Rolling Stones. By the 1970s, the Stones were anxious to get out from under the thumb of manager/mogul Allen Klein. The band created their own pet label, Rolling Stones Records, for the release of their own albums, initially manufactured and distributed through Atlantic Records. And featured prominently on the actual labels and packaging was this new logo created by graphic artist John Pasche and further stylized by Craig Braun. There is likely no way to tabulate how many products this worldwide icon has been slapped on. As you may know, I have dozens, hundreds of shirts, posters, cups, caps, etc emblazoned with the image inspired by Mick Jagger’s mouth (or possibly the tongue of the Hindu goddess Kali, depends on the story you believe.) The first album released by RS Records in April 1971, was “Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka” a worldbeat recording curated by the late Stones guitarist. The follow-up would be a monumental landmark of Rock history. Stay tuned!

Well, I for one didn’t know about Jason’s collection, but it sounds as if there’s a collection worth to see. I also liked that picture he sent in:

Very nice tongue pic by Jason

Keith on 7” red vinyl

Keith - 7'' red vinyl

Wicked As It Seems, played live

That’s on 7” red colored vinyl with Wicked As It Seems and Gimme Shelter, played live. Collectors info: that item starts on June 12 as part of the Record Store Day’s drops…

Ronnie honored!

Ronnie Wood - accolate Freedom of the city of London

He received the accolate “Freedom of the City of London”

Congrats to Ronnie! He received this honor in recognition of his services to music… and you can see his handwritten thanks below. The honour of Freedom of the City of London is believed to have first started in 1237 and celebrates significant achievement or contribution to public life [=> ecolife.ie].

That accolate has some quite interesting rights to bestow on the honored person:

Freedom of the City of London is often thought to bestow certain privileges on the recipient, but these honours are largely historical (the right to drive cattle over London Bridge) or apocryphal (the right to a silken rope if hanged, and the right to carry an unsheathed sword in public). [=> loudersound.com]

Ronnie’s thanks:


Ronnie Wood - accolate Freedom of the city of London

Ronnie Wood - accolate Freedom of the city of London