Oh my, RIP, Tina!

RIP Tina Turner!

Nothing more than a great loss. We miss you, Tina!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.


After long silence: new tweet from Mick!

After long silence: new tweet from Mick!

If I see this correctly, Mick last tweeted in February this year.

Now, he posted (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) a one-liner yesterday together with a 11 second clip of him playing a Fender Jaguar guitar against a playback from  song that is probably one from the 50 fully finished outtakes.

His line says: “Hope everyone is doing well, I’ve been keeping busy in the studio!

Darryl in Hamburg, Brian docu at BBC

BBC - Brian Jones doku

Howdie folks! Just learned that Darryl visits Hamburg in June and that the BBC shows a Lafayette film production – “The Stones and Brian Jones”

For reasons of keeping it short, I’ll tell you about Brian and the BBC first, ok?

The BBC will broadcast a doku on Brian and the Stones on May 15, at 9PM UK time:
Nick Broomfield’s new documentary uncovers the true story and legacy of Brian Jones, the founder and lost creative genius of The Rolling Stones“.
Of course! Well, we’ll see, what new insights we might get with this. Definitely a must-see. (Ok, I can’t wait for the YT release…)
The film will premiere on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in May as part of a new series of films for the flagship Arts strand, Arena.

BBC Two / BBC.com

Here’s a trailer:

The Guardian: “Nick Broomfield’s new ​documentary recounts the life and death o​f one of rock’s most tragic characters. ​The film-maker and others who knew ​him talk about the roots of his recklessness in an emotionally arid childhood

Also on this with more info: deadline.com telling about that Magnolia Pictures managed to aquire the US rights to this documentary whose director was filmmaker Nick Broomfield.

Darryl Jones BassOk, here’s what Darryl is up to this summer (among other things, I’m sure):

Obviously, this date can only happen if the Stones don’t tour: in Hamburg, Germany, in June this year. As local newspaper, the “Hamburger Abendblattwrites, Darryl will join the Crossroads Festival of the “№1 Guitar Center” – he’ll show his basses which he designed and there’s a masterclass with him in preparation.

Google translates the press info as this:

press release
No.1 Crossroads Guitar Festival on 10./11. June 2023 on the grounds of the Phoenixhof Altona!

The No.1 Guitar Center is hosting the No.1 Crossroads Guitar Festival again this year. After the successful festivals in 2016-2018 and the festivals on the Reeperbahn festival grounds from 2019 – 2021, we are now returning to our old location here at the Phoenixhof.

The festival consists of the following components:

  • In-house exhibition – well-known exhibitors such as Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, Martin Guitars, Taylor Guitars, Lakewood, Ibanez, Nik Huber, Klotz, D’Addario, TV Jones, Trevor Wilkinson and others show their products and innovations (all instruments can of course be on site be tested, the manufacturers are available with advice and action)!
  • Workshops and product demonstrations by the exhibiting manufacturers
  • Concerts – Concerts by well-known artists as well as amateur bands and artists are presented in various locations on the Phoenixhof grounds.

The following artists have already confirmed:

  • Darryl Jones (Bassist of the Rolling Stones): Darryl brings along his own basses, which he plays live with the Rolling Stones night after night, and a master class with Darryl is also being prepared.
  • Prof. Peter Weihe (Germany’s #1 studio guitarist): Among other things, Peter will show his sensational upgrade for Les Paul guitars
  • Nacho Banos (Mr. Blackguard from Spain): Nacho brings his instruments and there’S questions and answers to all questions about the Fender Telecaster
  • Thomas Blug (The Strat King of Europe): The maker in front of the camera of our YouTube The World of Vintage Guitars series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the studio
  • Marcus Deml (Errorhead/The Blue Poets): Tone, Time, Taste – Marcus gives us insight into his strategies for expressive playing
    More artists in preparation

The festival takes place on Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as concerts in the evening and on Sunday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the site between Stahltwiete, Ruhrstrasse and Schützenstrasse in Hamburg Altona.

Admission is free (except for individual workshops and master classes with a limited number of participants)!

No big news, but nice…

Stones tongue

It’s still silent around any news or rumours about a tour and the new album.

As almost nothing is heard about these issues apart from wishes, dreams and suggestions we all have, it’s nice to see that Keith had his fun on stage with Willie and that he was looking really fresh. He also met Booker T in LA last week. Seems to me he was like prepared to keep rehearsing for the tour or to start a tour soon. But sadly, those plans are moved toward who knows when, really. Mick particularly has been silent Twitter and Insta wise… maybe it’s the taking of a deep breath before the leap? 😉


Willie’s 90th Aftermath

Tom-Bukovac 's got a Keith pick from Willie's 90th gig

Interested in some stroies from behind the curtain, i.e. backstage of that cellar gig?

Well, get into it by listening to guitarist Tom Bukovak who played with the band on those two nights.

He’s loose and talking straight from the heart – just 22 minutes of worthwhile chat about those two days, the rehearsals time before, Don Was’ icecold blood and there’s even a contest where you can win a staple of the charts of the Willie gig! But the questio you got to answer is a a really tough one, hehehe …

Go ahead, check it out! 🙂

Keith + Willie

Willie - Pollstar cover

So if there’s no Stones tour this year, maybe we at least will see the new album hit the stores?

The truth is: we really just don’t know for sure. It’s still open to decide. But one thing is crystal clear, folks: if there’s any possibility for the band to tour, they will! As for the new album: that will see the light of day, too. Only this is, we don’t know when … /-)

But as you may have noticed, another living ledgend has just celebrated his 90th birthday: Willie Nelson!

Here’s Keith, congratulating him:

Keith and Willie play We Had It All and Live Forever:

Dave Mathews Band: Dave catching up with Keith & talking about musical legend Willie Nelson this weekend at the Hollywood BowlKeith's pics at Willie Nelson's celebration - pic by Concert PeopleWillie - Pollstar cover

Rolling Stone: “Keith Richards Surprises Fans at Willie Nelson’s 90th Birthday Concert, Sings ‘Live Forever’ With Willie
The Rolling Stones guitarist also performed “We Had It All” with Nelson during the second of two L.A. birthday concerts for the Red Headed Stranger

LA Times: “Live from Willie Nelson 90 tribute: Keith Richards joins Willie at the Bowl

Lot’s of YT-videos at stereogum.com!
Nice article at jambase.com

Steiff rocks!

Stones Teddy - pic by Thomas Draschte

Word famous manufactures for stuffed animals and toys has released a Stones tribute Teddy bear!

Steiff: It’s a limited edition of 3000 pieces. This iconic Teddy bear was designed as a tribute to one of the world’s most legendary bands. The Rolling Stones are one of the few artists who have carried people away and inspired them for generations. Dazzling, loud and extraordinary in their appearance, the Stones stand not only for brilliant music, but also for rebellious glamour. This stunning Teddy bear can easily keep up with his models: Inspired by the classic song “Paint it Black”, his striking red mohair plush is artfully tipped in black, his black torso is adorned with the unmistakable tongue logo and The Rolling Stones embroidered on the sole, he radiates pure rock ’n’ roll feeling.

Our friend Thomas D. was kind enough to sent in pictures of his bear – see below. He got Stones Teddy No. 147/3000 – it really looks like Jumping Jack Flash: