Happy birthday, Mick!!!

Mick in Düsseldorf, June 19 2014

It’s Mick Jagger’s birthday today!

With his looks and moves, you never think he’s 78 today. It’s just a wonder. By now, he’s preparing for the tour and as Ronnie has said, he’s fit. Fighting fit, to be precise. You know what? I’m left speechless. Mick, enjoy your birthday and every day and every tour, that’s to come! We love you!!!

Stones Tour!! Here’s a taste…

Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre - ARTE

WHAT A BAND!! The Stones will tour the US this year!

I’m so proud to be a fan of this band! Tour dates are there, tickets are on sale. This is Stones heaven, folks!

Until the 2nd tour-start of the Rolling Stones 2020 US tour, please feel free to enjoy the “Sticky Fingers” club gig at the Fonda Theatre, 2015. German TV station ARTE is streaming this beautiful concert free. Go to ARTE.TV and enjoy.

Or, if you want to save that CO2 produced by streaming, check for your BlueRays, DVDs or MP4s and watch it from there.

Ladies and Gentlemen …

Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre - ARTE

TOUR 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT !!!

Tour 2021 announced!

The Rolling Stones will go on tour in the US this fall!

Here’s the words we all have been waiting and hoped for for so long:

We are thrilled to be able to announce the rescheduled dates for the Rolling Stones 2020 US tour, which will now go ahead this fall!

We want to thank you all for your patience during this very difficult and unprecedented time.

All previously purchased tickets will be honoured at the rescheduled dates, unfortunately, there are a few dates that we were unable to reschedule – Ticketmaster will communicate directly with all purchasers of these tickets with more information. Where feasible, a priority offer for ticketholders will be available for nearby shows.

We also have some new dates added! The pre-sale for the Stones mailing list for New Orleans, Los Angeles & Las Vegas shows will commence on Wednesday 28 July at 12pm (local) to Thursday 29 July at 10pm (local). General sale commences Friday 30th July 10am(local).

THE UPCOMING DATES

Tour 2021 announced!

SEPTEMBER ’21
26th – The Dome at America’s Center ST. LOUIS, MO – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
30th – Bank of America Stadium CHARLOTTE, NC – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)

OCTOBER ’21
4th – Heinz Field PITTSBURGH, PA – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
9th – Nissan Stadium NASHVILLE, TN – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
13th – New Orleans Jazz Fest NEW ORLEANS, LA – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
17th – SoFi Stadium LOS ANGELES, CA – TICKETS (Sale Will Begin on Tue, Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm PDT)
24th – U.S. Bank Stadium MINNEAPOLIS, MN – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
29th – Raymond James Stadium TAMPA, FL – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)

NOVEMBER ’21
2nd – Cotton Bowl Stadium DALLAS, TX – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
6th – Allegiant Stadium LAS VEGAS, NV – TICKETS (Sale start yet to decide – check regularly)
11th – Mercedes-Benz Stadium ATLANTA, GA – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
15th – Ford Field DETROIT, MI – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)
20th – Circuit of The Americas AUSTIN, TX – TICKETS (Now On Sale!)

Mick: “I’m so excited to get back on the stage again and want to thank everyone for their patience. See you soon!
Keith: “We’re back on the road! See you there!

Variety: Rolling Stones Unveil Rescheduled U.S. Tour Dates for This Fall
APNews: ‘We’re back on the road!’ Rolling Stones relaunch U.S. tour

 

Update July 21

Stones tongue on mural

July 21 (2) – Update: apparently, Darryl was scheduled for a gig on August 15, but that seems to have been cancelled, because he’s booked for the Stones on August 14… whether that’s for a gig or studio work or even rehearsals (yikes!!) is still unknown …

July 21 (1) – Rumors (!) tell, that this week might see an official announcement. They might tell us about rescheduled dates or as well will announce that because of delta Covid they can’t resume to tour this year. Sigh! So we have to sit and wait for any relyable news, that comes across.

Let’s hope we get some tourdates this year!!!

We all look forward to THE POSTPONED NO FILTER TOUR of The Rolling Stones! So again, we have to wait for the rescheduled official dates…  /-)

Ronnie & Tattoo You

Tatto You - 40th anniversary

Good news from Ronnie and for Tattoo You

Ronnie has given The Times an interview, which has some interesting and positive news for us.

First, and most important, Ronnie has said that he has been given an “All-clear” in March from his doctor for his treatment of small cell cancer and, just after his last check-up, states: “I’m well. I’m strong. And I’m adaptable […] But it has taken a lot of fighting, a lot of stamina to get through it“. So basically, after hitting it hard with chemo therapy, he has yet another battle won. If he gets some more rest, he hopefully will be fine for playing live again. Nevertheless, he has to check again every three months for cancer; that particular strain is quite some nasty desease.

Second, speaking of the 40th anniversary of Tattoo You, he “and Mick have done nine new tracks for the re-release of Tattoo You. And me, Rod and Kenney have been recording some new Faces music.” Mick, he says, is “fighting fit”. So the upcoming re-release of that album will come with quite some add-ons, including several new tracks. Americansongwriter.com also reports this.

Interestingly, he doesn’t say any clear word about tourdates. It’s mentioned, however, that “The Rolling Stones still hope to resume their No Filter tour“. It’s all in the hands of Covid, us, and the vaccines and whether the band can take the risk of touring which is rising again these days, as you all may know. In the end, it should make sense for the band and all us fans.

End of silence?

The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour, Glendale, August 26, 2019

Finally we have some news about the new album and tour!

Until today, the Stones have remained silent, officially, as far as this year’s tour or the new album have been concerned. I already thought, because of the new delta variant of Covid, they would cancel everything and remain passive, waiting for more secure times.

I might be prooven wrong. That’s at least what I’m hoping for. And here’s the reason:

According to the DAILY MAIL (that’s not the official Stones news ressource, but what the heck …), Mick has been in London, at Wembley stadium, to be precise, in order to catch the soccer game of England vs. Denmark. And now finally, the rule, that England looses every time Mick is present, has been prooven wrong.

So, Mick flew in from France, ignoring the quarantine for 10 days he would have had to oblige as France is on UK’s amber list. Thus, ha has broken UK’s Covid rules and could face a fine of £10.000 as a result. Well, no worries here, he most likely can afford this, hehehe …

In that article of the DAILY MAIL, we find some very interesting lines:

The Rolling Stones are currently finishing off their latest album in London, which is set to be released later this year. Mick is working on material with band-mates Ronnie Wood, 74, and Charlie Watts, 80, in the UK, while Keith Richards, 77, contributes from his home in the US.

And:

They are also planning to release another album of remastered ‘basement tracks‘ never previously released from around the time of their Tattoo You 1981 release. The band’s sold out tour of America is currently waiting to be rescheduled after Covid-19 forced the 15 dates to be postponed.

After about a month of waiting for any official announcement almost every day, this finally gives us a first impression of what’s still ahead. The Stones management still has to find ways to find the best solution for and with the band, the fans, the promoters and the ensurance – not a job I would be very happy to have to do…

Anyways: let’s look forward to good news coming soon, hopefully! And here’s the article of the DAILY MAIL – have a look and read for yourself!

New pics from Ronnie

wellchild-awards

Ronnie and Sally met the 2021 WELLCHILD Award Winners as well as the Duke of Sussex at the Centre of botanical science & research, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Here are some nice pics he posted via Twitter from the meeting. We can see, that his hair is growing longer and his physics are not so frail anymore, although he’s really thin. But he was almost like that already before. Nevertheless, let’s wholeheartedly wish him a strong, swift and fast recovery!

Ronnie also posted a pic wearing an England Stones shirt from the shop in Carnaby Street due to the running European Soccer Championship on June 22. Have a look:

 

And here’s Keith, posted just hours ago today, honoring James Cotton’s birthday with a clip from 2012:

Keith strays from the setlist!

Keith strays from the setlist!

Christopher was kind enough to share with us his experience of one gig, the Stones played at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.

He believes it could have been in 2006, but to my knowledge, the Well Fargo Center was played in 2013, June 18 and 21. You can see the setlists at setlist.fm or here at stonesnews.com (well, it’s a l-o-n-g page, see fot the first third when scrolling or search there for “Philadelphia #2” and “Philly gets stoned!”)

So here is what Christopher tells us about that night and the Stones. Were you there, too? Was it in 2013 or some other year? So, just comment, if you like!

I believe it was ‘06 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. The band was alternating Satisfaction and It’s Only Rock N Roll at the end of the show. It was feeling like an IORR night so of course we had our whole section in the cheap seats calling for it and we were up there but close to the stage. Close enough that we could most definitely be heard. Keith was feeling our section all night, feeding off our energy and letting us know in his way we’re appreciated.

As the night came to a close it was either IORR or Satisfaction left to play I believe as the last song of a 2 song encore. Our section must have been infectious because now more sections were screaming with us It’s Only Rock N Roll. Keith slides around the stage to our section and rips the opening riffs of IORR as we go crazy to hear it and that Keith is letting us know he’s with us, the rest of the band doesn’t stray from the replanned setlist and plays Satisfaction, totally hanging Keith and us out to dry.

Keith actually pointed to the setlist next to Charlie then to his head as almost to say my bad but we all knew what he meant. Having talked to people also at the show seated on the other side of the arena the next day the story was Keith was so wasted he played the wrong. Glad I wasn’t in their section. Keith always says he plays for the guy in the furthest away seat and he does. No matter where we’re at Keith also finds us and subtlety let’s you know he knows you there.

That connection with the audience is the absolute coolest part of the Stones, well Keith! Being on the level he’s on he’s like seeing a friend at the local bar tour after tour year after year. About 90% of an audience shows up to see a Rolling Stones concert but I’m never surprised to find that 10% of us that come to sing, dance, laugh, and party with Keith.

The next show a few days later in NY at MSG was probably the best IORR I’ve ever seen live.

Here are some pics from the Philly shows:

Nice pics sent in

Nice pics sent in

Hi there, folks! Before the Stones announce, how and when the rescheduled tour is going to happen, we are in for a nice treat!

Alex Tsalikhin sent in a numer of pictures, which he took during the shows in New Jersey and Buffalo in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2019. I think, these were done with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. When seeing these pics and web-optimizing them in order to be shown here, it was easy to remember the vibe and exitement we all have experienced during these shows. And I can’t wait for them to go on one more tour!

Well, fucking Guns ‘n Roses already announced their 2021 US tour! Who’s next??

So please enjoy, and many thanks to our friend Alex!

La Villa – 1971

La Villa - The Rolling Stones 1971 Dominique Tarlé

You know, I’m into books about the Rolling Stones. Now a new one comes along and I just couldn’t resist…

The book’s called “La Villa – The Rolling Stones 1971” and is by Dominique Tarlé. Well, I think, you know this name and his story…

I own about 5 meters of Stones books and magazines. I have to admit, that so far I couldn’t afford to buy book-treasures such as Blinds&Shutters (Genesis) etc., but this time, I wanted to get this edition into my collection. Compared to other really expensive books about the Stones, this comes in at just 135.- Euro (about $164.-), which is not that expensive if you consider the costs of that production, the special paper choosen for bringing the photos across with enough brilliance to cope with Dominique’s originals. 

And even if this still is a lot of bread for me (shipping to Germany was another 25.- €; if you order it from the US, it will be a little bit more, I guess.), this time, I felt that everything fell into place and was reasonable. So no question: this is an opportunity and I just happily decided to order it.

Anyways, what convinced me was that I could afford it and that I simply love Dominique, his pictures and the times of 1971 in the Stones history.

So shorty after I can hold it in my hands and have gone through it, I’ll give you a review, and that’s a promise!
🙂

The book is sold by an art gallery, “Galerie de l’Instant” in France. Check out their exhibition of Tarlé’s Villa and have a look at the book!

Here are the details:

  • Limited French edition of 1500 numbered and signed copies
  • Limited English edition of 1500 numbered and signed copies
  • 154 photographs including 26 colors from the personal archives of Dominique Tarlé.
  • Personal comments by Dominique Tarlé on photographs throughout the book.
  • Hard cover, texts and images in debossing.
  • Printing on 190g / m2 “MAGNO NATURAL PEFC 100%.
  • 152 pages, closed format 31.5 x 31.5 cm (open 63×31.5 cm)
  • 33 rpm format.
  • Shipping within 4 to 6 days

La Villa - The Rolling Stones 1971 Dominique Tarlé

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Taken from La Galerie de l’Instant’s site, some info about Dominique and the villa:

Exhibiton « La villa » From 19 May to 19 september Nice

58 rue Gioffredo Nice France

50 years ago, the biggest rock band in the world, the Rolling Stones, landed in the south of France. Following various tax woes in England, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor decided to come and seek shelter in France. The young photographer Dominique Tarlé who had known the band for a few years in London and on tour, came to join his favourite musicians in order to immortalise them in this new environment…

He began with the now-famous Villa Nellcote, rented by Keith Richards, overlooking Villefranchesur- mer harbour… He came to spend the day with the guitarist and his family, and will only leave 6 months later, following Keith’s invitation to enjoy this special moment in their lives. How do you refuse such an offer, when you are a fan of photography and rhythm and blues?

Dominique Tarlé then became the only photographer ever to live with this legendary band, at the height of their career, during the creation of the no less legendary album Exile on Main Street, going in the same day from the simplest daily events to the pure musical moments between professionals. This unforgettable summer would forever leave its mark on the photographer’s life and the history of rock’n’roll; the trust the band gave Dominique Tarlé still holds even today and is testimony to the sincere friendship that bound him to these artists..

Here is Julia Gragnon of La Galerie de l’Instant: