Oh my, folks… these times are tough, really. With all the pandemic restrictions, who can see the light at the end of the tunnel for us Stones fans?
Well, maybe we do!
Sorry for all these few news during the last months, but, you see, really, there were not that much substancial infos that were that important to post & share.
But first: if there’s a vacine, then we can be sure that the band AS SOON AS it’s save enough will return to their maybe last tour and continue where they were forced to stop due to the virus. The band was stopped in the beginning of a tour and I bet they want to continue and end it as was planned, so far possible. In fact, I think, they are desperate to play any gig as long as they really can and all are still alive, man!
Second: the business. Full stop. Ok, without the band members as musicians that can and want to play (and they do!), there’s no business. And that’s also very sad, because a whole industry rises and grows with any of those tours getting planned and realised.
So, given a decent vacine, that could be already by next year, I hope. Meanwhile, the Stones have been relatively silent.
See Mick sing a new song – probably from the new album!
A) The song’s called “Pride Before A Fall” and you can see Mick sining it into a microphone while the backing track playes. Just yesterday. 45 seconds. The video is edited with some effects and I can easily imagine that Mick has done all the tracks – guitars, bass and drums – by himself.
So what’s up with the new album? It’s coming nearer, I guess and I hope! 🙂
Ok, I think the audience is not as present as in the originam recording, but the guitars are higher up in the ix and I think, that’s ok.
After all, you can compare it to the ‘original’ bootleg sound, hehehe …
It’s a gem and I really like this show an awful much. So go out there and get it, folks. ENJOY!!
Here’s Mixed Emotions:
aaaaand Ruby Tuesday:
Having not hit the road for most of the 80s, The Steel Wheels Tour was an astounding return for the Rolling Stones, not least as it was the longest tour they had by that point undertaken. It was also to be their last with Bill Wyman. Steel Wheels Live was recorded towards the end of the band’s 60-date run through the stadiums of North America, in the second half of 1989.
Some days ago, Ronnie sent me a script of a story, that’s NOT in his book and he allowed me to share this with you here.
It’s something that happened during the 1970 tour while they were in Germany.
So just read and enjoy! 🙂
… That evening, the Stones, our main group, and me totaling about fifteen people, decided to go to dinner together. We found a restaurant and all sat down at a long, long table, some sitting on the leather couch that ran along one side and myself and others in chairs facing them. Mick was in front of me, two seats down, on the couch. We all ordered and waited and waited and waited.
An hour went by and still no food. We were hungry and everyone was starting to get irritable and rowdy. About an hour and a half in, our appetizers were brought to the table, a lot of which were shrimp cocktails. The food didn’t taste good and the next thing I knew a handful of shrimp cocktail was coming at my face via Mick. I think a little of it had to do with him being pissed that I had Bill’s approval to travel with Astrid’s sister, not to mention my little fling with his assistant. But he didn’t need an excuse as we were all upset with the food and figured its best use was as ammunition for a food fight at this supposed classy Frankfurt restaurant that had kept us waiting hours.
After a short skirmish, we settled down again and waited on our entrees. After another hour, we stood up. I refused to pay for the shitty service and food and we stormed out of the place. Everyone was left to their own devices and I returned to the hotel and went to sleep.
The next day, as I was packing to leave, there was a knock on my door. I opened it and two men stormed into my room. I had no idea who they were and refused to pay any attention to them, other than to pick up the house phone and call for security. I yelled at them to get out of my room or I would have them thrown out. One kept saying he was an officer of the court, but I didn’t care. They walked out and I got back to packing.
Fifteen minutes later, there was another knock at my door and I figured it to be a very late security guy. Instead though, the two guys barged into my room again. They smirked and in broken English said that there was no security and they were there to discuss the restaurant bill. I told them that I would make sure they were thrown out and called down again for hotel security threatening them with “my guys” coming to the rescue if necessary. Security finally came to my room and escorted the two guys away.
Next my room phone rang and it was the hotel manager.
“Mr. Schneider, one of the men was a lawyer for the restaurant and the other was the judge from the court. They knew you were leaving and the judge came to expedite matters.”
Oh, shit! I had thrown a judge out. The next threat from them was an educated one.
“They said to tell you that if you don’t pay, they will take the collateral necessary to cover the bill. The collateral will come from Keith Richards’ room, so they will have to go through his belongings.”
That was obviously a veiled threat of other things to come as Keith’s reputation had obviously preceded him to the Frankfurt court.
“Sorry,” I finally blurted out “My mistake. The restaurant screwed us and we never ate, but since we have to leave, how much?”
Ronnie Wood’ docu, “Somebody Up There Likes Me” has been released.
By now, it’s a Virtual Cinema release at ronniewoodmovie.com – for a DVD/Blu-ray release, we have to wait until October 9th.
Here are the first reviews:
UPDATE Sept. 20: forbes.com : “Oscar-Nominated Director Mike Figgis On New Ronnie Wood Documentary …”
Ultimately, Wood is clear throughout the film of his desire to learn from his mistakes and live life on his own terms without regret, a concept that comes to define the guitarist as much as any other in the documentary. “Somebody up there likes me,” he jokes after quitting smoking and beating lung cancer.
Not surprisingly, “Somebody Up There Likes Me” becomes a good-timey movie, too … as much of one as any movie that introduces the subject of freebasing cocaine and other usually more ominous topics can be.
Rolling Stone exerpts interviews of Mick and Keith to “reflect on Ron Wood’s Sobriety“.
==>UPDATE Sept. 18: there’s just 1 US-Code left, so hurry up and send your answer!
The three winners of the UK-codes are:Combes guy, Heiermann and robert – congratulations!
Mr. Schneider will send you the codes soon!
And that book is a must-have for your Stones-library! Much more so, because now, you get a free code for the book on audible!
Ron wrote to me:
Hi! I narrated my book, Out of Our Heads, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Me, with my raspy voice . The audio book is now live on audible! I have a limited amount of US and UK promo codes to give, so if you are interested, contact me!
Ron granted us 3 US and 3 UK codes for his book on audible.
That code will be sent to you personally by Mr. Schneider himself.
So you can enjoy the book read to you by Mr. Schneider himself for free!
All you have to do:
1) go toRon’s websiteand look for the informations you need for the correct answer
2) answer the question below correctly and sent in your answer to me via the formular
The first 3 correct answeres for the UK-code will win, as will the first three correct answeres for the US codes. I’ll inform you if you’re one of the six winners and sent your data to Mr. Schneider. He will then send you the codes.
Question: What Rolling Stones tours did Ron Schneider participate in?
This time it is one for the re-release of GHS and another one for the highest selling bass guitar and amp:
1) According to Billboard, the re-release of Goats Head Soup has reached the #1 spot on the charts. So this time, that album hade #1 the second time, so to speak. Thuy, the band now has 13 albums at the top position; only the Beatles have more: 16…
With their latest chart feat, The Stones become the first band in history to land a No. 1 album across six different decades.
2) Bill Wyman has set the other records last weekend at an aucion of items from his collection.
One of the items, his 1969 Fender Mustang Bass sold for $384.000 – the highest price for a bass guitar at an auction. Before, Paul McCartney’s left-handed Hofner Bass had reached $204.800 in 2013.
More details and more of Bill’s records can be found at Rolling Stone.
Keith has also done interviews for the re-release of GHS:
Among them is of course one extensive chat you can read at rollingstone.com. He shares with us the way he copes with the lock-down, that he is a”masked man” and the tracks from GHS. He’s also asked about a possible 60th anniversary tour in 2022…
He also spoke to Zoe Ball (The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2) which you can hear at this site – Stones content starts at 2:02:47 in the timeline!
Please do not forget to check out gq-magazine.co.uk for an interview with Mick, too. There, he also discusses new material that the band wants to record – this year!