Radiostation 104.3 WOMC has apparently interviewed Keith.
Under the headline “Keith Richards Is Writing New Music And Ready To Be Back Together With The Rolling Stones”, they quote some lines of talk, where Keith informs us, that a guitar is always near to grab and that anytime a new song might come in. Also, he said, that the “Stones are all geared up and ready to work” and only blocked by the pandemic.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year 2021!
The Rolling Stones are approaching their 60th anniversary in 2022. So far, it’s very nice to see them all still alive and well, despite of the pandemic. Let’s hope for more good news for this year, folks!
Be assured: we love you! All the good things you have given us, like the most wonderful music, zen-like aphorithms, stories and, last not least, an example for a man who’s gone through very hard times and bad habits, only to survive them agains all odds.
Let’s not forget to gratulate our truly missed Bobby Keys, who was born on the same day!
Here’s some pictures to celebrate this day. May we all live long enough to at least experience the next Stones tour in celebration of their 60th year of playing live on stage in 2022! Incredably lucky fans we are, indeed!!!
I received a book by this title and find it rather fun to read!
Rolling Stones für Klugscheißer – by Ernst Hofacker
That’s why I can recommend it as a present for christmas, too. By now, it’s only available in german, so it would suit all of you with german reading skills or your german friends! 😉
(Find the german review below)
From the rear flab text:
Was Brian Jones murdered? How many children did Mick Jagger father and with how many mothers? Who invented the famous tongue? And why does Keith have bad memories about Leonardo da Vinci?
Since almost 6 (!) decades, the Rolling Stones play the stages and are subject of public surveillance. No other band has accumulated that amount of myths, legends, half-truths and wrong facts. True Stones-heads know that Mick and Keith were once locked up in the kitchen by their manager until they would come up with their first own song. But: which song was it?*
*Keith wrote in his bio, that this song was ‘As Tears Go By’, but Hofacker writes that it was ‘It Should Be You‘ – which was not a particular masterpiece and was, though recorded, never released.
On 104 pages you find a nice collection of facts and stories around the history of the band and it’s members. Every page is nicely illustrated and the text is carefully worded. Throughout the read, one is accompanied with a delicate sense of humor, as the stories are told. The book also corrects quite a few of the misapprehensions that have appeared during those 6 decades of Stones history.
I particularly liked, for instance, the list of the 31 kids that the band members have fathered (“The Kids Are Alright“, p. 86/87) – because I’m bad at remembering family branches with all their relationships and names. Another example is the story of Dick Rowe, “the man who rejected the Beatles” (p. 22) in 1962, and who got a second chance a year later, and, of all persons, from George Harrison, who told him to check out that hot young band playing the Crawdaddy Club of the Station Hotel in Richmond…
The articles in this book are packed with information. Ernst Hofacker has done his job, that’s for sure. I’m quite confident, he could easily cover 500 pages more about all those things he must have collected and researched.
You know what? I would welcome it if he does!!
On page 32/33, for instance, he covers the first US tour of The Rolling Stones, which was not at all as successful as the one The Beatles had done just months before. Mind you, this was 1964… For Brian, Mick, Keith, Bill and Charlie, it was a dream come true. But alas, that tour wind down to a really tough experience. The lowdown was the middle west, way off the coasts where more teenagers even knew their name. As Hofacker writes:
Those gigs were played before mostly empty seats. The crowd in Minneapolis counted to a meagre 400 kids, as was the case in Detroid, Omaha and Harrisburg. In San Antonio, the Stones played an annual fair, where mostly children and Cowboys attended. They hit the stage right after a monkey-training number … (My translation)
I must admit, I really like those details. I have to confess here before you, that I didn’t knew about that part with the ape training show before the Stones played … uuh, just let me guess how it would sound nowadays:
“After this fabulous ape-number, now, Ladies and Gentlemen, the REAL monkeys:
THE ROLLING STOOOOOOONES!!!!”
… Hehehe … excuse me… 😉
You see, I could easily have read much more than those 104 pages only. Maybe, we can convince Mr. Hofacker, to publish some kind of extended version of his nice little book??
Although for the die-hard Stones fan, there are not THAT many new insights or facts that were not known before, but for the vast majority of folks interested in The Rolling Stones and their ongoing history, though, this is a very nice treat and a great way to take a step further to the Stones and the times that were … and still are, actually, their awesome history of Rock’n’Roll.
This is a nice book for those interested in the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band of this planet! It’s full of facts and corrects popular fake news. It starts right from the beginning of the band. One of the latest entries is the name ‘Rolling Stone’ from Mars that NASA gave to a tumbling stone that was filmed while Insight landed on Mars. NASA has the details.
Ernst Hofackers “Rolling Stones für Klugscheißer” ein wirklich nettes Buch für alle, die schon mal was mit den Stones zu tun hatten, es aber mal genauer wissen wollten, ohne gleich 2000 Seiten Doku lesen zu müssen. (Oh, wenn Ihr sowas Fettes findet, meldet es mir bitte so rasch wie möglich, ja? hehehe !!)
Also: ERNST HOFACKER hat hier kurze Texte geschrieben, nett illustriert, viele, recht viele, sehr viele Fakten – dabei aber immer flott und humorvoll geschrieben.
Liest sich wie geschnitten Brot. Ehrlich. Genau das Richtige für Leute, die man beschenken will: weil die die Stones auch gut finden, aber noch nicht viel darüber wissen, ausser den üblichen Phrasen, die man aus Rundfunk und Fernsehen kennt.
Nettes Weihnachtsgeschenk also! Aber auch für diejenigen von Euch, die schon alles (?) wissen, was die Stones angeht. Also, ich füge es gern meinen ca. 3 Metern Stones Bibliographie hinzu!!
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?”