Ladies 'n Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones
News - from the archive - 2012
May 30 - Rolling Stones music stars in Omega Olympic ads
As you can see at USA today or campaignlive.co.uk, Omega, official time-keeper for the London Olympic Games 2012 and highest-profile advertiser, uses an adaption of the Stones "Start Me Up" for his advertising campaign. I wonder, what amounts were involved with this deal, hehehe ... something around the half-a-million $ number doesn't seem to be too 'far off' ...
May 23 - Mick and Chevy Metal rock 'Bitch' at SNL after party
Check this one out. The boys are rocking hard, and so does fuckin' Mick Jagger. The vid is a bit shaky, but that really doesn't matter, right?
May 21 - Stones thank 10 million / SNL aftermath
Here are the Stones!!! All 4 of them and it looks really like a rehearsal room and you can see an impressive setlist at Charlies drumkit in the back. Check it out for yourself:
After Micks appearance at SNL, we have some reviews and some youtube bits: Mick Jagger as impressive host and musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' finale (examiner.com) | Jagger Brings Satisfaction to "SNL" Season Finale (nbcchicago.com) | Mick Jagger's Best 'SNL' Moments (rollingstone.com)
May 20 - Mick on SNL
May 19 - Ronnie: Keith has new stuff
As you can read at Forbes.com, Ronnie gave an answer to the question, whether there are new songs in the making. He said:
May 17 - Ronnie at cannes / Mick at SNL - Stones (NOT) to perform?
Tomorrow, May 18th, Ronnie live at the VIP Room in Cannes (50 BD DE LA CROISETTE 06400 CANNES)
It's a on and off game: will the Stones join Mick at SNL? First, everyone wished and expected the Stones to perform on Mick's hosting the season finale of SNL. Then we can read that Keith himself denies it (rollingstone.com) - for him, this SNL thing was arranged by Mick many months before and so it's just Mick on his own. Ok. No Stones at SNL this time. Nevertheless, it would definitely be a surprise, wouldn't it? Confirmed, however, has Jeff Beck for joining Mick on the season finale. Please check out the Finale Promo here:
Mick Taylor at the Iridium - review of his gig at Rolling Stone
May 16 - Ronnie keeps Oct./Nov. free
The Sun cites a new issue from our friend Ronnie Wood:
What we can read out of these words? It could point to more rehearsals, studio dates and sessions, I would think. But NME is already much farther down the road: Rolling Stones will tour in 'October and November' - this is too much whishful thinking, IMHO.
The words 'tour' and 'gig dates', you see, come from the press, for whatever reason.
May 7 - Rehearsal setlist
The sessions in Weehawken are done already. All 4 Stones were there, plus Chuck Leavell and Don Was, who played bass (Darryl is on tour in Europe). Four songs were played, each twice: Miss You, Fool To Cry, Jumping Jack Flash and another unknown one. [thx UC, RO].
Well, we can safly state, that the preparations for whatever is to come really begin to take shape. More to come, soon!
May 6 - Stones in NYC, Rumours 'not accurate', Mick hosts SNL, Taylor on Jimmy Fallon
1) Since beginning of May, the Stones are said to be in New York City where the are said to meet and have some jam sessions. The location is unknown and it is said, that by May 3, they have moved to another small location in Weehawken NJ.
Moreover it is said that a film crew is filming the sessions.
2) It didn't last long and I already doubted the news about the plans for 20 free gigs - that sounded much too good to be true. Official statements concerning this news said that they were 'not accurate'. Same holds true for the alleged tickets for a Stones show in Berlin, Germany, in September: 100% rubbish!
3) Mick will host Saturday Night Live on the May 19 season finale. Fans of the Rolling Stones will be keen to find out what, if any, news Mick will have for the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the Stones. Let's dream of a guest appearance of the other guys of the band for a little play ...
4) Speaking of dates, please note, that Mick Taylor will be at Jimmy Fallon on May 9!
May 3 - New Tour Rumours: 20 dates planned
According to news sources tripleem.com.au and musicfeeds.com.au, the Stones are planning a 20 dates tour, most probably scheduled for next year. And this is not all: the sources say, those concerts would be free due to corporate sponsoring!
Triple M music reporter Nui Te Koha has revealed the plans the rock legends have in the pipeline.
April 25 - Recommendation: Bill German lecture
Do you remember the Beggars Banquet magazine? The one which was advertised as the official Stones Fanzine in the sleeve of the vinyl Undercover LP? Well, below you find the link to a video of a lecture, Bill German gave a lecture recently in in Woodbridge NJ. Bill, if you recall, was the guy who started it, and here you find him in support of his book "Under Their Thumb", telling us for 1.32 hours great and hilarious stories about his starting the mag, meeting the Stones and hanging out with them: The Woodbridge Channels [thx durtysox, uc]
April 23 - Ronnie's reviews, New Exile Film
1) Ronny put on a good show at the Golden Nugget! CBS gave a great review of the show:
Here's a gallery with 9 pics (CBS)
Of cause, some fans were at the gig and got some YouTube stuff for us (thx Bitch, UC !)
2) Richard Branson from Virgin apparently just bought the film rights to Robert Greenfield's 2008 book Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell. In case you haven't read the book: just do it. But what can we expect from such a drama? Some fan asked: "Who would play Charlie - Buster Keaton?" - hilarious ....
April 21 - Ronnie & Band plays Atlantic City
In the Golden Nugget, Ronnie and his band pleased the crowd of visitors with a 16 songs set. His band: Willie Weeks (b), Steve Jordan (dr), Chuck Leavell (kb), Bernard Fowler (voc). More infos to come... Here's the sacbee.com, get some more pics an nj.com
April 18 - 2 videos about the faces
[If you have seen the news at viagogo.com: "Rolling Stones Tour set for 2013?" - this is just a retold story we have seen one month ago on Rolling Stone (or see below, March 14). But that doesn't mean, the Stones won't tour, not at all. The opposite is much more likely. Right now it should be clear, the the Stones won't go into studio this month. Everything else is still to come! :-) ]
Taken from Rolling Stone:
The Faces about replacing Rod Steward
Ronnie Wood and Kenny Jones about being introducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
April 16 - Ronnie apologises
Apparently, Mick has called Ronnie and asked him why he thought the Stones would enter a studio this month for training - without the others knowing anything about it. Uh oh ... the Daily Mail thinks, Ronnie is under Mick's thumb, hehehe ... Be that as it may, this is, what a contrite Ronnie said:
With that last sentence, we're back on track with the official statement about the next things to come, Mick style. Again, patience is the only help within reach...
April 13 - Too bad: Rod can't join faces introduction to R'R Hall of Fame
After missing his own introduction in 1994 due to an earthquake in LA, Rod Steward is right now too sick to even fly to the event tomorrow. The otherthree members of The Faces announced today that their lead singer was too ill to perform and is held up in Los Angeles with strep throat. Rod apparently is 'completly gutted'.
April 12 - pre-official: new Stones book by C. Sandford!
I was informed, that shortly, i.e. on April 26th, Simon & Schuster will publish "The Rolling Stones - Fifty Years" by Christopher Sandford. The hardcover book will comprise 512 pages, the list price is £25.00. Here is what the official info says:
I have requested further infos of the book and hope to receive reply soon, and I'll keep you posted, of cause.
April 11 - Taylor and Charlie to play gigs in NYC
Charlie is going to play eight sets on four nights at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City between June 29th and July 2nd. He will perform as a member of the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. He will also sit in with the Les Paul Trio in their weekly tribute to their late bandleader on July 2nd.
Mick Taylor also has some dates at the Iridium Jazz Club (see here): May 9 - 14 with two sets each at 8pm and 10pm.
April 10 - Stones in the studio this month
Ronnie has confirmed, that the Stones will gather in a studio to prepare what he called the 50th anniversary tour 2013. They want to throw some ideas around and generally get the feel again. You can catch him telling us this at brisbanetimes.com where he was interviewed when he opend another of his art exhibitions "Faces, Time and Places" at the Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome Street at West Broadway, NYC. See also nytimes.com for this.
This will be rehearsals for the rehearsals, I guess, and is seems we can expect some exiting months to come!
April 8 - Ronnie's new song for CSI Miami
Ronnie Wood is a long time fan of CSI Miami. Now he has composed a song for the 10th season finale, "Coming together". Hear it at cbsmediagroupftp.com! Kelly Jones of The Stereophonics sings on the track, Mick Taylor plays guitar on the song and Chris Kimsey produced it. Further notes at onlinejournal.com and upi.com, among others.
April 4 - Mick Taylor's Gig at Kinross
... got well reviewed! And this with a cause, as you can read in this review at the Perthshire Advertiser: "Former Rolling Stones star Mick Taylor impresses at Kinross gig". Let's hope, we see him as guest at some or hopefully many gigs of the upcoming Rolling Stones anniversary!
It was announced at stonesarchive.com: the latest officially rleased 'bootleg' is "LA FRIDAY" which actually was recorded on Sunday 13th July 1975. Apparently, Bob Clearmountain did a good job again!
March 30 - Could this be the next official bootleg?
Expectations fly high, and everybody wants some. And there is so much GOLD in those damn archives ot the Rolling Stones, that I wonder if it is possible to hear all through that stuff without dying from senile decay, even if you're aged sweet sixteen, hehehe...
Anyway: April 3 is approaching! Let's hope for the best!
March 29 - Rocking Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood keeps on playing! Ronnie joined Kelly Jones, Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller onstage at the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall yesterday and they put on a good show. And he lookes and sounds great, folks! Luckily, we can share some taste of that event [thx Lien, iorr]:
Baba O'Riley (the Who)
Don't Let Me Down (the Beatles)
Ooh La La (the Faces)
March 28 - new official Bootleg
We do not yet know, which concert it will be, but we do know, that it was remastered by Bob Clearmountain and will be released on April 3.
Let's hope for the complete El Mocambo... but it could well be another PPV like the last one (Hampton) ... Atlantic City maybe?
March 27 - Mick Taylor Tourdates
In case you're lucky and happen to be able to see him in one of these joints, don't miss it!
April 12th Fibbers Club, York /
13th The Arches, Glasgow
March 26 - Faces reunite, Charlie meets Prangerschützen, Ronnie @ golden nugget
1) Yup: good news again! Drummer Kenney Jones recently told the press, that for the first time after 19 years, Rod Steward will join the Faces on stage on April 14 in Cleveland, when the Faces are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2) While still tuoring with the A,B,C & D of Boogie Woogie, Charlie played a gig in Bad Ischl, Austria. The mayor invited him to a traditional local association where he wore a traditional outfit and was shown how to shoot with old tradtional guns - we know that Chalie since long has a favour for old military items! [more of this - in German: arf.at]
3) One more gig for our hellraiser Ronnie: he also has a gig in Atlantic City on Saturday, April 21, at the Golden Nugget. For tickets and information, call 866-746-5336 or Book Online
March 14 - news at last: tour 2013, studio sessions, documentary!
1) Tour 2013, studio sessions - Rolling Stone has this to read about our #1 subject of interest: A tour and new album is more likely to happen in 2013. One reason is concerns about Keith's health.
The band asked for proposals from promoters AEG, Live Nation and longtime Stones promoter Michael Cohl. Clearly, the boys are getting back into gear. Keith most probably will practice some more after that long break. Although I don't doubt that he could do a usual Stones show, he must get back in shape for it a bit. He will start maybe already in April if they are beginning to book studio time somewhere for some basic sesseions again - I'll keep you posted about that.
2) The new documentary - From their facebook page, we learn this about the new documentary of the Rolling Stones:
3) Recommended read: Great interview with Charlie at telegraph.co.uk: Charlie Watts: I've recorded drums in the lavatory - Given half a chance, legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts would talk all day to Adam Sweeting about his true love, jazz, and in particular his new boogie-woogie band.
More on Charlie: German TV NDR has broadcasted this bit from a recent gig of the A,B,D & D of Boogie Woogie in Rostock, March 11.
See Keith present greetings to the 9000000 fans, their facebook page has gathered.
The post thanks the fans, saying, “Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones. It’s only rock and roll but we love you!”
You will have seen the news already, about new book "The Rolling Stones: 50" (thamesandhudson.com) - here are some more of the really cool pics from the book.
March 6 - What about a tour??
Yes, that's what we all are waiting for. And this is what have we got by now:
Already in February, Ronnie yelled that the Stones are on the verge of touring , but we all know, everyone is waiting for Mick and Keith, the Glimmer Twins. And both were on stage again just days before: Mick at the White House, Keith at Humming for Hubert and at the honorary award for Chuck Berry. And Keith was heard to say "Damn, it's good to be back!" to the crowd after playing Little Red Rooster with James Cotton and then launching into Spoonfull accompanied by Eric Clapton. (see below)
We heard some more rumors about stage gear (see below, Feb. 21) being booked and checked - but that's not official, i.e reliable news.
What comes close to an official announcement comes from our beloved Sir Mick Jagger himself. He told the Associated Press:
Almost the same was issued by the Detroid Free Press:
So that's as close to official as we can get by now, folks. I know, the waiting this time is really hard. But there's not much time left, now. The longer we wait, the sooner we'll see what comes up, right?
March 4 - way way back: great find!
This is 8:06 minutes of the Rolling Stones being interviewed in a hotel in Montreal, Canada in all their glory of the early years. This could well be 1965, when they started their Canada/US tour in April which lasted until the end of May before they headed back to Europe. Brian seems well established within the band at the time of the interview, for he clearly gives most of the answeres, or they just hid their tensions nicely. But trouble was to come for shure... never mind, enjoy!
March 2 - Rehearsal: Little Red Rooster! / Ronnie's tour plans
1) This just came in: many thanks to Neil [hw], for here you can get a taste of Keith playing the Blues in rehearsal for the Hubert Sumlin Benefit concert together with James Cotton. That's what I particularly spring off, when the Stones members go right back to their roots. Enjoy!
2) Recommended (!) read: A great article about our Ronnie, his recent surgery, radio success and, of cause, the band's tour plans:
All the details at radiotimes.com!
March 1 - Keith at JFK Library / Keith to be honored / Jagger White House avi
1) Here's the complete show in good quality. [thx Jacob!]
Keith comes in at about 1:00:50...
2) Keith won one of this year's Slim Harpo Music Awards. The other winners are J. D. Miller, Deacon John Moore and Baton Rouge's harmonica man, Oscar "Harpo" Davis. The awards will be presented Monday, April 23, at the Manship Theatre / Shaw Center for the Performing Arts in Baton Rouge.
3) At fileserv.com, you can download a 450 MB AVI of the White, Red and Blues with Mick joining in [thx chris!]. Also, you can see the stream at pbs.org. Later, I will add the avi for download here at this site for some time. Here's the setlist:
February 29 - Chuck Berry honored
As the Boston Globe writes:
Chuck Berry was honored with the "2012 PEN New England Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence" ... WoW!
At Facebook, Bill Janovitz has some 1:28 of Chuck's Promised Land, played by Elvis Costello and Keith! As far as the Berry licks are concerned, be assured that Keith still knows how to play them! [sdb, yawdi]
February 27 - Message from Keith /first book 'Stones 50' / Chuck on tour with John Mayer
Just from last sunday; Keith's on board a plane; the sound is poor due to trying to filter offt those engines, but if you give it a try, you actually can understand what's beeing said! ;-)
2) The first of the many publications to come on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the greatest Rock'n'Roll band in the world is announced at the site of the publishers, thamesandhudson.com: The Rolling Stones: 50 - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts & Ronnie Wood - ISBN 9780500516249 - 30.40 x 25.00 cm Hardback - 352pp - 700 Illustrations, 300 in colour, fFirst published 2012 - £29.95 - Coming Soon [sdb]
3) Former Allman Brother and member of the Stones tour team, Chuck Leavell, joins John Mayer on tour through the US from April 9th until May 6th for a tour of 18 dates. See the schedule at jambands.com. Chuck even got a Forest Ranger Hat that made him an honorary forest ranger of the USFS - for his well known engagement for environment. He also is a co-founder of the Mother Nature Network.
February 24 - Keith and the Blues @ Howlin' for Hubert Sumlin
Mick still does it and so does Keith. Keith sang and played both acoustic slide and electric guitar at the gig in honor of the late Hubert Sumlin. With all that great players on the spot (Eric Clapton, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmy Vivino), he kept a low profile, as far as his playing was concerned. That's what the accounts report of those who attended. But he was always into simplicity and rythm, not fragile lead licks ...
February 22 - Heat rises: hoax tour dates / Mick sings the Blues / Brian Tribute Gig
1. Folks, we're in for a real treat! Mick still dances and prances; I say, he's ready and fit for some bigger gigs, really! Just check out some examples from the Blues @ White House:
Five Long Years:
From washingtonpost.com: Jagger mix including Miss You
2. Hopefully, you didn't trust 'Artiesten Nieuws', because that site issued fake tour dates for London, Paris and Berlin. Meanwhile, we have some official dementi from the Stones Twitter site, so we can just forget about it and wait for more reliable news, right?
Brian Jones Tribute Gig – The Ramrods + Special Guests - The Frog & Fiddle Cheltenham: Friday 24th February 2012
February 21 - Get ready for more promising hints and news
Ronnie Wood has, according to several newspapers, added fuel to the rumours about a tour to come up and beeing planned. He is quoted:
According to rumors, the band has stored huge amounts of stage and sound stuff in a place in England. That place was visited by someone in charge to check the stock just a few weeks ago. It's reported that the Stones have ordered masses of new stuff for stage and sound equipement.
February 15 - Jagger to perform @ White House, enters top 10
=> It's called "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues" and among others, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and Keb Mo will perform at the White House Feb. 21 and provide their help to celebrate blues music on behalf of the Black History Month.
Hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife Michele, it will be broadcasted streamwise at Whitehouse.gov.
=> Mick features on the new Will.i.am single T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) which entered the Top Ten singles chart at No3.
February 10 - It's Olympia again!
Again after serveral rumors and discussions, that headline raises it's head again. In the London Evening Standard at thisislondon.co.uk, the latest news reads like this:
Oh, really? We still have to check that ... it continues:
Uh huh. Well, we can set this straight: the band has released an official statement (musicweek.com) by spokesman Bernhard Doherty: (sdb)
So there we are. To be honest: I couldn't imagine them playing a spot among others just for being part of the games. It's just not their style, I think.
February 8 - Recommended Documentary
In case you haven't already seen it, I definitly can recommend the documentary entitled 'Keith Richards - Life' - it's 6 x 10 minutes worth of interview footage amgongst bits and pieces of Stones footage and impressions from the decades Keith has witnessed as the interview unfolds.
Here's the start:
February 7 - Cute Stones: July 4, 1966
As the local Press went at these times:
February 1 - next official boot release: Hampton '81
Some of us had hoped for the El Mocambo Gig as the next release on Google Music and stonesarchivestore.com, and there surely were dozends of other good suggestions when it was asked, which one should be released next. But by the time that question was posted, I'm sure the answer for this next one was already given. After all, these recordings have to be remixed etc. But, I say, any of those gems will do, right?
So, for our pleasure, we can now download the The Complete ’Hampton Coliseum: Live 1981.
Here's the track listing:
January 31 - Hubert sumlin tribute with Keith and many others
Howlin' for Hubert - on February 24, 8pm at the Apollo theatre, NYC, many stars will line up and pay tribute to the former Muddy Waters' guitarist - among them Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck Goering, Buddy Guy, David Johansen, Steve Jordan, Danny Kortchmar, Dr. John, Keb Mo, Todd Mohr, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph, Keith Richards, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Larry Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimmy Vivino, Willie Weeks, Jody Williams, Kim Wilson, and other special surprise guests.... [thx sdb]
January 30 - lips-shaped urinals Sexist or art?
Can you believe it? In the midst of the sweet, flat county called Wendland, Germany, there is a little town named Lüchow. Right there, last October, Ulli Schröder, 62, retired banker and huge stones fan, opened the first Rolling Stones Museum. So far, so good.
However, Ulli, never loosing his sense for details, also had the men's room styled according to the museum's claim - with lips shaped urinals. Now Women's rights campaigners are demanding the removal of the urinals in the men's bathroom of the museum, arguing that they're shaped like female lips and are offensive. Ulli does not agree to this: "That's not a man's mouth or a woman's mouth, that's art," he said, "They were damned expensive and they're staying where they are and that's final."
Last, but not least, the urinals are designed by the laydy designer and Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel (bathroom-mania.com)
January 25 - Darryl Jones talks Stones
Darryl plays together with two mates - Jean Paul Bourelly (g, voc) and Will Calhoun (dr) - they call themselves Black Stone Raiders. They are playing some gigs in Germany, like today in Kassel and next Tuesday in Mainz [=> tickets!]. They play grooving JazzFunkRock with a lot of Hendrix influences, so go and see them if possible.
Darryl was interviewed by a german newspaper, the Thüringer Allgemeine, and of cause asked whether he knew anything about a Stones tour. He declined - he knows about all the rumors, but as long as he doesn't get a call, he doesn't think about it too much. Speculation is not getting us anywhere, he said. The Stones are Blues for him, first of all, and it's really great fun to tour with them. What he doesn't like about the Stones? Well, they have a weird accent, he said.
January 24 - Mick + Tories? / Ronnie on the tube! / Jeff Beck on his audition
=> Whereas The Sun says, "Mick teams up with the Tories", Reuters and the Daily Mail already have the protocoll of Mick's next move (see below). Mick had thought of visiting the current World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Next thing he knows, he is said to have been recruited by Prime Minister David Cameron to support an event in Switzerland organised by Downing Street to boost investment to the UK in the Olympics year. He then takes on action and releases the following statement:
=> Heads up, folks: the Ronnie Wood Show will be on your screen on Friday nights on Sky Arts1 HD starting on February 10th.
As you can read on Sky.com (more details there), his guests this season will include Primal Scream bad boy Bobbie Gillespie, maven of mayhem Alice Cooper, and Stax guitar player and songwriting supremo Steve Cropper.
=> Recommended read: Jeff Beck tells some stories about his 'auditioning' with the Stones when Mick Taylor had left. He was in the studio for two days and neither thought he was being auditioned, nor did he see any of the Stones. In the end, they did sit in together... but he decided to leave: "I'm not into chaos." ... wonderful!
January 23 - Silence, Mick in New York
Boy, it is silent everywhere - no big news since 2 weeks almost. (silence before the storm?)
January 12 - another bootleg to be published soon!
The Rolling Stones will release another of the classical bootlegs soon. Sadly, we do not know yet which one or from which year it will be, but it is clear, that it will be remixed by Bob Clearmountain!
January 11 - The Rolling Stones Liberation Front (RSLF)
The tour is still only a possibility, but on facebook, the RSLF calls itself "A non-violent, non-profit gurellia unit" having the aim to "unshackle one of the most important rock and roll bands of all time from the predictable, expensive and massive concerts and re-instate them as a credible force in the Rock World. Our strategy is not to bring down The Rolling Stones Empire but bring to attention their lack of direction and change it before they retire from the road." Follow the facebook link for the details, also for more info about their 6 points:
They demand (!):
I don't know, folks, I think this is kind of ridiculous. To demand those things is just a bad start, INMHO. I would be VERY happy (and content) with an official tour announcement, for a start!
January 9 - Charlie's ABC&D in Germany, Ben Waters & Mick Taylor
Thanks to Marc, you can have a look at some 157 really nice pics from a recent (November 2, 2011) gig of Charlie Watts with the ABC&D; both from the gig as well as from the day before when the band enjoyed a VIP reception at the Cadillac Live Music Club, Dessau, Germany. Here are the direct links to the galleries: Gig 1 / Gig 2 / Gig 3 / VIP 1 / VIP 2
=> Also, please note, that also in Dessau, in the Marienkirche, on Saturday, January 28 2012 Ben Waters and Band with special guest Mick Taylor will play! Details and tickets here!
January 8 - Charlie gives it a thumbs up, too!
Charlie is our darling! He was interviewed by BBC Radio 6 (obviously last month, I guess) and had this to tell us:
"It would be lovely next year to do some shows because it will be fifty years.
January 6, 2012 - Keith had successful eye surgery
It took about 15 minutes in a London clinic and Keith is said to be happy with the results.
January 5, 2012 - The Press presses - Stones must tour!
More and more voices assuming an anniversary tour raise the pressure in our favour! It's likelay that the Stones already are gearing up behind officially still closed curtains for something which - although still only a possibility - is already called a "biggest bang ever" or a "no brainer" or "biggest sold-out tour ever". Milking of the cash cow has already begun with the (re-)releases of the albums and DVDs Exile On Main Street and Some Girls, but that's just the beginning.
It's assumed, that the announcement of any official statement announcing a tour or anything like it could be due to an on-going, non-compete legal battle between Live Nation and its former chairman, Michael Cohl, who was responsible for organizing the last several tours. But in February 2011 the band already stated, that "they became free from any contractual arrangements or agreements with Michael Cohl. He is neither their representative nor their tour promoter.".
Rolling Stone claims, that Bill Wyman has rejoined the band. But that does not seem to be true. Ok, he has played recently with the band on the re-releases and joined the sessions in London, but apart from agreeing to join the band for some major, big, charity or anniversary event, he would possibly agree, if he were asked, he said recently.
This year is the 50th year in Stones history! We all are expecting something to happen. But we are not alone, of cause, hehehe!
=> John Mackswith, an Essex mini-cab driver was 17 in 1964 and recorded some sessions where the boys cut some tracks of "As Tears Go By" - he remixed those takes and carefully stored them in 10.5in magnetic tape reels for almost 48 years. Now he is going to present it to the public - even Mick doesn't know those tracks - as the Stones "scour the archives for a major re-release programme". [more interesting details: independent.co.uk]
=> Then, in a documentary for Rory Gallagher, Bill Wyman told the story of how in 1974 Rory was among those to step in for Mick Taylor who just had left the band:
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