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December 29 - Rehearsals in Paris 2014

=> In a recent interview, Bobby Keys, who turned 70 on the same day as Keith, said that the Stones are going to rehearse in France before heading towards Abu Dhabi. Here's the quote:

We'll rehearse in Paris and then we'll go to Abu Dhabi, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and a couple of other countries sprinkled in there. Half the time, I don't really know where we'll land. [Full article at]

As in 2012, we maybe can expect the Stones to rehearse in the same place as they did then, for a couple of weeks (!). That's a great opportunity for fans who hav time to stick around, note the songs rehearsed and sometimes even have some close encounter...

December 19 - BBC Keith feature

=> While we wait for the opening riff in Abu Dhabi, here's the Keith docu from the BBC. It's 1 hour of celebration of Keith and a joy to us, so sit back in your seat, relax and enjoy:

December 17 - Happy Birthday, Keith!

=> Dear folks, friends, fans, Keith turns 70 today! So happy lucky birthday to you. Keith! Let's drink to the Riff-Master! Long may he live! Long my he roll!!!

=> Keith Richards: A Pirate Looks at 70 - Keith Richards' 50 years as a Rolling Stone cast the die for ragged rock & roll excess. Now, as a grandfather, he's still touring, still restless, still making it look easy. || Keith Richards Turns 70: We Celebrate With 70 Pics Of Him And The Rolling Stones || Richards, Stones still rollin’ on ||

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Keith on finding that special sound for Street Fighting ManDecember 15 - 14 on Fire schedule, Recommended Read

=> When looking at the tour schedule so far known for the 14 On Fire Tour, starting on February 21, it is not impossible to have one or two dates more to be strewn in between shows. You just never know, so let's see what happens. For us fans however, quite some time before the first gig next year we can be shure to enjoy the setlists from rehearsals again, because rehearse they will, definitely!

=> At the homepage of the Wall Street Journal, there's a fine piece of text, I'ld like to recommend: it's about Keith (who turns 70 next wednesday!) trying to find that particular sound for Street Fighting Man.
"With the approach of his 70th birthday on Dec. 18, Mr. Richards talked about how he and drummer Charlie Watts crafted the song's minimalist acoustic sound, why Mr. Richards played electric bass and not Bill Wyman, and the special way he hit the strings to get his signature sound."
=> "I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me" - enjoy!


December 11 - Lucky Dip Tickets! Ticket prices

=> Recommend: try to getsome of the Lucky Dip Tickets at! The $99.- Lucky Dip Tickets are restricted to a maximum of two (2) tickets per purchaser and must be purchased via on Monday 16 December from 9am AEDST with a valid credit card. Venues are Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Macedon, Brisbane and Auckland.

=> Again, as in 2013, there is a lot of discussion these days about the scalpers, buying tickets and selling them for somtimes ridiculous amounts on the secondary market. Thank god, Mick himself has strongy argued against this business. He said this in an interview with the Chicago Tribune in April 2013 and I personally am very happy that Mick has found the right words for that kind of business! In the 70ies we called those folks 'stalkers' or 'dealers' who sold either heroine or ticktes if only they could get their hands on your money ...

Question: People are already fretting that the secondary ticket market will gobble up most of the best seats and resell them at several times face value. What is your attitude toward these secondary market sellers and are the Stones participating at all in those profits?

Mick: I’m very much against the secondary ticket market. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. We have a lot of secondary market problems in the U.K., it’s really bad there. And lots of artists are starting to participate in it, because they put the tickets up at a certain price, then the tickets get marked up by the secondary sellers and someone else gets twice as much as you. Personally, we don’t participate in it. That’s the view we take. I think it should be illegal, and in the U.K. it would be very easy to stop it. It’s a very concentrated operation you could stop immediately. It’s a bigger problem in the U.S., more difficult to contain, but they don’t even try. It should be made completely illegal. If people don’t like it, don’t complain to the artists. Each state should make secondary reselling illegal.

December 4 - Further dates confirmed for Asia!!!

=> They're coming to Asia! The Rolling Stones just confirmed the following dates:

  1. 21 FEBRUARY, ABU DHABI, UAE => DU ARENA, YAS ISLAND; Pre-Sale: Monday 9 December 12pm Local; On-sale: Thursday 12 December 12pm Local
  2. 26 FEBRUARY, TOKYO, JAPAN => DOME; Tickets Primary Sale: Wednesday 4 December, On-Sale: Saturday 18 January
  3. 04 MARCH, TOKYO, JAPAN => DOME; Tickets Primary Sale: Wednesday 4 December, On-Sale: Saturday 18 January
  4. 06 MARCH, TOKYO, JAPAN => DOME; Tickets Primary Sale: Wednesday 4 December, On-Sale: Saturday 18 January
  5. 09 MARCH, MACAU, => COTAIARENA; Pre-Sale: Thursday 5 December 10am Local, On-Sale: Friday 6 December 10am Local

"A further two big concerts in Asia will be announced soon." - ... could well be the dates for Singapore and Shanghai... !?

The boys are coming to Tokio!

December 3 - The 14 on fire-Tour announced!!!

=> They're coming! We have confirmed tour dates for March and April 2014!

The official dates of the 2014 Australian Tour 51 Years And Counting!TICKETS for all shows go on sale to the general public on Monday 16 December, with a pre-sale via from Monday 9 December.
MICK TAYLOR will be part of the tour again and they will use the 'Tongue-Stage' at indoor venues together wit it's exclusive 'Tongue Pit' GA Standing area inside the stage.
Standby for more Rolling Stones concerts in Asia being announced soon!

  1. Mar 19, 2014 Perth Arena, Perth
  2. Mar 22, 2014 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide ~SOLD OUT~
  3. Mar 25, 2014 Allphones Arena, Sydney NSW
  4. Mar 28, 2014 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
  5. Mar 30, 2014 Hanging Rock, Macedon
  6. Apr 02, 2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
  7. Apr 05, 2014 Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

A limited selection of "lucky dip" seats from each venue will also be available to purchase at a very special price of just $99 via on Monday 16 December (from 9am local time), ensuring that some of even the best tickets can be snapped up for a bargain by genuine fans.

Mick: "Can't wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia & New Zealand. It's been a while since we've played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage & playing your favourite songs."
Keith: "We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going! The energy between the band is better than ever and we’re all looking forward to coming back Down Under. I can’t wait to get back on the stage with the boys"

It will be their first gig Down Under since their 2006 A Bigger Bang world tour, best remembered by that famous coconut-tree incident ...

=> Still rumoured dates are the following shows, to happen probably before the Australian/New Zealand dates, maybe in February/March 2014: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Tokyo (3 shows?), Shanghai, Macao and Singapore.

=> Rolling Stones to open tour in Perth ( / Rolling Stones to give Melbourne satisfaction ( / The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Australian Tour Dates 2014 Announced (

November 26 - Adelaine Sold Out! / Great! Grand! Pa! / Ronnie+Sally+Mick Taylor in NYC

Adelaine show sold out in 1 hour So far, we have possible dates for these cities: Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Macau, Sydney, Perth, Hanging Rock and Auckland. Of these, only Adelaide is confirmed so far.

=> In early 2014, Mick's gonna be Great Grandpa! Yes, he's 70 now and his grandchild Assisi is pregnant - that's the way thing go, folks! Congratulations, Mick! We hope to see you soon in Australia, New Zealand and hopefully on tour in the rest of the world!

=> Ronnie Wood, Sally and Mick Taylor were spotted at JFK Airport, NYC, caching a flight to London, UK last sunday. It's really great, seeing Ronnie and Mick Taylor hanging out together. Let's not forget, that they just played gigs in NYC together and Mick Taylor is also scheduld for the 2014 gigs in Australia and New Zealand. More dates hopafully to be added soon!

Ronnie and Sally at JFK airport, NYC on their way to London

November 23 - Tour dates

=> So far, we have one date confirmed and several others rumoured or likely to happen: Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore in March or even February, Perth, Adelaide (confirmed), Melbourne and Sydney in March and Auckland in early April 2014.

November 22 - New Tour Dawns

Ronnie Wood + Keith Richards relaxing somwhere in the sun - preparing for the new shows and tour! Nov. 20, 2013

November 20 - Official: Stones to open Adelaide Oval 22 March 2014

==> The Rolling Stones are officially set to open the Adelaide Oval 22 March 2014! Pre-sale 11am ACST on 21 November - 6pm 22 Nov (or earlier if pre-sale allocation is exhausted). General on sale starts 9am ACST 25 November! Mick Taylor will be a special guest for this concert.

More details: The stage design for this show includes a massive ramp, over 30 metres long, which extends right into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show. Nearly 60 trucks are required for all the staging and production and it will be the only show in Australia featuring this level of outdoor production. The Adelaide concert will be promoted by IEC in association with Frontier/AEG Live.

==> THE ROLLING STONES PRE-SALE for Adelaine: Thu 21 Nov, 11am - Fri 22 Nov, 6pm* - On sale to public Mon 25 Nov, 9am

==> More Rolling Stones concerts in Australia, and one in New Zealand, will be announced by Frontier Touring & AEG Live in the next few weeks!!!!!!!!

November 19 - something's coming up ...

=> Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood announced via twitter some great news would be out soon. Mick even tweeted "some exciting gig news"!

In Australia, The Advertiser (followed by the likes of Uncut and Pollstar) has revealed that a gig in 2014 was confirmed!!! It reads:

"It can now be revealed that the concert date will be announced today. It is understood to be on Saturday, March 22. The show will come at the tail-end of the city's famous festival season, which includes the Fringe and Adelaide festivals, as well as the Clipsal 500 V8 race."

More news here as they pop up!

November 18 - Interview with Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones is about to tour with Australian group The Dead Dasies in late November and until mid December in the UK. He gave an interview and talks about The Stones, Miles Davies and The Dead Daisies during rehearsals in Sydney for the UK tour...

Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards out for lunch in NYC, November 11 2013

November 17 - NYC Gathering, Australia Dates?, Cutting Room MP3, Band Of The Year Award

=> When staying in NYC, Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor not only enjoyed playing Jimmy Reed songs together, but also met Keith for lunch on November 11...

=> Tour rumours still keep coming up. comes up again with hopes for australian gigs next year. From another source, we could heared from a fan whose friend was spending the day with Darryl Jones, that Darryl also expects tour dates for next year.
Well, that ain't bad - so let's see what's coming up until christmas...

=> Thanks to a friend, we now have some 13 links to MP3s from Ronnie's and Mick Taylor's gig at the Cutting Room, November 7th - thanks for sharing, mate! So check out the Comments!

=> The Rolling Stones won the "BAND OF THE YEAR" Classic Rock Award! Mick Jagger, by video link, said: "We had a fantastic summer here in the UK. Glastonbury was one of the most exciting gigs we've ever done, and Hyde Park was a wonderful summer's evening." (

November 9 - Ronnie + Mick T. NYC

=> Yeah, Ronnie just keeps on playing. He and Mick Taylor played songs of Jimmy Reed in the Cutting Room. We already have a review by for yesterday's gig: Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor Unite in New York - I wonder where Keith is - I guess he would have loved to join in, wouldn't he?

Meanwhile, we have three videos from yesterdays show; I'll put them, together with hopefully more from these gigs ==> together on a seperate page.

Ronnie & Mick Taylor in NYS, Nov. 2013 Ronnie & Mick Taylor in NYS, Nov. 2013

November 7 - Mick talks about tour, Bluesfest

=> Mick Jagger was at the Harper’s Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards where L'Wren Scott picked up an award (Tastemaker of the Year) last Tuesday night which he said L'Wren truly deserved and that he is really proud of her. When asked about the Stones and the last gigs this summer he said:

"This summer was really good for us. I feel really happy and I had a really fantastic time in the last year. It was a great ending at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. ... We were blown away. I’d love to do it again." (

=> Two great pics more of Ronnie and Mick Taylor at London Blues Fest (thx mikegriff!). And on Tuesday, Ronnie and Sally met Aaron Paul at the airport. Just now, Ronnie is in NYC for his gigs at the Cutting Room! Keep on playing, Ronnie!

The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 Ronnie and Sally meet Aaron Paul Ronnie arrives at the Cutting Room, NYC

November 3 - Ronnie Wood Band, Mick Taylor at the London BluesFest 2013

=> The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, have been performing live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013. Here are some pics for you to enjoy as well as some YouTube videos which have been put ==> together on a seperate page. (Pics below by Brian Rasic, paulywaul,

The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013 The Ronnie Wood Band, joined by Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall, live at the London Bluesfest at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013

And here's Ronnie promoting the BluesFest:

October 29 - SSS in cinema tomorrot - another teaser

=> Tomorrow evening I will enjoy ther pre-screening of Sweet Summer Sun in a cinema within my reach and I#m really looking forward to it. I hope many of you too can go and enjoy it these days arount the world. And while we're at it: here's another teaser: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll:

October 26 - Start Me Up - Sweet Summer Sun

=> Check out START ME UP (4:05) - the new teaser for the upcoming release of Sweet Summer Sun! Enjoy!

October 23 - Mick + L'Wren in India, Don Was on producing the Stones, Billboard Awards nomination

=> Today, there's three recommenable articles telling stories from quite different angles as far as Stones content is concerend:

First, there are some nice photos, L'Wren Scott uploaded to Instagram, showing her and Mick on holiday in Jodhpur, India - there's also a corresponding article at

Second, we have good old Don Was telling about producing the Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan

Third, it's Billboard, nominating the Rolling Stones for their Touring Awards!

Mick and L'Wren Scott on holiday in Jodhpur, India, October2013 Mick and L'Wren Scott on holiday in Jodhpur, India, October2013 Mick and L'Wren Scott on holiday in Jodhpur, India, October2013 Don Was on producing Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones among the nominees for this year's Billboard Tour Awards

October 22 - NYC Club Gig already sold out

=> Woah, that was quick! Today, withing an hour or so, all tickets for the two public shows of Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor were sold. So there still seems to be a certain demand for shows with Stones content, right? Which again adds to the hopes for a tour in 2014. Australia urges the Stones to come and play, as does Latin America. Ronnie again has uttered hopes for next years gigs when he was at todays Q Awards...

Ronnie Wood + Mick Taylor + guests at the Cutting Room, NYC, Nov. 8. & 9., 2013 Ronnie Wood + Mick Taylor + guests at the Cutting Room, NYC, Nov. 8. & 9., 2013 Ronnie & Sally Wood at the Q Awards, 22-11-2013 Ronnie Wood & Jake Budd at the Q Awards, 22-11-2013

October 20 - NYC Club Gig with Ronnie, Mick T. and maybe Keith

=> You folks in NYC are kind of lucky, you know that? Check out the dates of November 7, 8, and 9th, because Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor are setting up shop for three gigs at the Cutting Room on East 32nd St. and Park Avenue [The Cutting Room 44 East 32nd Street / / (212) 691-1900)]. So far, the Cutting Room website has no info on how to buy tickets or the gigs as yet. The first night appears to be invite only, so tickety may be hard to find, but let's hope for the best for the second and third show there. I hope you folks send in some reports to zebulon[AT]!

October 14 - Sweet Summer Sun in cinemas worldwide

=> SpectiCast, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, is proud to present THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN - HYDE PARK LIVE. On their page you'll find cinemas all over the world showing Sweet Summer Sun between the end of October and beginning of November. Have a blast, everybody!

October 11 - Ronnie tells of tour 2014

Our dear friend Ronnie Wood once again was the first to relate tour-news to the press!

=> update: thanks to Steve, here's the man himself, speaking to Planet Rock's Wyatt Wendels. My impression of Ronnie: he's in high spirits, focussed and sober. It's just a joy to see and hear him these days. He's definitely on the right track. Can't wait to see and hear news from

Much to our delight, Ronnie Wood has revealed that The Rolling Stones are planning a world tour for 2014. Well, that still ain't official, but it's at least close to official. I hope! ;-)

Ronnie apparently told british tabloid The Sun, that the band will get together in February 2014 for another run of shows. Of course, it didn't take long for a band spokesperson to reveal that there are "no firm plans yet". Ronnie had said: "While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally ... ". Reason behind this is most likely progressing business talks and of course the enthusiasm the band experienced during their last gigs this year. Check this info at

October 10 - Sweet Summer Sun: JJF!!! Keith was target for a bomb!?

=> Another bit of appetizer: watch JJF from Hyde Park here now! (Runs 5:09)
And man this thing ROCKS! And YES, we can be proud to be fans of the world's greatest Rock'n'Roll band!

=> As the Mirror yells, a man wanted to blow up our Keith! You know, what tabloids are like, ok? Well here's another number quite hilarious but not too serious, I hope: Joseph Callahan is a retired chemist and lives just 10 miles away from Keith's house in Connecticut. He was found with 7 stone of explosive chemicals and 142 guns at his house. He apparently has told the police that he wanted to blow up Keith...

October 5 - 12/12/12 premiere,

=> Do you stay in NYC? Then check October 28 for a special event at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. The new documentary of the Concert For Sandy Relief will be shown there for the first time. Many of the performers who participated in the 12-12-12 concert, as well as people hit hard by the hurricane, will be invited to attend. Public screenings of the movie will begin on November 1 in New York and L.A.

=> Do you stay in London? To celebrate the imminent release of The Rolling Stones' Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live concert film on DVD and Blu-Ray, Uncut Magazine has teamed up with Eagle Rock to give away a pair of tickets to attend an exclusive advance screening at the Electric Cinema in West London at 8.30pm on Thursday, October 10. To win the tickets, you must answer a question which should really be easy to answer for you Stones fans and sent them your answer via email - so go there and lots of luck to you!

October 4 - bigger trailer for sweet summer sun

October 3 - Australia 2014? Hyde Park at BBC1

According to, the Stones have been invited to play the brand new Adelaide Oval next year. Of course, until now, there are no official comments about this. However, you see, those tour rumours won't calm down...

The London Hyde Park gig from this summer is going to be shown by the BBC this month, on Saturday, October 12 at 10.35pm on BBC1 - so don't you miss it! Details at

October 2 - sorry for the delay

=> Yeah, sorry folks, that took longer than expected. I just had some really urgent stuff going on on the job that I couldn't get this done. But here now is the latest from busy Keith:

Sept. 19 - Brigitte Zaries writes on Facebook: "Keith Holy Sh^* Richards of The Rolling Stones ,My Producer ,bass player Neil Jason and the amazing Drummer , producer Steve Jordan .Now that's a day in the studio!"
Keith apparently is in NYC and working on his new solo album; as you see, this photo (see below) and the one with Spooner Oldham most probably are taken at the same place and time, judging from Keith's outfit... ;-)

Sept. 20 - A pic of Keith with Spooner Oldham (see below) without info as to where and when it was taken - most probably it's from Keith's stay in NYC last month, where he was taking care of his new solo album!

Sept. 23. - Recording session at Germano Recording Studios on Broadway, Manhattan. Keith wanted Lee 'Scratch' Perry to mix a track for the new solo album he’s making with drummer and producer Steve Jordan. At the session, Lee turned up first and got straight down to business. The track in question is Keith’s own version of ‘Prisoner of Loneliness’ by Gregory Isaacs. By the time Keith rolled in, the studio was firing on all cylinders. With The Upsetter at the controls and a studio full of KR’s Rock ‘n Roll motley crew, a party was bound to follow... More details at State Of Emergency's blog.
Maybe (rumour) Keith's new solo album is out by christmas... maybe (!!).

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October 1 - News from Keith's solo album

We have some news from the making of Keith's new solo album, beeing recorded in Germano Studios, New York. Just give me some time...

September 27 - News from rockmusicmemorabilia, champagne & reefer

=> Hi there, folks... not much in the news stoneswise lately, huh? Well, that's true. But just have some patience, there will be more coming at us, no doubt.

Meanwhile, Henrietta from rockmusicmemorabilia contacted me and had some good news to tell which also is likely to be of interest for you, too:

"BTW we have finally found the only live recording in existence of the Don Harrison Band at the Rolling Stones Knebworth 76 festival and will gladly give it completely free of charge (excluding postage) to anyone who has already purchased the set and it will of course be included with any new Knebworth commemorative set that is purchased on through For the completist it now means the commemorative set includes live CDs of every group who appeared at the festival. Anyone wishing to claim their free CD should email Henrietta on stating the limited edition number on their Knebworth commemorative set."

=> Meanwhile, check out the Stones on their second London show 29 November 2012, with guest Eric Clapton playing Champagne & Reefer:

September 22 - More tour rumours, Mick Great Grandpa!

=> Just 1 month ago, german tabloid Bild somehow knew of 2 gigs in Germany and 14 dates in Europe in 2014. Now, austrian celeb site also suggests a tour annoucement in March, rehearsals in April and a tourstart in May 2014. They say that the tour planned for autumn this year was postponed due to Mick's schedule with his Jagged Films (see below). Of course, doesn't give any sources or credits for this assertion. It's interesting, though and that's why I'm telling you about it. It maybe only rumours, but nevertheless it could be a possibillity for next year. Any future gig of the Stones is ok with me. I bet you agree, hehehe ...

=> One more gossip from the tabloids: Mick's gonna be great grandpa! His daughter Jade’s eldest girl Socialite Assisi, 21, is set to give birth - her first child with her boyfriend, Alex. A source said: “She and Alex are thrilled and broke the news to their immediate families last week. Jade was a little taken aback at first, not least because it means she will be a grandmother by the age of 42." For Mick, that seems to be ok: "He’s been joking about becoming a great, great, grandad and still performing!" Read more like this at,

September 19 - Sweet Summer Sun TRAILER

Well, that thing really could have been a bit longer, but anyway, here it is:

September 18 - Stones honored as Music Masters

The Stones are due for another honor - now it's as Music Masters during the 18th Annual Music Masters series in Cleveland, beginning Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26, 2013.

There will be a tribute concert on October 26 and many know names are goint to join the house band: drummer Steve Jordan, Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks. Additional artists are said to come by, too and will be announced in the coming weeks. The only ones still missing in the line up are ... the Stones!

Stones honored as Music MAsters

September 11 - At least 14 dates for spring 2014?

Latest rumours (!!) tells of more than 14 shows in european cities which have been postponed to spring next year. Reason: Mick produces an Elvis Presley movie with his Jagged Films... Tour-announcement should be in March and tourstart should happen in May 2014. At least, that's what an austrian paper boasts to know since this Monday:, dated. As far as I can see, is still the only source for this information and this doesn't give it more credibility, IMHO. They also mention that the Stones would play three gigs in Germany as well as in Amsterdam, Paris, Oslo, Vienna (Happel Stadium) and Antwerpen.

Ok, let's keep an eye on this, but we shouldn't take this too seriously by now.

September 6 - Sweet Summer Sun!

Today, the Stones announced a new LIVE DVD and Blue-Ray of their gigs in Hyde Park this year. The DVDs will be out this November! There also will be different formats: vinyl, CD, 2CD + DVD, 3LP + DVD and of course the deluxe edition: 60 page book + DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD - to give you an idea about when and how much: it can be pre-ordered in Germany for 35 Euros at the site and will be delivered around november 8th, 2013

Official info is this: "The Rolling Stones, with Eagle Rock Entertainment today announce the DVD and Blu-Ray release of The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live. Available from 11 November 2013, Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live chronicles the Rolling Stones’ historic and triumphant return to London’s Hyde Park with a 2-hour live concert and highlights package including new and unseen backstage footage.".

And here's the tracklisting:

DVD/Blue-Ray CD Vinyl
  1. Start Me Up
  2. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll
  3. Street Fighting Man
  4. Ruby Tuesday
  5. Doom And Gloom
  6. Honky Tonk Women
  7. You Got The Silver
  8. Happy
  9. Miss You
  10. Midnight Rambler
  11. Gimme Shelter
  12. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  13. Sympathy For The Devil
  14. Brown Sugar
  15. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  16. Satisfaction

Disc One:

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll
  3. Tumbling Dice
  4. Emotional Rescue
  5. Street Fighting Man
  6. Ruby Tuesday
  7. Doom And Gloom
  8. Paint It Black
  9. Honky Tonk Women
  10. You Got The Silver
  11. Before They Make Me Run

Disc Two:

  1. Miss You
  2. Midnight Rambler
  3. Gimme Shelter
  4. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  5. Sympathy For The Devil
  6. Brown Sugar
  7. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  8. Satisfaction

Side A:

  1. Start Me Up
  2. It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll
  3. Tumbling Dice
  4. Emotional Rescue

Side B:

  1. Street Fighting Man
  2. Ruby Tuesday
  3. Doom And Gloom
  4. Paint It Black

Side C:

  1. Honky Tonk Women
  2. You Got The Silver
  3. Before They Make Me Run
  4. Miss You

Side D:

  1. Midnight Rambler
  2. Gimme Shelter

Side E:

  1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  2. Sympathy For The Devil
  3. Brown Sugar

Side F:

  1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  2. Satisfaction

Hyde Park 2013 - Sweet Summer Sun Hyde Park 2013 - Sweet Summer Sun

September 3 - Announcement postponed

Yesterday, the Stones on facebook announced some news to come up for us. As they currently celebrate the 40th birthday of Goats Head Soup, the news could be some re-issue or something around that album. However, that announcement was corrected, and now the news should come tomorrow, i.e. on Wednesday. So let's see what happens ... ;-)

August 28 - German (winter) dates? Ronnie Wood Band at Bluesfest! Mick & Satriani

=> BluesFest 2013 announces that The Ronnie Wood Band will close the event in a huge grand finale on Friday 1 November! That would also imply, that at least on that date, there will be no Stones gig somewhere else, right?
Ronnie comments:

"Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on The Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American Blues from that era until the present day. It is my honour to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute."

=> German tabloid BILD still asserts 2 gigs in Germany and 14 dates in Europe. Don't get this wrong: there might be some truth in that, but this is far from fact: nothing is officially announced yet. Although I expect more tour dates to come and also hope for a new album, we must be careful: there's more hoaxes than facts as of today.

For example: on '' you can read this:

"Today (August 23), the band announced the other tour dates for 2013. In 2013, there will be Rolling Stones gigs in Berlin and Cologne."
(Heute verkündete die Band die weiteren Tour Termine für 2013. 2013 wird es in Deutschland Rolling Stones Konzerte in Berlin und Köln geben.)

That, of course and sadly enough, is rubbish. I commented that report, which might have been issued in 2012 already (see the comments dates), asking, where they could possibly have their info from, because NOTHING has been announced by the Rolling Stones as of today and that even if that would have happened, I would have known it before them (hehehe ...). And now guess what they did: my comment was deleted within a short time... also: links to ticket offers from VIAGOGO... that about tells the story, right?
You see: let's keep calm, let's wait for reliable info and let's look forward to the shows to come!
I'll keep you posted!

=> Recommended read: Here's a nice article about rock-guitar hero Joe Satriani, who joined Mick as his guitar player on his first solo tour and got rolled and also a kick for his career: Mick Jagger got Joe Satriani rolling

August 24 - Glastonbury show at

=> The Stones very successfully played Glastonbury festival this year. Now at that show will be broadcasted on Sunday, September 1st, starting at 7:00 pm EST. Whether that will be the complete gig or just a part I don't know yet.

August 23 - 2 gigs in Germany! Ronnie & 1D, Sticky Fingers next?

=> German tabloid BILD just has the news that the Rolling Stones will come to Germany this winter and will play arenas in Berlin and Cologne (Köln)! I just called them - they can't confirm anything yet. However, that tour-rumour for this fall/winter could soon transform into fact. Let's hope for the best!

Cologne newspaper 'Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger' reports that the Arena management is surprised by that BILD-article and said, that at least this year (!), there is no Stones gig as far as they know of... if more news come in, I'll keep you posted!

=> Ronnie was excited about his evening at the One Direction movie premiere – This Is Us. His friendship with Niall from 1D must have led to his wrist band for the premiere. See some pics below of him along with Sally attending the premiere and walking their new dog; more pics at the

=> According to rumours, 1971 album Sticky Fingers is next up for re-release with a special issue maybe even involving a DVD with Marquee gig and the well known Montreux rehearsals from '72...

Ronnie, Sally and 1D Charlie bought Pinta Ronnie, Sally and 1D

August 21 - Back again

Hi there, folks! Thanks for those nice mails some of you sent. I'm just back from a short holiday in France and I'm checking for the next news to tell you. Please allow me some hours to get going! Cheers, zebulon

August 7 - the possibillity of future tourdates

=> In a nutshell: We all hope for more tour dates and even a new album. It seems unlikely for both to happen this year simultaneously. Rather, this would be a case of either more tour dates or a new album in the fall/winter or 2014.

You know I am cautious and reluctant to take some report or news for granted, lest even official. I wrote it a lot of times and keep writing things like "... but that's not official" or likewise here on And that's for a reason. Becourse that's the case in most cases: we just don't know for sure.

The same happens now: there have been reports and well considered voices who speak about the possibility that there will be no more tour dates to come in 2013. I wouldn't mention this if I don't take that seriously. My impression from the last shows was, that they would continue the tour after a break. But the opposite clearly also could come out as a fact. But it seems, that this issue gathers momentum in that it comes from more than just one source and that's exactly what strengthens it's credibility.

Be that as it may, the Stones decide what they do and they are 4 individuals who decide together. If they decide not to tour, we have to accept that. We'll be sad, but we know, if they actually would decide to not play any more dates this year, that decision has one or more of these reasons: health issues, private issues or economical issues. Other than that, I only know of reasons for them to continue: they had very much fun during the last gigs, they as musicians were in the right place (i.e. on stage) and they were also very successful financially. They have reached a point in their career, where nothing pushes them to go on tour any more except their dedication to their music and their fans.

=> On the other hand, there also have been rumours who seem to be reliable, that the Stones are going to record a new album and will go on tour next year! I must say, I would prefer this one

Whatever they decide, I know I can live with that. And very comfortable so, for they really are the greatest Rock'n'Roll band of this planet for some time already. So I will keep you updated as soon as I hear anything new and reliable. In case you should have any information, don't hesitate and mail me at zebulon /AT\ or drop some lines into the comments. For short notes, you can tweet: @stonesnews_com

August 6 - Grrrrr Gorilla Artist and Fans

=> Artist Walton Ford was approached by Mick Jagger to create a logo and theme for the 50 Years and Counting Tour - and he came up with the Grrrrr Gorilla we all know so well by now. In an interview with Rolling Stone he tells us of his understanding of the gorilla logo:

"I saw the Rolling Stones as a sort of silverback ... All the metaphors of King Kong and all of that are applicable – their kind of enormity of their accomplishment over the period of 50 years.”

Particularly, he sees the fan base of the Stones as

"They are really nasty. It’s a general rule they have a fan base that just seem to be always angry at the Rolling Stones for a lot of reasons. They’ve got their own grudges. I shouldn’t say that I didn’t really care. I probably did care, but when the Rolling Stones were doing their best work, they were a step ahead of the people that loved them so much. I thought, 'How cool that I get an opportunity to piss their fans off?'"

Wait a minute. Ok, many fans were 'surprised' about the new logo, some others pissed. What does Walton think of this?

"A lot of people didn’t like it at all ... That was good. I was glad that they didn’t like it. I mean, the last people who I wanted to please were Rolling Stones fans."

Uh, well, ok, thay may be as it seems, but only because fans are pissed off doesn't naturally imply that this idea is good? And who is "THE" Stones fan anyway? ... hehehe ... on the other hand: maybe we need a decent kick in the arse? Are Stones fans too backwardish, or conservative? Well, IMHO, refreshment is welcomed, even on a regular basis. The Stones were anti-establishment and they still try a little bit to be so until today.

One piece of old school Grrrr Gorilla is $7500,- a piece that's because it's done by "a very ancient technique of marking on copper plate and making prints by hand." That's alright and totally ok! But still, dear Walton, I don't get that "They are really nasty" bit.
Could you please explain this a bit further to me or us than you did in the Rolling Stone article?

August 5 - Hyde Park review, Rumoured gigs hitlist, Album or tour?

=> We have a quite good review of the newly published iTunes album of "Hyde Park Live" at! Recommended!

=> Europe 2013 tour: Nothing is confirmed as yet. We can hope for or expect some announcement in early September.
As for the list of the rumoured gigs which maybe already in the planning, we can hear about the Ziggodome (Amsterdam), Helsinki, Berlin, (Cologne,) Munich, Bologna in November and of course they could do Paris, Madrid, Zurich... 18 gigs in Europe must not be the limit (they could sell more of them without risc) but it won't be 30 or 40 dates. This is 2013/14 after all and not 1964/65... you know what I mean...

=> As for the tour and/or a new album: Mick and Keith both have enough new stuff around to feed a new album. Usually though, that would take 1 -2 months to get done. That again would imply that there has to be a decision to do either a new album or a tour of Europe in the fall. My guess is that they will tour further on the 50 Years And Counting plane, then take a brake again and then decide whether to to cut a new album or not.

July 29 - New Keith song, Charlie guests on July 8 at tim Ries Rolling Stones Project

=> Ian McLagan told ABC news radio in an recent interview, that Keith asked him to fly to Los Angeles to take part in Johnny Depp's Keith movie:

"We went to [Depp's] house and were filmed recording with Keith, all day, and we cut three tracks," Ian reports. "And Keith was in great shape, great spirits." They recorded new renditions of "Happy" and "You Got the Silver," as well as a brand-new Richards composition. McLagan says the new tune is "really, really strong" and describes it as "a real dark song, a bit of a country song." He adds that Keith told him that the tune was inspired by the influential country duo The Louvin Brothers. "We just, like, looked at each other and laughed," he recalls. "And we just had our arm around each other chatting. It was just so lovely." As for his take on Depp and the actor's friendship with Richards, Ian says, "Johnny Depp's like his son…he's the next Keith Richards, and he's such a sweet guy." Read on.

=> Tim Ries has done many gigs with his jazzy Rolling Stones Project. That band features Darryl Jones, Bernard Fowler, Chuck Leavell and Tim of course. On July 8, they played in London and Charlie Watts joined them on stage for "Honky Tonk Women" and "Ruby Tuesday". Here's a taste:

Honky Tonk Women

Ruby Tuesday:

July 28 - Hide Park on YouTube

=> Thanks to a tip of our friend Lukuc (see ), we can enjoy Hide Park #1 on YouTube again.
Let's hope it will stay there for a while ... here's the start with the intro and Start Me Up:

July 26 - HAPPY 70 Birthday, Mick!!!

Yup: Mick celebrates his 70th birthday today. Well, Mick, thanks for all the music, Mick, stay well and please roll on!
Mick said in an interview with, that he would love to play Hyde Park again!
He said
: "Not this year… I haven't given it any thought and nor has it been offered. But I’d love to do it. It's a great gig. I did enjoy it. It was beautiful… It turned out to be so wonderful with the sun going down behind the park. It was a perfect London evening."

July 22 - Stones in the Park 2013

=> Today, the Stones released "The Rolling Stones - Hyde Park Live" on iTunes - but only for 4 weeks! It's 9,99 Euros for all the 19 songs.


  1. Start Me Up
  2. It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll
  3. Tumbling Dice
  4. Emotional Rescue
  5. Street Fighting Man
  6. Ruby Tuesday
  7. Doom And Gloom
  8. Paint It Black
  9. Honky Tonk Women
  1. You Got The Silver
  2. Before They Make Me Run
  3. Miss You
  4. Midnight Rambler
  5. Gimme Shelter
  6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  7. Sympathy For The Devil
  8. Brown Sugar
  9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  10. Satisfaction

===>>> For VIDEOS from Hyde Park #1, July 6, CLICK HERE & ENJOY!

===>>> For VIDEOS from Hyde Park #2, July 13, CLICK HERE & ENJOY!

July 21 - Holidays, 51 Years and counting!

Ronnie and Miss Dolly Howlin' Wolf Wood

=> Holidays! The boys are chilling - Mick twittered on July 19: "So pleased that Crossfire Hurricane has been nominated for four #Emmys. Thanks to everyone who worked on it!" And Ronnie twittered on 17.7. that he (and Sarah) hav a new young sweet little dog, he calls her "Miss Dolly Howlin' Wolf Wood".

=> No real new rumours about a new album and/or the Europe tour. I for one think that new tourdates for this fall are almost fact. But so far, nothing is official. The Stones will have lots of offers and will decide about this in due time. Maybe they call their Europe-Tour 2013/2014 "51 Years and counting...", hehehe ...

July 16 - 50 years and counting!!!

===>>> For VIDEOS from GLASTONBURY, June 29, CLICK HERE & ENJOY! Same for the Hyde Park gigs will follow soon! Promised!

Greetings from the Stones! Especially: "... see ya soon!" sounds alright with me, right?

The Stones at Hyde Park (review) => // "Will we ever see The Rolling Stones again? On Saturday night, The Rolling Stones played the final show of their 50th anniversary tour in Hyde Park but this doesn't have to be the end, says Neil McCormick." =>

Neil says it best:

"So this is what I hope the Rolling Stones do. Take a deserved break by all means. Recharge your batteries. But don’t leave it too long. They should record one more album of back-to-the-roots blues rock and roll, with Mick Taylor joining on guitar, and then get back out on the road while they still can, and enjoy these twilight years as the greatest rock and roll band the world has ever seen. And I hope that Richards gets to fulfil his own ambition, to keep playing until he drops on the road. As he recently told Classic Rock magazine, “All these zeros that keep zooming by 30, 40, 50 years. I don't really see any reason why there shouldn't be a 60th. Either that or we croak on the job.""

PS: check out the our friend Lukuc has dropped us some FLAC-formats to download! Thanks, mate!


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