=> November 30 – Ronnie and Ana at the ATP tour in London
Alright – not too many news bits worthwhile during the last days. But don’t you worry, more news will surface and hopefully it will be tour-news again. As Keith did most of the recent news with his bestseller bio and Mick keeps a low profile, it’s at least Ronnie, the new and sober Ronnie, who caught the match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, O2 Arena on November 28th. Together with Ana and sitting next to Diego Maradonna, he looked really great, as you can see below. If you want to get more details on this at dailymail.co.uk, and examiner.com. You’ll find the bigger images at Daylife …
=> November 22 – finally – the glimmer twins made it to psychology today!
Yup, we all waited for this so very, very long. Finally the wait is over: psychology today has issued an article about Mick and Keith. Sadly, that analysis is a bit short, but that doesn’t really matter. The conclusion is this:
“So Keith and Mick are actually models for a long-term relationship. Nothing lasts forever — and, anyway, Keith says he still loves Mick.”
=> November 20 – uncut magazine: Stones special issue
Of cause, most of you know Uncut, the music mag from UK. These days, Uncut has published an issue devoted to the Stones and their music.
Entitled “The Ultimate Music Guide: The Rolling Stones,” that issue is due since November 17, 2010. It has 148 pages and promises to contain rare interviews, pics and of cause comments on the complete catalogue. Ronnie contributed some lines for the introduction.
In a nutshell: that’s a must-have for almost all of us. More info at examiner.com (thanks to Carla, Gazza)
If there’s no international newsstand within reach, you can order it at badlands.co.uk or at the NME ponline store (backstreet-merch.com)
=> November 16 – Some taste of rare pics and new pirates poster
=> We know about THE LOST ROLLING STONES PHOTOGRAPHS: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966; now here’s just one of 13 teasers (vanityfair.com) – awesome:
On August 5, 1964, the Rolling Stones performed three songs for a segment filmed at the London Palladium for the U.S. television show The Red Skelton Hour. It aired on September 22, but the Stones were not in the United States at the time and therefore were unable to see the show. It was rebroadcast on November 10, when the Stones were in the midst of their second U.S. tour, and Mick watched the show in his hotel room. He feigned sleeping when he appeared on-screen.
=> The first teaser poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has surfaced (comingsoon.net). Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 20, the Rob Marshall-directed action adventure stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Yuki Matsuzaki, Gemma Ward, Keith Richards, Richard Griffiths and Judi Dench.
In “On Stranger Tides,” Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and McNally returns as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.
=> November 15 – Keith insists: tour in 2011
In an interview with german newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, he again fuels hopes for next year despite the denial of concrete tourplans of the management. In my translation, he says:
“We are looking forward to next June – we’ll be going on tour together again.” (Here’s the original german: “Wir freuen uns auf den kommenden Juni, dann gehen wir wieder gemeinsam auf Tour.”)
If you know german, go there and read the complete interview – it touches many questions which haven’t been asked compared to the average interviews we have read these days …
=> November 14 – complete Keith @ NYPL Video
Nice to see and hear the complete interview Keith gave at the NY Public Library. Please download it here form stonesnews.com (mp4, 122MB) or view it right here – hope, you have fun with this!
=> November 13 – hear keith vs larsson
You’ll find the soundtrack of the point during the interview, when Keith realises that Larson was the one who wrote the bad review of Goteburgh 2007 and that the same person was just interviewing him at the Schulmann Show (aftonbladed.se). Check it out at 9:00 minutes into the show until about 12:00…
Also: what we can hear there fails to validate any claim of Keith hitting Larsson in any way. Although that might have been deserved or something, hehehe …
And another nice short interview with Keith:
=> November 11 – Many Lost photgraphs, One classic-rock-Award and Keith kicks reporter’s head …
=> Keith has allegedly lashed out at a Swedish journalist critical of his work by smacking him in the head.
He was interviewd by Markus Larsson, who had rated their last gig in Sweden in 2007 as ‘amateurish’, giving it two out of five.
After Keith had catted for about 10 minutes with Larsson at a Parisian hotel on November 9th, he realised who he was talking to. Larsson says:
“His eyes got black and he was absolutely furious. He stood up and asked if we would put out the lights and settle the disagreement straight away.
“At first I was just surprised, I thought he was pulling my leg (joking), but then I realised he was serious and then I felt uncomfortable and I just wanted to get out of there pretty fast”
[You know folks, I can easily imagine this, hehehe …]
The meeting ended with the rock star threatening Markus Larsson and hitting him in the head, Swedish publication ‘Aftonbladets‘ reported.
Richards apparently said “You’re lucky to get out of here alive” before storming out.
Meanwhile, officials have denied that any violance had occurred. And
Keith himself replied the allegations on an open letter to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The letter read in part:
“Never before have I risen to the bait of a bad review. But this time … I have to stand up … for our fans all over Sweden … to say that you owe them, and us, an apology.
“There were 56,000 people in Ullevi stadium who bought a ticket to our concert — and experienced a completely different show than the one you ‘reviewed.’ How dare you cheapen the experience for them — and for the hundreds of thousands of other people across Sweden who weren’t at Ullevi and have only your ‘review’ to go on. Write the truth. It was a good show.”
Larsson responded to Richards by saying:
“I am not going to apologize for my subjective opinion. It is Keith who should apologize. After all it costs around $145 to see a rock star who can hardly handle the riff to ‘Brown Sugar’ any more.”
=> The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs Published For The First Time
Unseen and undiscovered for over 45 years, more than 300 candid, revealing and intimate photographs of The Rolling Stones taken by their U.S. Tour Manager, Bob Bonis during their first US tours, 1964 – 1966, have been published for the first time in a new book, THE LOST ROLLING STONES PHOTOGRAPHS: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 by Larry Marion (It Books; On-sale: Nov 16, 2010; Hardcover; $29.99), with a Foreword by Rolling Stones drummer and founding member Charlie Watts.
‘More than forty years after they were taken, THE LOST ROLLING STONES PHOTOGRAPHS brings back so many fond memories.’ – Charlie Watts
A private, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, this extraordinary collection shows Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, as well as band founder Brian Jones and other key figures and associates, on stage, in rehearsal, backstage, on vacations, traveling, getting haircuts, bowling, recording in the studio, and just hanging around being themselves.
Rolling Stones Manager and Producer from 1963 – 1967, Andrew Loog Oldham said: ‘The book looks super! The photos are, the band is, the music was. For Stones fans it is terrific!”
A new exhibition of photographs from the book will be unveiled November 13th and continue through February 12th, 2011 at the New York flagship store of rock ‘n’ roll fashion designer John Varvatos in SoHo, NYC located at 122 Spring Street between Greene and Mercer streets.
See more infos at top40-charts.com
=> Stones receive Classic Rock Award
The Rolling Stones took a share of the spoils at the 6th Marshall Classic Rock of Honour Awards. Accepting for the Stones, Ronnie Wood turned up to receive best album reissue for “Exile On Main Street,” which hit the top of the charts upon its re-release this year in the U.K., although he had not been a stone when that album was created.
However Woody insisted he was qualified to accept the prize because of his intimate relationship with the songs, declaring from the stage: “I have played these songs for the last 30 years and it’s about time that I collected! So thanks a lot!”
Other big winners included AC/DC for band of the year, Slash for album of the year, and Journey for event of the year.
=> November 6 – Keith is #1
…not surprisingly. Of cause, he is. Well, #1 of what? He is #1 on the bestsellers list of the fucking NY Times!
SATISFACTION: Keith Richards’s autobiography, “Life” (reviewed by Liz Phair on the cover of the Nov. 14 Book Review), hits the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 1, unsurprisingly. (My favorite line, from Page 524: “I’ve been cooking bangers all my life, and I only just found out from this lady on TV that you have to put bangers in a cold pan.”)
=> November 5 – Please read this in big, nice, friendly letters: Don’t panic!
Official spokesman says, that there are NO plans for Rolling Stones tour!
Despite Keith Richards telling BBC 6Music that ‘everybody’s ready to go’, the Rolling Stones press spokesman says there are no concrete plans in place to tour or release a new album. So it’s denied that the band is due to tour in 2011:
“There are no concrete plans for the Rolling Stones to tour. The same applies to rumours that they are going into the studio soon to record a new album.”
But wait a minute. We’ve seen this before. There are no concrete plans for a new tour – right! The whole business mill is just starting. It follows: there are no official concrete plans. But there will be a tour and there will almost certainly be a new album or you can call me nuts!
Here is the guardian.co.uk telling us about official announcements
=> November 4 – BAMM!!! Keith says: new material is on the way and they’ll tour next year!
I’m so excited, I’ll cite the whole article from BBC:
The Rolling Stones plan to hit the road in 2011, despite rumours that they had retired from touring altogether.
“Everybody’s ready to go out there again,” guitarist Keith Richards told BBC 6 Music. “Who said it should stop, and who said when?”
“Only we will know when it comes to an end, with a crashing halt,” he added.
The Stones’ last world tour earned $558m (£344m), but was reported to be the band’s last after several dates were postponed due to ill health.
The European leg of the Bigger Bang tour was delayed in 2006 when Richards had brain surgery, following a widely-reported fall from a coconut tree.
He later said the incident had been exaggerated, telling the NME: “I was sitting on a shrub [and] I happened to fall off it the wrong way”.
Speaking at the launch of his new autobiography, Life, the 66-year-old told 6 Music News the Stones were also gearing up to record new material.
“After these many years working together, we have a lot of unfinished stuff to work on that we had to leave off the last album.
“And knowing Mick, as I do, he’s a very prolific writer. I have ideas [too] and we’ll put them together in December or January.
“We’re looking forward to working.”
My 2cts worth: Just think about the next upcoming months: reports from our friends hanging around where recording sessions and then later tour rehearsals take place; the rumours of a first pre tour club gig, announcements of a new album, pressconferences, TV reports and up-popping tour schedules … folks, it’s gonna be a great time ahead.
And it is my pleasure to announce the Stonesnews.com 2.0: I’ll move it all over to a blogsoftware and all of you can leave comments and discuss things, if you like. I’m preparing this for some time now but I’m not yet ready. But this will definitely be ready before the next tour starts and I hope, you will like it. If you want, you can pass me a note on this: email@example.com
Thanks, folks. More to come soon, no doubt! 😉
=> Stones rolling on the tube during Thanksgiving week: Shine A Light, Let’s Spend The Night Together, Ladies & Gentlemen, Rehearsal: The Rolling Stones at Montreux !
VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia are shining a light on The Rolling Stones, during Thanksgiving week. Starting, Wednesday, November 24th at 9PM*, VH1 Classic will premiere two new programs that showcase the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” era. The Thanksgiving week programming caps off with the world television premiere of “VH1 Rock Doc: Shine A Light,” the 2008 documentary directed by Academy-Award winner, Martin Scorsese premiering on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia on Friday, November 26th at 9PM*
Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, November 24th:
|“Let’s Spend the Night Together” at 9PM (ET/PT) – directed by Hal Ashby from the Stones’ 1981 tour|
Thursday, November 25th:
Friday, November 26th:
|VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia simulcast the world television premiere of the “VH1 Rock Doc: Shine A Light” at 9PM (ET/PT) the wellknown 2008 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, showing the Stones’ 2006 Beacon Theater performance in New York City|
=> Recommended read: The NY Times has another good review of Keith’s ‘Life’ by Liz Phair! Here’s just a taste to give you an idea:
I got tired of jotting “hahahaha” and “LOL” in the margins. James Fox, Keith’s co-author, deserves a lot of credit for editing, organizing and elegantly stepping out of the way of Keith’s remembrances. Reading “Life” is like getting to corner Keith Richards in a room and ask him everything you ever wanted to know about the Rolling Stones, and have him be completely honest with you.
“I’m not here just to make records and money,” he says. “I’m here to say something and to touch other people, sometimes in a cry of desperation: ‘Do you know this feeling?’ ” The irony is, his feeling of fighting the world is exactly what the world loves so much about Keith: he did it his way.
=> November 3 – 3 great Keith interviews to see & hear
Sometimes, folks, I really love YouTube! Have fun with these!
=> November 1 – Keith in NY Library, Gigs for 2011
Keith has presented his autobiography in New Yorks Public Library on October 29. There is a nice report from of Rolling Stone about the event:
Even though Richards declined to even have a guitar placed onstage, the buzz leading up to the show practically rivaled a Stones gig. It sold out in 42 seconds. There was a film crew in attendance, along with the familiar faces in the Stones world; their security detail, promoter Michael Cohl and plenty of famous fans like Lou Reed and Steve Van Zandt.
His bio is very well received and Louis Vuitton even celebrates his book by making it available on it’s website and at key stores in the US. The New York Post as well as spinner.com also have reports about this event.
New album & tour: According to some of our friends who were at the NYPL event, “Keith said that he is continually pushing the Stones to do things, and that we can expect to see something next year (the way he said it, it implied studio work and live performances).” (thanks to jbirenz!)
You see, it has gooten to the point where a “No albums, no tours!” would be the real surprise. Even the Guardian tries to prepare us for the beautiful things to come: “Gigs to look out for in 2011”
=> October 29 – Tour summit in December, Live Nation Entertainment stocks on the rise …
As reported earlier, the Stones will have a summit in December to discuss future plans. This would concern a possible new album and tour. We also hear more and more hints towards this issue from Mick, Charlie and Keith. Ronnie is sober and ready. According to non-official sources, the Stones also will discuss a large deal they have been offered by Live Nation Entertainment. This also was a subject when rumours of bookings of swedish stadiums surfaced some weeks before.
With this in mind, it one would expect stocks to rise a litte. And indeed, it seems so:
(MySmartTrend reports on Ooctober 27):
Shares of Live Nation (NYSE:LYV) traded 2.1% higher yesterday, closing at $9.75. The stock has been drifting higher over the past nine trading days and is currently trading in a technical uptrend.
The call volume yesterday was 5,923 contracts, which is 4x the average daily volume of 1,467. Usually high call volume is an indicator that many investors are looking for higher prices in the near future.
Go figure …
=> October 28 – Keith’s LIFE receives good reviews
More and more reviews of Life surface by the minutes and the general tenor seems to be in praise. German magazine Stern called it ‘one of the best books about music ever’. Here are some of the others:
- Rolling Stone: Keith Richards Delivers a Classic Rock Memoir (In this book, as in his music, Richards’ real obligation belongs not to Jagger or anyone else. It belongs to the reader, and to the art. At this, Richards succeeds brilliantly. The result is a classic book of rock & roll.)
- CMT.com: Keith Richards’ Life — A Ripping Good Yarn
- Chicago Tribune: Keith Richards’ ‘Life’
- Washington Post: An unexpectedly clear look at years as a Rolling Stone (… the most scabrously honest and essential rock memoir in a long time.)
- New York Times: A Writing Stone: Chapter and Verse
And here’s a nice treat from BBC – Keith on drugs and following problems: (thanks, David!)
=> October 27 – Recommended Read: Review of One Night Only With Ronnie Wood
Here’s a great review of Ronnie’s gig at openmagazine.co.uk; I’ll cite a short part; go there and read the full review!
From the moment Ronnie Wood stepped on stage for the second show in one night, he owned it. The venue- The Ambassadors Theatre, London- was the perfect size and setting for this member of Rock ‘n Roll royalty to showcase his first album of brand new solo songs in over a decade. The usual home of hit show Stomp had been hijacked by a Rolling Stone.
=> October 27 – Keith confirms tour plans! More arenas than stadiums?
Well, folks, the web is abuzz with Keith’s bio and everywhere you find interviews. To list them all would be almost impossible and also boring. One particular sequence, though, caught my eye and I’m really happy to share it with you.
In the upcoming issue of the german mag “Stern“, he said the following (my translation):
“We’re itching, we’re want to do something. Not nescessarily the big stadiums, more like smaller arenas in towns and maybe for several days until they kick us out.“
I say WOAH! That’s about as optimal as it could get. Most of us fans would welcome this setting compared to the stadium gigs. I cast a small doubt on Keith’s perspective, as far as financial issues are concerned.
On the other side, I have to admit that I don’t know how a Stones tour with more dates in arenas than staduims is financially viable and how high ticket prices would have to rise to guarantee this. Ouch. But nevertheless: we have no choice, I’m afraid, hehehe …
If you know German, here’s the quote:
“Es juckt uns wieder, wir werden etwas machen. Aber nicht mehr die ganz großen Stadien, eher kleinere Hallen in Städten und vielleicht mehrere Tage, bis man uns rausschmeißt”, sagte Richards.
=> October 26 – Ronnie interview, Keith interview
=> Keith did a lot of interviews on behalf of his bio, we all know. With NPR, he did 44 minutes and exactly that makes it worth a listen, compared to the flood of 1 minute takes or articles which I don’t care to link here. So please enjoy this one; hear it right here or download it as you please… Keith: “Mick is a mixture of James Brown and Maria Callas …” – great. And also, this:
“Quite honestly, I think the band wants to play. The boys want to play together, and hopefully we can get on the ups here. We’re thinking ahead. I know, obviously, because of the book, and there’s a lot of retro going on and stuff. But as far as I’m concerned [and Mick, Charlie and Ronnie], get over it. Get on ahead. We want to make some records, and we want to do some good shows, and we believe that we have it in us to do that.”
=> Ron Wood discusses his new album, “I Feel Like Playing,” and also gear and guitar stuff with Premier Guitar Editor-in-Chief Shawn Hammond at the New York Palace Hotel on September 23, 2010. Enjoy!
=> October 25 – LIfe: a bestseller!
It goes without saying that Keith Richards’ memoir “Life” is a bestseller even before its official release on October, 26, 2010. The Rolling Stones guitar legend reportedly received $7 million to write his autobiography. Advance orders for the book have been impressive, although exact number of books that have been purchased in advance have not been released since most book sellers are privately owned companies that do not publicly divulge how many pre-order sales that a book has gotten.
Carla Hey from Examiner published some of the sales rankings, dating from October 24, 2010 — two days before the book’s release date – so these rates may have changed already.
- Amazon.com (United States): #1 in overall book sales
(“Life” is also #1 on Amazon.com for biographies and books about rock music.)
- Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom): #2 in overall book sales
(“Life” is #1 on Amazon.co.uk for biographies and books about rock music.)
- Amazon.ca (Canada): #435 in overall book sales
(“Life” is in the Top 10 on Amazon.ca for biographies and books about rock music.)
- Amazon.de (Germany): #56 in overall book sales
(“Life” is #1 on Amazon.de for biographies and books about rock music.)
- Amazon.jp (Japan): #85 in overall book sales
(“Life” is #1 on Amazon.de for biographies and books about rock music.)
- The Bargain Book Store (United Kingdom): #6 in overall sales
- Barnes & Noble (United States): #7 in overall sales
- Book Depository (United Kingdom): #745 in overall sales
An audio excerpt from the “Life” CD set has Richards saying: “Believe it or not, I remember everything. So get ready for the ride. It starts with a bang. It starts with a moment when I was in deep trouble. When was I not? When everything — Rolling Stones and all — looked as if it was going to come to a sticky end on a country road in Arkansas. I used up my nine lives long ago, but here I am. I’m still playing. I’m still rocking and still rolling and I survived to tell this tale. And I hope you enjoy it.”
=> October 24 – the Acid king, Woody on late late
No book about Stones history ignores that famous story from the famous drug bust in Redlands 1967. Keith always assumed a connection to the establishment, police and MI5. Now, it seems, he was right. Here’s a small citation from the dailymail:
And one of the 1967 episode’s unexplained mysteries was the identity of the man blamed by Richards and Mick Jagger for setting them up, a young drug dealer known as the Acid King. He was a guest at the party – and supplied the drugs – but vanished after the raid, never to be seen or heard of again. Jagger and Richards were arrested and jailed for possession of cannabis and amphetamines, though later acquitted on appeal. Richards claimed last week in his autobiography, Life, that the Acid King was a police informant called David Sniderman.
The truth appears to confirm Richards’s long-held belief that the band was targeted by an Establishment fearful of its influence over the nation’s youth. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Sniderman was a Toronto-born failed actor who told his family and friends he was recruited by British and American intelligence as part of a plot to discredit the group. After the Redlands bust, he slipped out of Britain and moved to the States where he changed his name to David Jove, and lived in Hollywood, later working as a small-time producer and film-maker.
Last Friday, Ronnie appeared on Ireland’s RTE Late Late show. You can watch it here at the RTE site! It starts at 1:09…
=> October 23 – Rolling Stone Keith article
If you want to read the Keith article if the current issue of RS, you can do so here (after ca. 23 sec. of commercial, you can skip through the pages, click for readable size – thanks, yawdi m!)
=> October 22 – Ronnie on Ireland’s Late Late Show – Wood and taylor on 1 gig?
Hi there folks! Thanks to Dave C., we hear that Ronnie is rumoured to appear on Ireland’s Late Late Show tonight: 22 October, 930pm GMT
Ok here we are: Rolling Stone joins Tubridy on Late Late (rte.ie) – Ronnie Wood will join Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show tonight to talk about his life and to perform live.
Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor are among stars lining up to perform at a gig aimed at saving a historic West End venue. The 100 Club in Oxford Street, established in the 1940s, has hosted music legends including Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Kinks and The Sex Pistols. It is said every generation associates it with a different genre of music, but the venue, now surrounded by chain retail stores, is currently under threat of closure. Owner Jeff Horton has said soaring rents and business rates, as well as rising VAT and alcohol duty, are to blame for the £100,000 yearly loss the club has racked up over the past three years. Organisers hope the high profile event, entitled Guitar Heroes Unite, will raise both funds and publicity for the campaign to save it. It’s feared that, failing a 11th-hour intervention from a sponsor, the venue will roll down its shutters for the last time this Christmas.
The line-up will be headlined by Californian New Blues guitarist Stephen Dale Petit, who is promising to attract a number of additional rock stars, the identity of whom organisers are yet to reveal.
Guitar Heroes Unite will be at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street on December 1 from 7.30pm-11pm. Guests will be confirmed on www.stephendalepetit.com, and all profits from the gig will go to the Save the 100 Club campaign.
Tickets £35 advance or £38 on the door – www.wegottickets.com
=> October 21 – Keith at Today show, signs life in London, Ronnie’s Art looses
=> Keith will appear at the TODAY show with Matt Lauer tomorrow, Friday, November 22; the show runs from 7:00 A.M. EST to 11:00 (thanks, stonesfann!)
=> Keith in London on November 3 for book signing
Keith will sign copies of his autobiography “Life” at an event in London on November 3, it has been confirmed. He will visit Waterstone’s flagship branch in Piccadilly to sign a limited number of copies of the memoir.
Waterstone’s non-fiction buyer Joe Browes said: “There are rock bands, and there are The Rolling Stones. There are guitarists, and there is Keith Richards. There are great rock and roll memoirs, and there is Life.
“This is the rock book that everyone who has ever loved rock and roll has been waiting for.
“This is the coolest book of the year, no contest.”
The first 450 people to queue outside the store will receive a wristband. All will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase a pre-signed copy of the book, though time restrictions mean that not all will get the chance to meet Richards in person.
=> Ronnie’s art business Scream reportedly lost £500,000 last year. The Scream gallery in London is run by Ronnie’s sons Jamie and Tyrone and Ronnie, 63, is said to be trying to save the gallery after the loss. A source said to UK tabloid The Sun: ‘This is no surprise in the current art climate. Ronnie remains optimistic, especially as he plans new directions.’
Ronnie, who has developed a new passion for art, recently played a gig at the Ambassador Theatre in London where he performed tracks from his new album I Feel Like Playing.
The solution, for this, folks, is quite simple: Ronnie needs a new tour! SOOON ! 😉
=> October 20 – Ronnie & Friends at the Abassador Theatre
Yesterday, Ronnie played a pair of intimate shows at the Ambassador Theatre in London yesterday evening to showcase tracks from his latest solo album ‘I Feel Like Playing’ and after coming off stage he revealed he almost passed out midway through. He exclusively told BANG Showbiz:
“My legs! I nearly fainted, honestly, during the fourth song, because you don’t breathe, and you’re thinking of the chords and the words, and singing … I felt, Phew!
“I did it before, once, on radio, I was singing and all of a sudden I was thinking, ‘I’m gonna f***ing die!’ and so I had to breathe and felt like I was going to keel over.
“It was like that there for a little bit, but then, I thought, ‘Breathe, you’ll come out of it.’ It’s a hell of a thing. Even though it’s such a small theatre, it doesn’t matter, it could have been a stadium or anything.”
Between the fourth and fifth songs, Ronnie looked visibly out of breathe and took a minute to regain his composure before the next song, uttering a few expletives to the crowd.
Anyway, his performance was on and joyful. Here you’ll get a taste of it:
Ronnie was introduced by ‘Sex and the City’ actor Chris Noth and was backed by a band including his son Jesse James Wood. The set saw Ronnie joined by several special guests, including Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones and soul singers Beverley Knight and Mica Paris; while former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan looked on from the crowd and Ronnie’s girlfriend Ana Araujo. A number of songs were accompanied by improvised instruments made from everyday items played by the cast of musical ‘Stomp’.
Despite losing his breath, Ronnie insisted he’d had a great time at the show. He said:
“But just being on stage again, my fingers are throbbing like Popyeye! It’s great doing my own show, its’ like doing a painting, it’s like, ‘This is mine.’
“I just played more or less a whole set of never heard before songs. I was honoured that the crowd liked it.”
=> October 19 – Keith Richards ‘Ready’ For New Rolling Stones Album And Tour
Keith has said he is “ready” to get back together with the Rolling Stones. The guitarist said the band, who have been on hiatus since their Bigger Bang tour ended in 2007, were discussing a possible new album and tour.
“We’re whispering — I wouldn’t say talking,” Richards told Rolling Stone. “I’m getting hints. And I’m always ready.
“Mick and I spoke about a month ago in New York. It’s at that mumbling stage. But I had some outtakes from the last sessions we did [for ‘A Bigger Bang’] and said, ‘Just to jog your memory…’
“So there’s interaction. You don’t want to push it too hard.”
Richards added that he was often the catalsyst for a reunion because “they know I will say yes”. [gigwise.com]
=> October 18 – Life exerpts
The Times, London, has publishes exerpts from Keith’s bio, Life. As far too many snippets are undenyably flushing the tabloids, is feels much better to read some more within context. Thanks to our friends, we can now have a glance at part1 and part 2 of the exerpts issued so far. (Thanks to Gazza and Andee)
Have a nice read!
Oh, and let’s not forget: Captain Teague is going to return for the fourth part of the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides! According to Reuters.com, Depp and Richards “are currently shooting the fourth Pirates installment, where Richards reprises his role as Sparrow‘s father”.
=> October 17 – More stuff from Keith’s bio
As Keith’s bio is soon to be released, we get more exerpts from it as news articles. Here are the latest:
Keith Richards claims he was “targeted by the British government” when on trial for drugs (mirror.co.uk) | KEITH RICHARDS, ROCK LEGEND (dailyexpress.co.uk) | MY GRIEF FOR INFANT SON (dailyexpress.co.uk) | Richards: ‘Depp who?’ (dailyexpress.co.uk) | Mick Jagger “Unbearable,” Says Keith Richards (cbsnews.com)
=> TIP: Keith Richards will be on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ next week, October 24! (thanks Stonesfann!)
=> October 14 – Ronnie says ‘We’ll rock till we drop
Well, what else, huh? Refreshing news do pop up more and more. Ronnie is sober for seven months and has never felt so comfortable with it. This and more you can hear in an interview he gave on Monday, October 11th at BBC Radio 4 on frontrow. That show covers 30 minutes and you can hear it here!
=> October 13 – Keith on another cover of the Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone took the occasion of Keith’s bio, Life, for an article and interview plus a cover with his portrait for the upcoming October 28, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone. This issue will be available on newsstands Friday, October 15. Here is a short excerpt: (thanks, Gaff!)
The title of Richards’ book is a simple, accurate description of the contents: the 66-year-old guitarist’s highs, lows and death-defying excesses, from birth to now, vividly related in his natural pirate-hipster cadence and syntax. Life opens with a comic roller-coaster account of a last-minute rescue from hard time in Arkansas during the Stones’ 1975 tour. Richards, who wrote the book with British author James Fox, then goes long and deep on his postwar boyhood — an only child of divorced parents in the rough London suburb of Dartford — and the emotional rescue he found in American blues, the formation of the Rolling Stones and his creative bond with Jagger. At one point, Richards describes a recent trip to Dartford, visiting old haunts like the three-room flat over a grocery where he, his mother, Doris, and father, Bert, lived from 1949 to 1952. “It’s almost like you’re looking at somebody else,” Richards says now. “Then you start to feel small things, like the smell of a gas lamp or my grandmother shuffling around and my grandfather going, ‘Make the boy some egg and chips.'”
Life is ultimately two stories: one of music, misbehavior and survival; the other a fond, perplexed, sometimes outraged telling of Richards’ life with Jagger, including their battles over control and the destiny of their band. “I had a feeling Mick would have no problem with the truth,” Richards claims. He goes quiet for a moment. “No doubt I was as infuriating to him as he can be to me.”
=> October 11 – The Rolling Stones release new vinyl box set
After releasing Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones on Blu-ray and DVD, we are treated with another nice package: the boys are planning a pair of vinyl box sets to be due just before Thanksgiving. The sets will be available on November 22 in the U.K. and November 23 in the U.S.
The remastered, limited edition releases will feature 23 studio albums in total, in addition to compilations and EPs. The sets are organized in chronological fashion. The first set collects Mick Jagger and the boys’ work from 1964-69. The second spans a larger time period: 1971-2005.
Here are the details:
|1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set
The Rolling Stones (EP)
|1971-2005 Vinyl Box Set:
=> October 10 – Charlie about Ladies & Gentlemen, the Exile reissue and beeing bored as a reason for a new tour
Charlie gave Billboard a short but really nice interview, publishes October 9th by Paul Sexton.
I’ll just cite a small excerpt from it; please go there and read the rest of the article.
“[…] We’ll go on the road when Keith’s bored, when his book’s out of the way and he’s bored, and Ronnie [Wood’s] bored. At the moment, they’re both not bored. Bored enough, I mean. So I think that will happen. How long and how we do it will be another thing. It takes a lot of thought, an awful lot, and it usually takes a lot of time.”
=> October 7 – more tour 2011 forecasts, Keith exhibition, Ronnie Interview
Tour forecast – Thanks to taz22 (our thanks to him!) we hear from a talk he had with Tim Reis, that Tim, Blondie Chaplin, Darryl Jones, Lisa Fisher and Bernard Fowler are ready to tour and are waiting for the confirmation for the next Stones tour. So as the whole bunch of the supporting members of the band itself are waiting for the call, it so follows that things must be imminent.
As we know, the Stones will meet in December for a ‘Tour Summit’ and at least then, things will be official. Right now, from all that we hear, it is almost shure, that we will be treated with another tour and, hopefully, a new album.
Keith exhibition – By the end of October, the place to be might well be San Francisco, for there will be the opening at the San Francisco Art Exchange on October 23: “Before They Make Me Run – Portraits of Keith Richards ’63 to ‘71”
From the press release:
Keith Richards photography exhibition, opening October 23rd; just three days before his much-anticipated autobiography is released. Some of the world’s greatest rock photographers’ work is coming together to form an intimate look at the various stages of Keith’s life in “Before They Make me Run – Portraits of Keith Richards ‘63 to ‘71.”
Curated by Raj Prem and produced in association with SFAE, the exhibition includes images from iconic sessions such as Phillip Townsend’s first ever photographs of the Stones in Chelsea in the early ‘60s, Gered Mankowitz’s moody black and white portraits, Michael Cooper’s exotic images from Morocco and Joshua Tree, Michael Joseph’s “Beggars Banquet” photos, official Stones photographer Ethan Russell’s poetic images of the group’s 1969 and 1972 US tours, and Dominique Tarle’s photos taken during the recording of “Exile on Main St.” in the South of France. Additional photographers included are Peter Webb and David Montgomery with their memorable “Sticky Fingers” images, well known producer Eddie Kramer’s intimate recording studio shots with Keith, and Jerrold Schatzberg’s shots of Keith dressed in drag.
“Before They Make me Run” opens October 23 with a reception at the San Francisco Art Exchange from 7:00 – 10:00pm, 458 Geary street (between Mason and Taylor). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 344-9633 to R.S.V.P. The show will be viewable online, and in the gallery for a few weeks following the opening.
Ronnie interview – if anyone had doubts about Ronnie getting back on track, being sober, himself and very much at ease, then please have a look at these two parts of a great interview, which Jeff Wood (lol!) did with him just recently.
=> Oktober 6 – Ronnie sober since 7 months, his painting skills, Sneak preview of L&G DVD,
– Ronnie: he’s now sober an kicking since seven months. Apparently, he feels really good with it.In addition to his new album, we now have a judgement about his painting. Here’s a short citation:
“Wood has ability, but his work is unresolved and scattered. Most of it is illustrative – straight from concert photos. Works such as Rolling Stones, 2009, are awkward attempts to capture the energy of what happens onstage. Passages in the painting allow line to emphasize form and space, but that success is negated by awkward color combinations and unintentional spatial ambiguities.
Despite the unfortunate use of ocher vignettes, the portraits Mick Jagger II, Keith Richards II and Charlie Watts II are well-executed. [..]
The best works in the show are in a series of untitled mixed-media figure drawings. Many seem to be drawn from life, allowing a rich sensitivity to shape and structure.”
To read the full article, go to dispatch.com
– Recommended Read: the review of the DVD of “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones” by Phyllis Pollack. I’ll just cite a short snippet, so go there (examiner.com) and read the full review:
“[…] While many would expect to revisit this film and somehow notice how much the band has changed as far as its live performances, there is one striking thing that has not changed. It would be acknowledging that Jagger’s most recent performances are no less energetic in their delivery than they were back in 1972. I can attest to that, myself, having seen the band’s final appearances from their 2007 European tour. […]”
=> september 29 – tour summit
GOOD NEWS: The boys will hold a summit meeting in December, probably the 10th, to decide on plans for a rumoured world tour.
Drummer Charlie Watts recently hinted the ageing rockers are planning one final road trip in 2011 or 2012, but guitarist Ronnie Wood insists nothing will be decided until the four band members meet in person to thrash out their future plans.
Ronnie Wood tells WENN, “It’s all talk. Nothing’s concrete yet. We normally have a summit meeting before the Stones do anything and that’s coming up probably in December. It’ll be interesting to see what everyone wants to do.”
And the rocker lifts the lid on the inner workings of the band, adding, “At a Stones summit we sit around together and draw caricatures of each other and tell a few jokes and maybe see if any of us wants to work as a band again.”
This is from contactmusic.com
=> September 27 – Ronnies ‘Lucky Man’ free Download
=> September 22 – more Ronnie: was in ohio, appears at jimmy fallon on friday
Ronnie visited the Butler Institute of American Art on this week’s Tuesday for the opening of an exhibition of his paintings, drawings and prints. About 300 people paid up to $200 each to attend the reception for the exhibition, which will be on display through Nov. 21. […] In a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon before heading to Youngstown from Cleveland, Wood said he loves to go to museums. But when you’re a Rolling Stone, sometimes it’s difficult to enjoy an art show undisturbed… ==> Read on
Ronnie will appear on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, September 24th. He will join Jimmy’s house band The Roots and maybe play stuf from his new album “I feel like playing“. So if you have access to NBC, don’t miss it! ==> Read on: antimusic.com (thanks for the link, stonesdoug!) | Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
=> September 21 – Ronnie: Live in London for 1 night only
An Evening With Ronnie Wood – ‘I Feel Like Playing’: Ronnie will play the Ambassadors Theatre, West London on Octzober 19th for two gigs at 7.30pm and 10.30pm.
Ronnie Wood needs no introduction to any fan of British rock music. Starting his career with The Birds and then Creation, it was when Ronnie joined the Jeff Beck Group that he truly started to stamp his identity on the music world. After that group split, Ronnie – along with Rod Stewart – joined up with ex-Small Faces Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones in The Faces.
Whilst Ronnie [and Rod] moved on after a couple of years, The Faces are viewed by all rock fans as a truly classic band; and in fact they perform a handful of dates in 2010 with Mick Hucknall on vocals. After the release of his first solo album, Ronnie was invited to join the Rolling Stones – in 1975 – and remains with them to this day.
Tickets on sale Monday 27th September 10am. Available exclusively through the website of the Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND, Box Office: 08448 112 334
=> September 18 – Mick went to Laos these days, meditates
According to the SUN, Mick stayed in Laos searching for solitude, vsited temples and meditated with monks.
The rocker dined in the hotel library away from guests and went out only to visit temples and meditate with monks. [… Mick] drank just water during his week alone in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos, South East Asia. A source said: “Mick booked two rooms in the hotel – one for himself, the other for his luggage. His room boasts the best view overlooking the mountains and Phousi Temple. But he then blacked out all the windows, even though the hotel is in a remote location and away from prying eyes. He clearly wanted to be at one with himself.”
The source added: “Mick uses the trip to regenerate himself. He spent hours with monks in the temples and chanted with them. He practises Buddhism and meditation every day. He says it’s the first thing he does when he gets up in the morning. […] Mick stays in different places and has a lot of contacts among the monks. He’s said it’s his favourite place in the world.”
I say, if Mick stayed in Laos for that time, he’s likely to catch up breath – before the new album & tour!
=> September 16 – keith & johnny
Johnny Depp and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards enjoyed a night out together in London yesterday. The pair were spotted leaving C restaurant in Mayfair wearing similar fedora hats…Read on…
BTW: the countdown to the LADIES & GENTLEMEN shows is ticking. Only hours left…
=> September 15 – Ronnie: 6 months sober and frolicking…
It’s been 6 months now, that our hellraiser has stayed sober, it seems. If that proofs to be correct, it would be very good news indeed! Right now he’s in Spain for holidays!
Not a small part in that story may be due to Ana Araujo, Ronnie’s brazilian girlfriend he’s been dating since beginning of this year. He has credited her with supporting him as he pays regular visits to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to ensure he stays on track. Tough job, I suppose, at least in parts. Cheers to Ana: unless Ronnie stays clean and fit, he’s in danger of missing the next tour. But before this could be a near possibility, Mick, Keith and Charlie would definitely kick his ass…
Full ‘story’ and more pics at the DailyMail site
=> September 14 – Keith interview for listening & download
On Sunday, September 12, Keith was interviewed on indie1031.com by Native Wayne Jobson. Keith spoke about his reflections on Jamaica, reggae and of course, the Wingless Angels CDs, which can be ordered at Keith’s site, too.
You can download or hear the interview right from here (mp3, 45MB)! Our many thanks to Andee and wsssoul!
Besides, Keith just appeared on two more recent albums: one is the Killer’s new album Mean Old Man and his version of Sweet Virginia.
Again, Keith makes a guest appearance on RevelatioN, the new album from legendary dub reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
=> September 12 – Re-Release of Ladies & Gentlemen
LONDON — The Rolling Stones have hit their peak again in 2010, this time in the form of a rarely seen rereleased movie of a 1972 concert.
“Ladies and Gentlemen … The Rolling Stones” was originally released in late 1973 in Britain, but the film was not widely shown. The digitally remastered version, which made its global premiere on Tuesday in London, shows the Stones at their best, belting out classics like “Brown Sugar,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” along with “new” songs like “Tumbling Dice,” Sweet Virginia” and “Rip This Joint.”
The latter songs were all on the 1972 album “Exile on Main St.,” which was also remastered and rereleased this year to great acclaim.
None of the current Rolling Stones members that are in the movie — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts — made it for the premiere, but former bassist Bill Wyman was in attendance. Wyman was with the band for 30 years but quit in 1992 to explore other musical opportunities.
Although Jagger wasn’t there, a short interview with the lead singer was played on screen before the movie began.
“Everyone’s very together and on,” Jagger said in the interview, which was recorded about six weeks ago in London. “I can remember the Rolling Stones being very, kind of, lackadaisical, very sloppy band on stage. But this was obviously not the case on this day.”
=> September 07 – Charlie’s gig on french radio
=> September 06 – Charlie adds a note
When will you see the Stones?
I might see Mick as early as next month. Otherwise, it’ll be around Christmas, I think…
And we will begin working on new songs, as usual …
Is that good news or what???
=> September 03 – Mr Watts confirms 50 years celebration tour
=> update September 05 – More sources for this: Sify.com | momento24.com
BTW: if another tour of this scale is to be planned, it takes a lot of time to plan. Right now, the first deals must be short of signed, the suggestions for the stage designs must be already on their way etc. Even if they may have “reached an age where you can’t look too far into the future“, these deals and the management already must be really busy preparing things. And of cause we’ll soon hear more details…
=> September 03 – We now have another positive report on the subject of the new 50 years anniversary tour of the Rolling Stones. As Charlie told a French newspaper, he said that the group was considering going on tour in 2012 to celebrate their 50 years of its existence (see earthtimes.org for details):
“We are discussing it at the moment. We said that if we do something, it will be next year or the year after,” the 69-year-old musician said in an interview published Friday in the French daily Le Parisien. But Watts said that it was increasingly diffcult to plan far ahead. “We have reached an age where you can’t look too far into the future,” he said.The Rolling Stones came together in April 1962, led by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, with Watts joining the group soon afterwards. Jagger is 67 years old, one year older than Richards.”We will resume playing whenever Mick and Keith get bored,” Watts said. “At the moment, they are having a good time.”
Due age considered, we can be shure to know that the boys are planning something for us as far as their abilities reach. And that’s good enough for me by this time. More news coming n soon, hopefully!
If you’re a drummer or interested into Charlie’s drumming, take a peek into the inside of view of things, here’s a good point to start. And if you want to look further, here’s a very recommented video, namend not surprisingly “If It Ain’t Got That Swing”
LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM), Tuesday. On vacation of the Rolling Stones, drummer Charlie Watts, by the entrance to their lair, returns to his first love, accompanying a jazz band.
(LP / OLIVIER LEJEUNE.)
=> Septemer 02 – She said Yeah!
The song “She Said Yeah,” from 1965, serves as the soundtrack for a short advertising film for BLEU DE CHANEL, directed by Martin Scorsese. ABKCO Records is offering the original song via iTunes bundled with a video of the band performing the number with live vocals from the November 15, 1965 episode of the nationally broadcast NBC Hullabaloo series. Have a look: