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‘Blue & Lonesome’ is the band’s first studio album since 2005.
The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart this week, with their 23rd studio album Blue & Lonesome.
The album is the band’s first of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang and features covers of classic tracks by American blues artists.
The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart
Continue reading: Rolling Stones Score Their First UK Number One Album In Over 20 Years
Jagger's girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York on Thursday.
Jagger already has seven children, ranging in age from 17 to 46, and became a great-grandfather just two years ago. However, his 29 year old girlfriend, American ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a baby boy in New York City on Thursday (December 8th), meaning the singer has become a dad for the eighth time.
His publicist Bernard Doherty initially announce the news, with a confirmation in a statement soon afterwards that said the couple was “delighted” at the birth.
Continue reading: Sir Mick Jagger Becomes A Father Again At The Age Of 73
The Rolling Stones have no plans to retire and are working on embarking on a new world tour in 2017.
The Rolling Stones are planning a new world tour.
A source told The Sun: ''Mick will never lose that bug for performing.
Continue reading: Rolling Stones Planning New World Tour
Keith Richard ''loves'' Sir Mick Jagger.
Keith Richard ''loves'' Sir Mick Jagger.
The 72-year-old Rolling Stones band member has had a tumultuous relationship with his 73-year-old band member over the five-decade spanning career, but despite their previous feuds they have learnt to ''forgive and forget'' the past and get on better than ever since making their new album 'Blue & Lonesome'.
Richard told Rolling Stone magazine: ''I love the man. That doesn't mean I can't get p****d off occasionally, and I have no doubt it goes the other way around. But you have to forgive and forget, and also I would say that 89 percent of the time we're in total agreement. But people only hear about the 11 percent, you know, where it flares up.''
Continue reading: Keith Richard 'loves' Sir Mick Jagger
The album will feature covers of classic songs by American blues greats.
The Rolling Stones have announced they will release their first studio album in over a decade on December 2, titled Blue and Lonesome.
The album is comprised of covers of songs by American blues artists, whose work was responsible for getting the band members into music in the first place.
Mick and American ballerina Melanie Hamrick have been dating since 2014.
Sir Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child at age 72, a representative for the Rolling Stones frontman has confirmed. Mick’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Melanie Hamrick, is said to be three months pregnant and the couple are “surprised and happy” at the news of the pregnancy.
Mick Jagger is to become a dad again for the eighth time.
Speaking to The Sun, a source close to Hamrick said: “This is great news. It will be Mick’s eighth child and nothing fazes him. He’s been incredibly supportive. She’s very bright, intelligent, sparky and has her own ideas about how she wants to lead her life.”
Continue reading: Mick Jagger To Become A Father For The Eighth Time At 72
The show was previously given a second season after the first episode aired in February.
HBO has announced that period drama ‘Vinyl’ will not be coming back to our screens, despite previously green lighting a second season. The 70s drama, which was created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, suffered from low ratings throughout its first season, despite the big names behind it.
Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra in ‘Vinyl’.
In a statement, HBO said: "After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of 'Vinyl'. Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.”
Continue reading: HBO Changes Its Mind And Cancels 'Vinyl' Season Two
The Rolling Stones singer said he was ‘very upset’ following the death of Bowie in January.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has opened up on his sadness following the death of David Bowie in January. Jagger and Bowie had been friends for decades, but had not seen much of each other over the past few years. Speaking to The Mirror, Jagger revealed he wishes he'd contacted Bowie in the days before his passing.
Mick Jagger was ‘very upset’ over the death of friend David Bowie.
Jagger said he was in New York’s Greenwich Village, just a short walk from Bowie’s apartment, when he learned of the music legend’s death from terminal liver cancer. “I was listening to his album before he died and ahead of it coming out,” Jagger said.
Tributes having been coming in from all over the world, honouring the memory of David Bowie.
Tributes and condolences have been pouring in from around the world following the death of David Bowie, which was announced early on Monday morning (January 11th).
The extent of Bowie’s illness was unknown to all but a select few, and the announcement of his passing at the age of 69 has come as a great shock to many, particularly as he had only released his 25th album Blackstar three days previously.
David Bowie, 1947-2016
The fashion designer, who committed suicide last year, would have been 51
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has paid tribute to his tragic girlfriend L’Wren Scott on what would have been the model’s 51st birthday.
Mick Jagger and girlfriend L'Wren Scott were together for 13 years before she took her life
It was just over a year ago that Jagger’s girlfriend of 13 years took her life while the rocker was preparing for a seven-concert stretch in Australia and New Zealand. After hearing of the news of her death, the band’s remaining shows were called off.
Stars hit the red carpet for the New York premiere of Get on Up, while Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman film on the streets of London. And the first trailers arrive for Kevin Smith's Tusk, Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit Part 3 and the Mad Max reboot...
The stars came out for the New York premiere this week of Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as Godfather of Soul James Brown. He was joined on the red carpet by costars Dan Aykroyd and Tika Sumpter, as well as soul singer Bobby Byrd and rock icon Mick Jagger. The film opens this weekend in the US and next month in America.
Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger was seen posing alongside Victoria Pearman, with whom he worked on the production of James Brown biopic 'Get On Up', and director Tate Taylor at the movie's New York premiere at The Apollo Theater. Baptist minister and activist Al Sharpton also made an appearance on the red carpet.
'Get On Up' stars Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd with his wife Donna Dixon were among arrivals at the movie's premiere held at The Apollo Theater in New York. The actors star as DeeDee Brown and Ben Bart respectively in the James Brown biopic which is directed by Tate Taylor and has Chadwick Boseman in the lead role.
The late fashion designer's sister Jan Shane blasts the rock singer for already being involved in a new fling: "I now believe that he was a bigger part of her troubles than we knew about."
The sister of the late L'Wren Scott isn't too happy with Mick Jagger.
The grief-stricken Jan Shane has been left feeling furious after learning that the Rolling Stones frontman has already moved on with another women, 27 year-old Melanie Hamrick.
The 53 year-old became even angrier when it was revealed Jagger met his new love weeks before Scott tragically committed suicide.
Continue reading: L'Wren Scott's Sister Hates Mick Jagger For Finding New Lover
The British rock icons will be kicking-off their '14 On Fire' tour with shows in Europe this coming May (2014).
The Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform several shows in Australia and New Zealand earlier in March. But due to the tragic news that L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, committed suicide in her Manhattan apartment on March 17th, the tour was postponed.
The Rolling Stones' postponed their tour due to the death of L'Wren Scott
However, the British rock legends will be returning down under later this year in October, but the exact dates have yet to be announced.
Continue reading: The Rolling Stones Will Recommence World Tour In May
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
L'Wren Scott's funeral went ahead in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Sir Mick Jagger shared "memories and words of tribute" at the private funeral of his partner L'Wren Scott In Los Angeles on Tuesday (March 25, 2014). A family spokesman confirmed the service went ahead at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home and also included words from Scott's brother Randy Bambrough, reports BBC News.
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott at the Chateau Marmont
Sir Mick's daughters and grandchildren also gave readings at the intimate ceremony.
Continue reading: Sir Mick Jagger Shares Words Of Tribute At L'Wren Scott's Funeral
Mick Jagger has flown to Los Angeles to begin preparations for L'Wren Scott's funeral, his representative has confirmed.
L'Wren Scott at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.
The fashion designed and former model's body was discovered in her luxury New York City apartment on Monday (17th March). Evidence discovered at the scene suggested the 49-year-old had committed suicide and this was confirmed on Wednesday (19th March) by a New York City official. The New York City Chief Medical Examiner stated Scott's death had been caused by suicide by hanging.
Continue reading: Mick Jagger Flies To LA To Prepare L'Wren Scott's Funeral
Ruby isn't pulling any punches
The man behind The Rolling Stones’ iconic ‘lips’ logo has brandished rocker Mick Jagger as a “bad guy” after years of surrounding profits derived from his design. Ruby Mazur claims that Jagger even drove him to attempting suicide.
Mick Jagger has been called a "bad guy" by Mazur, who designed the Rolling Stones' Lips logo
Mazur described Jagger to The New York Post’s Page Six as a “very egotistical, self centered, ‘Mick Mick Mick’ kind of person” following the news that the lead singer’s late girlfriend L’Wren Scott committed suicide in a Facebook post that he soon deleted.
Continue reading: Rolling Stones 'Lips' Creator Calls Jagger A "Bad Guy"
L'Wren Scott's death shook the fashion and music worlds this week, whilst a drunken actor got a driving ban and Johnny Depp's brain was uploaded into cyberspace.
RIP L'Wren Scott: L'Wren Scott, the esteemed fashion designer and girlfriend to The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday having hanged herself. Read the full report. Mick and the band were on tour in Australia when the dreadful news broke, prompting them to cancel a show as the rocker tried to come to terms with the loss. Read his statement here. Having not left a suicide note, Scott's reasons will always be unknown but her company's financial details have shown that creditors were owed millions and that L'Wren was going to close her label. L'Wren Scott: 1964 - 2014.
Chris Pine Driving Ban: Star Trek actor Chris Pine pleaded guilty to DUI on Monday after he was caught drunk driving with his girlfriend after celebrating the wrap of new thriller, Z For Zachariah, in New Zealand. The 33 year-old star was fined and received a six month suspension on his New Zealand license, meaning he's going to have to look out for the designated driver next time he's out boozing.
A clump of Jagger's hair? A piece of Justin's half-eaten toast? Scarlett's snotty tissue? What won't sell?!
Pharrell Williams is auctioning off the headline-grabbing Vivienne Westwood buffalo hat that he wore to the recent Grammy awards. As soon as the singer stepped out on to the red carpet wearing the oversized, brown, brimmed headwear, his image pinged across the world and its own Twitter account was quickly created ( "chillin on @pharrell's head" don'tcha know).
This Hat Right Here.
Capitalising on his hat's seemingly instant iconic status, Pharrell has decided to raise some serious cash for charity by putting the ostentatious accessory on eBay. With 9 days and 7 hours left on the auction, bidding currently stands at $10,500 (£6,300) and the winning bidder will not only receive the hat and a certificate of authenticity but also that warm glow of charitability too.
Mick Jagger will become a great-grandfather in 2014.
Mick Jagger is to become a great grandfather after his daughter Jade Jagger confirmed her 21-year-old daughter Assisi is due to give birth in early 2014.
Mick Jagger - Who Is To Become A Great Grandfather - Performing At Hyde Park
"I think making Mick a grandfather obviously had a big impact whereas, now, making him a great-grandfather is no longer particularly fascinating," Jade Jagger told the paper The Sunday Times.
Continue reading: Is Mick Jagger Going To Make The Coolest Great-Grandfather Ever?
Mick Jagger's granddaughter, Assisi, is expecting to have a child early next year, making the legendary rock 'n' roll frontman a great grandfather for the first time.
At 70 years old Mick Jagger is set to become a great grandfather for the first time.
The Rolling Stone's frontman has fathered six children who have produced four grandchildren but early next year his granddaughter, Assisi (21), is expected to give birth to his first great grandchild.
Jagger's daughter Jade (42), who is Assisi's mother, recently spoke to The Sunday Times Magazine about her eldest child's pregnancy.
Continue reading: Mick Jagger To Become First-Time Great Grandfather
The singer told an Aussie radio show this week that the rock veteran hit on her when she was 18, but Mick says she's talking rubbish
Mick Jagger's list of female encounters must be nearly endless, but after decades of rock 'n' roll excess and promiscuous living there is one person that the rock legend flat out denies ever trying out his ever-successful pick up lines on: Katy Perry. Jagger had to jump on the defensive recently, stating that he never hit on an 18-year-old Perry, after the singer claimed that the Rolling Stones frontman made a pass at her.
Denying you made a move on KP, almost as un-rock & roll as accepting a knighthood Mick
Earlier this week, Katy Perry appeared on Australia radio station Nova FM and revealed that when she was only 18, trying to make her name in the music world, that she served as a backing singer for one of Mick's solo projects. She continued, saying that the rocker took her out for dinner and attempted to woo her, but Katy wasn't interested a politely declined his advances.
Katy Perry claimed Mick Jagger hit on her when she was 18, something the Rolling Stones front man "categorically denies."
Katy Perry claimed, in a recent radio interview, that Mick Jagger made a pass at her before 'I Kissed a Girl' became a hit single. In an interview on Australian radio station Nova, the 29-year-old discussed working with Jagger whilst providing backup vocals for his single 'Old Habits Die Hard'.
Katy Perry claims Mick Jagger made a move on her when she was 18.
Perry claims Jagger came on to her eleven years ago, when she was about 18-years-old. She described how she went to dinner with the Rolling Stone frontman. She said, as Fox News reports, "I actually went to dinner with [Jagger] one time, and he hit on me when I was like 18! That was a long time ago, and he's been very kind."
Continue reading: Did Mick Jagger Attempt To Seduce Katy Perry?
Muscle Shoals was just a town in Alabama with an extraordinary habit of producing some of the finest music in the world. It started out with Rick Hall and his FAME Studios, producing hits from the likes of Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James. And not only that, even at the heart of racial distinction in America, he found the ability to join both black and white in unity over the love of soul music. Even after Hall's session group split up, some of them went to name themselves The Swampers, later becoming known as the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section when they opened the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. From here came legendary tunes from The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. So just what was it that made Muscle Shoals the must-be place for artist in the seventies?
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Unexhibited portraits to go on show at National Portrait Gallery as part of 'Stardust' exhibition.
The National Portrait Gallery will play host to a retrospective of the world-renowned fashion photographer David Bailey with a 250-piece exhibition of famous faces to open next February. Bailey's 'Stardust' exhibition will feature a previously unseen photographic portrait of supermodel Kate Moss, as well as rooms dedicated to The Rolling Stones, his wife Catherine Bailey, and his recent trip to India.
An Unseen Photograph Of Kate Moss Will Feature As Part Of Baileye's 'Stardust' Exhibition.
Photographs of Blur's Damon Albarn, the Stones' Mick Jagger, actor Jack Nicolson, and intimate shots of Bailey's long-time muse Jean Shrimpton will also feature in one of the gallery's largest scale exhibitions the London gallery has ever hosted. The photographer is also said to be making some special new silver gelatin prints of his black and white portraits especially for the purposes of the exhibition. Bailey's relationship with Shrimpton inspired the drama We'll Take Manhattan that starred Karen Gillan and Aneurn Barnard as Jean and David.
Boseman made a name for himself playing the pioneering sports star, Jackie Robinson
Universal and Imagine Entertainment finally have their leading man: Chadwick Boseman will play the legendary James Brown in their upcoming biopic. The ‘42’ star will begin filming under Tate Taylor, who is directing the movie.
Boseman tosses the first pitch at the Dodgers game
The film, which is being shot entirely in Mississippi, will chart Brown's rise from severe poverty to become the Godfather of Soul. “Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We’re even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi. … Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi,” Taylor explained on the film’s location. He was born in South Carolina and grew up in Georgia. Taylor said Mississippi provides a similar look because it is “on that same line of latitude.”
Continue reading: Chadwick Boseman To Play The Godfather Of Funk & Soul, James Brown
The Rolling Stones are all over the place and up in your face again: first the storming Glastonbury come-back, then Jagger's hair sells for £4K, dinner with deputy PM Nick Clegg and that rather swanky yurt.
The Rolling Stones have introduced themselves to a whole new generation in this past year, after the initial unavoidable buzz of the announcement that they were going to headline June's Glastonbury Festival. The excitement snowballed as the instantly sold-out festival drew nearer and boy, the Stones didn't disappoint. For a start they played a monster set lasting well over two hours but the collossal crowd were entertained by a choir, fireworks, the crazy shapes thrown by the gurning, dancing lead singer and a giant, fiery, scrap metal phoenix.
Mick Jagger: Rock Grandfather & Icon.
Stones' frontman Mick Jagger has been particularly enjoying his fresh time in the spotlight, having been snapped out to dinner with his partner, L'Wren Scott, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, and TV presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup and her husband Jason McCue, as reported byThe Daily Mail. Additionally, a lock of the 69 year-old's hair has been sold at auction, fetching £4,000. According to the BBC, the lock of Jagger's hair came with a note that said "Mick Jagger's hair after being washed and trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm" and was sold by his former girlfriend, Chrissie Shrimpton.
Continue reading: Mick Jagger: Back In The Spotlight And Going Stronger Than Ever
Modesty isn't one of Stewart's strong suits, apparently.
The Rolling Stones might have gotten a roaring reception at Glastonbury last weekend, but Rod Stewart thinks it could have been better. Specifinally, with him fronting. Or rather, Stewart is apparently thinking of drafting Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood for his own band, The Faces, should Jagger ever decide to hang up his mic. In a recent RadioTimes interview, the singer said: “I’d like to return with The Faces. Ronnie and I talk about it, and when the Stones finish – Mick is several years older than me – we’ll have a window of opportunity, if we’re not on Zimmers.”
At 68, the singer isn't stopping anytime soon.
Stewart sounds like he’s pulling everyone’s leg with this one, but of course, you never know. For now though, the Stones are going strong, Jagger included. So the chances of Stewart replacing him? Slim to none. Yet the singer thinks his talent definitely gives him a bit of an edge: “Mick’s a fine blues singer – but technically not as good as me,” he commented. “He’s made the best of what he’s got. But I don’t think he could do standards – he may not want to.”
Continue reading: Could Rod Stewart Make A Better Rolling Stone Than Mick Jagger?
The BBC pulled in 2.6 million viewers when they aired the Rolling Stone's performance at Glastonbury over the weekend, setting a record for the network's coverage of the festival
The Rolling Stones had one of the largest crowd Glastonbury had ever seen huddled in front of them when they took to the stage on Saturday (June 29) and it wasn't just Worthy Farm that saw a record audience because the BBC coverage of the performance was viewed literally by millions at home.
The Stones pulled in a massive audience
The historic performance brought in a record number of viewers; 2.6 million in all tuning in on BBC 2, with many more watching online. When the Rolling Stones played at Glastonbury last Saturday there was always a chance that something special was going to happen and believe it or not, it was a pretty memorable performance to say the least - as so many people will be able to vouch for. On average, 1.3 million viewers tuned in between 10.30pm and 1am - the time the band performed - and peaked at the 2.6 mil mark. That made it the second most viewed channel of the night, behind BBC 1, who were showing Die Hard with a Vengeance (the obvious choice). The performance also set a new record for the most number of viewers to ever tune in to any Glasto performance.
One Man. Stands Alone. Against a world of scruffy trainer-wearing youths: Rod Stewart bemoans modern dressing.
Rod Stewart's been in the press for a lot of odd things recently; firstly there was the secrecy surrounding his model train set that the BBC weren't allowed to see, then his voiced puzzlement at never been knighted and bizarrely, his supposed rejection of a threesome with Mick Jagger. Now, he's been reported by Radio Times to have branded modern men as "tramps" in the way they dress.
Rod Stewart: Clearly Still Got It But Is He Still With It?
There was a tinge of wistful nostalgia to the 68 year-old's words however - he didn't seem to be hitting out at guys who like to dress down - rather he was reminiscing for those rose-tinted 'good old days': "I hate the way men dress today. At the theatre it's all anoraks and shorts. You can even get into most restaurants without wearing trousers. I used to love dressing for dinner." He spoke of the plight of so many women to get their boyfriends to dress up, saying "You go to dinner and see beautifully dressed women with men like tramps wearing trainers, jeans and T-shirts."
Continue reading: Rod Stewart: Modern Men Dress "Like Tramps"
He says he doesn't care, but he really, really does.
Rod Stewart is miffed – he reckons he should has a Sir before his name, like his musical buddies Tom Jones and Mick Jagger do. But Rod, it’s not such a big deal – we didn’t even pop a Sir in front of their names just then.
Rod Stewart 'doesn't care' if he gets a knighthood or not
“Mick doesn’t pay taxes here and Tom lives in America. If my time comes, it will. If it doesn’t, I’m not bothered,” he told Radio Times magazine. Thing is, saying your not bothered means only one thing: you’re very much bothered. “The Queen and I have one thing in common. The same hairstyle for 45 years,” he continued, suggesting that similar follicle aesthetics might in some way lead to a knighthood.
Glastonbury Festival 2013 will be remembered for the debut of The Rolling Stones, though plenty of other acts made it one of best festivals in years.
And that's it. Another year passes and Worthy Farm closes its gates on the Glastonbury Festival revellers for another 12 months. Though there's always the distant murmur of someone professing it "the best Glastonbury ever," there was a palpable feeling that this year's festival was among the finest in history. Firstly, there was heightened anticipation given the fallow year in 2012 and secondly, the sun came out. Oh, and The Rolling Stones made their debut, rollicking through a two-and-a-half-hour set on Saturday (June 29, 2013) and scoring five-star reviews across the board.
Mick Jagger Performing With The Rolling Stones At Glastonbury Festival in 2013
The surprise return of David Bowie in 2013 had left many commentators speculating on the possibility of the Thin White Duke headlining the legendary festival, though there was no lingering thoughts of "What if?" once Glastonbury got underway on Friday with a snappy set from Sheffield heroes Arctic Monkeys. Bowie became all but a moot point after Saturday, when Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company played a career spanning set that included 'Jumping Jack Flash,' 'Tumbling Dice,' 'Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Doom and Gloom' and 'Midnight Rambler.' "The night belongs to the Stones. By turning on the charm as well as the formidable back catalogue, they prove themselves well worth the wait," said the Guardian's Dorian Lynskey.
'The Rolling Stones' executed a brilliant performance at Glastonbury but most of the viewers preferred to watch 'Die Hard'.
The Rolling Stones headlined at Glastonbury on Saturday (29th June) but the viewing public were more interested in watching Bruce Willis' 1988 classic action film, Die Hard, according to The Daily Mail. 2.54 million tuned into the BBC to watch The Rolling Stones' performance whilst 2.78 million watched Bruce Willis punch, kick and shoot in Die Hard.
The BBC sent over 300 staff members to the Glastonbury Festival, at the cost of £2 million, but more people tuned into watch Bruce Willis' Die Hard than Saturday's (29th June 2013) coverage.
Continue reading: The Rolling Stones At Glastonbury VS. Die Hard- And The Winner Is...?
Much like day 1, the second day of festivities at Worthy Farm went off spectacularly as the headliners more than proved their worth and the bands in-between managed to live up to the hype.
After decades of failed attempts, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis finally managed to book the biggest rock group of all time for the world-renowned UK festival, and with an absolutely riotous set that had the huge crowd off their feet for the full 2+ hours set, The Rolling Stones managed to show just why they are still the biggest band on the planet.
The dinosaurs rockers proved their worth on the Pyramid Stage
Their headlining slot on Saturday (June 29) night proved to be the icing on the cake to what had already been an absolutely triumphant day two at the Somerset festival and after a hit-filled set from the Arctic Monkeys during the Friday headlining show on the Pyramid Stage, followed by the huge set from the Stones last night, the pressure really is on for Mumford and Sons to deliver when they take to the stage on Sunday (June 30) night to close the festival. Good news for people at home (in the UK) too, because the group did show some of their performance on the BBC afterall (an hour of it at least), despite saying otherwise prior to the set. Checking off such classics as '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,' 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Paint It Black' during their set, they may have been together for half a century, but Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood managed to grab hold of the audience like few other bands on the bill would be able to.
The Rolling Stones reveal that headlining Glastonbury Festival is something the band fell destined to do as culmination of their British heritage, ahead of their Saturday night headline set.
In an official video on The Rolling Stones' official YouTube Channel, The Rolling Stones discuss their upcoming Glastonbury Saturday headline set, with guitarist Keith Richards stating that "there were many years we were offered it and turned it down. I look upon it as a culmination of our British heritage really. It had to be done and it's gotta be done, and we'll see what happens."
The Stones at Glasto - it had to happen eventually.
Singer Mick Jagger also voiced his enthusiasm for the prestigious slot: "All my kids are going to be there so I'm going to be visiting them in the days before the actual show and they've got all sorts of activities lined up for me to do. My brother lives in Glastonbury too." After forming in 1962, the band became part of the US' 'British Invasion' and have to date released 24 studio albums and eleven live records with eight consecutive No.1 ranking albums.
Continue reading: The Rolling Stones "Destined" For Glastonbury
Some conservatives took Jagger's joke a bit too seriously.
Oh yes, he did – on Monday night, during a concert in Washington D.C., Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger decided to throw a quip at President Obama, and a well aimed one at that. “I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in," the 69-year-old rocker told the crowd, according to tweets from the show, quoted by the Huffington Post. This was, of course, in reference to the recent NSA wire-tapping scandal. Much of the crowd booed at the comment, though it isn’t certain if they were booing Jagger or Obama.
Another reaction was less controversial though – conservative politicians and their supporters certainly had a field day with the comment. It got tweeted by Senator Rand Paul and quickly picked up by his followers - in less than 2 hours, the tweet dialed up three times the number of retweets as Rand's previous tweet, which was posted 20 hours before.
Jagger probably didn’t mean the comment all too seriously, but it does match up with his political stance. The singer has expressed his fondness for the late Margaret Thatcher and his dismay at the way her death was celebrated by her political opponents. Still, apparently there’s no bad blood between the two public figures, despite the claim, posted in a recent biography by David Maraniss that the president used to enjoy impersonating the British rocker in his college days. It’s not like Jagger doesn’t have a few good things to say about Obama though. The singer tweeted the following on Tuesday night: “Was a great show in Washington DC last night ending our US tour. BTW I applaud President Obama's new climate change plans, very refreshing.” Apparently the Monday night comment wasn’t to be taken too seriously.
Continue reading: Conservatives Cheer Over Mick Jagger's Obama Joke
The well-traveled lock of Jagger's younger hair have been put up for auction in London
Mick Jagger is a man who, despite living a life littered with debauchery, has aged relatively gracefully and for a man closer to seventy than he is sixty, the Rolling Stones frontman has done ok to keep his hair in check. He's done so well in fact that at an upcoming auction at Bonham's of London is putting a lock of his hair up under the gavel, giving him the chance to join such great men who have donated their hair to charity as Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara and Elvis Presley.
The thing is, like so many of those who have had their hair sold off in the name of charity, Jagger knew nothing about having his brunette locks sold off until the news became widespread, because the lock of hair given to Bonham's was given over by Jagger but a former lover. His ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton to be precise, who dated Jagger while he was before he dropped out of the London School of Economics and was living in Kilburn, north London, with Keith Richards. The two stayed together whilst the Stones dominated the charts across the globe, eventually splitting when Jagger's star began to burn too bright.
But wait, there's more, because it wasn't even Shrimpton who had kept hold of the hair like some demented, love-lorn ex, but her grandmother, who kept the hair after giving Jagger an impromptu haircut in her home just before his and Chrissie's split. She passed it on to Chrissie's aunt when she died and when the aunt died her will dictated that the hair returns to Chrissie, who has decided that she actually doesn't want it so may as well give it to someone who does.
Continue reading: Hairs To Charity: Mick Jagger's Hair To Be Auction Off
BBC viewers of Glastonbury may only catch a snippet of the Rolling Stones' historic set.
Ah, there had to be a catch didn't there? Surely the Rolling Stones weren't going to accept a relatively paltry fee for headlining the Glastonbury Festival when they could be selling out Wembley Stadium or some other soulless hangar and pocketing tens of millions. We were a little surprised when Jagger and company signed on the dotted line to play the historic festival on Saturday June 27, though it appears they're already tampering with things.
According to The Independent, the BBC has been told by the band that despite their media partnership with the festival, only a teaser of the group's performance will be broadcast. The ageing rockers demand that only the opening four songs of the set could be televised, with viewers told that the band has demanded a "blackout" of the rest of their performance. The BBC's head of music television Mark Cooper was in discussions last night with organise extensive coverage.
The Stones charged television viewers $40 to watch their shows in New York last summer, though the latest demand doesn't seem to have anything to do with money. According to a source, frontman Mick Jagger said he "didn't sign up for a TV show," and is concerning about factors beyond their control affecting a performance that could be beamed around the world. In other words, if it's raining, the band may not look or sound their best.
Who knew that it would be such a good match?
The Rolling Stones might have a few years on youngsters in the business these days, but they have no qualms about collaborating with new talent, as their recent performance, featuring Carrie Underwood, clearly shows. The Stones stopped by Toronto's Air Canada Centre last weekend and performed a gig off their 50th anniversary tour.
One of the biggest surprises of the night came as the band launched into an amped up rendition of “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It)” Just as Jagger was ripping through the second verse, Underwood, typically a country songstress, strutted up on stage and joined in, launching into a sing-off that must have been worth hearing live. Underwood even got her own moment to shine, with a brief solo right before Jagger joined back in. Then the audience even got treated to a bit of a visual show, when, during the lively instrumental provided by Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, the two singers bust a move together. You’d think the younger Underwood would have the upper hand in that, but Mick definitely wasn’t letting up.
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How to solve a problem like Charlie Watts... Rolling Stones drummer isn't looking forward to Glastonbury
The Rolling Stones have announced a series of tour dates for their 50th anniversary tour and it looks as though they’re pulling out all the stops to make 2013 a year to remember. Not only are the band playing the legendary Glastonbury Festival for the first time, but they will also be returning to Hyde Park, London; the scene of one of the most iconic gigs in the band’s history.
The band’s drummer, Charlie Watts, however, won’t be too enamoured with either of these concert dates, as he has told The Guardian that he doesn’t like outdoor gigs. “I don't want to do it [Glastonbury]. Everyone else does. I don't like playing outdoors, and I certainly don't like festivals. The worse thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you're a drummer, because the cymbals move… it really is hard to play then.” Luckily for Stones fans, the rest of the band are a little more upbeat about the prospect of the hugely high profile performances. They might be faced with a slightly grumpy Watts, but frontman Mick Jagger, at least, is looking forward to playing Hyde Park. The Rolling Stones last played there in 1969, when they were mourning the death of their guitarist Brian Jones.
“Hyde Park holds such great memories for us and we can't think of anywhere better to perform to our UK fans this summer,” said Mick Jagger. His songwriting partner and guitarist Keith Richards also commented “We had such a ball last year and the energy between the band is so good, we can't wait to get back on that stage where the Stones belong.”
The rockers have celebrated their semicentennial as a band with a string of shows last year in London, Brooklyn and New Jersey but guitarist Ronnie Wood seems keen to get back on to the stage again. 'Wouldn't it be nice', he told The Independent. 'We've got a meeting next month and that's going to be my first question to them. It's something I've always been interested in. I'm going to twist their arms.' He went on to say that he has 'high hopes' for the summer of 2013, though a source close to Rolling Stone magazine recently denied that they would be involved in this year's Coachella festival. However, that doesn't mean they're short of offers according to singer Mick Jagger. 'I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone. We'll announce it when we've figured it out', he said.
Glastonbury would be a pretty huge bet for the band - it is, after all, arguably the most prestigious music festival in the UK and this year's tickets have already sold out despite the line-up not yet being announced.
It looks like Glastonbury will come back with a bang after a year off, as veteran rockers the Rolling Stones are said to be "seriously considering" a £1 million offer for them to appear at the world-famous festival.
Festival head-honcho Michael Eavis has spoken of his desire to sign up the Stones publicly in the past and according to one source, speaking to The Mirror, Eavis' impressive offer might be enough to entice the rockers. The source is quoted as saying, "It wasn’t an option previously but in the last seven days things have moved very quickly.”
Eavis and his unknown squeal aren't the only ones taking the offer seriously either, as Stones frontman Mick Jagger has also voiced his admiration of the festival and heavily hinted at the prospect of signing up to headline the festival during a recent interview with NME. He told the magazine, “Glastonbury is very important. Especially to my children - highlight of their year.”
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Supermodel-turned-reality TV star Janice Dickinson is set to tie the knot for the fourth time, after she announced the news that she is engaged to Los Angeles-based psychologist Dr. Robert Gerner earlier this week.
Speaking to TooFab.com, Dickinson explained that she met her soon to be husband on a blind date at the glitzy Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood earlier this year. She went on to say that the two are planning to exchange rings and make things official some time in April. She told the website, "You just know you know it's the right person, He's the ying to my yang."
During the interview she also revealed that Robert proposed to Janice with a Victorian promise ring, with an engagement ring being given to her in the near future. The two have just recently moved in together at a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and are planning on having a housewarming party in the near future to celebrate. This party will also serve as the first of two engagement parties being held by the pair.
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The Rolling Stones' live tour has been punctuated by a few things; the new greatest hits album, GRRR!, ticket prices, and special guests. But now that everyone’s heard the two new songs on the album, and bought the tickets, it’s time to focus on those special guests.
Mick Taylor, for the first time playing with the band on U.S. soil since 1981, joined the mighty rockers on stage to rapturous applause. It was when Jagger thundered into an 11-minute rendition of 'Midnight Rambler' that Taylor rocked as if the years had never left him. Jagger said afterward. "He's great! Really good!" The Stones, while harping back to their glorious and explosive past, are also embracing modern trends in their live shows. And don’t worry, they’re not breaking out into dubstep remixes, laying down ‘phat beats’ onto their tracks. The Stones are The Stones and that won’t change, but they did allow the audience to have some sort of say on the set list via their smart phone, as they voted for a song of their choice on the bands' new mobile app. 1964's 'Around and Around' was the song of choice.
Earlier in the night, during his solo set, Keith Richards spoke about Hurricane Sandy: "I know you guys had a rough time,” he said, according to Rolling Stone, “We admire the way you stuck with it. Keep on trucking, you know?"
Written in Australia, while Jagger was out there filming for Ned Kelly, and letters represent a poetic, 25-year-old rockstar, just about to enter his prime. "I put these letters in a bank 30 years ago thinking that our daughter would find them valuable as an adult," Marsha Hunt - the object of Jagger's then desires - told the BBC. "Who could have anticipated that rock 'n roll would remain so popular, that 30 years on this band would still be performing?" The letters were mooted to earn something between #70,000 - £100,000, so their final value of £180,000 has proved a real surprise. They were no doubt boosted, though, by the recent renaissance of the aging rockers, as they headline four sold out, and very expensive, shows in London and New York.
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Mick Jagger had a secret love affair with American-born singer Marsha Hunt in 1969, which was the root of a set of 10 love-letters, and now these letters have sold for £187,250 at auction, The Guardian reports.
In a fascinating collection for any collector, the letters portray Jagger - then filming in Australia for Ned Kelly - as "poetic and self-aware" 25-year-old. After the sale, Marsha Hunt said: "The passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history. 1969 saw the ebbing of a crucial, revolutionary era, highly influenced by such artists as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Bob Dylan. Their inner thoughts should not be the property of only their families, but the public at large, to reveal who these influential artists were - not as commercial images, but their private selves."
The price was more than double the pre-sale estimate of £70,000 to £100,000. They were purchased by a private collector, bidding over the telephone. Dr Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's books specialist said: "We are delighted with the result of today's sale which reflects the great significance of these letters, written at such a vivid moment in social and musical history. There has been enormous international interest in the letters, which depict Mick Jagger, not as the global superstar he is today, but reveal him as a poetic and self-aware 25-year-old with wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests."
A slew of New York natives, as well as plenty of Brits performed at last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the city in October.
Bruce Springsteen, a Jersey man himself, took the stage first with Land of Hope and Dreams followed by the evocative Wrecking Ball and the very aptly themed My City in Ruins, all of which was meant to address the rebuilding process and the NY spirit. The musician spoke fondly of his native New Jersey, mentioning its inclusiveness. “I pray that this chraracteristic remains the same” Springsteen went on to say, before going into Born to Run, for which he was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi, another Jersey resident.
The concert was definitely geared towards classic rock fans – a smart marketing decision, since this is also the demographic with the highest disposable income. Besides a number of to-the-bone New Yorkers, like Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler and Alicia Keys, it also featured an unexpectedly high number of appearances by British musicians – The Who and Sir Paul McCartney among others. The ex-Beatle joined the surviving members of Nirvana onstage for a cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Fascinating insights into the life of Mick Jagger via love letters sell for double their estimation, reaching over £180,000 for all 10 letters, The Telegraph Reports.
The letters, written in Australia during the filming of Ned Kelly portray Jagger as a "poetic and self-aware" 25-year-old, and capture a "vivid moment in cultural history" as he dotes on Marsha Hunt, who he enjoyed a secret relationship with. Jagger tells Hunt: "I feel with you something so unsung there is no need to sing it." He also thanks the singer, who was 23 at the time, for being "so nice to an evil old man like me" while providing an insight into another British powerhouse emerging that the time, The Beatles, moaning of "John & Yoko boring everybody". Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's books specialist, said: "These beautifully written and lyrical letters from the heart of the cultural and social revolution of 1969 frame a vivid moment in cultural history. "Here we see Mick Jagger not as the global superstar he has become, but as a poetic and self-aware 25-year-old with wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests."
While cultural artefacts, which depict the inner workings of those we idolise today, are fascinating enough, the fact that these letters have sold right in the middle of The Rolling Stone's big come back tour provide a pertinent reminder of the indifferent business that made them famous.
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Albums of Note... Coldplay’s Live 2012 album shows a band far more at ease with themselves than their previous live release, from 2003. The Live 2012 package includes both blu-ray and CD. The footage is punctuated by behind-the-scenes interludes and these excerpts showcase each band member’s enthusiasm for their live shows as well as revealing how the material from Mylo Xyloto evolved over time and culminated with them band playing to a vast stadium audiences across the globe. “Live 2012 includes some nice musical moments... the low-key piano intro to 'Yellow', a guest appearance from Rihanna during 'Princess Of China', and the stripped back intimacy of 'Us Against The World'. All of the other elements of big choruses and sing-along's spanning the entire Coldplay back catalogue are present and correct… and Chris Martin's voice seems to have found a renewed strength to cope with the massive venues the band now fills.”
The moment we've all been waiting for; The Rolling Stones live tour 2012 kicked off on Sunday, November 25th at London's O2 Arena. Was this the homecoming tour everyone expected, or did the aging rockers do nothing to justify their heft ticket prices?
Unsurprisingly, it seems no one left the gig claiming they did not receive value for money, even if the idea of 'value' might have a slightly skewed meaning in this context. The critics, especially, were enthralled by the show, with most publications awarding The Stones high marks. "Your cash buys you a chance to see Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts reunited with bassist Bill Wyman, who turns up for It's Only Rock'n' Roll and Honky Tonk Woman - his facial expression suggests a man very much not reconsidering the wisdom of quitting - and more excitingly, guitarist Mick Taylor, whose guest spot on Midnight Rambler is really thrilling," say The Guardian in a 4/5 review. Billboard seemed equally enamoured, doting, "With Charlie Watts keeping up an almost impossibly vigorous backbeat, the show was now en route to glory. That was thanks in disproportionate measure to the incredible showmanship of a frontman who roared like a vocal leviathan and sprinted back and forth in as brilliant a display of gymnastic showmanship as he has ever given."
Were you at the gig on Sunday? If so, let us know below what you thought of the show. The Stones resume the U.K leg of their tour on Thursday, returning to the O2, before heading to America to fulfil the New York dates.
Finally, The Rolling Stones begin their much anticipated, and highly priced set of live gigs this Sunday at the 02 Arena, London. With 50 years under their belts, is this going to be the last time we see the aging rockers live?
Paul Sexton, a music journalist who has met and interviewed the band in the run-up to the latest concerts certainly thinks they've got more up their sleeve. "It would be nice to think that wouldn't be it," he writes, according to Reuters. "Once the machine gets fired up again, it's hard to imagine there won't be more live shows to come. If these dates went well, you could imagine sufficient momentum for some kind of recording project." This has truly been a 50-year anniversary to savour, if you're a fan of the band, that is. With an average age of 68 and a combined age of 275 years, 76 days, the band have produced a photo book, written two songs, collaborated on a documentary, released a greatest hits album, played warm-up gigs in Paris and committed to five concerts to mark the occasion.
Perhaps Sexton is right, and the newfound momentum for the band will be the catalyst for a new album; their 21st full studio album. Fans will be hoping this is the case, as the highly inflated ticket costs for their London and New York Shows will have priced many ardent rockers out of those elusive concerts.
In an explosive 50th anniversary year for the Rolling Stones, having released a new album, a documentary about the band, and revealing a set of live shows in London and New York, the Stones have now revealed that two old band mates will be joining them at their gigs in London next week, reports the Guardian.
Former bassist Bill Wyman, and guitartist Mick Taylor will appear as special guests at their sell out show at London's O2 arena. It was in the Crossfire Hurrican anniversary documentary that Taylor chose to reveal the primary reason for leaving the band back in 1974 was due to his heroin addiction at the time. Both musicians have hooked up with other members Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger, over the years for some charity gigs and reunion shows. This will be the first time, however, that the entire 6 members of the legendary band will be appearing together for a long time.
The band have recently revealed a new video for their single 'Doom and Gloom' from their new album 'GRRR!' as well as plans for an iPhone app that will allow users to see interviews and special features surrounding the band. Despite already having a career spanning 50 years, they've taken the future in their stride and truly embracing their longevity.
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The Rolling Stones played a club gig in Paris last night (25 October 2012), with tickets priced at a whopping $632 less than some of the top priced general release tickets for their shows at the O2 Arena in London on 25 and 29 November 2012.
We worked out that you could get a Eurostar from London to Paris and back, with the price of the gig ticket on top, for just over $420. Even with a hotel added on you’d still be paying less than the top tier general release tickets for the O2, something probably pretty galling for those who stumped up the cash for the 50th Anniversary shows a week ago. The band played for 75 minutes at the 700 capacity Trabendo in the French capital, with Mick Jagger quipping to the crowd: "I can't believe we're all still standing up, you'd think by now one or two of us would be sitting down, but we're not.” There’ll be plenty of time for that later on, Mick, on the solid gold thrones you’ve no doubt bought yourselves with the lucre you’re making from this winter.
The band wheeled out as many of the hits possible within the allotted time - and before their bodies gave out - reports Reuters, with Route 66 kicking off the gig and Brown Sugar closing it. They were the first shows the leathery-faced rock band had performed since 2007.
The upcoming Rolling Stones tour is being preceded by a string of intimate warm up gigs, with the first occurring in Paris tonight, October 25th 2012.
The Huffington Post reports that fans crowded the Champs Elysees with a view to grabbing one of the 350 tickets that were previously announced on the band’s Twitter account. Conditions for the tickets included: no more than two per person, names printed on them and IDs required at the door, but that didn’t put anyone off trying to seeing them before they undertake their much coveted London and New York tour. Speaking to The NME about the aging rocker’s routine, Ronnie Wood said: “We’re all making a concentrated effort of being there on time every day, we start at three o’clock in the afternoon, we go through to dinner time, we have one break and so far everything has been [like] an operation, nose to the grindstone. We wanna give 200 per cent."
A few days ago, the Paris gig was just a myth, after Wood confirmed to the NME the existence of their upcoming warm-up circuit. “There’s going to be little club gigs that we’re gonna surprise ourselves to do as well,” he explained. “We’ll bung a few in next week or the week after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever! I don’t know who we’ll be billed as but we’ll turn up somewhere and put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places.” Now that Paris has been confirmed, fans in other makor European cities will be keeping their eyes peeled for the chance to catch a rare live experience with the Stones.
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This year marks 50 years of The Rolling Stones, and just as we've always known, they continue to show us that they know how to celebrate. In November and December this year they are set to play four dates; half at London's O2 Arena and the other half at Brooklyn's Barclay Centre in Newark, New Jersey. They have also released a book entitled '50', have a photographic exhibition at London's Somerset House dedicated to them and a greatest hits album, boldly titled GRRRR! Tonight, though, fans came in their droves to the UK premier of 'Crossfire Hurricane', the new documentary of the band.
The documentary focuses mostly on the band's heyday, and includes never before seen footage of them, including interviews with all members the iconic rock and roll act, past and present. Keith Richards described the reception as 'overwhelming'. "I did not expect Leicester Square to be going bananas, do you know what I mean?" he said. "It was quite, it was heart warming to say the least, especially walking out you felt you were still in the movie. Take 2."
The NME also revealed that Ronnie Wood has said they'll be playing some tiny secret gigs: "There's going to be little club gigs that we're gonna surprise ourselves to do as well, we'll bung a few in next week or the week after, so look out for any Cockroaches gigs or whatever! I don't know who we'll be billed as but we'll turn up somewhere and put a few to the test. Tiny, 200, 300 people kind of places."
Rolling Stones tickets are cropping up for ridiculously inflated prices across the web after the 'official' batch sold out in just seven minutes this morning. According to The Telegraph, the 'cheap seats' were all gone by 9.03am (three minutes after they went on sale), while the more expensive tickets had been snapped up by 9.07am.
Unfortunately, the demand to see the Stones at London's O2 Arena means unofficial retailers will be handsomely paid for their tickets, some of which are being sold for thousands. Unless the band play Glastonbury - which is now hugely unlikely given the cost of tickets to the group's own shows - UK fans will have to shell out for tickets and flights to one of two concerts in Newark, New Jersey. On announcing the shows, frontman Mick Jagger said, "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!" while Keith Richards offered, "Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over. I've always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones. I'm here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!"
The 2012 London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies were excellent fun, but were we deprived of a chance to see the Rolling Stones perform?
Apparently so: the band's guitarist, Keith Richards revealed to Absolute Radio that they could have been one of the stars to welcome in or wave goodbye to a tremendous Olympic games. "I think there was some politics going on and technical things," the 68-year-old explained. "I don't think probably that we would be ready for it, you know. So we had to give it a miss and, anyway, with the Olympics I'd rather be in the audience than be part of it." The ceremonies included performances from Coldplay, Muse, Jessie J and The Spice Girls, but The Rolling Stones would have turned the events from great to amazing, no doubt.
Perhaps the most annoying thing is that we could have seen their reunion for free, if we were watching on the television that is. Now, the guys stand to net a cool £4m from their upcoming gigs in London and New York. "I think everybody basically keeps themselves in pretty good shape,' explained Mick Jagger, despite the band members having a combined age of 273. Tickets for gigs at the O2 in
London have been selling for more than £650 each.
The Rolling Stones live tour announcement has caused an Internet pileup, as over a million fans log on to online ticket vendor Viagogo to find out about tickets, Gigwise reports.
It seems as though the incredibly high-ticket prices won’t put off fans of the ageing rockers, but with a place at one of their London or New York concerts so highly coveted, there could be plenty of illegal activity surrounding ticketing. "The Rolling Stones are a global phenomenon – and one of the last supergroups still performing with a full line up," says Viagogo spokesperson Ed Parkinson. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them, and there will be some unscrupulous organisations looking to take advantage of that. Always check the reputable ticket market places like Viagogo to find the true market value and never buy a ticket that isn’t 100% guaranteed."
Another musical event often shrouded in ticket controversy is British festival, Glastonbury, and Keith Richards has started the rumour mill about a possible appearance. "On a good day, if the weather's fine, [Glastonbury] is an interesting proposition," he told the BBC, before hinting at future Rolling Stones live shows, adding: "Anything is possible. This band isn't going to wind up with four shows."
The Rolling Stones ticket prices are out, ready for scrutiny and complaints, and boy have we got some complaining to do. £950 you say? Oh okay fine we’ll take two.
The news that those shiny pieces of paper and card that will grant you access to the rock 'n' roll fantasies of many will cost somewhere near a grand has come as no real surprise. And you guys without the corporate accounts and Mercedes king rings; you’ll get in on the cheap, as the lowest price tickets will be £90. "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in," said Sir Mick Jagger, according to The Telegraph. And who could disagree? NYC and London are both stellar locales, but it’s the entrance fee we’re moaning about, Mick. Tickets for the shows will come with a hefty price tag, with a face value ranging from £375 down to £90 for the O2 shows, and to boot: a "VIP hospitality" package announced today will cost gig-goers £950 per head, including "premium tickets", a champagne reception and a three-course dinner. It really should include a limo ride and a game of checkers with the lads, for that price.
Anyway, there’s the bottom line; if you want to see one of the biggest events of the year, where possibly the most successful Rock 'n' Roll band of all time reunite for one last show, then you’ll have to not only be as quick as Keith Richards on the guitar, but as flash as Jagger on the mini-bar*.
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Their stones probably don't roll as much as they used to back in the summer of love, but Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watt and Ronnie Wood certainly still know how to screw their fans. Delight has turned to dismay today (October 15, 2012) after The Rolling Stones announced that they'd be playing their first live shows for five years this winter, and then revealed exactly how much it would cost the public to see them.
Ticketmaster is showing prices ranging from $170 to a quite frankly offensive $651 for the band's two just-announced gigs at the O2 Arena in London on November 25th and 29th, making those that grumbled at paying up to $112 for people like Radiohead earlier in the year probably feel like they've got an absolute steal. Given that museums are normally free in the UK, people may be stunned to find themselves parting with such an amount to see these relics of a bygone age, the jingle of coins in the band's pockets possibly now the only thing that will be capable of drowning out the loud creaking in their joints as they grimace and limp about the O2 Arena come November.
The shows go on sale on October 19th and are being performed to mark the band's 50th anniversary in the music business. How disgusting then, that the same industry that gave them a chance in 1962, is now so untrusting of its new bands to build a career that its reliance on the nostalgia dollar results in prices like these.
From the fast frames of the video, you initially might think it's an advert for second hand leather, but no! Those wrinkled surfaces are in fact faces, and they're emitting words! They're The Rolling Stones and they've announced some live shows! Muzu.tv posted a video this morning that saw Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts reveal that they will be playing two shows at the O2 Arena in London on November 25th and 29th, and two shows in the Prudential Center in New Jersey on December 13th and 15th. The shows are great news for fans who've been speculating all year what the band might do to mark their 50th year in the music business; so far they've been relatively disappointed, with just a photograph and memorabilia gallery and a new greatest hits release to show for the anniversary.
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The Rolling Stones this year celebrated their 50th birthday as a band. It's the right year, therefore, for the band- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman- to release a greatest hits album, aptly titled 'GRRR', as well as some new music- the first to be released in 6 years, and it's been 20 years since their last hit.
'GRRR!' will include their biggest hits including 'I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)', 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'Street Fighting Man' alongside 47 others, or 77 others if you get the 80 track edition. The record will also include two new songs. 'Doom and Gloom' was released today to a soberly positive reception and a general feeling of excitement as they release dates for their upcoming tour.
The single harps back to a golden age of grit and energy that seemed to have faded in their later years. The Telegraph describes the track as an “energised, uptempto blues attack” and the NY Times states that it's a “classic, apocalyptic blues-rock-stomp”. But neither review seems entirely enamoured by the rock-veterans musical offerings. The general consensus seems to be that, although good, the track never quite reaches the heights that it promises, its potential is left unreached. “It lacks the real juice and wayward spirit of those bygone days.” However, one can't sniff at the clear effort that the band, whose average age is 68.25, is still putting into their music- it's admirable.
Continue reading: The Rolling Stones Release New Single, Part Of Their New Album 'GRRR!'
The Rolling Stones’ new single, ‘Doom and Gloom,’ one of two new songs on their forthcoming greatest hits compilation, Grrr!, due on November 12, is out, and we’ve had a listen.
The first thing to say is: well done to the guys for not producing and releasing a dubstep or electronica sound in a desperate and laughable attempt to glean a youthful audience. This is, intrinsically and quintessentially a Rolling Stones song, and for that; for managing to capture the raw, seemingly ephemeral sound that brought them a life of true rock and roll notoriety, we doff our entertainment caps at the ageing rockers. ‘Doom and Gloom’ is, at its core, a blues track with all the energy of a new born colt. Keith Richards and Ron Wood create a dirty rhythm upon which Jagger rasps his unclean vocals, and this all sways precipitously over a bespoke Charlie Watts beat.
"I had a dream last night that I was piloting a plane/And all the passengers were drunk and insane,” rasps Jagger - elongating every lyric he can get away with. In fact, the singing on the track is probably the least impressive thing about it, but when the mercurial frontman gives the mic a break, a harmonica solo ensues, and it works. It would be easy to reject anything new from such a legendary rock outfit. We could say it’s nothing original, and that they’ve past their best. And whilst they probably have, as long as they’re making decent songs, they might as well have fun whist it lasts.
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I adopted my own unique ocean coordinate - you can back @ProjectZero on Kickstarter to secure protection for two in… https://t.co/dIXvdJs9yr
Goats Head Soup 2020 is coming September 4th featuring unheard tracks, demos, outtakes, live performances & more! Y… https://t.co/6SM7q6FE3p
It’s so sad to hear of Steve Bing’s passing. He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and… https://t.co/b7k0dErcrK
Here’s some of the music that’s been inspiring me lately.. https://t.co/liUoE42Zxf
Happy birthday for tomorrow dear Charlie! Love Mick https://t.co/xUmSByeGPX
Hope you have a happy birthday @ronniewood! Love Mick https://t.co/oS45U6gj9H
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