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martes, 25 de diciembre de 2012

The Rolling Stones offer holiday greetings

The Rolling Stones are offering a series of holiday greetings to fans.

The band has posted individual photos with handwritten messages.

Keith Richards: “Happy Holidays to all of you. Gold rings on you.”

Mick Jagger: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our friends everywhere.”

Charlie Watts: “Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Thank you for everything.”

Ronnie Wood: Hey you Stones fans – Happy Christmas!!!”

Mick Taylor: “Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to Rolling Stones fans worldwide. Thank you for your support.”

All the images were posted via the Stones' Facebook page except for Jagger’s, which surfaced on his own Facebook page.

The Stones just wrapped up their 50 & Counting tour, which featured a series of five shows split between London, New York and New Jersey.

More Rolling Stones Dates...?

Stones wrap up their tour with a string of special guests...but are more dates a possibility?

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their 50 & Counting Tour on Saturday night in New Jersey.

The band were supported by the cream of rock and pop royalty, including Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys, John Mayer, Gark Clark Jr. and former Stone Mick Taylor.

The Jersey concert was the fifth and final date of the mini-tour, but fans may have a light on the horizon as rumours abound that more dates will be announced the celebrate the band's 50th Anniversary.

Last Friday, a date for April 12, 2013 at the Coachella Festival appeared on the official Stones App.

Despite being taken down mere hours later, fans had already taken screen-captures of the date and flung them around the world via social media.

lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

Best Christmas Songs for members of The Beatles by Mr.Q Blog

‘Christmas Time Is Here Again’

The Beatles
Fan Club Single, 1967
Between 1963 and 1969 The Beatles treated their fans to a special gift at Christmas with a record that was unavailable elsewhere. This six minute dose of holiday cheer was originally recorded in 1967 as a fan-club record but wasn’t officially released until 1995 as part of the ‘Anthology’ series. Released on the ‘Free As A Bird’ CD single, this version gets edited down to three minutes but is still a favored number by fans of the Fab Four. Chances are, you’ll be humming it for days. Superimposed near the end of the song are some spoken word seasonal greetings that were taped in 1966, followed by one of John Lennon’s free-versed poems.

‘Wonderful Christmas Time’

Paul McCartney & Wings
Single, 1979
Simply having a fit yet? There’s no middle ground here, you either love it or hate it. It’s Paul and Linda being all lovey-dovey, repeating the same lyric over and over — “ding-dong-ding dong” — enjoying the festivities as only members of a band called ‘Wings’ can. Pure pop, pure Paul, pure synth delight. If you’re considering making a move under the mistle-toe this year you can’t go wrong if this song is playing. Go for it.

‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’

John & Yoko The Plastic Ono Band
Single, 1971
If this song by John and Yoko doesn’t make you shed a tear at least once in your lifetime, you really are a grinch. This protest song about the Vietnam War has become a Christmas standard. It is based on the (1969) campaign that found John and Yoko renting billboards in major cities proclaiming “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko.” It’s produced by Phil Spector and features children from the Harlem Community Choir on backing vocals. It’s a song that poses the question “what have we done?” and the lyrics are double edged in politics and passion. It’s painfully honest, yet the message of peace is loud and clear and it’s one that we still hope for, 40 Christmas’ later.
Listen to ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’

domingo, 23 de diciembre de 2012

Strange Deaths of Rock Stars

Brian Jones – Death by Misadventure

Brian Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones, and contributed heavily to their early success. But as time went on he felt pushed aside by the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and his growing drug problem also helped alienate him from his bandmates, who fired him in June of 1969.

Jones was discovered dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. Coroners ruled his death an accident, noting his alcohol and substance abuse played a role and calling it “death my misadventure.” Theories and rumors have swirled for decades that the former Stone was murdered, though despite a new investigation in 2008, nothing has ever been proven.

Keith Relf – Electrocuted While Playing Guitar

Keith Relf is best known to rock music fans as the lead singer and harmonica player from the Yardbirds, the British blues rock band that spawned the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

After his departure, the New Yardbirds went on to become Led Zeppelin. The musician and singer also founded the group Renaissance with his sister, Jane Relf, and he had a brief solo career.

Relf died on May 14, 1976 in a bizarre incident at his home. The veteran musician was apparently playing an improperly grounded electric guitar in his basement recording studio when he was electrocuted.

Steve Peregrin Took – Choked on a Cocktail Cherry

Born Stephen Ross Porter, Took borrowed his rock and roll stage name from a character in ‘The Hobbit,’ and by 1967 the multi-instrumentalist had joined Marc Bolan to form the duo Tyrannosaurus Rex. By 1969, Took’s push to perform more of his own material — as well as his drug use — had driven a wedge between the pair, and Took was fired from the group.

He went on to a series of short-lived bands, but never came close to the success Bolan achieved without him. Took died on Oct. 27, 1980 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry. Though he and his girlfriend had ingested both morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.

Dennis Wilson – Drunk Diving

Drunk driving kills plenty of people every year, but Dennis Wilson may be the only drunk diving fatality we’ve ever heard of. The Beach Boys drummer’s fast, volatile life included five marriages to four different women, as well as the typical excesses of rock stardom, including a serious addiction to alcohol. But he liked to relax and get away from it all on his yacht at Marina Del Rey.

The drummer and singer drowned on Dec. 28, 1983 while diving from his yacht after drinking all day. Wilson was reportedly trying to recover some items he had thrown overboard three years earlier. He was 39 years old. To add insult to fatal injury, his drum chair was taken over by John Stamos from TV’s ‘Full House.’

Musician Mug Shots

Keith Richards

Amazingly, Keith Richards‘ 1972 arrest wasn’t for anything drug-related. He and Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger were both arrested following a fight with a photographer in Rhode Island.

We’re not sure what the scuffle was about, but if Richards was trying not to have his picture taken, he obviously missed out on that goal, plus, he had to go to a police station to do so.

Mick Jagger

With all the incredible experiences they’ve shared over the decades, it’s no surprise Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have also been arrested together on more than one occasion.

This Jagger mug shot comes from a 1967 drug raid on Richards’ house, which resulted in the singer spending a few nights in jail before making bail. We’ll see more of the Stones later on this list.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison of the Doors allegedly shared a bit too much with the audience of a March 1969 Miami, Fla. concert audience, allegedly revealing his private parts to the crowd during the show.

He was convicted the following year for indecent exposure and profanity, but he and his bandmates always strongly denied any wrongdoing, and in 2010 the state of Florida pardoned him.

Steven Tyler

We’ve all made mistakes during those difficult teenage years, right? So maybe it’s fairly easy to forgive Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for being busted for marijuana possession at age 18.

Of course, since that 1967 incident Tyler’s had a few more battles with substance abuse, but he seems to emerge stronger and wiser each time.

Jimi Hendrix

Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was arrested at the Toronto, ONT airport in May of 1969 for possession of heroin and hashish. Which is weird, because who thinks of mind-expanding drugs when they listen to his music?

Luckily, Canadian official believed Jimi’s story, that a well-meaning fan had slipped the junk into his luggage as a present, and Hendrix was cleared of all charges.

Janis Joplin

Less than a year before her untimely death, Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 17, 1969 for disorderly conduct as a result of her behavior at a concert the evening before.

The singer apparently had a bunch of less-than-flattering things to say about the local police force from the stage of the concert. However, the charges were eventually overturned, with a judge ruling her statements fell under the realm of free speech.

David Bowie

David Bowie, Iggy Pop and two female friends were busted for felony possession of half a pound of marijuana back in March of 1976 at the Americana Hotel in Rochester, N.Y., following a nearby concert. Bowie was held in the Monroe County jail for a few hours before being freed on bail — but this swanky mug shot wasn’t taken until he returned a few days later to face arraignment. The four ended up skating on all charges.

Glenn Frey

Eagles legend Glenn Frey was probably just chasing a peaceful, easy feeling in Columbus, Ohio back in May of 1973, but instead he got arrested for drug possession and public intoxication.

Do you think its possible the cops were looking for his frequent bandmate and former extreme prankster Joe Walsh instead?


Any rock fan worth his or her salt is aware of the “live fast, die young” mythology surrounding the music — and lord knows we’ve all seen more than enough musicians succumb to the stereotype. But a new study suggests the phenomenon might be far more widespread than previously believed.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a team of UK scientists observed nearly 1,500 artists from across a wide variety of musical genres over a 50-year span, and were startled to discover that nearly 10 percent of them passed away during the study.

But before you put down your guitar out of fear for your health, don’t worry — it wasn’t the music. In fact, as the WSJ puts it, “Nearly 39% of those deaths were caused by factors related to violence or alcohol and drug intake.” This conclusion wasn’t lost on the team conducting the study, who named the paper summarizing their findings ‘Dying to be Famous.’

Interestingly, the study also found that solo performers are more likely to die young than members of a band, with 23 percent of North American artists succumbing on their own against 10 percent of those who were part of a group. Also helpful: Rising to fame after the peak of the sex ‘n’ drugs era of the ’70s, when the long-term effects of a hedonistic lifestyle became more widely known and the record industry became more of a business and less of a wild frontier. As the study put it, “Reaching fame from 1980 onwards was independently associated with a higher relative survival.”


Love letters written by Mick Jagger to American actress Marsha Hunt during the summer of 1969 have been auctioned by Sothebys for more than twice the expected sum. An unidentified buyer paid over $300K for 10 passionate, revealing letters that came during a time of much turbulence for the Rolling Stones frontman.

In fact “turbulent” is an understatement. In the weeks and months before penning the missives during the shooting of the movie ‘Ned Kelly’ in Australia, Jagger had fired and buried guitarist Brian Jones and watched his relationship with singer Marianne Faithfull slowly fall apart. It seems like his secret affair with Hunt was something he leaned on during a difficult time. They dated in secret and eventually had a child together before separating.

Hunt, who inspired the band’s 1971 hit ‘Brown Sugar,’ was an American-born actress and model who was enjoying success in London as the star of ‘Hair.’ She graced the cover of many magazines and was eventually asked by the band to appear in a publicity photo shoot for the single ‘Honky Tonk Woman.’ She declined, but Jagger later showed up at her flat and the romance bloomed. The interracial relationship was initially kept a secret.

According the listing at Sotheby‘s, Jagger muses (albeit only briefly) about everything from the death of Jones to his failing relationship with Faithfull. He shares his enthusiasm for an acting career, pens lyrics for the song ‘Monkey Man’ and offers opinions on pop culture (“… John & Yoko boring everybody …”).

Hunt sold the letters because she need the money to repair her house in France. The now 66-year-old Hunt and Jagger still keep in touch and the famous rocker has been active in their daughter Karis’ life.



sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2012

Fleetwood Mac Announce Details for 2013 Tour Dates

Fleetwood Mac‘s 2013 tour, will kick off on April 4 in Columbus, OH. The 34-city trek will wrap on June 12 in Detroit. Next year also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the essential Rumours album, and to coincide with the tour and anniversary, a new deluxe reissue of Rumours with previously unreleased studio and live tracks will be released via Rhino in early 2013. The current lineup includes Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Having started Fleetwood Mac with John McVie in 1967, it has always been so gratifying that despite the various incarnations, the band has survived,” said Fleetwood in a statement. “Throughout the years, though, the one thing that has remained constant is our fans. I am looking forward to getting back behind the kit, reconnecting with the fans and sharing the stage with my fellow band members.

Thin Lizzy announce new name

Thin Lizzy will officially be no more after their upcoming Australian tour with Kiss and Motley Crue. Scott Gorham has revealed his new band will be called Black Star Riders.

'We've got a new band with myself, Ricky Warwick, David Johnson, Marco Mendoza and Jimmy Degrasso. We have started another band called Black Star Riders,' Scott tells

Fans will hear new music from Black Star Riders early in 2013. 'We are getting into the studio in January,' he said. 'We will be recording that in Los Angeles with the producer Kevin Shirley. Then a month or two after that we'll come out and see you guys. We will be doing the whole Thin Lizzy thing out there. Then we'll come back to the UK, take a couple of weeks off and start the rehearsal for the Black Star Riders tour in the UK and Europe'.

Black Star Riders will still play homage to its Thin Lizzy origins. 'Obviously because everybody knows where we came from and what we do it is kind of a must. We will be playing most of the Black Star Riders album but I don't think we'd get away without playing a few Thin Lizzy songs,' he said.

Brian has decided on the new Black Star Riders name because his Think Lizzy co-founder Brian Downey does not want to continue after the Australian tour. 'I know that Brian Downey wanted to take a bit of a break from the road because our touring schedule has been grueling for three years,' Scott says. 'He wanted to take a little break from it. Darren Wharton, the keyboard player, he's got his other band and he is also working in a movie. Jimmy Degrasso is on drums. I don't think we are actually going to have keyboards in Black Star Riders. You never know what's going to happen down the road but that is the set-up right now with that'.

However Scott is not writing off the return of Thin Lizzy sometime in the future. 'Over here there are advertisements saying 'The Farewell Tour'. It's not really a farewell tour. It is more of a farewell to this grueling touring schedule,' he says. 'We are taking a break from Thin Lizzy. The Black Star Riders is not just a side-project. It is a well and true and proper band. We'll still go out as Thin Lizzy. There are still certain big festivals that we will do. Thin Lizzy is still on the horizon, we will still go out and do that but in the meantime we have Black Star Riders that we are going to concentrate on also'.

Ronnie Wood marries with Rod Stewart as best man

Two British newspapers say Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has married his fiancee Sally Humphreys at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel.

The Sun quoted Wood as saying "I'm feeling great" as he and his bride kissed and posed for pictures outside the exclusive hotel in London's upscale Mayfair district.

The newspapers said the guests included singer Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster as well as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell.

A call and an email to Wood's U.S.-based agent weren't immediately returned Saturday.

The Daily Mirror reports that the 65-year old rock star tied the knot at London's Dorchester Hotel in a secret ceremony with just a few family and friends.

Although the wedding was meant to be a secret Mick Jagger introduced Ronnie as 'Ron Wedding Bells Wood' at the Stones show in Newark last Saturday.

The couple became engaged just last month around the premiere of the Rolling Stones 'Crossfire Hurricane' documentary. Ronnie invited Sally's parents to the premiere and asked her father for her hand in marriage the next day.

Sally is Wood's third wife. He was married to his previous wife Jo for 24 years. They split in 2008 and divorced last year. Ronnie was married to his first wife Krissy from 1971 to 1978.

The Rolling Stones have just completed the five shows for their '50 and Counting' 50th anniversary. During the final show last Saturday in New Jersey, Mick Jagger alluded to the chance of more shows for the Stones in 2013.

Ravi Shankar Honored in Memorial Service

'Their hearts and minds were intertwined,' says George Harrison's widow

About 700 people gathered yesterday in Encinitas, California to say goodbye to world music pioneer and sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar,

Ravi Shankar's daughters, Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, along with the wife of late Beatle George Harrison said their final goodbyes to the Indian sitar virtuoso on Thursday at a public memorial service in Encinitas, California.

The legendary musician and composer, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaboration with The Beatles, died on December 11 in Southern California. He was 92.

Olivia Harrison, the widow of Beatles guitarist George Harrison, told Reuters the three-time Grammy winner who formed a musical and spiritual bond with The Beatle "expressed music at its deepest level."

"As a person he was just sweet and seemed to know everything," she added. "He was a true citizen of the world."

Shankar is credited with popularizing Indian music through his work with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and The Beatles beginning in the mid-1960s, inspiring George Harrison to learn the sitar and the British band to record songs like "Norwegian Wood" (1965) and "Within You, Without You" (1967).

"He completely transformed (George's) musical sensibilities," a tearful Harrison told the crowd. "They exchanged ideas and melodies until their hearts and minds were intertwined like a double helix."
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His friendship with Harrison led him to appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock pop festivals in the late 1960s and the 1972 Concert for Bangladesh. He became one of the first Indian musicians to become a household name in the West.

His influence in classical music, including on composer Philip Glass, was just as large. His work with Menuhin on their "West Meets East" albums in the 1960s and 1970s earned them a Grammy, and he wrote concertos for sitar and orchestra for both the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

"I always felt like a little crumb in his presence," Zubin Mehta, a former music director of the New York Philharmonic and collaborator with Shankar, said at the service.

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock also attended the service along with "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright, the husband of Shankar's daughter Anoushka.

Shankar, who had lived in Encinitas for the past 20 years, had suffered from upper respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last week at a hospital in San Diego.

The surgery was successful but he was unable to recover.

Shankar's final concert was on November 4 in Long Beach, California, with his Grammy-winning sitarist daughter Anoushka, who spoke giving thanks to those who came. Jones, the third Grammy-winner in the family, did not speak at the service.

Carlos Santana pays tribute to Deep Purple playing Smoke on the Water

Nearly 45 years after Deep Purple was assembled, some of rock and metal’s most celebrated acts such as Santana, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Label Society have paid tribute to the legendary act in the upcoming compilation ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head.’

‘Machine Head’ is one rock music’s most celebrated albums, containing immortal tracks such as ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Highway Star’ and ‘Space Truckin.’ The compilation will feature eclectic re-imaginings of ‘Machine Head’ tracks, as a wealth of musical giants teamed up to create the ‘Re-Machined’ album.

Here you have the classic version of the Smoke On The Water that makes Carlos Santana.

Carlos Santana - Smoke On The Water (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)

jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2012

The banned film of the Rolling Stones – Cocksucker Blues

The Greatest Rolling Stones Movie. You've Never Seen: 'Cocksucker Blues'

For today’s we’re posting a full documentary instead – The Rolling Stones: Cocksucker Blues. One of the most famous unreleased movies of all-time, Cocksucker Blues is a 93-minute documentary put together by Robert Frank that chronicles The Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American Tour so accurately that the band made sure it would never come out. Thankfully for us, and sadly for the band, Cocksucker Blues has been making the rounds in bootleg circles for decades.

Let’s think about the context: The Stones were making their first visit to the U.S. and Canada after the disastrous Altamont Festival which was chronicled in the 1970 film Gimme Shelter. Mick, Keef and the boys had just released Exile on Main St. and were at the height of their debaucherous ways as they toured the continent. And the filmmaker sure focused on the debauchery as there’s more sex and drugs than rock n’ roll. There’s only about 15 minutes worth of concert footage featuring songs such as Brown Sugar, Midnight Rambler and Street Fighting Man. However, for those looking for a glimpse of the backstage world of the Stones during their heyday, this should be perfect for you…

Gritty, tedious, funny, nauseating, thrilling and merciless, may be the most complete rock & roll documentary ever made. It is also the greatest Stones film most of their fans have never seen – at least never seen right, in a full-size theater with blow-you-back sound (when it counts, in the concert scenes), surrounded by a gasping, nervously chuckling audience.

Commissioned by the Stones, then made legendary and all but invisible after the band sued to prevent its distribution, Cocksucker Blues has circulated for years on bootleg video – how I first saw it – and can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube, with the usual deterioration in production values. For most of the last four decades, according to the settlement of that suit, Cocksucker Blues could be shown publicly only five times a year (usually at cinephile events) with Frank present.

Things are loosening up. Cocksucker Blues was shown on November 15th at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of a two-week festival, The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film. (The festival runs through December 2nd.) Frank did not appear at the screening, while the Stones had just left the building, having attended the series' opening the night before and participating in an onstage interview with playwright Tom Stoppard. The near-collision was the closest thing to an official blessing the Stones have given Frank's movie since he made it.

More Sex and Drugs Than Rock & Roll

Frank, now 88, is a Swiss-born photographer and filmmaker whose jarring hyper-realist portraiture – a product of unusual cropping, light and focus – made him a Beat-culture hero. Jack Kerouac wrote the introduction to the 1959 American edition of Frank's book, The Americans; that year, Frank directed Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat figures in the improvised curio, Pull My Daisy.

Frank's ragged quilt of freak-parade and band-on-the-run images on the cover of the Stones' 1972 album, Exile on Main St., encouraged the group to give him carte blanche on the subsequent tour, allowing him to film the Stones and their entourage without instruction or restriction. The Stones similarly let Albert and David Maysles run free in 1969, all the way to Altamont, to lethal consequence in Gimme Shelter. But Frank caught a different kind of ruin: the dull excess and suffocating ennui that sucked up the 22 hours of each day between Stones shows.

Cocksucker Blues is named after a notorious Stones recording – just piano and singer Mick Jagger, in X-rated lonely-boy agony – that the band submitted as a final fuck-you single to their original, despised British label, Decca. (It was rejected.) The song, heard early in Frank's movie, is blunt and drab. So are the open sex and flagrant drug use that follow. The main shock is how little pleasure or high anyone gets from the action: the groupies, who are basically paying their fare for a place in the Stones' orbit; the druggies, who speak the kind of slurred disconnected nonsense that only other users think is hip and wise; and most of all, the Stones themselves.

They are hardly innocents. Guitarist Mick Taylor is seen passing through one hotel room, looking for pick-me-up. Guitarist Keith Richards, then well into his storied romance with heroin, appears in a painfully extended after-show scene in a deep-sleep heap on an arena-locker-room bench. He does not look like he's just taking a nap, waiting for Jagger to finish entertaining Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun next door.

A Rush of Blood

Mostly the Stones are seen drowning in boredom, dragging their disheveled court behind them with condescending resignation. In one sequence, the band members ditch the tour plane for a car ride through the South to the next gig. A stop at a roadhouse, for drinks and a few rounds of pool with the locals, is a rare good time away from the mayhem. But Jagger is relieved, he says at one point in the car, to just be away from "the 39 people" that follow him everywhere. (How times change: When the Stones arrive next month for their shows in Brooklyn and Newark, that will probably be the size of the catering crew.)

But Frank also shot the Stones onstage – and the handful of songs that he included in Cocksucker Blues are the reason to wade through everything else. The Stones in 1972 were magnificently raw and feral, at the peak of their era with Taylor, and the music comes like a rush of blood to the head, especially after the eternity of shadows: Jagger's mock-whipping breakdown in "Midnight Rambler;" a tent-show-gospel jam with opening act Stevie Wonder; Jagger and Richards' ragamuffin-brother harmonizing in "Happy." It is a telling contrast, in Frank's narrative: everything offstage is shown in an odd, eerie monotone of black, white and watery blue, as if we're watching it all happen in a dirty fishtank; Jagger, in "Street Fighting Man," comes in colors.

After rejecting Frank's account of the '72 tour, the Stones quickly replaced it with Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones, shot at shows in Texas and released in 1974. That movie had a lot more music and was a lot more fun. But it lacked Frank's sordid, honest context and wicked humor. The latter, in particular, puts the truth and evolution of touring in perspective, especially at this calendar distance. In '72, to the local hotel staffs in the huge then-uncharted space between New York and Los Angeles, the Stones were exotic animals. To the Stones, common sense was everyone else's second language. Of special delight: a negotiation on the phone with room service over an order for a bowl of fruit.

An Inconvenient Truth

Not so funny: the eventual soul and body count. By the end of 1974, Taylor had quit the Stones, deciding that he needed to leave in order to survive. In the closing credits of Cocksucker Blues, second cameraman Daniel Seymour is listed as "junkie soundman." It's supposed to be a joke; he later paid, fatally, for his addiction.

Cocksucker Blues looks like it was made a lifetime ago; that's just as well. Complain all you want about the military attention to detail and spectacle on major rock tours now – there is, gratefully, a lot less hurt in their wake. But Frank, who was almost twice as old as the Stones in 1972, saw the desperation in his subjects – the daily fight for satisfaction – and recorded it without sympathy or judgment. Cocksucker Blues is a blunt accounting of the price of life in the world's greatest rock band and the struggle, by everyone else, to stay upright in the slipstream. The Stones were there for the songs and work as well as the tawdry pleasure. (A key scene: Jagger and Richards listening to a test pressing of "Happy," analyzing the mix on the single.) Others were there for the glory, as much or as little as they could get. They thought it was everything.

They were wrong, a truth best seen as I did at MoMA: large and loud.

miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2012

Brian May tipped to replace astronomer Sir Patrick Moore

Queen guitarist Dr. Brian May isn't just known for his unique way of manipulating six strings with high tension floating above some magnets, he also knows his way around a quasar and this knowledge could see him hosting the BBC's long-running program The Sky At Night.

The Sky At Night is a monthly astronomy show that has been hosted by Sir Patrick Moore since its inception in 1957 but following his death earlier this month at age 89 the BBC have been looking to fill his shoes.

'Both of them have a terrific gift for communication, which I must say I am quite jealous of,' Professor David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society told The Daily Mail. 'Brian is an enthusiast for astronomy, exactly like Patrick. Patrick cared about the moon as much as black holes as much as life on Mars. He didn't discriminate. The problem with professional astronomers is that all of us have our favourite bits but Patrick could talk about anything.'

'Brian has wide experience and would grow into the job if he was given a free hand. It has got to be a larger-than-life character but no one can ever match Patrick in that regard,' Dr. Richard Miles ' former president of the British Astronomial Association also told the paper.

May left his PhD studies after Queen found success in the 1970s but like anyone who gets a taste of science, it kept niggling at his brain until he returned to finish his work in 2007. He was awarded a doctorate from Imperial College London. His guitar playing is one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in music history.

Queen fans might not realise this, but the song '39 was written by Brian May. It is a journey song with the story corrected for relativistic time-dilation. Physics fans will squeal with delight at the line 'For so many years have gone yet I'm older but a year, your mother's eyes from your eyes call to me':


Ya puedes comprar en iTunes y otros lugares, parte del sonido del fabuloso.concierto del 12-12-12 en el Madison Square Garden, y que puedes disfrutar en este mismo blog.

Pero lo que puedes comprar está muy amputado. Entre lo que no aparece y lo que aparece es terrible. Por ejemplo….

No aparece el ‘Born to Run’ con Bon Jovi. Tampoco ‘Money’ de Roger Waters. Tampoco el ‘Who say you can´t go home’ de Bon Jovi con Bruce. La fenomenal ‘Brand new me’ de Alicia Keys. De los Who, nada de ‘Pinball Wizzard’.

Y lo inadmisible es que de Paul Mc Caryney, el astro de la noche, sólo aparezca ‘Helter Skelter’. Nada del ‘Cut me som slack’ con Krist Novoselic y Dave Grohl. Ni el ‘Valentine’ con Diana Krall ni siquiera ‘Live and Let Die’.

¿Que es lo que ha pasado?. No me creo que en el caso de Paul haya querido cortarlo, porque esos temas estaban mal. En fin, otras de las típicas jugadas del “monopoly” de sir Paul Mc Cartney.

Esto es lo que aparece en la “versión” light:

Land of Hope and Dreams – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III – Roger Waters
Us and Them – Roger Waters
Comfortably Numb – Roger Waters feat. Eddie Vedder
Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version) – Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
Got To Be Better In A Little While – Eric Clapton
Crossroads – Eric Clapton
You Got Me Rocking – The Rolling Stones
Jumpin Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
No One – Alicia Keys
Who Are You – The Who
Baba O’Reilly – The Who
Love Reign O’er Me – The Who
Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel
Moving Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
Viva La Vida – Chris Martin
Losing My Religion – Chris Martin feat. Michael Stipe
Us Against The World – Chris Martin
Helter Skelter – Paul McCartney
Empire State Of Mind – Alicia Keys

Esto es lo que se tocó en directo y se pudo ver en televisión.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Wrecking Ball”
“My City in Ruins” › “Working on a Building” › “Jersey Girl”
“Born to Run” con Jon Bon Jovi

Roger Waters
“Another Brick in the Wall”
“Us and Them”
“Comfortably Numb” con Eddie Vedder

Adam Sandler con Paul Schaffer
rewrite of “Hallelujah”

Bon Jovi
“It’s My Life”
“Wanted Dead or Alive”
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” con Bruce Springsteen
“Living on a Prayer”

Eric Clapton
“Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out”
“Got to get Better in a Little While”

Rolling Stones
“You Got Me Rocking”
“Jumpin Jack Flash”

Alicia Keys
“Brand New Me”
“No One”

The Who
“Who are You”
“Pinball Wizard” › “See Me, Feel Me”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Tea & Theatre”

Kanye West
Hizo un medley con:
“Jesus Walks”
“Run This Town”
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone”
“Touch the Sky”
“Gold Digger”
“Good Life”

Billy Joel
“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)”
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“New York State of Mind”
“River of Dreams”
“You May Be Right”
“Only the Good Die Young”

Chris Martin
“Viva la Vida”
“Losing My Religion” con Michael Stipe
“Us Against The World”

Paul McCartney
“Helter Skelter”
“Let Me Roll It”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”
“My Valentine” con Diana Krall
“Cut Me Some Slack” con Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
“I Got a Feeling”
“Live and Let Die”

Alicia Keys
“Empire State of Mind”

martes, 18 de diciembre de 2012

12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief - FULL CONCERT




Happy Birthday, Keith Richards!

It can be said without any hesitation whatsoever that no one individual better epitomizes the image of the outlaw rock star than Keith Richards. No one! Keith turns 69 today, December 18, a remarkable accomplishment, not only for the fact that he's a senior citizen and as irrepressible as ever, but also because he's still alive. Indeed, one of the most astonishing things about him is that for all his many harrowing encounters with mortality --- and morality, for that matter -- he's not only managed to cheat death, but to actually continue to function like most normal human beings. Yet, the fact is -- Keith Richards is not an ordinary human being. Despite drug use, run-ins with authority and even a fall from a tree in 2006, which necessitated life-threatening cranial surgery, somehow our man Keef has not only managed to survive, but to actually thrive.

The Stones celebrate 50 years, but in large part, it's Keith that's kept them rolling. He and Mick Jagger have written some of the greatest songs of the rock 'n' roll canon -- "Satisfaction," "Start Me Up," "Paint It Black, "Get Off My Cloud," "Beast of Burden" and literally scores more -- while fronting concerts that rank among the most celebrated shows of all time. Their tours that are legendary for their sheer decadence and disruption. Consequently, two new releases share part of the story -- an expanded reissue of Some Girls, the band's best album of the '70s, and a remarkable blu-ray of the same name that captures the Stones live in Texas in 1978 highlighting songs from that album.

Still, for all the great music, it's the antics that make him the stuff of legend. The numerous drug busts and his insurgent stance are of course well known -- Keith's surprisingly articulate autobiography, Life, fills in many of the gaps. But the full story has to also include the exploits captured in the widely circulated bootleg film Cocksuckers Blues, his bewildering admission that he actually snorted his father's ashes, his reckless romantic tryst with longtime girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, his oftentimes adversarial relationship with Jagger and the as yet unfounded rumor that he once underwent through a complete blood transfusion in Switzerland to help clear his system of heroin abuse.

Indeed, the establishment hasn't been kind; just last year, one person described him as "a capering streak of living gristle who ought to be exhibited as a warning to the young of what drugs can do to you even if you're lucky enough not to choke on your own vomit."

No greater homage has a rock star ever received.

I remember my own personal encounter with Keith and crew when I happened to run into the band on the beach in the Virgin Islands during a break from their '72 tour. There was Keith, resplendent in streaked blonde hair, leopard print bathing briefs and an attitude both fierce and indignant. "What have we here?" he asked, seeing me shyly observing his entourage and hesitant to intrude. "A Pinkerton guard?"

"Yeah right," I answered, hoping to fend off any kind of cruel comments."

"Yeah sure!" he replied, making mockery of my lame retort. It took Charlie Watt's assurance that I wasn't any kind of threat to put Keith in check.

Still to fully understand the man, it's probably best to turn to his book of proverbs, 2009's What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor, for a real clue as to what makes Richards rock. Herein are a few examples of the nuggets of wisdom from the improbable book of Keith:

"I would rather be a legend than a dead legend."

"Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed."

"I've never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen."

"Altamont, it could only happen to the Stones, man. Let's face it -- it wouldn't happen to the Bee Gees."

"There's nothing wrong with the gun. It's the people who are on the trigger. Guns are an inanimate object. A heroin needle's an inanimate object. It's what's done with it that's important."

"That Adolf (Hitler). What a piece of work."

"Cheese is very wrong."

"I've never turned blue in someone else's bathroom. I consider that the height of bad manners."

"When I was a junkie I used to be able to play tennis with Mick, go to the toilet for a quick fix and still beat him."

"I looked upon myself as a laboratory."

"I reckon our style came direct from the Three Stooges."

"Mine is a very nebulous spirituality."

"It seems strange that we do the same thing with the same boys all these years later. But it's like when you get drunk at a bar and wonder later how you got home. You know where you are -- you're home -- but how did you get there? That's the mystery."

As regards that last quote, there's also a great mystery surrounding Keith Richards. It mostly comes down to a single question: How has he survived? And a single response: who knows, but we're so glad that he has. It's not only the mystery, but the mystique that makes the man who he is. So happy birthday, Keith, you crazy kid; we hope you continue to cheat fate and have many more to come.