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Rolling Stones News: Jagger Jams at the White House and says Stones have ‘special plans’ for 50th Anniversary, Ronnie Wood U.K. TV Show, Stones ‘Hot Rocks’ Tribute concert (video)
Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and other blues greats performed Tuesday night (Feb. 21) at the White House's East Room for a celebration of the blues. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the concert in recognition of Black History Month.
Obama joked that as President he can't enjoy an evening out , "There are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit."
Obama said blues music was the forerunner to the rock and roll, R&B and hip-hop genres. He said the blues had "humble beginnings -- roots in slavery and segregation, a society that rarely treated black Americans with the dignity and respect that they deserved. The blues bore witness to these hard times and like so many of the men and women who sang them, the blues refused to be limited by the circumstances of their birth."
B.B. King got the music portion of the concert started with renditions of "Let the Good Times Roll" and “The Thrill Is Gone.” Jagger performed “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and “Miss You.”
Obama, who performed Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a New York fundraiser a few weeks ago, showed off his vocal prowess again Tuesday night, joining the other musicians for a performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" in a nod to his hometown.
USA Today's Cindy Clark chatted with Mick Jagger following his performance Tuesday night at the all-star blues tribute at the White House. 'In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,' which airs tomorrow (Monday Feb. 27) on PBS stations nationwide (times may vary).
How was performing at the White House? Were you nervous?
I wasn't really nervous. I don't know why I wasn't nervous. I don't really get nervous. The only thing that makes me nervous is live television, and I didn't even know it was going to be live streamed! Because live television is live television and you get slightly worried. But the actual gig, when you've done the rehearsal on the stage the day before and you've gone through everything and everything seems to be fine, you don't really get nervous. I don't anyway. But everyone seemed to be very relaxed.
I got that feeling, the performers weren't really that nervous. It's a difficult strange room because you're not in a club, and the president's there, but when it comes down to it, in the end when you're up there and you're playing, once you start the first few bars, you're doing what you do. That's how I think of it.
What did you think of Obama's spontaneous singing at the end of the evening? (the president was handed the microphone by Guy and sang a couple of lines from Sweet Home Chicago)
It was fun, I'm glad he did that. It was really sporty. Buddy Guy kind of fixed him with a beady eye. He (Obama) was just walking off and I couldn't believe how Buddy is — he's very like that, when he wants something, he focuses in on it. Did you hear what he said? Something like, 'I heard you singing Al Green's songs … you're not going to get away with this.' He (Obama) was so reluctant, but that reluctance — you've got to do it.
I heard you got a tour of the White House … what was that like?
It was great, we went to the East Wing, the public part, and then we went and had a great tour of the West Wing. It was really interesting, and I've been once before but it was great to do it with my family. We saw all of these different rooms that you normally wouldn't get to see and we talked to all sorts of people who work there. It was really a great afternoon.
Which honor was greater: performing for Obama or being knighted by the Prince of Wales?
They were both great honors!
The Stones started in the blues, and you're obviously a huge fan. What do you think of the state of the blues now?
I don't really know what the state of blues is right now, to be honest. There are all different kinds of blues and people playing it. It's always good to get younger people, some of the very old people will give up playing, stop playing, but you've got young people coming through in every area and different kinds of styles. Blues never — not since the '50s —sold records. But it's popular live and has its audience.
Do you think current rock bands are carrying the torch as well as rock bands in the '60s did?
Well, they have to. Who else is going to do it? There's a lot of current rock bands … I felt like on the Grammys that the Foo Fighters did the best song of the night. Their first number. I thought that was really exciting and real, whatever that means. It felt kind of vibe-y and real and energetic. And they may not be teenagers, but they certainly worked it. And I thought that was a good moment.
Any special plans for the Stones' 50th anniversary this year?
We have lots of special things planned, but I'm not telling you what they are!
Not even one thing?
Well, I don't know what's been announced and what hasn't been announced, but everyone asks me about the shows. We haven't announced any shows yet, but I do hope that something happens, even though nothing's booked. There will be lots of lovely things.
Did you ever think back in the early '60s you'd still be performing today?
Of course I did! The thing was, way back in the '60s we used to go and see performers that were the same age I am now. So I suppose in the back of my mind I hadn't ruled that out. Now we're still doing great things. You've got to have a high energy level. You can't have a low energy level in this kind of music. That's the thing, you've got to keep going. Obviously, you're not going to be the same energy level as when you were 20, but you've still got to put it out there, and that's what I always try and do.
When are you guys going to get back in the studio and record another album?
I've written a lot of songs, but I don't have any concrete plans.
Who are you listening to these days?
My album that I listen to is the Black Keys' El Camino, which I like very much.
I asked our readers if there was anything they'd like me to ask you, and one question came up repeatedly. I'm sure you know what that question is …
Yeah, I do.
Well then, what's your take on Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger? It's still going strong on the radio.
I know! It's been on there so long so someone must like it. It's very catchy. I could say I wish I had written it, but wouldn't that be weird? It's fun, very young children like it, which is always cool and funny. But what am I going to say? I'm not going to be mean about it, am I?
I like Maroon 5, we toured with them and everything. But that's not really like a Maroon 5 song, that's the other funny thing. It's not really their kind of thing, so they're probably as surprised by the success of it as I am. It's very catchy pop, isn't it? It's funny. Only thing is, it puts a bit of pressure on me when I go out dancing!
What was Fashion Week like? (Jagger's longtime girlfriend is designer L'Wren Scott)
It was great! And one thing I've got to say is it was so great to see the first lady wearing L'Wren Scott clothes when we were at the White House the other day. So that was really good. And I didn't see much of Fashion Week because I only came up for the last day. I'm not really that much of a Fashion Week groupie, but I went to L'Wren's show and that was great.
What are your plans for Oscars on Sunday? Are you rooting for anyone in particular to win?
I'm not going this year, but I'll be watching on TV. I'm not rooting — I'm not a great Oscar rooter, but I love the fashions.
The first episode of the TV version of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood's award-winning radio show, premiered on the Sky Arts network in the U.K. Friday night. The Sky Arts website posted a couple of preview videos from the program, with Wood chatting with Alice Cooper.
Among the highlights of the debut installment of The Ronnie Wood Show are the host and Cooper attempting to perform the Everly Brothers classic "Wake Up Little Susie" together; Wood playing "Claudine," a rarity from The Rolling Stones' recently released deluxe Some Girls reissue, for the shock rocker; and Cooper sharing his early love for The Stones and other British Invasion groups. Check out the clips here.
In a new interview with Radio Times, Wood revealed that he and his band mates are "all ready to go" on the much-speculated-about outing. "(It's just) a matter of tying up loose ends," Wood told the magazine. He also confirmed that The Stones got together to jam in London in December. "It was great, keeping our chops together, that's what we love. Basically, get the boys feeling comfortable with each other. We're all happy -- we were happy before Christmas. It's getting better each time." Wood did point out, however, that the trek still isn't set in stone, noting that "each week brings a new development."
An impressive lineup will perform at the 40th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones 'Hot Rocks 1964-71' tribute concert scheduled for March 13 at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. 21 acts will perform the 21 songs featured on the album. Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter, John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and David Johansen (New York Dolls) are the most recent musicians to joining the show. Previously announced artists who will appear at the show are Art Garfunkel, Ronnie Spector, Marianne Faithfull, Rickie Lee Jones, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Taj Mahal and Rosanne Cash.
The event is the latest in a series of all-star tribute shows organized by entrepreneur Michael Dorf that have been held at Carnegie Hall in recent years. Proceeds raised by the concert will be distributed between eight charities that provide music education to underprivileged youths.
The promoters of the Michael Jackson tribute concert have dropped KISS from the upcoming show because of negative comments that KISS Gene Simmons made about Jackson in interviews after his death two years ago. Simmons talked about his suspicions that Jackson was a pedophile.
The promoters tell TMZ.com, "We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons. Under the circumstances we fully agree that even though KISS is a band Michael admired we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert."
In a 2010 issue of U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Gene Simmons told journalist Geoff Barton he believed Jackson was a child molester despite the fact that the singer was acquitted of child-molestation charges.
"I knew Michael," Simmons was quoted as saying. "I ran into him a few times. I met him the first time before he became the superstar, when he was sort of teenagey, when he was still a Jackson Five. This was in the Cher days, when Cher and I lived together. But as time moved on, and no matter what my fond memories and fond images of Michael were, with one allegation of pedophilia after another and another and another…Oh dear."
Simmons went on to say that he knew some of the musicians Jackson toured with, and cited one who quit after seeing "boys coming out of the hotel rooms...Well, you know, where there's smoke there's fire. There's no question in my mind he molested those kids. Not a doubt."
Simmons also said, "There's never been a single female of any age that I've ever known about who has ever made a claim that she has had a physical relationship with Michael, ever. The only sexual references ever made about Michael Jackson that were made by anyone, anywhere around the world, have always been made by kids, and specifically males usually 10 to 14 years of age; never females, that age or older, and never grown men."
Before being dropped, KISS signed up to pay tribute to Michael Jackson in an October concert that will feature Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green and JLS.
Musicians who played in Jackson's touring band for the past two decades will also reunite as the house band for "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert" in Cardiff, Wales, according to promoter Global Live Events.