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Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary photo exhibit and book, Band members jam at Bluesfest London 2012, Mick Jagger’s daughter gets married, Keith Richards co-produces new album from Aaron Neville (video)

by on Jul.07, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary photo exhibit and book, Band members jam at Bluesfest London 2012, Mick Jagger’s daughter gets married, Keith Richards co-produces new album from Aaron Neville (video)

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones will attend a photo exhibit in their honor on July 12th in London. The day marks the 50th anniversary to the day of their first gig at London's Marquee Club. The Somerset House will showcase prints and photographs ranging from concert images and studio shots to negatives and outtakes from throughout the band's history.

"This is our story of 50 fantastic years," said the band in a statement. "We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago."

The band debuted as The Rollin' Stones on July 12, 1962. The band included Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Brian Jones (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums.) The exhibit will open free to the public on July 13th and run until August 27th. The band recently unveiled an updated logo to mark their 50th anniversary, and they are strongly considering playing at least one live show this year to celebrate their longevity.

The party will roll on into next year as well. "The Stones always really considered 1963 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn't actually join until January," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year."

Among their many exciting plans for the anniversary is the photo book, 'The Rolling Stones: 50.' Published by Thames and Hudson, it features rare and previously unseen photos from across their career.

Here a video clip of the book being printed in China (oh joy), and the first copies being opened at the Thames and Hudson offices in London.

The Rolling Stones have unveiled a modified version of their famous tongue-and-lips logo in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The image was designed by popular graphic artist Shephard Fairey, and features the classic logo surrounded by the wording "The Rolling Stones 50 Years," with the "Stones" modified so that the first "S" actually is a number five and the "O" is a zero.

The original tongue-and-lips logo was created in 1971 by designer John Pasche and first appeared on The Stones' Sticky Fingers album.

Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman joined Ronnie Wood at the concert the guitarist headlined on June 30th as part of 'Bluesfest London 2012.' The show was be a tribute to the Chess Records label, and featured Wood and various musical friends performing such songs as Chuck Berry's "Maybelline," Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightnin'."

Mick Jagger gave away his daughter, Jade at her wedding on June 30th to festival promoter and disc jockey Adrian Fillary. Swapping vows at the Aynhoe Park Hotel near Banbury, Oxfordshire, the couple's ceremony was attended by celebs including Mick Jagger's second wife, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss (whose daughter Lila Grace was a flower girl) and Jade's parents, Mick and Bianca.

The 40-year-old fashion designer bride's daughters, Assisi, 20, and Amba, 17, (from her relationship with artist Piers Jackson) were bridesmaids. After the ceremony, the couple's friends and family gathered for a reception, also at the Aynhoe Park Hotel. The UK's Sun reported that Mick performed the Rolling Stones classic 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want' during Saturday’s ceremony as part of the couple's first dance.

 

New details have been announced about legendary New Orleans soul singer Aaron Neville's forthcoming doo-wop album, which is being co-produced by The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. The as-yet-untitled collection, which will be released by Blue Note Records, is due out in the fall. In addition to his production contributions, which he did alongside Don Was, Richards played guitar on the record. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench also is among the musicians that appear on the album.

"This was a dream session," says Richards. "The band fell right into the groove and Aaron sang like an angel. It was an honor!"

The album features a variety of doo-wop-era songs chosen by Neville himself. He says of the project, "When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me. I didn't care what else was goin' on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and the Orioles, Clyde McPhatter -- I was like a kid in a candy store."

 

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Rolling Stones featured in London Olympic campaign for offical time-keeper Omega (video)

by on Jun.01, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones featured in London Olympic campaign for offical time-keeper Omega (video)

One of the highest-profile advertisers for the London Games, official time-keeper Omega, is linking up for the Summer Games with one of London's highest-profile rock legends: The Rolling Stones.

"Just as the Beatles represent the Liverpool scene, the Rolling Stones represent the London scene of the '60s, '70s and beyond," says Omega President Stephen Urquhart. "We're really tapping into London and its musical heritage."

Urquhart did not say how much Omega paid for using the song – though this is the most expensive commercial the company has ever done – but told a reporter who guessed $500,000, "You're not far off."

It's been 80 years since OMEGA first timed an Olympic Games, and as Official Timekeeper for London 2012, OMEGA Watches will once again bear witness to Olympic glory. It's also 50 years since the Rolling Stones became a band and just over 31 years since "Start Me Up" first entered the charts! To mark this dual occasion, OMEGA has produced an extended Games-themed television commercial (a short version has also been released). The footage features the Rolling Stones' classic hit "Start Me Up", remixed especially for the commercial by producer Don Was. The on-screen footage features Chinese diver Qiu Bo, U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin, British heptathlete Jessica Ennis, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay, South African swimmer Chad Le Clos and U.S. pole vaulter Jenn Suhr -- all Olympic hopefuls and OMEGA Brand Ambassadors. The focus is on the athletes' routines and concentration in the pivotal minutes and seconds before competition, a moment in time for each athlete that can set the tone for a potentially life-changing performance.


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Beatles News: Listen to new ‘Kisses On the Bottom’ album, McCartney at the Grammys and 2012 Olympics?, George Harrison documentary up for multiple awards, missing ‘Here Comes the Sun’ guitar solo (video), Ringo Starr wants you to direct his new video and sits down with Russell Brand

by on Jan.31, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

First there were rumors out there that Led Zeppelin would reunite for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but they were shot down by Jason Bonham and Jimmy Page. Then a few reports cam out that Pink Floyd would get back together, but that's not happening as Roger waters will be busy with a North American tour. Now Paul McCartney has dropped hints that he may be a part of a special 2012 summer Olympics performance.

“I am seeing [an Olympics organizer] because there is something they want me to do,” Paul revealed during a recent press conference promoting his next album, ‘Kisses On the Bottom.’ “I might be doing something in the Olympics. I won’t know until then.” 'Kisses On the Bottom' will be released on Feb. 7, but you can get the full stream of the album now at www.npr.org 

McCartney is confirmed to be a part of this year's Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, two days before his new album is released.

Sir Paul will be honored as the 2012 Musicares 'Person of the Year' for his countless contributions to both music and philanthropy. In addition, his classic 1973 album, 'Band On The Run,' is nominated in the 'Best Historical Album' category. The album’s title song previously won a Grammy in 1974 for 'Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo Or Group.' The landmark disc was given the deluxe re-issue treatment last year as part of an ongoing reissue series of McCartney’s back catalog.

McCartney will add to the 14 Grammys he has already received.

 

The George Harrison documentary ‘Living In The Material World’, directed by Martin Scorsese has received three prestigious film nominations. The film, which aired on HBO in two parts last year. The documentary has received a Critics Choice Awards nomination for 'Best Documentary Feature,' and has been honored for three more nominations by The British Academy Film Awards, who have nominated it in the 'Best Documentary Category.'  The Director’s Guild Of America has cited Scorsese for 'Outstanding Directorial Achievement,' and the film’s editor, David Tedeschi, has also been nominated by the American Cinema Editors in the “Best Edited Documentary” category. 

“Our nominees represent the best in documentary filmmaking,” said Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford. “The documentaries made by this year’s nominees take audiences on a journey, whether casting light on injustice or exploring the human condition in all of its nuance, cruelty, creativity and triumph.”

The winners will be announced starting at the end of this month with the DGA’s on Jan. 28, followed by the BAFTA’s on Feb. 12 and the Eddie’s (ACE) on Feb. 18.

A previously unheard guitar solo by George Harrison on the Beatles 'Here Comes the Sun' from the album 'Abbey Road, has been posted online...with video! In the clip, George's son Dhani Harrison, producer George Martin’s son Giles, and producer George Martin are seated at an Abbey Road mixing desk going through the ‘Here Comes the Sun’ master tapes. They discuss the evolution of the song how the tracks came together in the studio. They hit the right fader at the right time, and they get to rediscover a bit of lost history in front of the camera. Check it out and see what you think!


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Ringo Starr is giving filmmakers the opportunity to make the official promo for his new single Wings, from his new album RINGO 2012.

This is an opportunity for filmmakers to make a music video for one of the world’s most influential artists, and get their work in front of Universal Music Enterprises, one of the industry's leading record labels. Ringo will personally choose the winner, which will be serviced to media as the official promo video for 'Wings.' Ringo says: "I've partnered with @Genero to give you the chance to make the official video for my new single, Wings from RINGO 2012. I'm leaving it open for you to interpret so let your creative juices flow! I’m picking the winner and you’ll get $3000. Entries close March 7th." Get all the details here.

This from CBSnews.com: Promotion for former Beatle Ringo Starr's upcoming solo album will include a "Town Hall" interview with British actor-comedian Russell Brand. Brand will interview the drummer for Sirius XM Radio, one day before Starr releases his newest album, "Ringo 2012."

"Town Hall With Ringo Starr" aired live from Los Angeles on Jan. 30. Music producer Don Was moderated the interview, and Starr performed. Brand said in a statement recently that he's a "massive fan" of Starr, "but like most people I am ignorant as to his life before he rose to prominence with 'Thomas the Tank Engine.'" Brand was referring to the popular children's series that Starr narrated in the 1980s. Added Brand, "Now we can unravel the enigma of Ringo."

"Ringo 2012" is the 17th solo album for Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, and the second he has recorded for Hip-O/UMe. Past "Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Coldplay and members of Nirvana.

Ringo was featured in the USA Today Life section yesterday (Jan. 30). Check out the full profile here.

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Beatle News: McCartney fills Howard Stern with Holiday spirit, new music from McCartney & Ringo Starr, script notes auctioned

by on Jan.04, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Beatle News: McCartney fills Howard Stern with Holiday spirit, new music from McCartney & Ringo Starr, script notes auctioned

Paul McCartney and his newlywed Nancy Shevell made a Merry Christmas call to wish Howard Stern and his wife Beth, a Merry Christmas, and Stern decided to pay it forward.

Stern talked about the call on Sirius/XM radio show yesterday morning (Jan. 3) saying, “After I hung up, I was really on a high. I said to my wife: ‘That was really amazing, who would ever think that Paul McCartney would call me.’”

On New Year’s Eve, Stern and his wife didn't go out and once again, and they started talking about McCartney’s surprise call. Stern then asked the question “Who could I do that for that I know that would make somebody’s day?” He then proceeeded to announce on Twitter that he was “drunk dialing” and proceeded to call approximately 60 fans who posted their phone numbers online. “We have the loveliest fans, we truly do. We just sat on the couch. The cats were in our lap, and we were just dialing people and saying hello. It felt good, actually and our fans were great.” And it at started with a phone call from a Beatle. Maybe Stern used the calls to promote his upcoming gig as a judge on the NBC show 'America's Got Talent'?

photo: Hear Music/Concord Records

Paul McCartney is releasing a new album on Feb. 7 that pays tribute to classic songwriters like Cole Porter. The first track from it features Sir Paul with guitar from Eric Clapton. 'My Valentine' is one of two original songs on the as-yet-untitled album.

The album also will feature backing vocals from from Diana Krall and a guest spot by Stevie Wonder. It marks the first time McCartney recorded without playing bass, guitar or piano. McCartney said in a press release: "It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we'd work with the Beatles. We'd bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we'd say 'OK, let's do a take now' and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we'd learnt the song. So that's what we did, we did the take live in the studio."


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Ringo Starr also has new music on the way, with his 16th studio album 'Ringo 2012,' to be released on Jan. 31st on Hip-O Records. Guests include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edgar Winter, Don Was and Charlie Haden. The album features a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Think It Over' and the nostalgic 'In Liverpool', which was co-written with Dave Stewart (ex-Eurythmics, SuperHeavy). Ringo also wrote songs for the album with Glen Ballard, Joe Walsh and Van Dyke Parks.

Ringo and Stewart got along so well working on the album together that they have already started anothe musical project together. "Me and Dave wrote a musical, a complete thing – characters, story, a lot of songs. We wrote it for Broadway, but it will more likely end up (as) a movie… and I'm not telling you anything else. It's about other people", Ringo said. We will get more details on the collaboration as they become available.

At a recent Gotta Have Rock And Roll auction, McCartney’s script notes for the ‘Take It Away’ music video sold for a whopping $25,941.00. The starting price was $10,000, with the 7th bid the winner.

The document outlines the ‘Take It Away’ video, and was full of notations and directions from McCartney. The song is from McCartney's 1982 solo album, ‘Tug Of War’, which also featured 'Ebony & Ivory' with Michael Jackson, ‘Ebony & Ivory’. Drummer Ringo Starr and producer George Martin both played on the original recording and also make appearances in the ‘Take It Away’ video. ‘Tug Of War’ was Paul’s first album to be released following the death of John Lennon and featured the song ‘Here Today’ which was Paul’s tribute to John.

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Rock Picks of the Week: Redlight King, Chevelle, Volbeat, Art Of Dying, Rolling Stones

by on Dec.16, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Redlight King, Chevelle, Volbeat, Art Of Dying, Rolling Stones

I'm back with some rock picks of the week after a few week hiatis. I may have to double up this week to catch up a bit, since a few of these tracks have been out for a little while and are already at or near the top of the rock charts. They all kick ass regardless. First up is Redlight King with their track 'Bullet In My Hand.'

After the success of their cover of Neil Young's 'Old Man,' Redlight King bringing it and rocking harder on their latest single. 'Bullet In My Hand' was recently featured in promotional ads for the CBS show "Person of Interest," and vocalist and band leader Kaz grew up in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, which was once a booming steel center on the shores of Lake Ontario. He grew up in middle class home where his parents “struggled to pay the bills.” Like his dad, Kaz loved cars and drag racing (Redlight King is named for the light “tree” that signals the start of a race). As he grew, music also began to take hold. He loved Queen, Springsteen, Dylan and Lennon no less than A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Treach and Nas. He started writing early on, recording his first track at age 16. But in his teens, music took a back seat to judo. He was good enough for a shot at Canada’s Olympic training center to prepare for the 2000 Games. But he didn’t make the team.

Kaz returned to music, landing a deal and ultimately releasing an album in Canada. That led to a Juno Award nomination for Best New Artist, but he later continued his musical path in Los Angeles. It has worked out so far, as redlight King's Hollywood Records debut album is full of quality rock. There could be a couple more tracks released off the album after this one.


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Chevelle is up next with their #1 Rock Track, 'Face To The Floor.' The track immediately grabs you and doesn't let go. It kicks serious ass, has a great hook, and doesn't let up. Chevelle have been around since 1995, forming in Grayslake, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Chevelle has sold over three million albums in the United States, and the band's sixth album, 'Hats Off to the Bull' was just released on December 6.


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Copenhagen, Denmark's Volbeat is up next. After great success with 'Fallen', they are following up with another great track, 'A Warrior's Call.' Volbeat is vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.
The song is from the band's latest album 'Beyond Hell/Above Heaven', and is the story of the “viking warrior” , danish professional boxer Mikkel Kessler.

“Feel the fire, he’s entering the ring..
The viking warrior, Mikkel Kessler
Will now brand his name in the back of your head “


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Shortly after announcing their participation in the 2012 Gigantour with Megadeth, Motorhead and Lacuna Coil, Volbeat announced that they parted ways with guitarist Thomas Bredhal.

The band announced the break up on their website comparing being in a band to being in a marriage with lots of ups and downs along the way. In the band’s own words, “At times you can work it out and sometimes you need to go separate ways.”

There doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings involved, with the band thanking Bredhal for his time spent with them: “We want to thank him for the work he has put in for Volbeat and we wish him all the best in the future,” continues the statement.

So what does the future look like for Volbeat? The band will move forward with their touring schedule as a trio, and get ready to kick some ass in the new year.

Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in Rock Picks of the Week with their latest 'Get Thru This,' from the album 'Vices and Virtues.' It's a quality follow-up to their great track 'Die Trying.' You can count me in as a 'Die-Hard.' The band just wrapped up a U.S. tour, but look for more dates early in 2012.
Art of Dying are:
Jonny Hetherington - vocals
Greg Bradley – guitar
Tavis Stanley – guitar/vocals
Cale Gontier – bass/vocals
Jeff Brown – drums


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Here's a great acoustic version of 'Get Thru This', shot in an alley during the filming of the main video for the song:

The Rolling Stones recently released the deluxe version of the 'Some Girls' album. It features 12 bonus tracks many of which were recorded instrumentally with vocals added recently by Mick Jagger. All of the tracks are included in the remastered Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Some Girls,’ which was released November 21st.

Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards wrote most of the bonus tracks, which were performed by Jagger, Richards, bassist Bill Wyman (who has since left the band) and drummer Charlie Watts. Also making appearances were Stones collaborators Ian Stewart and Chuck Leavell on pianos and Sugar Blue on harmonica, with none other than former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty contributing handclaps.

'No Spare Parts' was first recorded by Chris Kimsey in early 1978, features a “country guitar twang, subtle groove and soulful storytelling,” describing it as “a powerful and poignant acoustic tune.” It has the feel of another track on the album “Far Away Eyes,” which could be why it was left off the original. “No Spare Parts” was recorded in Paris and recently discovered by producer Don Was for inclusion on the reisuue. It tells the story of a trip from Los Angeles to San Antonio and features Mick Jagger on electric piano, Keith Richards on acoustic piano, Ron Wood on pedal steel guitar, Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass.

“Some Girls,” a landmark 1978 release also featured “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.” The album went a long way toward reestablishing the Stones’ then-flagging youthful appeal. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts and No. 2 in the United Kingdom.


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