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Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary of first gig, Mick and Keith talk 50 years in Rock n’ Roll, photo exhibit opens today, Jagger and Bowie rumored affair documented in new book
Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones have started rehearsing for a 50th anniversary tour – although he can’t confirm when it will take place. "There's things in the works - I think it's definitely happening," he told the BBC. "But when? I can't say yet."
"We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals - we've got together and it feels so good. There might be life in the old dog yet. We’ll die gracefully, elegantly wasted.
"Sometimes its hard work and you wonder why you're doing it, but apart from those few moments it's been an incredible adventure."
The Stones lengthly career started 50 years ago today on July 12, 1962, as Richards and singer Mick Jagger hit the stage in as the Rollin' Stones at London's Marquee Club. Jagger and Richards were accompanied by Elmo Lewis, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and Mick Avory.
Lewis stayed on under his real name of Brian Jones, Taylor was replaced by Bill Wyman and formed the Pretty Things, Stewart worked with the band until his death in 1985, and Avory, who went on to join the Kinks, was eventually replaced by Charlie Watts.
Richards also told the BBC: “Nobody expected anything like this, especially in those days. Bands lived for three years. It’s something to do with the generation, the fact we were suffering from World War II until the sixties. It’s the technology too – before that you made 45s. It was almost a monthly business.
“Bringing out albums stretched the longevity for a band. The Beatles and ourselves got more room to expand.”
His biggest regret is the death of Jones in 1969. “That was a shock – we were all very close,” he says. “And I wouldn’t have taken certain things if I’d known what I’d have to go through to get off of it.
"Sometimes it’s hard work and you wonder why you’re doing it, but apart from those few moments it’s been an incredible adventure."
A photography exhibition marking the band's long career will be launched at London's Somerset House today.
Talking about the pictures, which include reportage, live concert and studio images, the guitarist said he felt "weird" looking back at the group's early days.
"It's amazing - most of these pictures I think, 'where was the cameraman?' I don't remember them being there," he said.
Watch Will Gompertz of the BBC ask Mick Jagger and Richards about the last 50 years of rock'n'roll in the video here: www.bbc.co.uk
Jerry Hall, who started dating Mick in 1977, and was married to him from 1990 to 1999, recalls what it was like to watch the Stones onstage and off in this article from the BBC: www.bbc.co.uk
You may remember their 1985 remake of 'Dancing in the Street,' with Mick Jagger and David Bowie coming close to kissing, and recall Angela Bowie's book from 20 years ago talking about an affair between Jagger and David Bowie. There has even been talk of Mick writing 'Angie' for Angela Bowie after she caught the two together. Now, a new unauthorized biography 'Mick: the Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger,' written by Christopher Andersen has rekindled the claim that Mick Jagger had a long-term love affair with David Bowie in the 1970s.
After meeting in the early Seventies, writer Chris Andersen says that both stars became fascinated with one another. Not long after their first encounter in 1973, when Mick visited Bowie backstage at one of his concerts, Andersen claims that their relationship quickly turned physical.
The book claims that Angie Bowie, who was married to David at the time, returned to their London home to find the two men asleep together in her bed. What was Angie's response? "Do you want some coffee?" she asked, and returned a few minutes later with coffee and orange juice on a tray.
Andersen outlines the affair with quotes from friends and family. "Ava Cherry, a backup singer who lived with the Bowies for a time, reportedly told a friend that 'Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other. Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex'."
An excerpt of the book was posted by the NY Daily News earlier this week. Check it out here: www.nydailynews.com It mentions that Bebe Buell, mother of Liv Tyler and former lover of both Jagger and Bowie, dated the two at the same time, and that the two rockers attempted to lure her into a few orgies. "I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women," reads a quote in the book. "[Or] four gorgeous black men."
But in a Facebook post written yesterday (July 11), Buell strongly disputes Andersen's account. "This entire Bowie/Jagger thing is completely stupid and false! Who cares what they did in their private time? I sure don't but I don't like getting dragged into the press when I wasn't part of it. I don't do orgies, never did, never have!" she writes. "Yes, I dated both men but not at the same time. Bowie was more of JUST a friend. Jagger was a BF on and off for years. I hate having to answer to all of this crap! A person's sexuality is their own right and business but I am not anyone's sex toy!"
An art exhibition honoring Metallica called 'Obey Your Master,' has opened in Los Angeles. The exhibition features pieces inspired by Metallica’s work, with some great artists interpreting various songs from the band in a unique fashion. Slipknot‘s percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Black Veil Brides lead vocalist Andy Biersack and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo along with his wife Chloe also showed their work at the art exhibit.
The concept of the special exhibit is having the artists choose a song by Metallica and allow their artistic sides express their vision of the tune, based on the lyrics and music.
“As a kid in Exodus, I just wanted to be able to play guitar well and that’s all I fucking wanted to do,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told Alternative Press at the event. “And to see your musical vision turn into something else, a totally different sort of vision — it’s amazing, it’s astounding. It’s incredible to see what people’s vision of the music has become. It’s so fucking amazing. It’s really interesting to see how differently people interpret the music. I mean, I can’t believe how farfetched a lot of this stuff really is!"
"I have my concept of what the music means to me in a visual aspect. But to really see how other people interpret it and how other people are visualizing it is mind-blowing, bro. Totally, completely, mind-blowing. I’m so fucking overwhelmed right now!” Hammett said, looking around. “I am so completely overwhelmed. . . It’s interesting to see where the music has taken them, where it’s led them, and how they’ve gotten other bits of meaning out of it. I mean, it’s profound. It’s fucking profound!”
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan says he was once invited by Lars Ulrich to bring Hulk-a-mania to Metallica, but it "didn't work out".
Hogan told UK tabloid The Sun, "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn't work out."
I had no previous knowledge of this, but Hogan did tell the Chicago Tribune back in 2009: "I was in England presenting an award with Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger's ex, and she told me The (Rolling) Stones were looking for a bass player," Hogan said. "I sent her a ton of merchandise that she asked for and said 'Tell Mick I'm a great bass player.' I never heard a word back.
"When Metallica was looking for a bass player, I called and never heard a word back from them either. I would have quit wrestling in a heartbeat to be a bass player for Metallica."