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The Rolling Stones tribute concert to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the classic compilation 'Hot Rocks 1964-1971' took place last Tuesday night (Mar. 13) at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
Artists on the bill each performed one of the 21 songs from the compilation include Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter, The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, Art Garfunkel, Ronnie Spector, Marianne Faithfull, Rickie Lee Jones, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, David Johansen and Taj Mahal.
Some of the performance included Jackson Browne on 'Wild Horses' with singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, Ronnie Spector singing 'Time Is on My Side,' Art Garfunkel on 'Ruby Tuesday,' Rich Robinson rocked 'Play with Fire,' Johansen will sing 'Get Off of My Cloud,' and Taj Mahal performing 'Honky Tonk Women.' Jagger's ex Marianne Faithfull revisited "As Tears Go By," the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition with which she had a hit in 1964.
Marc Cohn recalled the incredible night when he got to sit at a party with Bruce Springsteen on one side of him and Mick Jagger on the other. “Bruce asked Mick all these questions about how did you record this song, and what studio was that in,” says Cohn. “And then [blues singer] Taj Mahal, who’s also at the concert on Tuesday, came on the stereo, and Mick had all these great memories of listening to these old Taj Mahal records. No matter how famous or iconic you are, they’re just fans.”
Back when Ronnie Spector was the lead singer for the Ronettes, the Stones served as her opening act, with Jagger and bandmate Keith Richards sometimes sleeping on her shag-carpeted living room floor. Spector, who’ll sing “Time Is on My Side” at Carnegie, recently told NPR about the time she got to introduce the guys to James Brown backstage at the Apollo Theater.
“Mick Jagger was the biggest James Brown nut I ever met,” said Spector. “James came walking by, and I thought Mick was gonna have a heart attack! He went, ‘Aaaaaaahhh!’ And I said [to James], ‘This is Keith and Mick,’ and James said hi and just boogalooed on by, because they weren't famous yet."
The concert event wass the latest in a series of tribute shows organized by entrepreneur Michael Dorf that have been held at Carnegie Hall in recent years. No Stones members participated in the tribute, as proceeds raised by the show will be distributed between eight charities that provide music education to underprivileged youths.
Here's a review of the show from CBS Radio's Juilian Mapes:
kicked off with a performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from Brooklyn rockers TV on the Radio, Italian singer-songwriter Jovanotti and the Young Audiences New York Chorus, which set the bar high in terms of honoring the original.
There is something to be said for a cover that brings the past to life, and that was in no short supply last night. Taj Mahal and his daughter were the perfect fit for the bluesy swagger of “Honky Tonk Women,” while Ronnie Spector and Ian Hunter both impressed with boundlessly energetic renditions of “Time Is On My Side” and “19th Nervous Breakdown,” respectively. The New York Dolls’ David Johansen, who resembles Jagger to begin with, took imitation to new levels with tight white jeans and a boastful stage strut during his cover of “Get Off My Cloud.”
Considering their respective health problems (breast cancer and repeated exhaustion for Faithfull, vocal cord paresis for Garfunkel), Marianne Faithfull and Art Garfunkel battled through their covers — “As Tears Go By” and “Sister Morphine” for Faithfull, an easy listening “Ruby Tuesday” for Garfunkel — and were greeted with warm receptions for their efforts. Jackson Browne still has that boyish charm, easily pleasing the crowd with his two collaborations with Marc Cohn (a down-tempo, acoustic “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and a gorgeous “Wild Horses”).
Perhaps what enthralled the crowd more was when the performer put their own stamp on the songs, such as Rickie Lee Jones‘ surprisingly bewitching acoustic cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” and Rosanne Cash‘s vocally layered take on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Indie rockers Gomez, the Mountain Goats, Glen Hansard, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops had no trouble totally reinventing their covers — with varying degrees of success.
Actress Juliette Lewis played the sex kitten, strutting about in hot pants and bedazzled heels and hair-flipping her red mane to the soundtrack of “Satisfaction.” It was an out-of-place tribute – as was Peaches‘ “Heart of Stone” – and the crowd differed between excited and confused.
In the end, all performers together for a relatively uninspired take on Exile on Main Street single “Tumbling Dice,” whose biggest appeal was the thrill of seeing the wide cast of characters dancing and mingling on stage together. What would have saved the finale? Mick, Keith and the rest of the Stones, who were not in attendance last night.
Set list: Rolling Stones Tribute at Carnegie Hall, 3/14/2012
1. Jovanotti & TV on the Radio (with Young Audiences NY Chorus) – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
2. Ronnie Spector – “Time Is On My Side”
3. Peaches – “Heart of Stone”
4. Rich Robinson (of the Black Crowes) – “Play With Fire”
5. Juliette Lewis – “Satisfaction”
6. Marianne Faithfull – “As Tears go By”
7. David Johansen (of the New York Dolls) – “Get Off My Cloud”
8. Steve Earle – “Mothers Little Helper”
9. Ian Hunter and the Rant Band – “19th Nervous Breakdown”
10. The Mountain Goats – “Paint It Black”
11. Glen Hansard (of the Swell Season) – “Under My Thumb”
12. Art Garfunkel – “Ruby Tuesday”
13. Jackson Browne with Marc Cohn – “Let’s Spend the Night Together”
14. Gomez – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
15. Angelique Kidjo – “Street Fighting Man”
16. Rickie Lee Jones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
17. Taj Mahal – “Honky Tonk Women”
18. Rosanne Cash – “Gimmie Shelter”
19. Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Midnight Rambler”
20. Jackie Greene – “Brown Sugar”
21. Marc Cohn With Jackson Browne – “Wild Horses”
22. Marianne Faithfull – “Sister Morphine”
23. All performers – “Tumbling Dice”
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.