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Rolling Stones News: Music to be featured throughout ‘Monday Night Football’ season on ESPN, new vinyl releases out this week

by on Sep.08, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stones News: Music to be featured throughout ‘Monday Night Football’ season on ESPN, new vinyl releases out this week

ESPN will be celebrating The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary during this year's season of Monday night football on their pregame show. "Legend to Legend" will be a unique collaboration with the Universal Music Group that will combine Monday Night Football highlights with classic tracks from thelegendary band featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

ESPN is licensing 16 Rolling Stones tracks, spanning the early 1970's release of Exile on Main St. through the mid 2000's A Bigger Bang. The songs will be a mix of popular hits and deep cuts, including "It's Only Rock'n Roll", "Hot Stuff" and "One Hit (To the Body)". Four different songs will be selected per month and will be used for four weeks at a time on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown Pregame show (6:30 p.m. ET), on bumpers and teases within the Monday Night Football game (8:30 p.m.), and in a post-MNF game highlight segment onSportsCenter, ESPN's flagship highlights, news and information show.

"Legend to Legend" will debut Monday, Sept. 10 when ESPN kicks off the 43rd season of Monday Night Football with two games at a special time: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens (7 p.m.) and San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m.). Countdown begins at 5 p.m. The schedule continues throughout ESPN's 16-week NFL schedule, which concludes on Saturday, Dec. 22.

"Legend to Legend" elements will be identified with a branded logo and high-end animation within Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter, highlighting "The 50 Years of the Stones" and incorporating the band's signature tongue logo.

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"We're very proud that the Rolling Stones chose ESPN's Monday Night Football to play a major role in their 50th Anniversary celebration; sports and music fans alike will enjoy the combination of these two pop culture legends – the most successful prime time sports series in the history of television and the world's greatest rock and roll band to supply music for our season-long soundtrack," said Bob Toms, ESPN vice president of production enhancements, who oversees the ESPN Music department.

New York, NY (September 5, 2012)—Live shows from Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones will get the vinyl treatment on September 11 when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases two very exciting packages: a special  Vinyl Special Edition edition 2LP/DVD/CD of Muddy Waters And The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981, and The Rolling Stones Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78 2LP/DVD/CD. (Both sets were previously released in DVD/CD formats – Some Girls in November 2011, Checkerboard Lounge in July 2012.) Each set contains an 180g vinyl in a three-panel gatefold sleeve. With audio presented in DTS Dolby 5.1, these sets truly allow fans to fully experience and enjoy these brilliant artists and moments in music. [MSRP $39.98 each]

Considered by many fans to be one of The Rolling Stones greatest tours, Some Girls: Live In Texas was filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18, 1978. Their stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll glory on full display, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman perform the very songs that skyrocketed the Some Girls album to the top of the US Charts at the time of this concert. The end result steams right off the vinyl. Years later, Wood summed it up by saying, “it was straight-ahead garage rock, hardly a stage-set, no smoke, no big lights, like the Stones going punk.”

The concert presented on Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 captures a moment-in-time when Jagger, Richards, Wood and Stewart paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s blues club, just prior to a three-night stint at the Rosemont Horizon. The result is one of those magical nights caught on tape and recorded for posterity. Muddy, clearly in charge, invites the Stones one-by-one to join the party. Buddy tears off some jagged lightning riffs. Junior Wells blows some mean blues harmonica. The warmth of the vinyl sound is perfect for such classic soul as this. The songs fly by in a world of honest, unpretentious love-of-the-music. Mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this concert is a rare gem of rock ‘n’ roll and blues history.

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Rolling Stones News: Sources say Stones to play four shows in November, 1965 film to be part of N.Y. Film Festival followed by November commercial release, London photo exhibit extended

by on Aug.30, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: Sources say Stones to play four shows in November, 1965 film to be part of N.Y. Film Festival followed by November commercial release, London photo exhibit extended

The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz.

Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones will be paid $25 million for the four shows.

New York Film Festival and the Rolling Stones are both turning 50 this year, and the festival will be saluting the Stones by announcing the world premiere of ‘The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965′ concert film. Footage from the film has surfaced over the years, but it has never been seen in full form until now.

The screening, showcasing a completely new edition of the film with never-before-seen footage, will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7PM at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York City. An encore screening will follow at the same theatre Oct. 3 at 8:30PM.

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ABKCO Films has been meticulously restored this documentary that shows the early days of the band. The footage primarily comes from the band’s trip to Ireland in 1965, and provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the band mere weeks after ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ hit No. 1 on the charts. The professionally shot video features the frenzy surrounding the band as they were being mobbed at each stop. An announcement date for a national broadcast is expected soon, and Nov. 6 is the official commercial release date. Included in the super deluxe box Set packaging will be the director’s cut, the producer’s cut, and the new 2012 version.

The Rolling Stones: 50 exhibition originally had been scheduled to close its doors this Monday, but the run has been extended until September 2.

The free exhibit opened on July 13, exactly 50 years and one day after the rock legends played their official first gig. All of the band's current members, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, attended an opening gala on July 12 at the Somerset House art space. The display debuted in conjunction with the release of the Rolling Stones: 50 photo book, and features images that also can be seen in the tome. Limited-edition prints of many of the pics can be purchased at the Somerset House gallery, as well as at RollingStones.com.

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Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary Tour announcement coming?, Ronnie Wood exhibit

by on Aug.22, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary Tour announcement coming?, Ronnie Wood exhibit

The Rolling Stones recently posted a message on their Facebook and Twitter promising that big news is coming soon. Could it be 50th Anniversary tour dates? The message unveiled an image of a pair of eyes on a dark background, along with the link to download a free app called uView.

After launching the app on a smart phone, the eyes can be seen blinking and a message appears that reads, "Keep your eyes peeled..."

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A new art and memorabilia exhibition of the work of Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is going on now in London.

'Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective of 50 Years in Rock 'n' Roll,' features new paintings and sketches by the revered rocker, guitars that he has decorated, various handwritten lyrics and set lists from a number of Wood's bands, including The Stones, Faces and The Jeff Beck Group.

The free display is located at the Symbolic London pop-up showroom and is scheduled to run until November 9. Check out some of Ronnie's work featured in the exhibit here: www.symboliclondon.com

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Rolling Stones News: Documentary to air on HBO this Fall, Bill Wyman says he won’t be a part of Stones 50th Anniversary tour

by on Aug.03, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stones News: Documentary to air on HBO this Fall, Bill Wyman says he won’t be a part of Stones 50th Anniversary tour

A new documentary on the history of the Rolling Stones is slated to air on HBO in the fall. The band gave their full cooperation to the film, but an air date has yet to be announced.

Michael Lombardo, President of Programming at HBO, said in a statement" "This is all done as part of the band’s 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members – Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron – as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. We’ll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world."

'The Kid Stays in the Picture' (about Robert Evans) director Brett Morgan helmed the project. Morgan told Rolling Stone back in March: "Nobody has put the story together as a narrative. We’ve been looking under every rock, going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I’ve conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we’re done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they’ve ever done."

Former Stones bassist Bill Wyman is part of the new documentary, but apparently won't be part of an upcoming 50th anniversary tour. Wyman recently rehearsed with the band for the first time since he exited the group in the early '90s, but told EADT Suffolk magazine in the U.K., "I don't fly, so there's no way I'll go on any tour. I did meet up with them earlier this year for a couple of rehearsal sessions but that was all."

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Wyman was on hand for the opening of a London photo exhibit marking The Stones' milestone anniversary on July 12th. He also performed alongside Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and ex-Stones member Mick Taylor at a June 30th concert held in conjunction with London's Blues Fest. Hopefully Wyman will at least show up for a few gigs once the Stones book some dates.

Mick Jagger has said that the Stones will play live sometime "in the autumn," but specualtion is that is may be multiple dates in some larger cities as opposed to a lengthly months-long tour.

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Toast the Rolling Stones 50th with limited edition blended whisky

by on Jul.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Toast the Rolling Stones 50th with limited edition blended whisky

Japan's Suntory liquor company is producing a special limited-edition blended whiskey in honor of the band reaching their 50th anniversary. The whisky will be available starting October 30th, and will come in a bottle shaped to resemble The band's famous tongue-and-lips logo and will sell for $6,300, or 500,000 yen. Only 150 bottles will be sold.

Six varieties of whiskey are being used to create the blend, each one hailing from a significant year in the history of The Stones. For example, a 1962 single-malt whiskey has been included to mark the year the band was formed, and two from 1990 have been used to commemorate the year when the rockers first toured Japan.

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If you want to make a really expensive toast to the Stones for their 50th anniversary, than this may be the whisky for you. Keith must have already sampled it and given his approval.

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