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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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2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

by on Jun.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

The Isle of Wight festival last weekend promised to be one of the concert events of 2012, and despite the rain and mud, it delivered. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered memorable headlining sets, and Black Stone Cherry returned for another rocking appearance. Check out the footage below.

In case you don't know, The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles off the south coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight Festival is an legendary concert experience, originating in 1968.

Here's one of my fav's Black Stone Cherry, with the only footage I've found posted of their set. VH1 Classic in the U.S. aired some of the SkyArts footage last Sunday night, but I didn't tune in early enough to see and BSC. They did show Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam, and much of that footage in available below as well.

Pearl Jam had an incredible set, which included many of their most well known tracks. At one point in the set, Eddie Vedder stopped down to speak about his admiration for the late Clash singer Joe Strummer and how he was on their minds as they played the festival. Vedder explained, "He would have loved this place. We were thinking about it on the way here, and sad to say, it’ll be almost 10 years in December he’s not been with us." The band then kicked into 'Arms Aloft' from Strummer’s late-in-life group the Mescaleros. The group has trotted out the cover at several stops over the past year.

Pearl Jam also performed a cover of the Beatles 'Rain' as a bit of commentary on the situation, and included the Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' the English Beat's 'Save It for Later,' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' were infused into 'Daughter,' 'Better Man,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'

Pearl Jam’s Isle of Wight Festival Set List
1. Unthought Known
2. Last Exit
3. Hail Hail
4. The Fixer
5. Rain
6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
7. Supersonic
8. Given to Fly
9. Untitled
10. MFC
11. Even Flow
12. Setting Forth
13. Corduroy
14. Arms Aloft
15. Jeremy
16. Why Go
17. Got Some
18. Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Just Breathe
20. Better Man/Save It for Later
21. Porch
22. Blood
23. Alive
24. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing

Tom Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday (June 22). It was part of his first U.K. trek in 20 year. The show opened with the 1978 classic track 'Listen to Her Heart' followed by 'You Wreck Me,' and hits like 'Don’t Come Around Here No More,' 'Free Fallin',' and 'Learning to Fly.'

Petty and the Heartbreakers then busted out some surprises, including the well-know Traveling Wilburys track 'Handle with Care' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' before wrapping up the set with 'Mary Jane’s Last Dance' and 'American Girl.'

Petty will complete his current European run with dates in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.

Tom Petty’s Isle of Wight Set:
1. Listen to Her Heart
2. You Wreck Me
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. Here Comes My Girl
5. Handle with Care
6. Good Enough
7. Oh Well
8. Something Big
9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
10. Free Fallin'
11. It’s Good to be King
12. Something Good Coming
13. Learning to Fly
14. Yer So Bad
15. I Shoulda Known It
16. Refugee
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream
18. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
19. American Girl

Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band wrapped up the festival with an epic three-hour set, closing on June 24th with a cover of "Twist and Shout," the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island, the enthusiastic crowd kept the energy level high from beginning to end. Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. "I've got a fuckin' boat to catch!" he jokes halfway through the song. "I gotta get on a fuckin' boat!"

Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band setlist:
1. Badlands
2. No Surrender
3. We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
8. Lonesome Day
9. Jack of All Trades
10. Atlantic City
11. Because the Night
12. Working on the Highway
13. Shackled and Drawn
14. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
15. The River
16. The Rising
17. Out in the Street
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
19. We Are Alive
20. Born in the U.S.A.
21. Born to Run
22. Glory Days
23. Dancing in the Dark
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. Twist and Shout

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‘US Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary’ to be released on 30th Anniversary of original concert (video)

by on Jun.06, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘US Festival 1982: The US Generation Documentary’ to be released on 30th Anniversary of original concert (video)

A fantastic new documentary on the origins of the 1982 US Festival will be released on September 3rd to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the event. The movie will document the origins of the festival and how Steve Wozniak's goal of bringing music, technology and people together happened. I didn't get to attend the '82 US Festival, but was there for the 1983 US Fest, and am enthralled by anything that has to do with the US Festivals, so I am really looking forward to what looks like an awesome documentary. Here's the official press release, followed by a couple of clips from the upcoming documentary:

ICON Television Music, UNUSON Corporation and Plum Moving Media announce the making of the definitive 1982 US Festival feature length documentary.

“This film is the only authorized and sanctioned documentary of the 1982 US Festival”, according to Carlos Harvey, CFO, UNUSON. ”It captures the cultural essence of the festival and tells the behind-the-scenes stories the fans will appreciate. I’ve had thousands of calls & emails from attendees over the years about when we’ll release a film about the US Festival. After 30 years it seems like the right time so the fans can relive the experience and we can create new fans too”.

On a blistering hot Labor day weekend in 1982, legendary Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak’s vision played-out in the 110 degree California sun.

Over 375,000 people gathered at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, for three days of music and technology. The festival stage was built with the largest sound system constructed at the time. Over 400,000 watts of sound power combined with the first ever large scale video-trons used for live stage performances. Technology exhibits in five air-conditioned tents displayed the latest in cutting-edge computers, software, video games and electronic musical devices.

“The US Festival was not a charity event”, stated Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and CEO of UNUSON. “It was a rock concert to bring music, technology and people together. It was an event to unite government, industry, science and education to improve the quality of life for everyone.”

Woz was keenly aware that computer technology was about to bring access to information to the masses like never before. He wanted to present the computer as a humanizing force in society. And so, the US Festival was a celebration, a coming-out party for the technology and the US decade. In a way, the US Festival was the birthplace of the first computer generation.

“The current boom in computer technology offers us one of the best ways to bring people together. I don’t know where this will lead, but if we have communicated the power of working together to the quarter million or so of you here at the festival, and shown how effective future technology will be in helping us do that, we feel that we will have been successful.” – Steve Wozniak, 1982

The documentary will feature legendary performances and interviews. The concert headliners included:
■ ~ B-52′s
■ ~ Fleetwood Mac
■ ~ Police
■ ~ Ramones
■ ~ Santana
■ ~ Talking Heads
■ ~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Exclusive interviews with Steve Wozniak and UNUSON President, Carlos Harvey reveal how Woz’s vision and 57 acres of desert park was transformed into the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater. With the enlistment of renowned concert promoter, Bill Graham, the stage was set for a world-class 80’s cultural event.

Glenn Aveni, the films’ Director and President of ICON Television Music, Inc. brings back to life incredible performances from the premier artists of the decade. Original video footage and audio tapes will be re-mastered combined with new interviews shot in high definition. The film chronicles the people, events and history that lead to the creation of this iconic festival.

“As a filmmaker and musician, what stands out is the resonance of Wozniak’s original idea – “Unite Us In Song”, and the fact his vision and humanity are felt 30 Years later in the way we all access music, mostly through Apple products of today such as iTunes, iPod etc.”.

Participant, artist and event organizer interviews uncover some of the “making of” stories and misconceptions that have become urban legend over the years.

“The release of the documentary will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the event on Labor Day, September 3rd, 2012", said Bruce Gibb, co-owner of Plum Moving Media, Inc. “Our Milwaukee based company is delighted to be partnered with UNUSON and ICON. It is our love of music and Apple products that attracted us to be involved in this project, plus our skills and experience are suited for telling this story.”

About ICON Television Music, Inc. ||

ICON, Sherman Oaks, CA, is, an award winning, global production and distribution company of music biographical documentaries, feature length films, television programs and series. Founded in 2003 by President Glenn Aveni, credits include “Ascap Deems Taylor Award winner LES PAUL CHASING SOUND”, “Peabody Award winner BHUTTO” and “JOHN ENTWISTLE: AN OX’S TALE”.

About Plum Moving Media, Inc. ||

Plum Moving Media, Milwaukee, WI, is a multi-media, broadcast and events producer. Founded in 1997, Plum creates high quality communications that entertain, motivate, recruit, educate, generate sales, raise funds, train, stir emotions, introduce concepts/products, and meet objectives. Full service, award winning, professional storytellers.

About UNUSON Corporation

UNUSON, Silicon Valley,CA, is the company founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak during the US Festival Days. It stands for “Unite Us in Song”. UNUSON is the exclusive rights holder of the US Festival wordmarks and trademarks and is still involved with global media, technology projects and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and creativity for students.

Stewart Copeland of The Police Reminisces About the '82 US Festival

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Peter Ellis, US Festival president and co-founder, recounts a story about Steve Wozniak handing over a two million dollar check to get the Festival started.

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In this new clip John Collins compares the 'US' Festival to Woodstock.

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Check out more on the documentary and all the cool video and pictures at the movie links:

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Mick Jagger to be joined by Foo Fighters on May 19th Saturday Night Live season finale

by on May.13, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Mick Jagger to be joined by Foo Fighters on May 19th Saturday Night Live season finale

‘Saturday Night Live’'s season finale on May 19th looks to be a mini-rock fest of sorts with host Mick Jagger also performing  with the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire on the show.

Entertainment Weekly reported the story on Friday morning. Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been on the show three times as much as the Rolling Stones‘ frontman. However Grohl has never hosted, something Jagger will be doing solo for the first time.

In 1978 Jagger hosted the show with the rest of the Rolling Stones, and he has also since starred as a musical guest. He also returned earlier this year to cameo when Jimmy Fallon hosted. Between Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Them Crooked Vultures and his appearance with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Grohl has taken the SNL stage 11 times.

Next weekends show could also be the final one for show regulars Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kristine Wiig.

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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers join Alice Cooper as recent burglary victims

by on Apr.14, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers join Alice Cooper as recent burglary victims

Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have been stolen from the Soundstage in Culver City, California where they have been rehearsing for their US tour which will start next week. Police in Culver City are investigating the burglary.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are offering a $7500 reward with no questions asked to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the guitars. The stolen guitars are as follows: Tom Petty's 1967 blonde Rickenbacker 360/12 (serial no. GH 3747), Petty's 1965 Gibson SG TV Junior (serial no. 318533), Scott Thurston's 1967 Epiphone Sheraton, Ron Blair's Fender Broadcaster and one of Mike Campbell's Duesenberg Mike Campbell Signature Models.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these stolen guitars call the Culver City Police Department, Detective Grant at (310)-253-6305. You can also email and info to: For visuals of the guitars and more info go to the official website:

Some valuable and rare Alice Cooper memorabilia was stolen recently from a Los Angeles storage facility that houses the shock rocker's archives. Among the collectibles stolen included a bunch of vinyl LPs, a macabre sculpture that appeared on the 'Hey Stoopid' album cover and a leather jacket Cooper wore during his appearance in the movie 'Wayne's World.'

A message on Alice's website requests, "If anyone sees anything suspicious or hears anything about these stolen items -- especially on the internet or in Los Angeles -- please let us know at"

The note also points out that since Cooper's storage unit wasn't the only one broken into, it's not believed that the culprits were specifically trying to rip off the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

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