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Post  misery guts on Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:51 pm

Currently celebrating 50 years in music, the rock legends start a small series of gigs tonight in London at the O2 Arena. They will also be joined on stage by former band members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman for the first time in decades.

Their recent single, 'Doom and Gloom' barely scraped into the Top 100 affraid
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:15 pm

The consensus seems to be that the 1st night was a big hit cheers
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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:18 pm

And the anniversary has led to some new docs and archive progs, hence:

...Sings Stones
A harmless hour spent watching assorted other acts plundering the Jagger/Richards back catalogue, from Gene Pitney & Devo, through The Faces & Patti Smith, to Jamiroquai, Garbage, Ellen Foley, and even Marti Caine (the surprise package tackling 'Honky Tonk Women' of all things - but then again if Rolf Harris can bash out HTW, anyone can).

Rock and Roll Circus
From December 1968, a one-off concert in a supposed Big Top, with Jethro Tull, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono (backed by John Lennon & Eric Clapton), and in the main event, the Stones themselves. A quirky show presentation, although otherwise a pretty humdrum gig.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:30 pm

And the rest...

Crossfire Hurricane
Seemingly the big new 50th anniversary doc, this featured all-new interviews conducted in sound only, which seems a waste. This footage is then tacked together with archive footage running from their early success through to Ronnie Wood joining the band. And that's it. Now, I admit that you could generously argue that they haven't been relevant in the last 30 years, and the arrival of Wood did lead to their current existence as stadium gods, but it still seemed a bit of a swizz to pretend this story had anything new to offer when it cut out the last 2/3 of the story!

The Rolling Stones at the BBC
The usual collection of footage chiefly from Top of the Pops, a few oddments like a rare clip of 'Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown'.

Charlie Is My Darling
On tour in Ireland in 1965, therefore an eerie snapshot of a strangely young bunch of lads. Obviously the more ravaged by time they are now, the odder this looks. Mostly concert footage and some vox pops.

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge
From Chicago, 1981 at Buddy Guy's club, this was chiefly a Muddy Waters concert. The Stones don't turn up for half an hour, and whilst there are some extended stage jams, it's Keith and Ron Wood who do most of the work as backing for Muddy. Still, an entertaining curio.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:05 am

The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Return to Hyde Park
They performed a famous free gig there in 1969, and concluded their 50th anniversary tour by a return gig. They ran through many big numbers, of which the most recent was 1981 opener 'Start Me Up', so like Elton, they exist mainly to perform early material. Good show, mind.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:18 am

The Rolling Stones: Truth and Lies
The establishment didn't like them, but they discovered the art of making money in the 1970's, and never looked back. They'll keep going as long as there's money to be made.

The Rolling Stones: Ladies & Gentlemen
Also from a show in Texas, though this time in 1972, this was an hour & 1/3, and provided a pretty fair account of the Stones around their peak.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:25 am

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls - Live in Texas
Another classic rock band delivering one of their better shows, from 18th July, 1978. They even did some songs I actually could recognise. Can't be bad.

The Rolling Stones: Rare and Unseen
With the inevitable fuss about their 50th anniversary, here's a quirky show from 2009 with footage from various interviews across the years, and news footage (such as the infamous debate between Jagger and various examples of the great and the good in the late 60s). The inclusion of all the Stones, even Bill Wyman and a bit of Mick Taylor and Brian Jones, added to the weight of the material.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:25 am

Following the tragic death of Mick's fiancée, L'Wren Scott, the Stones will resume their current tour in May. The dates they had to cancel in Australia and New Zealand will be rearranged for October/November.

Stones rearrange tour dates
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Post  misery guts on Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:56 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Ronnie Wood
From 2004, giving equal weight to his paintings as to his rock career. His efforts to get his songs on Stones albums, his attempts to consign cigarettes to his other cured addictions, and an art gallery exhibition of his works filled up the rest. He expressed rage when his preferred works were given less prominence than more saleable ones. But otherwise seen as a nice guy, and his ongoing Radio Show series seems to have added another string to his bow.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:16 pm

The Stones have been in court in relation to the cancellation of dates when L'Wren Scott died.

The Essential Music of the Sixties: The Rolling Stones 1963-9
Many now-familiar faces such as journo Hugh Fielder, musician Les Davidson and producer Nick Tauber were on hand to discuss the way the band progressed from early covers and Blues respect, to their own material, scoring big hits, and evolving a sound to fit the times. Brian Jones got a good bit of praise, somewhat at odds with the usual myth of the Jagger/Richards du-archy. But the overall story tallied nicely.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:21 am

Rock Milestones: The Rolling Stones - The Singles
One of the more dubious entries in this series, analysing their 60s hits anyway. Two members of a tribute act, the Rollin' Stoned, made for a quirkier contribution than is the norm. The music spoke for itself really, anyway, even in its cultural impact.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 25, 2015 8:45 am

The Rolling Stones: The Brian Jones Era 1963-1965
A bemusing way to cut up the story, as even with the premise that Brian was the founder of the band, he remains one of the least credible members of it. This edition really went to town on the stories of The Last Time and the classic Satisfaction. Amusingly, the more successful they became, the more clear it was that Brian was irrelevant.

The Rolling Stones: The Brian Jones Era 1966-1969
So how did Brian try to keep himself relevant in the band? By playing groovy & different instruments that the others wouldn't think of doing. This varied from the success of Paint It, Black, to more irrelevant use of the recorder on Ruby Tuesday I think. His replacement by Mick Taylor enabled the band to move up to the next level, and his sad death prompted their Hyde Park gig to assume greater significance as a tribute that also showed off the comparative quality of Mick Taylor. And set them up for their successes in the following decade...
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:01 am

Rock Milestones: The Rolling Stones - Get Your Ya-Ya's Out
Their live album apparently recorded at Madison Square Garden in November 1969, a week before the ill-fated events at Altamont. As a record of their 60s success, its timing also means it shows the changes resulting from the replacement of Brian Jones with Mick Taylor. There was also a famous concert film in 1970. Quirks of release strategies in the USA means that "Time is on My Side" is a big deal, as is "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows?" whereas in the UK they mean very little, unlike "It's All Over Now", their first #1 here. Such changes make all the difference.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:42 am

On A Roll - Starting Up The Rolling Stones
Entertaining re-telling of the familiar story, repeatedly from the slant of Brian Jones' "emotional journey" to borrow the cliché. How it started out as Brian's band, but the inclusion of actual stars in Mick & Keith meant that Brian became surplus to requirements. Keith, Mick, Brian, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman were used in archive interviews.
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Post  Adric on Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:31 pm

Keith Richards Says 'Nobody Grows Up Until the Day They Croak'. Full article in link ... some great reading!

Fortified by a midday cocktail of Campari and soda with a double shot of vodka, Keith Richards dives right into a subject he has personally researched as deeply as anyone: drugs and the near-death experience.

It has been 35 years since Richards kicked the heroin habit that made him the iconic rock’n’roll wastoid of the 1970s -- he curtailed his cocaine usage a few years later -- but there are certain vices he will not renounce. “Eh, I love my pot,” says the 71-year-old Rolling Stone, seated for lunch one Thursday in the empty back room at Il Cantinori in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. He’s decked out in his customary head scarf, dark jacket and dress shirt unbuttoned to the navel. “Love my weed. Unashamedly a fan. A piece of good hashish now and again. But otherwise ...”

He loses himself for a moment in nostalgic reverie, then rejoins the present.

“You know, the state of good drugs has gone down. In the ’60s and ’70s, you had barbiturates, which were great downers. And Quaaludes. These drugs were fairly simple. You took them, you pissed them out. But these new ones, the Xanax? I’m not there with that. [But] I still take Dilantin” -- an anti-seizure -medicine -- “since the knock on the head.”

Ah yes, the knock on the head. That would be one of Richards’ more innocent brushes with death. While on vacation in Fiji in 2006, he fell out of a tree, encountering a branch on the way down. For a couple of days, he felt fine, then had to be medevac’d to New Zealand for life-or-death surgery. Like all of his stories, it’s hard to parse the truth from the legend on that one -- did he really fall out of a tree? What was he doing up there? How bad was the injury?

Keith Richards Announces First Solo Album in 23 Years 'Crosseyed Heart'

As if reading my mind, Richards moves his head scarf aside, takes my fingers in his hand and runs them along a shockingly deep groove just above his hair line.

“Whoa,” I say.

“Yeah,” he replies, proudly.

This is why people love Keith Richards. Because unlike his longtime friend, collaborator and foil Mick Jagger -- “a control freak,” says Richards. “He has admitted it to me” -- Richards is the Rolling Stone who will invite a stranger to feel his head. Because even though he has been world famous for half a century, a surprisingly unguarded and quirky human lurks underneath the outlaw veneer. As he talks, he makes wild gestures and funny sound effects, cracks jokes, breaks into impersonations, laughs at least 10 different ways including snorts, guffaws and conspiratorial chuckles, and somehow maintains fine English manners all the while.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:22 am

Adric wrote:Keith Richards Announces First Solo Album in 23 Years 'Crosseyed Heart'
ah, that;'s interesting. You'd think he was racing against time, really. I picked up a copy of his "Life" book recently, which I'll have to get around to reading at some stage. Hopefully while he's still alive What a Face
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Post  misery guts on Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:23 am

Fame in the Frame: Ronnie Wood
The series where ex-forger John Myatt re-paints classic paintings but with stars in them. Since Wood is himself an artist, and let Myatt paint it in his own studio, it became a more personal work than was often the case with this series. Wood was delighted with the result too (a take off of Manet's "Le dejeuner sur l'herbe").

I tried reading his autobiography, too, but had to throw in the towel Sad Hope for better results with Keith Richards' one.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:42 am

Ronnie Wood has been busy off stage too:

To be a Dad again at 68
The guitarist, who already has four children, is expecting twins with his 37-year-old wife Sally, who he married in December 2012.

The twins, who are due to be born next June, will be the couple's first offspring.

The rock star and Sally, who owns a theatre production company, dated for six months before tying the knot at the Dorchester Hotel, where Rod Stewart was Wood's best man.

They first met nearly a decade earlier at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, where Humphries was working and Wood was displaying his artwork.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:57 am

Mojo Working: The Rolling Stones
Afrika Bambaataa and PP Arnold numbered the more unlikely contributors to this edition, with familiar live footage from I think their Hyde Park gig in 1969.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:00 am

Shine A Light
Entertaining 2007 show from the Beacon Theatre, New York, in aid of some Bill Clinton charity, filmed by Martin Scorsese. The opening bit features skits of Scorsese fretting about songlist choices, set designs, lighting rigs, as well as the band meeting Clinton and his entourage, plus his mother. The actual music is good stuff, with guest turns from Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera. How much of the faffing is just for the cameras is rhetorical, I guess.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:46 am

From The Vault - Marquee 1971
A short-ish show (less than an hour) from the Sticky Fingers era, but with several fine songs and a band in great form. They ended with Brown Sugar.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:16 am

From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum - 1981
Over 2 hours in Virginia, a wide mixture of material, opening with the dodgy Under My Thumb, and ending on (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Mick kept listing screeds of US town names for some reason. Keith even got to sing something.
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Post  misery guts on Thu May 05, 2016 7:26 am

The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism
Very short short where Lucy Cotter meets Mick and Keith (separately) in conjunction with a major art retrospective of their career at the Saatchi Gallery. They recently played Cuba.

The Rolling Stones: Rock of Ages (an unauthoirised story on the Rolling Stones)
Much as you would expect, with a slant towards news footage as is available, suggesting their brushes with the law were of more import than most of their albums, particularly in the 1960's. Brian Jones' slow decline contrasts bleakly with the band's growing fame and ability. Once Mick Taylor has been replaced by Ron Wood, then it's pretty much business as usual up to now, save for Mick and Keith falling out in the 80s over Mick's solo career, and Bill Wyman throwing in the towel in the early 90s. Whether Keith's tree fall and brain surgery made any real lasting change seems negligible now.

The Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties
The usual sort of look back, mainly at their 60s material, its highs and lows. Their early albums established a blues tribute aspect, before their own songwriting made clear their own angle on blues and R&B.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:18 am

misery guts wrote:Ronnie Wood has been busy off stage too:

To be a Dad again at 68
Well, it's happened:

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood becomes father to twins, aged 68
The twins are Wood's fifth and sixth children, but the first for him and his wife, who is a theatre producer.

Wood has four children already - Jesse Wood with his first wife, former model Krissy Wood, daughter Leah and son Tyrone from his second marriage to Jo, and Jamie - Jo's son from a previous marriage whom Wood adopted.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:21 am

misery guts wrote:I tried reading his autobiography, too, but had to throw in the towel Sad Hope for better results with Keith Richards' one.
Life, by Keith Richards
Epic effort from the guitar hero and song-writer from the legendary Rock & Roll band. He has a very humourous style, and is typically fearless about not pulling his punches. I was intrigued that he dismisses the oft-pedalled theory that Brian Jones was the driving spirit behind the band, instead pointing up keyboards Ian Stewart instead. He also gives Mick what for once he gets clear from drugs. Though the story understandably accelerates once he gets to the 1980s and beyond, he manages not to appear to be skipping bits. The final result is a great insight into a great rock figure.
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