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Dec. 24: Season greetings!
The Rolling Stones have started works on their next album and tour. Thanks to everyone for 2004. Have a nice Christmas and New Year, and play your Stones records loud if you can. Merry Christmas - Bon Noel - Fr�hliche Weihnacht - Prettig Kerstfeest - Feliz Natal - �Feliz Navidad! - God Jul!
Dec. 23: Saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith dies
Legendary saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith has died of cancer. Dick, born Richard Malden in September 1934, played with the likes of John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker as well as fronting bands including Colosseum. See Reuters UK and Guardian.
Dec. 23: Rock 'n' Roll Circus on BBC
BBC2 in UK will broadcast the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus on the night between Dec. 25 and 26. See BBC.
Dec. 18: Mick Jagger producing "Being" documentary series
Mick Jagger's Los Angeles-based production company, Jagged Films, is developing a documentary series for U.S. cable network A&E. The series, called "Being," is modeled after his 2001 special "Being Mick." Each hourlong episode of "Being," set to debut in 2006, will profile a single celebrity -- including musicians, actors, athletes and newsmakers -- in an up-close, all-access look at what it's like to be a star. Mick will serve as executive producer. See Reuters.
Dec. 17: Mick Taylor in Sweden last night
Mick Taylor performed with the Finnish group "Wentus Blues Band" last night in Stockholm, Sweden. See IORR review and photo.
Dec. 16: Solomon Burke covers "I Got the Blues" on new album
Solomon Burke, the R&B heavyweight who wrote the early Stones live favorite "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", returns the favor on his next album by covering "I Got the Blues." The track will appear on the Don Was-produced album "Make Do With What You Got," which will be released in the United States on March 1 by Shout! Factory, an indie label distributed by Sony.
Dec. 13: Mick Jagger gets Golden Globe nomination
Mick and Dave Stewart received a Golden Globe nomination today for their "Alfie" tune "Old Habits Die Hard." The Globes, which are often considered a key barometer of Oscar success, will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 16. Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The other nominees in the Golden Globes' Best Original Song - Motion Picture category are tunes from "Shrek 2," "The Polar Express," The Phantom of the Opera" and "Hotel Rwanda."
Dec. 12: Ronnie Wood on new Rod Stewart DVD
Rod Stewart's October concert at the Royal Albert Hall has just been released on DVD, "One Night Only!" (J Records/BMG), and features Ronnie performing on "Stay With Me" and "Maggie May/Gasoline Alley."
Dec. 11: Ronnie Wood exhibition in London next week
Ronnie Wood will be exibiting old as well as new art at The Gallery in Cork St, London, UK next week. See The Independent.
Dec. 9: Ronnie Wood with the Charlatans last night
Ronnie Wood performed with the Charlatans last night, for the special HERO2HERO charity concert at Shepherds Bush Empire in London. See review and photo by IORR.
Dec. 9: Stones studio works in France
The Rolling Stones have been working on songs for the new album during the past month. Charlie is just back from 3 weeks in France with The Rolling Stones, according to Bill Wyman. The new album is expected next summer, according to Q Magazine, January 2005 edition. Also, see the great article by Billboard, where Don Was is talking about the studio works and Jagger/Richards song writing last month.
Dec. 4: Motley Crue record "Street Fighting Man"
Motley Crue have recorded a version of "Street Fighting Man" and may include the track on a hits package due in stores next February. "It's very hip," Motley Crue bass player Nikki Sixx says. "It's very trippy. We really changed it."
Nov. 25: Ronnie Wood with the Charlatans
Ronnie Wood will be playing with the Charlatans at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London on Dec. 8. Tickets are on sale now. "The show will be very different from any other Charlatans show as Ronnie will guest on some Charlatans songs and the band will return the favour by playing tracks from Ronnie's back catalogue," according to the Charlatan web pages. See BBC news.
Nov. 20: Keith plays two tracks on Hubert Sumlin album
Keith contributes guitar and backing vocals to two tracks -- "Still A Fool" and "Little Girl, This is the End" -- on the new album by Hubert Sumlin, Howlin' Wolf's former guitarist. The album, "About Them Shoes" will be released on Jan. 25 in the U.S. by Tone Cool/Artemis Records.
Nov. 18: Like a Rolling Stone voted greatest song ever
Rolling Stone magazine is publishing the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time", as voted by 172 writers and artists. Number one is the Bob Dylan song "Like a Rolling Stone", often performed live by the Rolling Stones on the small stage. Number two is their own "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Other Stones-songs on the top-500 list are "Sympathy for the Devil", "Gimme Shelter", "Honky Tonk Women", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Ruby Tuesday" and "Brown Sugar". See Reuters.
Nov. 14: "Live Licks" opens at No. 50 on U.S. charts
"Live Licks" debuted at No. 50 on the U.S. pop charts with sales of 19,676 copies in the week ended Nov. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan. By contrast, "No Security" opened at No. 34 exactly six years ago with 38,141 copies. The "Alfie" soundtrack opened at No. 183 with 6,164 copies. The film opened at a disappointing No. 5 in North America last weekend with ticket sales of $6.2 million. For other "Live Licks" chart positions see the IORR Tell Me pages.
Oct. 26: Keith Richards in "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Keith Richards has signed-up to play Johnny Depp's dad in the next two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. He's been fitted for his suit and filming starts in January. It follows many attempts by Johnny to persuade Keith without success but eventually he agreed to do it. See
Oct. 21: Mick Jagger to do "The Women" soundtrack
Mick Jagger will produce the movie as well as write music to the remake of the movie "The Women", starring Uma Thurman, Annette Bening, Ashley Judd, Meg Ryan and Sandra Bullock. The film will begin shooting in February. See Yahoo News UK.
Oct. 21: Ronnie Wood at the Eel Pie Club last night
Ronnie Wood guest played with Art Wood's All Stars (Tom Nolan, Pete French, Mark Freeman, Mick Avory Keith Grant, Mick Green, Lloyd Green, Don Craine) at the Eel Pie Club at The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, London, UK last night. Ronnie joined the band on stage for Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack Lightning with Mark Freeman on drums. Mick Avory took over on drums for Little Walter's My Babe. The banter continued as Ronnie handed his guitar to Art for Midnight Special - but Art handed it back, only for Ronnie to pass it to Mick Green whilst he joined Art for a short stint on vocals. See special IORR show report and picture on Shidoobee.
Oct. 19: Rod Stewart with Ronnnie on BBC Saturday
The Rod Stewart performance last week at Royal Albert Hall featuring Ronnie Wood as guest is set for a broadcast on BBC ONE on Saturday Oct 23 at 9:10pm. See the BBC ONE schedule.
Oct. 14: Mick Jagger at Alfie premiere last night
Mick Jagger arrived with costume designer L'wren Scott at the World Premiere of "Alfie" at the Empire Leicester Square, London last night. A premere party was held at the Kuko's in Camden. See BBC news and IORR Tell Me.
Oct. 14: Ozzy Osbourne doing "Sympathy For The Devil"
Ozzy Osbourne is recording a version of "Sympathy for the Devil" for an upcoming covers CD, due out by February 2005. See Yahoo/Reuters.
Oct. 14: Charlie Is My Darling in Ireland
The 1965 Stones documentary "Charlie Is My Darling" will be screened on Sunday October 24 at the closing of the Kerry Film Festival. Andrew Loog Oldham will attend the screening and will be interviewed beforehand. For details and tickets see the Kerry Film Festival.
Oct. 14: Charlie Is My Darling in Stockholm
The documentary "Charlie Is My Darling", shot over three days of the Stones 1965 Irish tour, will be featured in Stockholm on Nov. 25. On the day before Nov. 24 Andrew Loog Oldham will do an on-stage interview at the same venue. For details and tickets see Access All Areas.
Oct. 14: Mick Taylor with Wentus Blues Band
Mick Taylor will tour Sweden in December as a guest guitarist with the Finnish group Wentus Blues Band, playing in Karlstad, Stockholm, Gislaved and V�ster�s. For dates and details see the Wentus Blues Band tour schedule.
Oct. 14: Ronnie Wood with Rod Stewart last night
Ronnie Wood joined Rod Stewart on stage last night at The Royal Albert Hall, London, doing "Stay With Me" and a medley of "Maggie May" and "Gasoline Alley".
Oct. 9: CS Blues movie at Tate Modern in December
The rare Rolling Stones 1972 tour documentary movie Cocksucker Blues by Robert Frank will be screening at the Tate Modern in London, UK on December 3-5. See details about this rare non-public movie in The Guardian.
Oct. 8: Charlie and Ronnie at Bill Wyman show
Charlie and Ronnie were at the Royal Festival Hall last night to see Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. There was spontaneous applause as Charlie, looking good, took his seat in the audience to watch the show with Ronnie waiting in the wings. Bill introduced Ronnie Wood for Roll 'Em Pete, Soul Man, 634-5789 and You Never Can Tell. Ronnie was back on stage for Flatfoot Sam, Raise Your Hand and a resounding Knock on Wood. Then Ronnie returned for the encore, racing to keep up with Albert Lee's eminence for Tear It Up. See review and backstage report.
Oct. 1: Chuck Leavell biography out this month
Chuck Leavell's memoirs, "Between Rock and a Home Place", will be coming out by Oct. 30. The book is having three chapters on the Stones and never-before-seen photos taken on stage by Chuck. The book is available directly from the publisher Mercer University Press. Also, see the site of the co-author J. Marshall Craig.
Oct. 1: Mick Taylor with Nikki Sudden
Mick Taylor plays on two tracks and Ian McLagan on five tracks on the new Nikki Sudden album Treasure Island". Signed copies of the album are available directly from
Oct. 1: Live Licks bonus track in Japan
The new live album Live Licks will be released with the "clean version" album artwork only in Japan. Also, for Japan there will be an extra bonus track. The release date in Japan is set to Oct. 27.
Oct. 1: Mick Jagger at Alfie press conference
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart presented their soundtrack works at the Alfie press conference in New York City on Thursday. Mick stated that Charlie is in good health and is pronounced free and clear of cancer. Also, Mick confirmed that he and Keith have been writing songs for a new Stones album. See
Sep. 30: Live Licks due out Nov. 1
The new Rolling Stones live album Live Licks was originally due out in October, but a release is now set for the first week of November, i.e. Nov. 1 for Europe and Nov. 2 for the US market. The track listing has been revised. The album will have two separate sleeves - one with a topless 'manga' girl and one censored. See the IORR Live Licks pages for details. Also, a special web pages are being built by EMI/Virgin UK, to host graphics, samples etc.
Sep. 30: Live Aid DVD due out in November
A "Live Aid" 4-DVD box is expected out by Nov. 2 in the US market. Disc 4 will contain the following tracks: "Just Another Night" (Mick with Hall & Oates band), "Miss You" (Mick with Hall & Oates band), "State of Shock" (Mick, Tina Turner with Hall & Oates band), "It's only Rock n'Roll" (Mick, Tina Turner with Hall & Oates band), "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan with Keith and Ronnie), "We Are The World" (All). Extra feature: "Dancing in the Streets" (Mick and David Bowie).
Sep. 29: Alfie soundtrack details
Alfie the movie soundtrack is featuring music composed and performed by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart among others. The soundtrack is due out next month. For details see the IORR Alfie pages.
Sep. 29: Sykes photos in Antwerp, Belgium TOTA exhibition
The FotoMuseum in Antwerp, Brussels will exibit exclusive 1975 Tour Of The Americas (a.k.a. TOTA) photos by Christopher Sykes from Sep. 16 to Nov. 14. See the special IORR page on the Christopher Sykes exhibition, also with many sample images.
Sep. 29: Ronnie Wood at the Miller Strat Pack Concert
The Miller Strat Pack Concert at Wembley Arena, London last Friday September 24 celebrated 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster. The concert featured The Crickets, Hank Marvin, Mike Rutherford & Paul Carrack, Gary Moore, Paul Rodgers, Joe Walsh, David Gilmour, Albert Lee and Andy Fairweather Low among others. At the beginning of the show, Ronnie Wood joined The Crickets for "That'll Be The Day". Ronnie closed the show with "Ooh La La" and an All Star finale of "Stay With Me", with Leah joining in on back-up vocals. See picture of Ronnie with the Crickets by AP/Yahoo.
Sep. 28: Shirley Watts says Charlie is fine
The German newspaper Koelner Express did an interview with Charlie's wife Shirley Watts at a horse show in Aachen, published yesterday. The article has got the following mesage: Stones-drummer Charlie Watts: Cancer defeated. Aachen - Shirley Watts, Stones-Legend Charlie Watts' wife is overjoyed: "Last week we were informed that Charlie made a full recovery". Express met the horsefan, who is owner of 200 horses, at "All Nations Cup" in Aachen last weekend. See Koelner Epress.
Sep. 20: Actors named for Brian Jones movie
Rising British actor Leo Gregory ("Out of Control") will play Brian Jones in "The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones," which starts shooting Sept. 26 in London. Paddy Considine ("In America") has been cast as builder Frank Thoroughgood, who allegedly confessed to killing Brian. David Morrissey ("The Deal") will play Brian's driver, Tom Keylock. Ben Whishaw (who recently played Hamlet on the London stage) is playing Keith Richards. The roles of Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg have yet to be cast. Stephen Woolley, who produced such films as "The Crying Game," will direct.
Sep. 16: "Rock and Roll Circus" to play in U.S. movie theaters
"The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" will play in more than 50 movie theaters across the United States on Oct. 11, a day before the DVD hits stores. The screenings are being organized by Regal Entertainment, which owns the Regal, Edwards and United Artists theaters.
Sep. 13: Mick with Joss Stone in Christmas duet
Mick Jagger and Joss Stone will duet on the song "Lonely This Christmas". The song has been recorded in London at Abbey Road studios while working on the Alfie soundtrack. See BBC.
Sep. 7: More details about the "Rock and Roll Circus" DVD
The DVD for "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" will come out in the U.S. on Oct. 12, at a suggested retail price of $19.98. It includes audio commentaries from Mick, Keith and Bill, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull, director Michael Lindsey-Hogg and cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, and a new on-screen interview with Pete Townshend. There's backstage footage involving Mick, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a previously unseen four-screen version of "Yer Blues," three additional Taj Mahal songs, and two classical performances by Julius Katchen. The main program has been remixed in 5.1 surround sound. The source for the DVD is a new digital transfer from the original 16mm negatives.
Sep. 5: Ronnie Wood UK TV special tonight
The South Bank Show on the UK television station ITV is featuring Ronnie Wood tonight at 11.05pm. The programme looks behind the public image, examines how Ronnie deals with fame and looks at his twin passions music and painting.
Sep. 2: Joss Stone with Mick Jagger on "Alfie"
Joss Stone will meet up with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart in London soon to do vocals on a retake of "Alfie" for the Alfie movie (see IORR news May 1). Mick will do backup vocals. The film is set for release on October 22, and is including three original Jagger/Stewart compositions. See Rolling Stone.
Sep. 1: Ronnie to play with Rod Stewart in New York on Sept. 8
Best mates Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, fresh from their triumph at the Hollywood Bowl, will perform together during the Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 8. Details are still being ironed out, but it seems they will play together on a couple of songs, according to a spokeswoman for Rod. The event is being taped for a Sept. 26 broadcast on the Fox network. Other performers include Beyonce, Usher, Avril Lavigne, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys.
Sep. 1: Ronnie busy in Los Angeles
Ronnie's performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday wasn't the only item on his schedule. The previous Friday, he joined Toots & The Maytals onstage at the Greek Theatre for three songs, including Toots' classic "Pressure Drop." The next day, he attended a private reception at the 319 Gallery in Santa Monica which featured his newest work, "Mick On Harmonica." Guests included Anthony Kiedis, Gina Gershon, Grace Slick, and the Stray Cats' Slim Jim Phantom.
Aug. 31: Ronnie sings "Ooh La La" at Rod Stewart show in Hollywood
Ronnie Wood appeared as a "special guest" during Rod Stewart's concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday. Ronnie accompanied Rod for a five-song set mid-concert: "Stay With Me," "Every Picture Tells a Story," "You Wear It Well," "Losing You" and "I'd Rather Go Blind." He returned at the end for "Maggie May" and "Having a Party/Twisting the Night Away" and then ended the evening by taking center stage to sing "Ooh La La." Their Faces bandmate Ian McLagan helped out on keyboards during the finale. See the IORR Tell Me pages.
Aug. 29: Knebworth commemorative set extended
The Knebworth commemorative set "There Must Be A Better Way" is now available as a special package. The set now includes the tickets, flyers and programmes from the festivals 1975 Pink Floyd, Steve Miller; 1976 Rolling Stones; 1979 Led Zeppelin, New Barbarians, plus photographs, many of which are of The Stones, plus a hardback book on the backstage problems of running the festivals, plus as a gift 6 CDs live from the festivals and a DVD of The Stones performance. See the Rock Music Memorabilia Book Site pages for details.
Aug. 14: Charlie Watts has throat cancer
Charlie Watts is being treated for throat cancer. He is nearing the end of a six-week course of radiotherapy in London, being in "good form", walking to hospital for his treatment. Charlie is expecting to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year. See AFP and BBC.
Aug. 4: Mark Fisher stage exhibition in Leicester
The exhibition Amazing Music Studio at the New Walk Museum in Leicester, UK is featuring works of Mark Fisher, the Rolling Stones stage designer. The exhibition is running until Sunday October 3.
Aug. 4: Live Licks tracks confirmed
The tracks of the new Rolling Stones Live Licks 2CD album are now confirmed. The CD cover is the "Honky Tonk Women" cartoon girl riding on the tongue. The album will be released worldwide by EMI/Virgin by the end of September, and it can be ordered now from Badlands. For track details see the IORR Live Licks pages.
Aug. 4: Rock and Roll Circus DVD due out later this year
The Rock and Roll Circus event by the Rolling Stones and guests in London, UK December 1968 will be out on DVD by ABKCO later this year. The DVD will feature bonus material. See Reuters.
Aug. 4: Willie & The Poor Boys DVD due out next month
The Willie & The Poor Boys performance at the Fulham Town Hall, London, UK in 1985 will be out on DVD in USA and Europe on Sept. 6. The band features Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts among others. A 30 minute behind the scenes 'Making Of' is featuring interviews with Ringo Starr, Gary Brooker, John Entwistle, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman and more. See Classic Pictures.
Aug. 3: Kurhaus show celebration in the Netherlands
Dutch Stones fans are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first ever Rolling Stones concert on the European Continent on August 8, 1964. The Kurhaus show went into chaos and was never finished, but the Dutch cover band Flip The Switch will play the full reconstructed set at the Kurhaus on Sunday. There will be 500 fans by invitation only, and also an exhibition, video presentations and more. See The Kurhaus Hotel and Flip The Switch.
July 20: Live Licks album due out in September
The Rolling Stones are expected to release an album with live tracks from the 2002-2003 LICKS world tour during the first week of September. See the IORR Live Licks pages for details.
July 19: The new magazine IORR 50 is out
The new It's Only Rock'n Roll magazine issue IORR 50 was mailed out to all fan club members on June 25, and should have arrived to everyone by now, wherever you live in the world. The magazine is showing the best and greatest photos, solo performances, LICKS reviews, news, collectors info and more. For information about how to subscribe see the Get IORR pages.
July 15: Mick Taylor on tour with John Mayall
Mick Taylor will be on tour in UK this fall as special guest with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. See details with tour dates in the Mick Taylor pages by IORR. Also, Bill Wyman will be crossing paths and venues at the same time in UK this fall with his Rhythm Kings.
July 13: Jump Back reissue in North America
The compilation "Jump Back", originally released internationally in 1993, will be released in North America for the first time on August 26. It has been digitally remastered and enriched with track-by-track liner notes from Mick and Keith. See Reuters.
July 12: Keith doing Wild Horses in Parsons tribute
Keith Richards guest played at the "Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons", which took place on Friday July 9 at the Santa Barbara Bowl and on Saturday July 10 at the Universal Amphitheater near Hollywood, Los Angeles. For both nights, Keith did a duet with jazz diva Norah Jones on the Nashville standard "Love Hurts", then performing "Hickory Wind" by himself. Later in the set Keith lead in on "Wild Horses". The second show was recorded for a DVD release. See reports by Reuters and IORR members.
June 30: Ronnie Wood at the Eel Pie Club
Ronnie Wood went to see The Leah Wood Group performing at the Eel Pie Club, Twickenham last night. In the second half of the evening Ronnie joined with the house band (Keith Grant, Don Craine, Ray Majors guitars, Mark Freeman drums, John O'Leary harp and Art Wood vocals) for My Babe, Hi Heeled Sneakers, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Shame, Shame, Shame. Chicago Calling, Midnight Special and Kansas City.
June 28: Keith to play at Gram Parsons tribute shows in California
Keith Richards has confirmed he will indeed play at the Gram Parsons tribute concerts scheduled to take place on July 9 at the Santa Barbara Bowl and on July 10 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Organizers of the charity event needed to satisfy various requirements, such as flying him on a private jet. Other performers include Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Dwight Yoakam. For details and tickets see the Gram Parsons Tribute pages.
June 27: Ronnie Wood in London all week
Rod Stewart, with special guest Ronnie Wood performed the Faces classic "Stay With Me" at the Olympic Torch Concert last night. Londoners could enjoy Ronnie's company all week - last Sunday at The Fleadh, Wednesday and Thursday with Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall (on on two numbers - Cissy Strut and People Get Ready) and last night in The Mall.
June 21: Ronnie Wood at the Olympic Torch Concert on Saturday
Ronne Wood is expected to join in with Rod Stewart at the The Olympic Torch Concert in London on Saturday June 26. The concert will also feature James Brown, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Jamelia, McFly, Will Young, Emma Bunton, Rachel Stevens plus more. The free event will take place in The Mall, with over 70,000 tickets to be allocated by ballot through
June 21: Ronnie Wood with Bob Dylan last night
Ronnie Wood guest played with The Charlatans on "Stay With Me" plus another song last night, warming up for the main act Bob Dylan at the Fleadh Festival, Finsbury Park, London. Then Ronnie joined in on the entire Bob Dylan set, including the encore "Like a Rolling Stone". See complete set list by Bill Pagel.
June 20: International Rolling Stones day in Belgium Oct. 9
An international Rolling Stones day is scheduled for Lede, Belgium Saturday Oct. 9, 2004. There will be DVD shows, trade sections, the Dutch cover band .Flip The Switch., Voodoo Lounge cocktail bar and more. See the Rolling Stones Belgium Sticky Fingers fan club pages for details
June 8: Rod Stewart with Ronnie Wood in August
Rod Stewart with Special Guest Ron Wood is now listed through Ticketmaster as a separate band, so far only appearance at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl on August 30.
June 7: Ronnie Wood with The Charlatans
Ronnie Wood watched his daughter in Leah Wood Group supporting The Charlatans at Hammersmith Apollo, London last Friday June 4. Later in the evening Ronnie joined The Charlatans for their encore - Stay With Me, Just Lookin Lookin' and Sproston Green.
May 26: Ronnie Wood art exhibitions in Stockholm and Helsinki
Ronnie Wood is doing art exhibitions in Utstallningssalongen, Karlavagen 81, Stockholm from May 26 to June 8 and Art Diana, Erottajankatu 5, Helsinki from May 27 to June 20. See the Nordic Ronnie Wood Exhibition pages for samples and details.
May 25: Mick Jagger at the Lord's cricket ground
Mick went to see cricket at the Lord's cricket ground, London, on Thursday last week, in the first day of the first Test match between England and New Zealand. See photo by AP.
May 25: Stones song in new Coca-Cola commercial
Coca-Cola Company will launch their new lower-carb, lower-cal Coca-Cola C2 soft drink using the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want". The marketing is starting up on U.S. television during the finals of American Idol on FOX tonight and tomorrow. See Yahoo finance.
May 24: Keith Richards at Connecticut club last Friday
Keith Richards guest played at his "neighbourhood" club The BoxCar last Friday May 21. The jazz & blues club is located in Southport, Connecticut, and the performers on the playlist were blues artist David Honeyboy Edwards (age 89) and Rocky Lawrence. A club crowd of some 80 people saw Keith with friends, including Blondie Chaplin. See The Connecticut Post and Canoe.
May 21: Elvin Jones dies at age 76
Jazz drummer Elvin Jones, a driving force behind the John Coltrane Quintet ensemble of the 1960s, died of heart failure Tuesday May 18 in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 76. Charlie Watts was heavily influenced by Elvin Jones, performing the "Elvin Suite" on his jazz solo projects among others. See AFP and The Detroit News.
May 20: Toronto SarsStock show out on DVD today
The Rolling Stones SarsStock event last year in Downsview Park Toronto July 30, having a crowd of some 450,000 people, is releasen on DVD today in Canada. Mick Jagger will deliver a video message to mark its official kickoff at the Harbour Castle Westin, Toronto. See the Toronto Star. For a complete track listing of the DVD see
May 6: Keith Richards with Waddy Wachtel
Keith Richards guest played with Waddy Wachtel at The Joint in Los Angeles on Monday May 3, playing on two songs, including "Honky Tonk Women". This was a nice "warm-up" for the Willie Nelson guest spot last night. See pictures on Rocks Off and Publicity for Bands.
May 6: Keith had second thoughts on Honky Tonk Women
"Honky Tonk Women" did not make the cut at the Willie Nelson & Friends show last night, possibly because Jerry Lee Lewis appeared unfamiliar with the song during rehearsal. Keith still managed to thrill the Wiltern Theatre crowd by duetting with Willie on "We Had It All." He also backed Willie and Jerry on "Trouble in Mind," and then performed a blistering solo on "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On," Jerry's duet with Kid Rock. He did not return to the stage for the all-star sing-along of "On The Road Again" that closed the three-hour taping. See pictures of Keith and Willie Nelson with Keith by Reuters.
May 5: Keith set to play Honky Tonk Women at Willie Nelson show
Looking fit and relaxed, Keith rehearsed "Hony Tonk Women" with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Jerry Lee Lewis hours before taping was due to begin of Nelson's annual concert special at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Willie and Jerry took turns on the verses, and Keith sang the chorus. Bernard Fowler was among the back-up singers. Jerry and Kid Rock then dueted on "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" with Keith, Willie and Merle strumming along. Keith is also being trailed by his documentary crew. It is not clear what project he has in mind.
May 4: Keith Richards live with Willie Nelson tomorrow
Keith Richards is expected to join in with Willie Nelson and Friends - Outlaws & Angels at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, tomorrow May 5. The event will be videotaped by USA Network.
May 1: Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart write songs for "Alfie" remake
Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart, who worked together on the "Primitive Cool" album, have reunited to compose theme music and write three songs -- "Old Habits Die Hard," "Blind Leading the Blind" and "Let's Make It Up" -- for the upcoming remake of "Alfie," starring Jude Law, Marisa Tomei and Susan Sarandon. A statement issued by the film's distributor, Paramount Pictures, said they will record the three songs at the Abbey Road studios in London.
Apr. 18: Rare 1963 Crawdaddy Club recording on sale at Christie's
A rare live recording of the Rolling Stones performing at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond 1963 goes on sale at Christie's on May 5th. It was recorded by Paul Lukas who was bass player with the Tridents (Jeff Becks band at the time) on a clockwork tape recorder. Songs on the tape include "Route 66", "Pretty Thing", "Our Little Rendezvous", "Diddley Diddley Daddy" and "Money" among others. See the Christie's Picture Gallery and Lot Details.
Apr. 9: Ronnie Wood at Ronnie Lane tribute last night
Ronnie Wood guest played at the Ronnie Lane tribute show One for the Road last night at Royal Albert Hall, London. First he joined in with Slim Chance on "Ooh La La", on acoustic guitar and vocals. Then he came back later on in the show to take the lead with the Jones Gang (featuring former Small Faces drummer Kenny Jones), doing two songs, including a brilliant version of "Stay With Me", great slide, great Ronnie, great crowd. See picture of Ronnie and Paul Weller by AP.
Apr. 8: New Charlie Watts live album due out in June
Charlie Watts will release a new album recorded live with his Tentet at Ronnie Scotts, London 2001 on the Sanctuary Records label. The album is due out in June. Listen to the track Faction, currently out as a promo single.
Apr. 7: Charlie Watts doing You Can't Always Get What You Want
Charlie Watts and his Tentet is currently playing at the Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London, UK. The band is on for 12 shows from April 5 to 17. The set includes a version of "You Can't Always Get Whast You Want", arranged by Gerard Presencer. For reservations and details see Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Also, reviews please in the IORR Tell Me pages!
Apr. 2: Ronnie with Jools Holland last night
Ronnie Wood was one of Jools Holland's amazing line-up of musicians at his Royal Albert Hall concert last night in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Mutual friends, almost too numerous to mention, included Chrissie Hynde, Shane MacGowan, John Cale, Jay Kay, Jeff Beck and Solomon Burke. Jeff Beck, on top form and looking just like Ronnie, backed Solomon Burke. Ronnie played 'Ooh La La' from Jack O The Green, accompanied by son, Jesse on guitar and daughter, Leah on backing vocals.
Mar. 31: Ronnie with Stereophonics last night
Ronnie Wood guest played with Stereophonics last night at their Royal Albert Hall performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Ronnie joined in on the songs "Handbags And Gladrags", "Don't Let Me Down" and "Ooh La La". Then he enjoyed the rest of the show from one of the boxes. See
Mar. 30: Charlie is My Darling in Scotland
Peter Whitehead's film "Charlie is My Darling", shot over three days of the Stones. 1965 Irish tour, will be featured during the Triptych festival in Scotland. Andrew Loog Oldham will introduce the film at showings in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Joseph von Sternberg, the director of the Mannheim Film Festival 1966, called it a beautiful film, saying: "When all the other films at this festival are long forgotten, this film will still be watched - as a unique document of its times." See
Mar. 22: CD singles box set due out in May
The first of three CD singles box sets, "The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1965," is due May 4 and features 12 CDs beginning with the studio recordings from the spring of 1963. The next two box sets "The Rolling Stones Singles 1965-1967" and "The Rolling Stones Singles 1968-1971" will follow in the summer and fall, respectively. See details in Reuters/Yahoo.
Mar. 22: Mick watching cricket in Trinidad
Mick Jagger is spending time off touring enjoying cricket. This week-end he watched the cricket match between England and the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. See photo and story in AP/Yahoo.
Mar. 22: Stones tour next year says Sunday Mirror
Sunday Mirror is putting into print a rumours which has been around for some time. They say the Stones have decided to tour starting early 2005, in a tour that will last for 9 months.
Mar. 16: Mick and Keith at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night
Mick and Keith participated at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night. Mick inducted Rolling Stone Magazine editor Jann Wenner, while Keith inducted ZZ Top. Highlights of the awards ceremony will be shown on VH1 on Sunday March 21. See AP/Yahoo.
Mar. 16: Ronnie Wood interview in Sunday Mirror
Ronnie Wood is featured in an interview with the UK newspaper Sunday Mirror. "I should have died around when Keith Moon did in 1978," Ronnie says. "Yeah, because we were hitting it really hard". Doctors have told Ronnie if he does not quit his 30-a-day cigarette habit he is at risk of catching the respiratory disease emphysema. Ronnie says he he hasn't had a Guinness for two years, despite rumours, and tomorrow, on St Patrick's Day, he will quit smoking. See Reuters/Yahoo.
Mar. 9: Charlie Watts cancel shows
Charlie Watts just cancelled his four shows in mainland Europe during May/June. His April dates at Ronnie Scott's in UK are still on.
Mar. 8: Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings on tour
Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings are playing shows in Europe this spring and summer. See tour dates and more info on Also, see special appearances, like the Rock Cruise.
Mar. 8: Charlie Watts and his Tentet live dates
Charlie Watts and his Tentet will be playing for two weeks at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club London from April 5 to 17. Then Charlie will take his tentet to Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna (Austria), Konstanz (Germany) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). See tour dates and more info on the web sites of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and The Rosebud Agency.
Feb. 20: Keith to induct ZZ Top at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Keith Richards will induct ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15. The event, taking place at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, will air in the United States on VH1 on March 21.
Feb. 17: Bill Wyman to appear in March charity show
Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Jools Holland will perform Monday March 15 in a charity event at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show, "One Generation 4 Another", will benefit the Lord's Taverners, a 54-year-old British charity founded by sports-loving entertainers. Other performers will include '60s soul star Geno Washington, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green and singer Roger Chapman of '60s band Family. Tickets are available from Royal Albert Hall.
Feb. 14: Ronnie Lane tribute at Royal Albert Hall
There will be a tribute show for Ronnie Lane at Royal Albert Hall, London, UK on April 8. Guests are including Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Chris Farlowe, Chris Jagger and more, according to Room for Ravers. Tickets are available from Royal Albert Hall.
Feb. 6: Stones singles due out on CD box sets
The Rolling Stones singles dating from 1963 to 1976 will be released on three box sets featuring 68 single tracks on 42 CDs. All singles will be in their original sleeves, and the set includes EPs, UK, US and export singles. Each box has a booklet with essays and rare photos. Vol 1 1963-1965 includes the 5X5 EP and Vol 2 1965-1967 includes the track Long Long While. The first box set will be out in April.
Feb. 4: 'Gimme Shelter' co-director Charlotte Zwerin dead
"Gimme Shelter" co-director Charlotte Zwerin died on Jan. 22 in New York of lung cancer. She was 72. Zwerin, who was credited along with Albert and the late David Maysles, was not at Altamont. She came up with the idea to shoot footage of the Stones in London watching the playback, which allows viewers at the outset to get a grasp of what's going to happen at the end. See Reuters/Yahoo.
Feb. 3: Keith sings on Toots and the Maytals album
Keith Richards is one of the all-star guests on "True Love", the new Toots and the Maytals album set for an April 6 release in the United States on V2 Records. He duets and plays with Toots on the track "Careless Ethiopians". According to the press release, Toots says: "What I receive from Keith is the energy and the love and the encouragement in his guitar. We played acoustic together." Guests on other tracks include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt and No Doubt.
Jan. 21: MTV2 broadcast from Hong Kong tomorrow
MTV2 will broadcast the Rolling Stones and Prince live in Hong Kong recorded last year. The broadcast will be on MTV2 at 9pm EST (New York time) tomorrow Thursday Jan 22 and Sunday Jan 25 at 11pm, one hour broadcasts each time. See MTV2.
Jan. 9: Rumours about show in Gibraltar
The Rolling Stones will perform in Gibraltar this summer, according to Costa del Sol News. However, the Stones are not known for doing single shows outside tours, so this might be more of a dream than facts. Also, the Gibraltar Tourist Board is denying the story, calling it an "April Fools" story from the paper. Still, a major British rock act will play a show on July 31 in Gibraltar, to celebrate the 300 years of Gibraltar being British.

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