July 29, 2013 |
The first time I met Mick Farren - who died in London over the weekend at age 69, after collapsing during a performance by his band the Deviants - was in his apartment in West Hollywood. This was during the 1990s, and we were both working for the Los Angeles Reader, the late lamented alt weekly where I was book editor and he was a columnist. The Reader was a great place to work; the pay was virtually non-existent, but you could write whatever you wanted, which was the main reason Farren had come on board.
June 25, 2013 |
The Rolling Stones wrapped the U.S. leg of its 50 and Counting tour Monday in Washington D.C., concluding without any special guests this time, although Lenny Kravitz was in the house and went backstage for a visit with guitarist Ron Wood. It was a very different scene than the group's first performance in the nation's capital 48 years ago. “Washington has a lot of memories for me,” Mick Jagger told the audience early in the set. “We first came here in 1965. Lady Bird Johnson was the first lady, she always came to our shows.” PHOTOS: Rolling Stones through the decades As on most of the stops on the tour that opened May 3 in Los Angeles , former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor joined with Jagger, Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Darryl Jones on “Midnight Rambler.” On Monday night, he also came onstage for "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and returned during the encore to add his licks to “(I Can't Get No)
May 4, 2013 |
The first measures heard at Staples Center as the Rolling Stones began their 26th (give or take) concert in Los Angeles didn't include Keith Richards' riffs, Mick Jagger's sweet falsetto, Ron Wood's delicate guitar lines or Charlie Watts' snare snaps. Rather, the boom of the UCLA Marching Band, streaming in through the middle of the crowd in its formal blues while the sound system brass-blasted “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,” announced the arrival of the world's oft-greatest rock band into Los Angeles, and the commencement of its 50 and Counting tour of North America.
April 16, 2013 |
The 50th anniversary of t he Rolling Stones' birth in 1962 has had no shortage of commemorative activities: Last year the group was the subject of a retrospective film documentary, a triple CD survey of their recorded output and a handful of celebratory concerts in England and northeastern U.S. The celebration extends into 2013 with a slate of shows on the 50 and Counting tour due to get underway May 2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles -...
October 15, 2012 |
What do Keith Richards and Margaret Atwood have in common? Machine-generated signatures, if one fan's investigation into her signed copy of Richard's "Life" is correct. A fan who purchased an autographed copy of Richard's memoir has posted that the book was signed using an Autopen , not by the musician himself, Spinner reports. The fan writes that document examiners using "high powered magnification" concluded it was an Autopen signature due to "size, spacing, pen pressure, ink flow, etc. " The Autopen website boasts its machines "provide high quality signature replication with any common pen, pencil, or marker.
August 8, 2012 |
Over the course of five seasons, AMC's meth-dealing drama "Breaking Bad" has gradually built a devoted following of passionate fans -- including Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards. Tuesday on "Conan," creator Vince Gilligan said he'd "heard through the grapevine" that the famously resilient guitarist is an admirer of the Emmy-winning series. Conan O'Brien suggested that Richards, who certainly knows a thing or two about living dangerously, would fit right in to the "Breaking Bad" universe.