Keith Richards Faces Huge Library Fines For Overdue Books
5/23/2013 11:30:00 AM
Keith Richards admits he still owes fines for books he borrowed and failed to return to the Dartford, England public library decades ago. The Mirror quotes Richards as saying, “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago. They must be astronomical by now.”
The Mirror estimates that with a 15 pence a day fine, plus interest and administrative fees, Richards could be facing a library bill of about 3,000 pounds, approximately $4,547.
The 69-year-old Richards says he felt right at home in the quiet atmosphere of the library in Dartford. “To me it was a place where you get a hint there was somewhere called civilization.” The hard-living guitarist adds, “It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”
When contacted by the newspaper, a receptionist at the Dartford Library ...
John Fogerty Releases Video of New Song
5/22/2013 9:55:00 AM
Most of John Fogerty‘s new album, ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone,’ finds the former CCR frontman teaming up with other fellow rockers for fresh versions of his extensive hit catalogue. But he did make room for a couple of new songs — and one of them, ‘Mystic Highway,’ now has its own video.
While a lot of "lyric videos" are about as exciting as watching a Karaoke scroll, this one actually carries you through the song with some pretty nifty animation.
"Wrote a Song For Everyone" comes out comes out May 28 and features collaborations on some of Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites with Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Foo Fighters among others.
Fogerty will appear tonight (May 22) on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman and on Thursday (May 23) on The View. He can also be seen performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, ...
Slash, Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani and Others React To Loss Of Ray Manzarek
5/21/2013 11:07:00 AM
Slash, Alice Cooper and Joe Satriani have reacted on Twitter and Facebook to the passing of THE DOORS' co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on Monday, May 20 in Rosenheim, Germany at the RoMed Clinic following a long battle with with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Manzarek was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek. Manzarek is survived by Dorothy, their son Pablo, his wife Sharmin, and their three children Noah, Apollo, and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Manzarek was raised on the South Side of Chicago where he took piano lessons. He originally wanted to play basketball, but he was not allowed to play the position he wanted, so he quit the team. Manzarek said later if it was not for his coach's ultimatum, he might never have been with the Doors. He went to Everett Elementary School on S. Bell St. ...
Dave Grohl with the Rolling Stones - Video
5/20/2013 10:36:00 AM
As promised, the Rolling Stones have had some music royalty coming up and joining them on stage for their 50th anniversary tour. Saturday night, Mr. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters joined the worlds greatest garage band on stage for a seriously cool rendition of "Bitch". My favorite part is when they let Dave grab the solo, in the fan video below you can see Keith just kinda looking at him with a "well, alright.. i guess that works too" look on his face. Not a great solo Dave, but well, your on stage with the Stones, who cares?!
Bill Wyman Done Playing With Stones
5/16/2013 10:48:00 AM
Those that had the lucky opportunity to see Mr. Bill Wyman play with the Rolling Stones when they did their 50th anniversary show last year at London’s O2 arena will be the last to see the bass player jam with the band. Bill Wyman played with the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993.
“They’d asked me the December before, and I had to jam with them for three days. I was under the impression I was going to get really involved, but when it came to it, they only wanted me to do two songs, which was very disappointing.”
As promised, many celebrities have joined the Rolling Stones on stage as their 50th anniversary tour continues through North America. So far, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry have all shared the stage. Former guitarist Mick Taylor is along for the ride and is being promoted as a ...
Gene Simmons Talks New KISS Stage - Video
5/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
Never one to make a small impression, in the video below Gene Simmons goes over the details of the new over the top stage for their upcoming Monster tour. From what he says, it really does sound like a pretty amazing setup.
The stage description comes right at the beginning of the video, and then Gene takes some questions and comments from the crowd. Warning, there are some seriously aw struck fans grabbing the microphone. Imagine that.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity Video
5/13/2013 1:18:00 PM
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has done an amazing job documenting his last 5 months on the international space station via Twitter, Facebook, and youtube. To celebrate his last day aboard the station, he released this very cool self made video of himself performing David Bowies classic “Space Oddity”.
Visually stunning, this self made video incorporated a little help from a former Bowie musician – Emm Gryner.
“The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’s vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! Mellotrons! Fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his SoundCloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’s singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice ...
Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters Black Dog (Video)
5/9/2013 11:01:00 AM
In preparation of his upcoming North American tour, Robert Plant has uploaded a new video of a live performance of Black Dog that he did with the Sensational Space Shifters. It’s a cool take on this Led Zeppelin classic that really highlights the Americana sound of the Space Shifters.
The Sensational Space Shifters include Justin Adams (guitar, bendir, vocals), John Baggott(keyboards), Juldeh Camara (ritti, kologo, talking drum, vocals), Billy Fuller (bass guitar, vocals), Dave Smith (drums and percussion) and Liam “Skin” Tyson (guitar, vocals).
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will be here in Chicago on Friday July 12th, performing as Part of the Petrillo Music Shell Concerts at Taste of Chicago.
More information can be found at the Loop Live page: http://www.wlup.com/ConcertsEvents/concertcalendar/Details.aspx?ConcertID=180114
Trooper Beer Sells
5/8/2013 9:28:00 AM
Tomorrow, Iron Maidens Trooper beer begins to hit the pubs in the UK. Pre-sales are through the roof, and the brewer Robinson’s says it’s really unprecedented.
“We haven’t spent a single penny on advertising,” said David Bremner of Robinsons. “This is history in the making for brewing.”
Robinson’s has been brewing 3 batches a day on a 6 day week, something that they have never done before, just to keep up with the demand. Over 250,000 pints have been presold with over 100 countries applying to distribute the libation.
If you’re headed over to the UK tomorrow and you’re looking for a pub that stocks Trooper Beer, Iron Maiden has posted a list of participating locations, here.
No word on when we can expect it here in Chicago, hopefully soon.
Bill Clinton Tried To Convince Led Zeppelin To Reunite
5/7/2013 11:02:00 AM
Even former President Bill Clinton couldn't talk Led Zeppelin into to reuniting.
According to the CBS "60 Minutes Overtime" webcast, which ran May 6, Clinton was recruited to encourage Led Zeppelin to reunite for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert last year and failed to convince the British rock royalty to give it one more go onstage.
Robin Hood Foundation's executive director David Saltzman said during the report that Clinton asked the band personally in Washington, D.C. when they were being saluted with the prestigious Kennedy Center honor: "Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton who could convince Led Zeppelin to reunite to perform at the 12-12-12 concert. Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite and they wouldn't do it."
Given the band's response last year to reporters presing them on a possible reunion, this shouldn't surprise anyone. When an AP reporter asked, "Is this ...