The story of how Keith Richards met Mick Jagger at the Dartford train station is one of the most frequently told stories in rock history. Today (April 11), a letter from Richards, then 18, to his Aunt Patty describing the Rolling Stones‘ earliest days was posted on the Letters Of Note website.
London’s Central Hall in Westminster saw the world premiere of a new symphonic work, ‘The Titanic Requiem’ tonight (April 10). The piece, which features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous ship on April 15, 1912. However, one of the composers of the piece, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, was unable to attend due to his deteriorating health.
As the prototypical shock-rocker, Alice Cooper became famous by giving kids nightmares. Now, he’s looking to make their musical dreams come true. On Thursday (April 5), Cooper spoke before the Paradise Valley School Board in his hometown of Phoenix to announce the donation of $20,000 worth of instruments to Arrowhead Elementary School.
Although the Rolling Stones have announced plans to release a commemorative 50th anniversary book later this year, another book about their legacy will be published by St. Martins in the spring of 2013. The book will be written by Bill Janovitz, guitarist for the great 90s alternative band Buffalo Tom.
Despite the series taking place in the ’60s, rock music has barely featured in the stories of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.’ But on Sunday (April 1) night’s episode, the world’s greatest rock and roll band were an integral part of one of the subplots.
During his concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday (March 29), Paul McCartney got by with a little help from his friends (officially the 1,587,204th time someone has referenced that song in an article about a guest appearance at a concert by a Beatle). Ronnie Wood, Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller sat in with McCartney’s band for a performance of the Beatles 1969 hit,’Get Back.’
Queen remain content to perform limited dates, such as the 2012 Sonisphere Festival and a night at Moscow’s Olympic Arena, with Adam Lambert standing in for Freddie Mercury. However, drummer Roger Taylor has taken on the role of serving as producer and musical director for the Queen Extravaganza, an “Official Queen Tribute Show,” which will hit clubs and theaters across North America this summer, the band announced today (March 28).
On May 8, Glenn Frey of the Eagles will release his first solo album since 1992. To promote ‘After Hours,’ Frey spoke with Rolling Stone, who are always willing to give some high-profile press one of their legacy artists. After a few cursory questions about the new album, which is a collection of standards from the ‘Great American Songbook,’ reporter Andy Greene asked him how, or if, the Eagles are planning to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Rolling Stones fans may not get the 50th anniversary tour that they were hoping for in 2012, but they can take consolation in knowing that they will get a different – and cheaper – glimpse of the band through a new documentary. The film, which has no official title yet, will have its premiere at the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations in September and will be released through Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The annual South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin kicked off proper today with a rousing keynote address from Bruce Springsteen. In an hour-long speech that was streamed at NPR Music, the rock legend prove that he learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. He spoke with depth, passion and humor about his roots and gave advice to the thousands of young musicians hoping to use the prestigious conference as a springboard in their careers.
Well, it’s official. Bruce Springsteen is still the Boss. Despite reports two days ago that first-week sales of his new album ‘Wrecking Ball‘ might not be good enough to knock Adele’s ’21′ out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, the magazine now says that Springsteen barely beat Adele to earn himself the best-selling album in America.
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