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RIP: Charlie Watts 1941- 2021

I was never much of a fan of the Rolling Stones over the years. Never bought their studio albums at all. I just own a 2 disc “Greatest Hits” album by them, that’s all. I would hate to be a “be a fan after they die” type but I think I’m gonna start buying some Rolling Stones studio albums. Never really bought their studio albums ’cause their music wasn’t really my cup of tea in the past but they’re really growing on me.

Charlie Watts is definitely a master drummer and definitely the goat rock drummer of all time. He’s been a member of the Stones since the sixties since their very first self-titled album titled, “The Rolling Stones” in 1964. The Rolling Stones has a total of 25 studio albums and Charlie recorded on every single one of them, I believe. Charlie’s been loyal and committed to the band and been with them until he died.

Charlie definitely loved playing the drums for sure ’cause each time you saw him behind the kit, he’s got this smile on his face every time like you see above.

Every musician can learn from Charlie is that you don’t give up what you do and you keep playing music until you die. Charlie did that and he died what he loved doing for sure.

What is my favorite Rolling Stones song with Charlie drumming on? Well everybody’s gonna say all the biggest hits but I’m gonna name a song that no one probably would have heard which is a song called “Thru and Thru” which can you hear through that show “The Sopranos”. It’s a song that Keith Richards sings the lead vocals on but man, Charlie’s drumming is so killer in that tune. I think it’s the Stone’s most underrated song and you would get that song off the album, “Voodoo Lounge” which I think would be the first Stones album I’m planning on getting. It is a beautiful song, though and Keith’s singing and guitar playing is pretty amazing on it as well.

We lost another great one. Now we gotta know whether or not the Stones will continue as a band… continue making records and touring but I doubt it… it’s pretty likely the band is done ’cause Charlie is the Stones.


Rolling Stones go through another tragedy… RIP L’ Wren Scott…

In the title of this topic, I said, “another tragedy” ’cause this is another one that the Rolling Stones have went through. The Rolling Stones was forced to postpone their overseas tour due to the sudden suicide of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, L’Wren Scott who is also a fashion designer.

Just a friendly reminder to you all that the Rolling Stones went through a similar tragic incident in the past with Brian Jones, their former leader/founder. So is this de ja vu for them?

It’s sad. The Rolling Stones just landed in Perth, Australia earlier this week and the death of L’Wren just happened.

I was never much of a fan of the Rolling Stones but my heart goes out to Mick Jagger and the band. Sad and heartbreaking they have to go through something like this again.

The deaths of Brian Jones and L’Wren are oddly similar… both died mysteriously.


Report: David Bowie was asked to perform at Olympics but turned it down, not surprisingly…

Not surprisingly David Bowie was one of the musicians who was offered to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony, but of course, he turned it down. I’m sure they offered him millions of dollars, but he vowed not to perform again no matter how much they offered him. Is he really done with music? You will probably never get an answer of why he turned down the Olympics, ’cause him not wanting to be part of the music business remains to be a mystery. Maybe he’s not actually retired at all? Just taking a long vacation. Maybe he’s not ready to make a comeback to music? He never responded publicly on why he never made an album or toured. He’s been tight lipped about everything on his music career. Hopefully, he isn’t done for good. I pray someday he will announce a major comeback, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush and The Sex Pistols also turned down offers for the Olympics Closing.

More on the story, here.


Congratulations to the Rolling Stones on 50 Years!!!

50 Years ago today, the Rolling Stones played their debut gig at the Marquee Club in London England, on July 12th, 1962. I’m not a really big Stones fan, but I love Keith Richards as a guitar player and I do respect their legacy. So congrats to the Rolling Stones on their 50 years. Incredible, they survived this long, and I don’t see them stopping anytime soon. Yes, I think they will get back together for a new album and tour, it’s only a matter of time. The only Rolling Stones music I own is their “40 Licks” Greatest Hits album, that’s probably all I’ll own by them. I won’t buy any of their full albums.

Here are a few of my favorite Stones songs in the videos below.


Report: Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones could be recording a new album soon…

The Rolling Stones may not be going on tour this year for their 50th Anniversary but instead, Ronnie Wood, says the band could be headed back to the studio soon for new music. The band is going to back into the studio this month just to throw ideas around and to see what happens. He explains that doing this is like training for the Olympics.

If the Stones do release a new album with new original material, this will be their first studio album with new music since 2005’s, “A Bigger Bang”. It’s been a long time since they put out a new album.

I’m no big Stones fan but I do like some of their songs. I just own their Greatest Hits album only. I wouldn’t buy their full albums. I do respect Keith Richards and the Stones legacy. I’m just not that crazy about Jagger’s singing, though. Keith is one of the best rock guitarists and I respect him.

More on the story, here.


Report: Did Mick and Keith finally bury the hatchet???

I did read Keith Richards’s book, “Life”, and yes, Keith did bash the hell out of Mick Jagger quite a lot in the book. Keith said some not very nice things about Mick in it. I believe the feud between Mick and Keith all started, was when Mick left the Rolling Stones to start a solo career, and Keith wasn’t happy about it. It was all ego between the two of those guys.

It looks they are going to bury the hatchet and maybe a Stones reunion would finally happen?

More on the story, here.

It’s great to see Keith wanting to patch things up in time for the 50th Anniversary. There can’t be a Rolling Stones without him, that’s for sure!


Report: Mick Jagger working on new material for new solo record with Eurythmics guitarist, Dave Stewart…

Ever since Mick Jagger’s surprising Grammy appearance, it made you wonder if he’ll ever return to music. It turns out that he is. It is reported he is working on a new solo record with Eurythmics guitarist, Dave Stewart. The Rolling Stones aren’t coming back sadly. So I’m sure this will shoot down speculation of a Stones comeback completely.

Read more on the story, here.

I’m pretty sure Mick will go on tour and of course, he probably will perform a bunch of Stones covers on tour. Hopefully Keith Richards will play guitar for one song on Mick’s new album? That might happen too, never know.


Book Review: “Life” by Keith Richards

So I finally finished reading Keith Richards new autobiography, “Life”. It’s not just a book about the Rolling Stones. It’s way more than that. It’s really about the life of Keith Richards. Yes, he really opens up about everything. He explained what his childhood was like and the book went all the way up to today. Just like most rock musician biographies, it focuses a lot on music, drugs & women. Keith Richards new book is different than other rock musician biographies. He goes into detail in everything. He discusses how he got into music and what made him want to pick up the guitar. He also explains how he got into rock n’ roll and old blues music. He taught us how he came up with his famous open tunings on 5 strings. Most of it, he talked about drug addiction and the career of the Rolling Stones. He talked about his brief feud with Mick Jagger. Yes, he and Mick Jagger had a fallen out which the Rolling Stones almost came close to breaking up. Mick went on to start his own solo career without the band’s knowledgement and that’s how the feud all started. So Keith started his own solo project as for payback with Mick.

Only thing I was disappointed in that Keith didn’t talk much about his career in movies in Hollywood. He didn’t talk much about his cameo in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. I was hoping he would go into insight about that. How he met Johnny Depp and was wondering how him and Keith got along. He only talked very little about the “Pirates” movie. His film career was only like one or two pages long and you’ll read that at the very end of the book. The only reason he wrote about his film career briefly is so he can clear up the nasty rumors about him snorting his own father’s ashes, which isn’t true of course.

Other than that, this was an excellent read. I liked the behind the scene stuff that we all didn’t know about the Rolling Stones. You don’t have to be a fan of music or a fan of the Rolling Stones to read this book, you’ll be intrigued by his stories. He’s probably the best music storyteller of them all.

What other famous musicians who I would like to see write an autobiography who haven’t written one yet? I can think of 5 at the top of my head: 1) Jimmy Page 2) David Bowie 3) Trey Anastasio of Phish 4) Joe Satriani 5) James Hetfield of Metallica.


Thought: The Rolling Stones is the most overrated band on this planet…

I love Rock n’ Roll music, don’t get me wrong. It’s the genre that I grew up listening to. And rock n’ roll music is what turned me on to become a musician myself. I love classic rock from bands like Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Rush, The Beatles, etc. I never liked the Rolling Stones. They have always been the most overrated band on this planet. Rolling Stones, the best rock n’ roll band in the world that people say? Not a fuckin’ chance! Mick Jagger is a horrible vocalist and the bands lyrics can get really lame and silly that it doesn’t mean anything. I’ve always admired Keith Richards as a guitarist, he’s a brilliant guitarist, I’ve always thought the Stones wrote the crapiest songs though.

Just the other day, the entire front page of youtube was all Rolling Stones videos ’cause the band just launched their official youtube account. My belief just to build up the hype for the upcoming Martin Scorsese film “Shine a Light”. I will not see that film at all.

I’m sick of all the hype of the Rolling Stones. The only reason the band is so popular and legendary is that Mick Jagger is god’s gift to women. The Rolling Stones would never be this popular if the band had a different lead singer.

I’m not into that “rock n’ roll” pop stuff, I don’t want to hear rock n’ roll music where it’s fun to dance to and sing alongs. I want to hear something tight, intense and powerful, something that knocks me out cold. The Rolling Stones does not do that to me.

I would prefer a big Led Zeppelin comeback over the Rolling Stones anytime.