The Rolling Stones have confirmed that some more special guests will be joining them onstage at their second London show tomorrow night.
Florence + The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch will now reportedly follow in the footsteps of R&B singer Mary J. Blige, who joined the band on Sunday for a stirring rendition of “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger.
Guitar legend Eric Clapton is also slated to perform at the U.K. capital’s O2 Arena, before the group heads to the U.S. to play two comeback concerts in New Jersey and another in New York next month.
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Who guitarist -songwriter Pete Townshend, 67, told me in Toronto this week, he first began writing his memoirs – now titled Who I Am – in 1996 before they were shelved.
He began writing again in 2005 and resumed finally in August of 2011 and finished in March 2012.
“It was quite a sleigh ride,” he admitted but with a benchmark birthday approaching he wanted to get it done: “It might not get published until I was 70. I just couldn’t see myself sitting, writing about rock ‘n’ roll as an old professor.”
Townshend also said he’s not that surprised by the high number of rock autobiographies this year with books from Rod Stewart, Neil Young and others.
“I think we all are coming of age at roughly the same time and we’re probably all thinking the same thing, which is, ‘I don’t want to be writing this book when I’m really too old to be writing it.’ It’s funny that we can imagine that we can stand on a stage and perform but possibly have a picture of ourselves as this is what professors do.”
So does that mean The Who’s touring days might be coming to an end as well. The band was wrapping up the first leg of its Canadian shows at the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 23.
“I think it’s for each artist to decide,” said Townshend. “The difficulty for me has always been this sense that The Who has been a very, very high-energy band so we need to be fit and healthy. I think the thing about being older now, it doesn’t matter as much. But what does matter is that what we’re seen to be doing is relevant.”
Townshend’s book, which isn’t an easy read as it details his abuse as a young boy, battles with booze, drugs and manic depression, says the autobiographical material has always been reflected in the songs of The Who.
“Some of the songs that have touched The Who’s audience most deeply and have become most successful are songs about being damaged,” said Townshend. “It’s possible in the modern world to generalize and say that most people will admit, if they’re really pushed, to moments in their childhood when they were vulnerable and afraid and lonely however lovingly they were brought up. And moments in their teens when they were completely and totally tortured and lost. This is something that makes the rock industry in its current form, particularly The Who’s role in that, successful. That’s been our currency.”
For those about to download, AC/DC now salute you.
Legendary Australian hard rockers AC/DC have finally released their entire catalogue, including 20 studio and live albums and three compilations, in Apple’s iTunes store.
“AC/DC’s thunderous and primal rock and roll has excited fans for generations with their raw and rebellious brand of music, which also resonates with millions of new fans discovering AC/DC everyday,” Columbia Records and Apple, said in a statement announcing the deal.
“Their growing legion of fans will now experience the intensity of AC/DC’s music in a way that has never been heard before,” they added.
They join artists such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Metallica to finally relent and make their individual songs available for purchase. For years, AC/DC had shunned the digital mega-store in order to preserve the album format.
There was no reason why they’ve now relented, although I have a brilliant theory – tons of cash.
Garth Brooks and Tool are some of the bigger names that are still holding out.
Toronto glam-electro-pop star Diamond Rings, AKA John O’ Regan, admits the cover for his sophomore album, Free Dimensional, features him looking more than a little like ‘80s computer generated talk show host Max Headroom.
“It was almost entirely unintentional,”said O’ Regan to QMI Agency in Toronto recently before his cross-Canada club tour begins on Friday (Nov. 16).
“We were definitely going for the Grace Jones, (German New Wave star) Klaus Nomi kind of touchstones with the look. For sure, (Jones) has something really unique, really powerful, really distinct, also really unisexual, or pansexual, about her appearance that I think is really striking. The thing I strive for as an artist is to sort of try and be or encompass all things at once. It’s a challenge.”
Turns out the Free Dimensional cover photo was taking while shooting the video for the album’s lead single, I’m just Me, which Diamond Rings recently performed on Letterman and Leno in the last couple of weeks.
“This just happened to be the one that was great,” said O’ Regan. “There’s a ton of others. There’s like hundreds of photos of me looking in different directions, and the laser’s different colours, and just the pattern. But yeah, there’s that one image of Max Headroom that it just (looks) like bang on, identical to almost. And that’s part of art. It’s about having a vision, but also being open to accepting those things that just kind of happen sort of magically, almost as if by coincidence, but are almost too freaky to be coincidental.”
Diamond Rings’ Canadian Tour Dates
11/16 – Victoria, BC – Club9one9 Nightclub
11/17 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
11/20 – Calgary, AB – HiFi Club
11/21 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
11/22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
11/23 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
11/28 – London, ON – Call The Office
11/29 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11/30 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
12/1 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Room
12/6 – Montreal, QC – Sala Rossa
12/7 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
The guitarist claims that the creators contacted him in the late ’80s about using his name behind the beer that keeps Homer and his bar buddies extremely happy.
They picked it in honour of his boozy lifestyle at the time, but since The Simpsons became a worldwide phenomenon, he regrets not licensing his name officially.
“I knew nothing about branding yourself then or the royalties off it. I just thought cool, they wanna use my name and boom, The Simpsons was born. Yeah, if I had a nickel for every time… but it’s fine.”