Unbeknownst to quite a few classic rock fans out there was the fact that John Lennon loathed Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.
No, this was no friendly rivalry, and the Beatles legend wasn’t ready to give peace a chance.
And as part of our weekly #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a little proof, packed in with a few F-bombs, that the same guy who wrote “All You Need is Love” definitely had no love for Sir Mick. He even went as far as calling him “a joke with all that f*g dancing.”
The candid interview comes from a sit-down that Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner did with the Beatles legend back in 1970.
“They are (the Stones) not in the same class music-wise or power-wise. (They) never were and Mick always resented it,” Lennon said.
Listen to him go off for two minutes and forty three seconds:
What do you think of his comments? Agree? Disagree? Tell us below in the comments section.
Rolling Stones’ legendary frontman Mick Jagger may have turned the big 7-0 today, but he’s still got better moves than most.
Here’s a few numbers to wrap your mind around:
Mick has had five solo albums, with 1985′s She’s the Boss hitting platinum status in the U.S., 29 albums with the Stones, two Grammys (Stones), 17 live albums, three box sets, 30 compilations, and over 2,000 live shows. Oh — and he’s had two marriages with seven children in total.
And he’s still going strong — and probably will for a few more decades.
In honour of Sir Mick’s big day, here’s a recast of my top 10 Rolling Stones moments (and don’t forget to send your birthday greetings in the comments section below):
10. First No. 1 hit, 1964
The Stones made their first mark on the music scene when they shot to the top of the charts in July of 1964. Their cover version of Bobby and Shirley Womack’s “It’s All Over Now” hit No. 1 in the U.K., a year prior to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hitting No. 1 internationally in September of 1965.
9. First No. 1 album in U.S., 1965
Riding the wave of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’s” success, “Out of Our Heads” became The Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 album in the U.S., eventually going platinum.
8. The Ed Sullivan Show, 1967
“Let’s Spend the Night Together” caused quite a fuss in ’67 with its “suggestive” lyrics, with radio stations even banning the track from the airwaves, and the ones that did play it, bleeped out the word “night.” When the band played it on the “Ed Sullivan Show” that year, they were asked by Sullivan to sing “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” instead. The Stones agreed, but Jagger sarcastically exaggerates the altered lyrics and rolls his eyes as he blurts it out.
7. Dirty Work, 1986
You just have to go as far as the album cover to know that this one was going to be a stinker. The band are seen decked out in blinding multi-coloured clothes, as if they got sucked into the WHAM! craze that permeated the mid-’80s. The music is just as bad. With Keith and Mick reportedly at extreme odds and drummer Charlie Watts struggling with heroin and booze (session drummers had to fill in for him), this was a disaster from beginning to end. With no big hits and a vomit-inducing cover of “Harlem Shuffle,” it will go down as the worst album in their history. Even the band looks embarrassed watching Mick “shake his tail” in the video for “Harlem” (below).
6. Jimmy Miller at the controls
He was the band’s go-to producer in their formidable years of 1968-1973, with classic albums such as Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), “Exile on Main Street” (1972) and Goat’s Head Soap (1973) all under his careful ear. He even pitched in drum licks as well on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Happy,” and “Tumbling Dice” (listen below), and is noted for coming up with the unmistakable cowbell at the beginning of “Honky Tonk Woman.”
5. SARSStock, 2003
Mick, Keef and the gang came to Toronto’s rescue as the city was reeling from a SARS outbreak. Orginized in just weeks, the concert attracted nearly half a million people to Downsview Park, and included acts such as Rush, the Flaming Lips, Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, and AC/DC. To date, it’s the largest outdoor ticketed event in Canadian history. Watch Keith Richards come to Timberlake’s rescue as well after he gets pelted with water bottles below:
4. Bill Wyman exits, 1989
The long-serving bassist decided to pull the plug on the band after the recording sessions and tour behind 1989′s “Steel Wheels” album. He simply had enough of touring. However, Wyman will be back sharing bass duties for their upcoming five dates with Daryl Jones, who has filled in for him since.
3. Keith Richards arrested in T.O., 1977
On February 27, 1977 Keith Richards was busted by the RCMP for possession of 22 grams of heroin at Harbour Castle Hotel. According to Keith it took police two hours to wake him up out of a stoned stupor. He was originally charged with “possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking”. Richards had his passport confiscated, and he and his family were forced to stay in Toronto until April. In April he was allowed to leave on a medical visa to begin rehab for heroin addiction. A month later, billed as “The Cockroaches,” they played two shows at the famous El Mocambo club, and after, were spotted partying hard with Prime Minister Trudeau’s wife Margaret, which created tons of tabloid fodder.
2. Brian Jones’s death
On July 3, 1969, Jones was found motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool in the U.K. by his girlfriend Anna Wohlin, and it set off a wide array of conspiracy theories, not the least of which was that he was murdered. Only two of the remaining members of the Stones, Wyman and Watts, attended his funeral. Jones had left the band under acrimonious circumstances a month earlier.
1. Altamont death, 1969
It was dubbed as the official end to the “Peace & Love” generation. In what was supposed to be the Stones version of Woodstock, the vibe of this free concert turned dark when, earlier on in the day-long rock festival, Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer Marty Balin was punched and knocked out by a member of the Hell’s Angels, who were inexplicably acting as security for the event (for a reported $500 worth of beer). As the Stones hit the stage, the tension increased, and during “Under My Thumb,” a scuffle broke out which resulted in the stabbing death of a 18-year-old boy.
Watch a clip of the incident below:
Have a favourite Rolling Stones moment/memory/song you’d like to share or want to post a birthday greeting? Let us know below in the comments section.
INDIO, California — Music festivals can be a make or break proposition for an up-and-coming band, or a big attention grabber for those who are already filling big venues.
We all remember last year’s edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival when hip-hop heavyweights Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg made headlines around the world when they rapped with a hologram of late rapper Tupac Shakur (see below).
There’s been a myriad of performances over the years that are still talked about by music fans.
With the desert sun ready to rise at Coachella this year, here’s our list of the most memorable festival concerts at various music events:
10. Oasis, Toronto Virgin Music Festival, 2009
After putting on a solid early showing, festival closers Oasis were the victim of a party crasher four songs in. A Pickering, Ont. man, who apparently hid underneath the girders of the stage for most of the day, came out and pushed guitarist Noel Gallagher into his own monitor, resulting in a separated shoulder. He soldiered on, however, playing a few more songs before having to bow out.
9. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Coachella 2012
Tupac rose from the dead in hologram form and performs “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” It has now become fodder for the fest, with everyone wondering who the next deceased star will be to get the projection treatment.
8. Green Day, Woodstock 1994
The punk trio was already causing a bit of a stink with their debut “Dookie,” but it was a mud fight in Saugerties, N.Y., that made them a household name. With cheap hair dye jobs and a defiant attitude, the band playfully incites the folks in attendance with quips like “how are you doing you rich mother***ers?” and “I hope it rains so hard you all get stuck!” When an audience member chucks a chunk of grass at frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, he in turn sticks it in his mouth, and eventually throws it back into the crowd. Cue the mayhem and a long career.
7. The Who, Woodstock 1969
The Who didn’t exactly embrace the hippie counterculture movement at the time, however, they showed up to the now legendary festival and gave a dark, high-intensity performance that was in stark comparison to most of the acoustic-playing artists on the bill. And as an early indication of Pete Townshend’s no-guff demeanour, political activist Abbie Hoffman attempted to address the masses during their set, and he promptly booted him. “Get off my f***in stage!,” he said. Good ol’ Pete.
6. Radiohead, Glastonbury 1997
With their now classic 1997 album “OK Computer” just in stores, Thom Yorke and the gang break out the early hits and mix up tracks from the well-received disc. The crowd feeds off their energy, and the usually straight-faced frontman is all smiles, as if he knew that this was a key moment in the band’s career.
5. Janis Joplin, Monterey Pop Festival 1967
It will be forever known as her coming out party. Joplin, a relative unknown, appeared as a member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, blew everyone away with her intense set, topped by a snarly version of “Ball & Chain.” The set ends and the camera pans to Mamas & the Papas star Mama Cass mouthing, “wow, that’s really heavy.” The band were immediately signed to a contract after the show.
4. U2, Live Aid 1985
The eager Irish foursome were on the cusp of superstardom, and already had a arena-sized following after the release of 1984′s “Unforgettable Fire.” The powerful showing at Bob Geldof’s Ethiopian famine relief benefit put them over the top. Frontman Bono, during an extended version of “Bad,” pulled a woman out of the crowd and danced with her briefly. The incident caused a frenzy at the front of the stage, but connected with the millions watching. It also caused the band to skip the third scheduled song, “Pride (In the Name of Love),” because they went over their allotted time.
3. Stones, Altamont, 1969
This is memorable for all the wrong reasons. It was dubbed as the official end to the “Peace & Love” generation. In what was supposed to be the Stones version of Woodstock, the vibe of this free concert turned dark when, earlier on in the day-long rock festival, Jefferson Airplane’s lead singer Marty Balin was punched and knocked out by a member of the Hell’s Angels, who were inexplicably acting as security for the event (for a reported $500 worth of beer). As the Stones hit the stage, the tension increased, and during “Under My Thumb,” a scuffle broke out which resulted in the stabbing death of a 18-year-old man.
2. Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop Festival 1967
We all know him now as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. But in June of 1967, a clearly stoned axeman played to a large — and also very stoned — U.S. crowd for the first time. The reaction on the faces in attendance is priceless – some with their mouths wide open, and some just tripping at the set they’re taking in. It all culminates in Hendrix’s now-infamous guitar burning finale.
1. Queen, Live Aid 1985
There’s no better example of a frontman having the crowd in the palm of his hand than Freddie Mercury at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985. In what will go down as one of the greatest live performances in rock history, the English rockers breeze through a six-song greatest hits set in rapid fire succession. Mercury, acting as a choirmaster, leads the 72,000 in attendance in an unforgettable sing-along.
Do you have your own favourites? Add them in the comment section below!
With the band about to embark on a North American tour next month, former bassist Bill Wyman has come out to say that he refused an offer to hit the stage for the new round of dates.
Wyman, who left the group in 1992, reunited with his former bandmates onstage for their 50th anniversary concerts at London’s O2 Arena in November, but he wasn’t part of the lineup when the rockers later took their shows to the U.S.
The reason? They only let him play on two songs.
He tells the Daily Express newspaper, “It was great for five minutes because that’s about as long as they let me play. I thought I was going to get quite heavily involved because I was led to believe that throughout the year by them.
“Keith (Richards) in particular made me think that I would be a large part of it (the reunion) but when it came to it they told me they only wanted me to do two songs. It was fun but I regretted not playing more…
“I came off just as I was warming up and getting into it. When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said for two songs? No thank you.”
Wyman also insists he now has “better things” to do with his time than hit the road, adding, “I’d say ‘no’ (to a permanent reunion). Thirty years was great but I’ve got better things to be doing now. That time has gone.”
Here’s the full list of North American dates (so far):
Sun 05/05/13 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Wed 05/08/13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Sat 05/11/13 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Wed 05/15/13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Sat 05/25/13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tue 05/28/13 Chicago, IL United Center
Fri 05/31/13 Chicago, IL United Center Thu 06/06/13 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed 06/12/13 Boston, MA TD Garden
Tue 06/18/13 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
In what could be the most uneventful tour announcement ever, the Rolling Stones unveiled details for a nine, yes, nine-date North America tour.
This comes after rumours circulated for weeks that the band would be hitting 18 cities. There’s just one Canadian stop.
The tour, called 50 and Counting, will start in Los Angeles next month (tour kickoff date will be announced soon), and will make its way to Toronto on May 25 at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the T.O. gig go on sale April 8 via rollingstones.com and Ticketmaster.ca at 10 a.m. ET.
UPDATE: A second show has been added for Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 6. Tickets go on sale on the same day as the original date.
Here’s hoping you are getting a nice tax refund this year – the top ticket will run you a whopping $624.50 and the cheapest one will be $166.50.
The short trek ends in Philadelphia on June 18. This is just a hunch (sarcasm alert), but expect more dates to be added once the nine sell out, which will match the original rumoured 18 dates.
The band will also play London’s Hyde Park on Saturday, July 6 following a headlining appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival on June 29.
“’50 and Counting’ has been pretty amazing so far,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We did a few shows in London and New York last year … and had such a good time that we thought…let’s do some more.”
Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.
The dates were unveiled via video message from the band on YouTube (see below).