Rick Keene Music Scene -Thursday’s Thieves

Some artists will steal your heart. Some will plunder your soul.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tuesday’s Treats …

Another day – another song!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Best Online Music Show Brings You Good News !

Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.

– Hunter S Thompson

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Two Hours Of Tunes To Keep Ya Warm …

“Imagine if fire extinguishers were full of snow. Imagine the fun we could have.”

– Neil Hilborn

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“I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime.”

– Will Rogers

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Please listen below to two hours of songs from artists you may know or not. Tunes to keep you warm.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – There is No Tunes Like New Tunes …

Something borrowed – something new.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

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Please listen below to some New songs from artists you may know or not. At least one – you will recognize.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘He’s Not Dead – We Are Only Stunned.’ Paying Homage To Musicians We Lost

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike

Death is not selective. It does not weed out musicians from the grass of normalcy.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – UnZipping The Rolling Stones

Please allow me to introduce The Rolling Stones. They are men of wealth and taste. They have been around for many long, long years. They have stole millions man’s soul an faith.

Visiting TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario to witness UnZipped – immediately the above lyrics from The Stones’ song Sympathy for The Devil jumps into your head. Truer words have never been written to describe a Rock n Roll band that have endured for fifty-nine years.

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Entering the exhibit – people are greeted by a video montage with several screens overlapping one another. Along with music and dialogue – the history of the band and all their trials, tribulations and music grabs you. A fan or not – the adventure which is The Rolling Stones awaits as you enter the highway of world and music history.

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Formed in 1962 – The Rolling Stones first started making girls scream when John F Kennedy was president of The United States. Upon completion of their No Filter Tour in 2021, Joe Biden is President of The United States. In between – death , destruction, advances in medicine and technology, governments and every trend imaginable have come and gone. The only common denominator aside from the Sun and the Moon – The Rolling Stones. The sooner that realization takes place – the more intriguing, educational and historic a visit through the exhibit becomes.

Charlie Watts’ – the only drummer in Stones history and the man who made Mick Jagger dance the way he does, passed away in 2021. Charlie’s drum kit – the one he used on all studio recordings from 1965-68 greets a visitor on the next step of the visit. Like Charlie himself – the Ludwig kit stands quietly and elegantly. No words were needed by Charlie and no words required by his kit as it is displayed fittingly surrounded by early photos of his band mates and friends. Charlie in the center and the antics that created the band around him. Poetic.

Decade by decade – the Stones’ bodies rust yet the frame remains intact. Album covers and tour posters, costumes reflecting the times and fashion trends, guitars and instruments on display as the exhibit continues to amaze and excite. Like Ronnie and Keith’s guitars themselves – Unzipped weaves through their history anciently and artistically. Warhol, Gucci – the beacons of the art and design world mirroring the Stones artistic catalog. Stage designs larger in scale than most five hundred dollar Lego sets give a nod and a wink to Charlie. Thinking, listening, dancing and watching. As much as part of TheMuseum visit as a Stones concert itself.

Most museum visits and exhibits give the punter a glance of times gone by and a wonder of what the people that made history were like. Ancient artifacts and people dead for many years are for the most part – the exhibit. How often does history at this level, with this much impact on popular culture consist of people and artifacts that are still in use and continuing to write history? Like The Rolling Stones themselves – Unzipped is a one of a kind experience that must be seen at least once.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Twas The Night Before The Night Before Christmas …

Not a creature was stirring – not even a vaccinated mouse.

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Please listen below to some Christmas tunes you are not sick of and a couple of Christmas stories.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes, Upcoming Shows and News …

A little information never hurt anyone.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – George Bowser; A Vaccine That Won’t Go Away

This weekend -it is time to laugh.

One half of Bowser and Blue, George Bowser, is a multi-layered fellow. Aside from making us laugh for many years, George also has ‘rubbed guitars’ with a few famous musicians.

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Please listen below to my informative chat with George Bowser and hear a few tunes that will make you laugh.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Album Of The Week !

Need a great Christmas present?

You have come to the right place …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Greatest Christmas Concert That Never Happened

What if?

Sometimes the imagination is better than reality.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – It’s Monday (Keep It Under Your Hat)

Lots of artists hitting the road again .

For an industry decimated by government decisions – a welcome sign of relief.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sandy Horne; Judy Garland To The Spoons

I knew one day I would be onstage …’

The above quote from Sandy Horne of The Spoons foreshadows a very successful music career.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Conversation with Gord Deppe of The Spoons and Flock of Seagulls

‘The eighties were like Hallowe’en.’

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The above quote from Gord Deppe of The Spoons pretty much sums up people’s perception of the eighties. But is it right?

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Please listen below to my chat with Gord Deppe of The Spoons and Flock of Seagulls. Discover how good the eighties were!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Conversation with David Marskell; The Man Responsible For ‘Bringing’ The Stones To Kitchener

When your first Stones concert is 1972 and then twenty-two more Stones concerts follow, it’s safe to say; you are a fan.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Win Tickets To See The Rolling Stones UnZipped Exhibition. Click Here.

The Rolling Stones are legendary. Historic

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Please answer the trivia question about The Stones below. Be the first caller after 6pm Monday November 29th with the correct answer. The winner receives two adult  admissions to Stones UnZipped in Kitchener Ontario.  Number to call 438 820 6936

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Who named The Rolling Stones and where did the name come from ?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Friday Night Vide … er …Tunes.Ya – That’s The Ticket.

Another week is over –another Covid variant appears.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rob Preuss Celebrates Freddie Mercury, The Spoons and Honeymoon Suite

Rob Preuss taught Rami Malek how to play piano for Malek’s role as Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Considering Rob’s biggest influence to learn piano was Mercury himself – life is intimating art. Or is it the other way around?

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Please listen below to a great chat with former Spoons and Honeymoon Suite keyboardist Rob Preuss. The Spoons have two new albums out and hear some tracks from those albums.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rob Preuss Celebrates Freddie Mercury, The Spoons and Honeymoon Suite

Rob Preuss taught Rami Malek how to play piano for Malek’s role as Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Considering Rob’s biggest influence to learn piano was Mercury himself – life is intimating art. Or is it the other way around?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jean Marc Pisapia and Gowan (among others) Pay Tribute to The Spoons

The Spoons put Canada on the map in the eighties.

Recording in England and opening up for The Police – just a few of their many accomplishments.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tunes and Music News

You have come to the only place.

What news is taking place in the music world and what do new songs sound like?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – One of The Greatest Concert Records Recorded

When musicians are in sync – music is magic.

On the stage at the Filmore West in San Francisco -not only magic, a spontaneous musical interaction took place. Concert goers in 2021 have no idea of what a live show sounds like when music is natural and played by the best of the best.

King Curtis was the bandleader and was at the top of his game. Few players understood the soul of a song like King Curtis.

Please listen below to some information on King Curtis, the band and the Filmore West. Also hear some great tracks from the fabled album; King Curtis Live at Filmore West

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Christmas Music Ideas. Part One.

Ghosts of Christmas past always come back to haunt.

Many Rock bands from the sixties and the seventies remain there. Most times –  songwriting disappears or band members depart for the heavenly stage. Sadly – the chances of seeing or hearing your favorite group live in it’s original glory; slim as a drum stick. Live footage is available only in grainy, low production quality. The Who – in many people’s minds, one of ‘those‘ bands.

Keith Moon , the original drummer – passed away in 1978. According to even the most ardent of fans; The Who died along with him. In concert, Moon provided ‘the show’ while driving the engine periously close to falling off cliffs. Guitarist Pete Townshend wrote the songs, Daltrey delivered the vocals and John Entwistle tried to keep things grounded on bass. Moon’s fills echoed Daltrey and became part of the chorus. Moon’s energy pushed Townshend into another realm of rhythm at top speed. In their heyday – few came close to The Who live.

Following Moon’s death – the songs came few and infrequent. Even the best of the post Moon era paled in energy to The Who in their prime. Daltrey, Entwistle  and Townshend all lost their muse. Once Entwistle left via a true Rock Star’s death; The Who were filed away and destined for Classic Rock radio.

Fast forward to the year 2015. The fiftieth anniversary of The Who.

A concert / mini – documentary was filmed at London’s Hyde Park. Townshend and Daltrey – the surviving members, interrupt the live show ( backstage and recorded ) with insights and observations of both the past and the present. An interesting take on a band who arguably sit in position number three of the top Rock bands of all time. The show then goes on to prove why The Who sit behind only The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in Rock history.

A lot of bands (whose best days lay in  decades void of the internet) put on nostalgia shows parading hit after hit for outstanding performances. Great songs last and stand the test of time.  The tunes  endure in the hearts of fans because they remind people of simpler times. It is also a chance for parents to introduce the kids to the music of their youth. Sadly – with exceptions ; these concerts lack the revolt and original feeling of the times when they were released. It’s music’s version of a hockey team’s old-timer ceremony.

The Who Live at Hyde Park not only capture the idea of Rock rebellion – they sell it in dirty shot-glasses at their merch tables.

Without Moon and without Entwistle. Lacking the energy of youth and sans the surprise factor of smashing instruments ; Townshend and Daltrey in 2015 capture the magic of The Who ‘with a little help from their friends’. 

Ringo Starr’s son Zak is the muse Daltrey and Townshend lost many ‘Moon’ (s) ago. Starkey’s energy and immense ear for fills and rhythm inject life into half of The original Who. Just as Keith Moon made them forty years ago, The Who 3.0 are relevant on this night thanks to Starkey.  Suddenly – songs which could have easily been portrayed as golden oldies in much the same fashion Elton John (2021) does, the tunes take on freshness and a Rock n Roll attitude. Just like that – The Who are ‘Live at Leeds’. 

When Moon was alive and Entwistle was safely interacting with hookers – The Who ,on stage and in studio, were four guys calming and creating teen angst. In 2015, as with many artists in the modern age; adding the right amount of backing musicians is more of a law than a felony. The Who can (and) do sound better than 1977 or 1967 live.  A fuller sound is now completed by Townshend’s edgy guitar work and Daltrey’s equally ( at times) menacing vocals. The sums of all the above make songs such as My Generation , I Can’t Explain, Who Are You, Pictures of Lily and Behind Blue Eyes new and dangerous once more.

Watching The Who live in 2015 conjurs up ghosts of the present and future. Entwistle and Moon smiling onstage. A pair of ghosts from Christmas past. Enjoying a haunting good time.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What Would Happen if We Got Rid of Paul McCartney ?

Paul McCartney is in the news recently calling The Rolling Stones a ‘Blues Cover band’.

Not a very nice thing to say from ‘Sir’ Paul. Especially since you consider The Stones are still together and their song output did not require Kanye West to hit the charts in recent years.

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That said; perhaps the world would be better off without McCartney walking around sounding like a jealous old fool?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Daryl Hall and John Oates Release Live At The Troubadour

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and the number-one selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates, are releasing ‘Live At The Troubadour’ for the first time ever on vinyl. 

The album, which will be gracing the shelves in 3LP vinyl format on November 26th (Black Friday) is a collection of live, stripped-back classics, including hits such as ‘You Make My Dreams’, ‘Maneater’,‘Sara Smile’, and many more. Alongside this, the album will also be released in 2CD format and is available to stream on DSPs here.

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John Oates explains; “Playing the Troubadour in LA has been a “rite of passage” for live musicians for 64 years and Daryl and I played our first show there opening for the late great Harry Chapin in 1973. Over the years I always loved seeing shows and hanging out there with musicians and friends…returning to play again in 2008 was a full circle moment for me and the vibe was amazing.”

Daryl Hall and John Oates remain to be a huge inspiration to some of the world’s most successful contemporary artists, from The xx to Kanye West, who have all sampled hits from the formidable duo. One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Anti Christmas Special Christmas Special

Christmas music and decorations should begin only after December 1st.

Children and adults alike require time to dream. A buffer between Hallowe’en and the magic of Christmas ensures a more special and magical time for all.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Remembering Our Soldiers Through Letters and Song

Lest we forget.

I write this because of those who fought for my freedom. Musicians have a ‘voice’ because of the soldiers’ bravery.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wednesday’s Whimsical Wonders

Hump day brings thirst for music.

Tunes to interrupt your week and lift your spirits heading into the weekend.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band

Charlie Watts had a day job when he first played with a band called The Rolling Stones.

His employment led him to Denmark for a few months and Charlie sat in with various bands at the Jazz and Blues clubs. Fats forward to 2010 and Charlie put on a live performance with some of Denmark’s great Jazz players.

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