Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; ‘ This ‘ 70’s Show!

The 1970’s were a strange decade but a good one.


Mood Rings, Pet Rocks, Disco, CB Radios – it was a definable decade of different dimensions.

Leisure suits, shag carpeting and waterbeds. Trends which were all the rage while listening to The Carpenters, Heart, The Eagles, Peter Frampton  and hundreds of bands and solo artists who made their mark in that ten year period.


It was also a strange decade for commercials. Whether it was Barbara Streisand ( yes – Barbara Streisand) doing politically incorrect TV spots or little kids singing about Bologna, the 1970’s were – at the very least, entertaining.



Please listen below to some tunes and some clips from the ‘decadently’ delicious decade known for ‘Glam’ and ‘Punk’ Rock and everything in between.


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Joe Louis Walker; Full Interview

Joe Louis Walker just recently returned from a tour which brought him to Australia. He hooked up with some fellows who were schooled in the Blues. Mick, Keith, Charlie  – along with Joe’s pal Ronnie Wood, love talkin’ about the Blues.

Joe loves talking about the Blues also so a match made in heaven; a gross understatement …

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Joe and Mick

Please listen as Joe discusses many topics including the present and the future of the Blues along with some very interesting insights.





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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Eight

He knows where you’ve been sleeping, he knows who you’ve been sleeping with … He knows if you are naughty. He knows if you are nice.


There is not much he does not know, hear or see. Then – he goes to work behind the bar

He isDave the Bartender …

Got a Question for Dave the Bartender? Rickkeene2@gmail.com

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The Wisdom of Emerson, Lake and ‘Carl Palmer’ …

Carl Palmer has been around for a while …


The sixty-four year old drummer from England, was born into a musical family. Both parents, his Grandfather and his siblings – all playing instruments around the Palmer homestead.

Beginning with his first professional gig at the age of sixteen, Carl has brushed shoulders or played with some of the legends in the music world. Heck – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards even got involved!

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Reaching incredible heights in not one – two ‘Supergroups’ over the years, Palmer is still going strong. Touring with Asia and for the past little while, his own group, which brings the songs of Emerson, Lake and Palmer to a different level. Carl Palmer will be in Montreal on the 26th November at Le Gesu.

Please listen as Carl explains his influences, including his relationship with ‘the world’s greatest drummer‘ and what Montreal means to him after that fateful August evening in 1977.

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Johnny Beaudine; History of Chicago Blues – Part Two

How many times has someone brought you to their car and showed you a double barrel shotgun in the trunk?

How many times was it a legendary musician who used it to show strength?

Well – Sax player and Chicago -born Blues player Johnny Beaudine may be one of very few who can answer in the affirmative.

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Buddy Guy and Rick Keene


Please listen to find out who the musician was and many more great tales from the South Side of Chicago …



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What’s Happening on Rick Keene Music Scene; Special Blues Edition

A lot coming up …



Especially with Blues shows in Montreal. Have a listen to some tunes, some upcoming shows and some information – you may not know.

Thanks for listening!



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All You Need is Police Protection! Fifty Years Since The Beatles Played in Montreal; Part Two

How time flies …


The Beatles took the world by storm. Creating a sensation which – to this day; remains unmatched. What was it about these four lads from Liverpool? Their hair? Their suits? Their silly English accents combined with even sillier humor?

All of the above for sure yet without an amazing ability to create timeless tunes, sing-a-long melodies and poignant love tales; the imagery meant nothing. Face it – even cute puppies grow up!


Please listen as John Oriettas and I discuss The Beatles as well as John’s upcoming performance on Sunday September 7th at Oscar Peterson Hall. An occasion for his group; REPLAY – to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only two shows in Montreal. An occasion to mark history …

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Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Michael Phillip Jagger has been fronting The Rolling Stones for fifty years. Fifty … and counting …

Maurice Raymond has been fronting a Rolling Stones’ cover band for thirty-four years. Thirty-four … and counting …





Please listen as Maurice speaks of his legacy as one ( if not the best ) of the Mick Jaggers of the world.

It did not start out that way …







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This week - my interview with Don Felder
This week – my interview with Don Felder




Myriam Phiro; ‘La Maison’ is Where the Heart Is …

Myriam Phiro is a French Quebecer.

She left for New York city to hone her acting, singing, dancing and modeling craft. Turns out – a great move on her part.

Traveling the world with a major learning curve in Montreaux, Myriam’s adventures continue with a re – occurring stop back home. Performing at The House of Jazz is her way of staying in touch with the city she loves.

Please listen to some of her songs and her take on a less-than-ordinary-life thus far.


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Joe Louis Walker Knows The Blues! Part One

Joe Louis Walker could have easily ended up like several of his friends …


Passed on to that musical graveyard in the sky. A place which houses so many of not only his contemporaries – some of his closest pals. Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield to name but two. Musicians who – according to Joe, were tempted by the excesses of the music business and youth.

JLW-Hellfire“No doubt about it …” States the sixty-four year old student of the Blues. ” If I had gained stardom and success when I was a younger man, I would not be speaking to you right now. People forget the fact that when I talk about guys like Mike, Jimi and Stevie – I lost my friends man. I lost people who were close to me. It is a painful thing to lose someone we love.”

For those keeping track at home – Mike is the legendary Mike Bloomfield. A man who Joe lived with for several years. A man whose demons would not allow him to grow up – or old. Bloomfield succumbed to a heroin overdose in 1981. An unfortunate ( or fortunate for Joe) event which momentarily displaced Walker’s career as one of the Blues’ most talented guitar players.

Walker departed  the Blues scene as quick as he had entered.

Enrolling in San Francisco State University, a place where Walker achieved degrees in Music and English. Truth be told – Walker enrolled in a classroom to further his education and to further his longevity …

“It was not so much Mike’s death ( that was part of it), it was to get away from the whole music business and what comes with it.” Says Joe. ” There’s a lot of dangerous stuff in there and it has destroyed many people. It is the type of business which can show a person’s real character. I always say – it’s not how you handle success, the times when you are on top. It is how you handle falling and starting again. That’s what shows true character.”

He continues.

” Look at Jimi ( Hendrix) … He was a gentle soul with so much character. If he had surrounded himself with the right people, people who cared about him – he would still be here. Jimi had such a gentle soul and that is one thing which people don’t realize about him. A general misconception is that his best songs are full of fire. The truth is Jimi’s strength was in writing ballads. That’s where his talent was and it is a shame that many people don’t get that. Of course – that’s the fault of the business side which pumped songs like ‘Foxy Lady‘ and ‘ Purple Haze‘”


Another guy whose reputation remains flawed is Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. A man ( along with Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts ) who Joe has forged a friendship with over the years. A guitar player who Walker believes is the only man in music who has stayed true to himself. A guitar play who throws no punches …

“Keith is one smart guy!” Explains Joe.” He is one of the most well read people in the business. One of the most well read people period. Have you seen the Stones’ shows when Keith does his part …?” Asks Walker. “The f*cking place goes nuts! Every time! You know why that is? Because people recognize who Keith is and what he has done. I mean that guy cannot lie. He lives and breathes music. He won’t lie about anything! You want the truth about Mick Jagger? Ask Keith. You want the truth about the Blues? Ask Keith. If you ask any musician from any type of music, a musician who really knows his stuff – they will tell you, their ain’t no Motherf*cker more true to music than Keith.”

He goes on …

” He (Keith) and the rest of the Stones could easily play a lot harder stuff. Keith has always been capable of playing leads – good leads. That’s the beauty of the Stones – they never put the instruments ahead of the songwriting. The songs were the most important element and still are. There is a reason why they have lasted fifty years. The Beatles – same thing. Their music is just as popular today as when they were ‘four brothers.’ The songs came first man ….”

Walker admits it is painful to watch The Beatles’ film; ‘Let it Be’. Joe thinks the lads from Liverpool were just becoming a great band when they went their separate ways. Directions which contained many factors including Lennon’s hatred of record companies and the music business.

Various - 1967” When you see them playing on the roof – their final concert …” Explains Walker. “You can see the smiles – the general happiness. Don’t forget, for years they did not play live and I think they lost the joy that comes from that. On the roof, they gained that back. John and the rest of the boys were supposedly talking about doing another gig after that. Unfortunately it did not happen. Imagine where they would have gone.”

Joe concludes it was all about the simplicity. Especially for John Lennon

“Look at his last album …( Double Fantasy)” Says Walker. “Three and four chords. Take away the production and that’s what it is. That’s what is always was with The Beatles. Simple. A lot of reason for their success was their success in the studio. Nobody mastered the studio like the Beatles and a lot of that goes to the Producer (George Martin). The Stones and The Beatles kept it simple …”

Walker also laughs when he hears young guys today ( musicians) complain of little details. Details that himself and guys like B.B. King and Buddy Guy – did not even have to deal with …

” Young bands today will get on stage and complain they cannot hear their monitors. Are you f*ckin’ joking …?” He laughs. ” The Beatles played at Shea Stadium without any monitors. They couldn’t hear a damn thing! Anything! The Stones – same thing at the Cow Palace in my hometown ( San Francisco). You can’t hear the monitors …? Baby – that’s the least of your problems …..”

Please stay tuned for Part Two

Joe Louis Walker is performing at L’Astral in Montreal on Friday night

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Pat Travers – Boom Boom; On Come the Lights !

Toronto – born, Ottawa – raised Pat Travers – considers himself fortunate to grow up in an era which provided so many men for him to idolize.

Clapton, Hendrix, Santana, Page – so many rock Gods. So much time to learn.


“I was really lucky to get started at a time when guitars ruled the airwaves. They were all original sounding players and you could tell right away who you were listening to. I realized at a young age it was important to have a sound that made you unique. I like to think that other guys recognize my playing within two – three minutes of hearing me …”

Travers started his first band at the age of fourteen and turned professional at fifteen. His father never got to see him reap the benefits of rock stardom yet his Mother did and was very proud of her son. She never threatened to throw him out or send him to church. According to Travers – ‘Mom’ felt more sorry for him as he tried to learn his craft …

“I started real young. Crash and Burn (Travers’ biggest selling album),  came out when I was twenty-six and it was already my fifth studio album.” Says Pat from his home since 1980;  Orlando, Florida. ” Of course it was on the heels of my live album which contained ‘Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights). A song which put me on the map.”

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That song – according to Travers, was one of those things that were just meant to be.

“It’s funny. When I was doing my first album, I needed a filler. I had originally heard ‘Boom Boom’  played by this guy when I was thirteen. Richard Newell was his name and he was a great blues harp player. He performed it in Hamilton, Ontario and it stuck in my head. I decided to use it on my first album and it became a huge hit.  It became somewhat of an organic hit and I am not sick of talking about it yet.” He chuckles. ” Of course, everyone wants to hear it wherever I go. I still love playing it and people expect to hear it. I am more than happy to oblige. In fact, I will be part of an upcoming festival with Edgar  Winter and a couple of other guys and I have time to play seven songs. ‘Boom Boom’ will be part of that set for sure.”

Travers also came from an era known as ‘Arena Rock‘. A magical time which according to Pat – as decadent as the lore …

“It was great, going to work everyday in front of 13,000 – 20,000 screaming fans. I was young and somewhat unencumbered. It was  (he laughs) the time of sex, drugs and Rock n Roll. It was a lot of fun.”

PAT-TRAVERS 290Those days have long since disappeared for Travers. He has been married for over twenty years to the same woman and is a loving Dad to a young daughter and son. A pair in their late teens and early twenties respectively. Pat’s son, a chip off the old block, is also a guitar player and aspiring movie maker. Something which makes Dad proud.

” He really is into the movie making more than the music at this time.”Says Travers. ” He is a good kid and is really into learning how to make movies. As a parent, you have to be supportive as possible and I think it is wonderful how much passion he has for it. One day, who knows – he may make a documentary of me and my career ..”

Travers’ son, once in a while will show his dad some licks he has created or learned on the guitar. They have jammed together and Travers Sr. is always there for his son. Due to the ‘nature of the beast’ however – the same cannot be said from Junior’s perspective.

” C’mon man – when I was his age, I did not want anything to do with my parents.”Laughs Pat.” It’s not cool to hang around with dad and I totally get it …”

Travers remains amazed at how many talented musicians come out of Canada. Considering the country’s small population, there is something to be said for the ‘long, cold winter nights’ – according to Pat. The vastness and the time to reflect gazing at the wide open spaces – quite possibly the reason behind a creativity privy to Canucks.

pat_travers“I knew Frank Marino and guys like him but really, at that time, I was working in London, England. We worked together in 1977 – 78 or something like that yet aside from that – our paths did not cross much. Being Canadian made you proud for other Canadians but I never looked at musicians that way. It did not matter where they were from – it was the music they played that mattered.”

Pat Travers is coming to Montreal on June 28th. He is supporting his new album; Can Do …

“It’s a rock album combined with the Blues. I had a lot of time on my hands last year and the record company asked if I could come up with an album which sounded like the records I first made. Not knowing how to do that – of course I said yes …” He laughs. ” I think I did make a great record because I had the time to be creative and get my work done. There were no outside intrusions and I had the time to craft a very good album.”

Travers has come full circle that way. Along with guys like Frank Marino, Pat was –  at one point in his life,  frustrated with record companies. They wanted songs ‘last week’ and attempted to control too much.


Frontier Records were great about it.”Says Travers of his new association. ” I think the album was supposed to be finished in September or something. Sometimes the creative juices do not flow. I sent them an email and told them no way it will be done. They replied and told me to take my time and get it right. It’s a great working space when you do not have too much pressure. People always like the albums I did when I was able to work like this. Songs do not just appear at a snap of the fingers. There is some tooling you can do but songs cannot be forced.”

Pat and his mates – plan on touring extensively promoting the new album. The Montreal stop will include at least four or five new songs  along with the old. The single; ‘Can Do’ is a positive message which Travers says reflects his outlook on life.

DERRINGER-TRAVERS 229‘I had a full head of steam in the last year and the songs just flowed. I finally got the songs I wanted and I believe there are eight songs that I think are really good. Out of the twelve songs, I wrote ten. Of the other two, one is a cover and the other one was sent to me and I thought it was a great song. I decided to ‘steal’ it. It is called ‘Dust and Bones’ and it fits in well with the other songs on the album. I did not have to tweak it that much and it sounds like my style.”

Pat Travers loves playing live. It is the travel he does not like. He also thinks, for the first time in years – Rock n Roll and the guitar sound is coming back. Within new songs by bands like The Black Keys, Travers hears hints of the guitar work that at one time – was commonplace. He also hears hints in the music his son plays for him.

“Because of YouTube and the internet, anybody is able to listen to music from different eras and different times. People can listen to whatever type of music they want. By doing so – it’s almost impossible to not be influenced by the different genres and styles. There are kids coming up today that are appreciative of the tones and sounds and rhythms and are incorporating it into their music. I am confident that there will be a crop of stuff that will cross generations. Stuff that old farts like us will like …”


Pat thinks the key is the urgency within the songs. Demo – type, raw and one take sounds which remain an important part of Rock n Roll. There is a roughness that appeals to people. In his words -‘ everyone likes the demo better than the final product.’

“I am aware of that when I record. I try not to over polish anything. Especially with digital recording today, you can take the rough edges out of everything. You can take the tempo out of everything but what you end up with is something that is so smoothed over, it has no character anymore. What’s happening with vinyl is there is some distortion that is injected in there. For some reason, that distortion sounds good to people’s ears. For guys like me who do this for a living, it drives us nuts. I know it is not what we recorded. What you are hearing is what we recorded in a different way. Nothing wrong with it because that is what sounds good to the buying public.”

Travers incorporated much of that concept into his last album; Blues on Fire. An album which the record company Cleopatra asked Travers to record. A disc which showcased some old Blues artists. Tracks which Travers had to do much research on …

“Thank God for the internet.” says Pat. ” They wanted me to do an album based on artists that existed in the twenties. My wife helped me a lot in finding out about these guys. Men – back in those days, who sang the Blues – were named Blind something or other more times than not. I found songs from 1927 and 1929, rearranged them and the disc came out really well. I came up with a list of about thirty artists from that time period and went online and chose the songs. Blind Lemon Jefferson , Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell – there were an awful lot of blind guys bumping into each other back then.”

Travers is also a big fan of Buddy Guy. A man who Travers believes did not get any respect at the beginning. In Travers’ eyes – it was only around 1959 when he started to earn his due accolades.

“It took him a while to find his own style. At first – he did not stand out but he did something right cause the guys like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf kept him around. Little Walter was one of the only guys who had the same energy that Guy had. I can understand why Guy became more successful playing with Walter.”


Howlin’ Wolf is Travers’ favorite Blues guy – if he had to choose. Muddy Waters also holds high court along with Willie Dixon. According to Pat – Dixon was able to put up with these ‘characters’. He wrote incredible riffs and because of his laid – back character, was able to corral men like Little Walter. Men who walked around toting guns and not taking crap from anyone.

If Pat were to choose a band that influenced him as a young man, the Beatles take front and center. Later – as he got more and more into Rock n Roll, he realized the attitude the Stones delivered was necessary to survive in the Rock game. Travers does not think anyone can compare the two iconic bands. One is Pop and the other is Rock. One is polished, the latter  – raw.

Pat Travers believes he has gotten better in his playing over the Pat Travers 2years. In 2004, he took up martial arts and contributes that to a better lifestyle. Something he believes is necessary to maintain not just musicians – everyone who is under the spell of Father Time.

Pat  is also one of those guys who love what they do. He has made a comfortable life for his family and continues to record and play songs which remain true to his core.

Someone – young guitar guys today, can learn to idolize …

Pat Travers will be in Montreal on June 28that the Cabaret du Mile-End (5420A Ave. Du Parc).

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Jill Barber (Tres Smart ) Concert Review

They say the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Could it be possible the fastest way to a Francophone’s heart is through song? If so – songstress Jill Barber is a maverick of sorts.


Singing as part of the Jazz All Year Long series – Barber held court at The Metropolis Thursday night and had the Francophone patrons eating out of her hand.

Singing eight French songs from her newly released album ‘Chansons’ – Barber innocently and honestly explained her love affair with Paris, Piaf and La Province du Quebec. It was non – threatening, her easy speak. She is trying through French lessons and interpretations of songs. The audience  fell in love with the ‘trying’ – hook, line and sinker.


Then, there were the songs …

Imagine sitting on a sidewalk cafe in gay Paris. The birds are crooning from their perches high above as the sunlight paints romance with dabs of color. An accordion player sits at the corner. The sounds from the instrument intruding every nook, every cranny with mystique and casual prodding.

Add a grand piano. The keys sprinkling sounds of Spring like leaves on a journey into adulthood. An electric guitar piercing every so often – a pin prick on tender skin as lovers play. As partners make love.


The drums. Keeping the pace as hard or soft as the candles blow in the night. Pulsating or providing a backdrop to silent whispers. Romantic sax, clarinet and an unassuming bass, flying over and beyond the lyrics, the compositions and the tone.

Barber’s voice. Child like. Mature. A hint of realness. Dispensing innocence like a scent paving the way home.


Jill Barber has discovered a few things.

One; Francais is a hard language to grasp. Deux; French people love to hear an effort. Trois; French is the language of love …

Last night, Montreal discovered Jill Barber and fell in love with her …

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Rod Argent and The Zombies. Rock History – Part Two

Considering three of The Zombies‘  biggest hits have been permanently embedded in Rock n Roll history, more than a few people considered Argent‘s choice to go ahead with his new band in 1969, a bit bizarre …


“Really – after all that had happened, I think as a group, we were all a bit tired.” Explains Argent of the ‘Zombie’s thinking. ” The business of music can be tough and really – to this day, I have always wanted to do this for the music. Don’t get me wrong. I always wanted to be successful and make money and still do. Music and integrity were and are very important to me.”

The group Argent consisted of Argent on keyboards, bass  and vocals,  Jim Rodford on bass, Bob Henrit on drums and guitarist/keyboardist Russ Ballard. The vocal duties were shared between Ballard, Rodford, and Argent. Rod Argent and Ballard were the principle songwriters with a bit of help from former Zombie bass player Chris White as producer and …

Hold Your Head Up‘ ( Argent’s biggest hit which hit number five on the U. S charts) has an interesting history according to Argent.

“That song is a slow-downed version, bass – wise of ‘Time of The Season’.  Chris wrote all of the lyrics and I believe they were about a girlfriend he had just met at the time. I am not sure, you would have to ask Chris about that …. We went into the studio to record the song and I just started fooling around on bass, looking for a groove to fit Chris ‘ song.” He continues. ” If you listen to ‘Time of the Season’ – you can distinctively pick out the beginning of ‘Hold Your Head Up’. It worked out brilliantly!”


Unfortunately ( or fortunately), Argent’s success came from their songs being ‘covered’ by other artists. The song ‘ God Gave Rock and Roll to You’, penned by Ballard, was covered by Kiss in 1991 under the name “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II“. That song was  featured in the soundtrack and film;  Bill & Ted’s Bogus JourneyAnother Ballard composition was a hit for another band with a familiar name. ‘Liar’ was recorded and released by Three Dog Night.

” The royalties were great, really …” Laughs Argent. ” It was like The Zombies in a way. Money was coming in but artistically it was not working. I was getting more and more interested in the producing side of things and just like The Zombies – Argent disbanded in 1975 amicably.”

Rod Argent continued his positive thoughts and not looking back. He worked with Andrew Lloyd Weber on the production side of things and opened up a keyboard shop in London. It was not until 1991 that The Zombies reunited.

They released an album entitled  “New World” which was never released in the U. S. or North America. Then, on Tuesday 25th November 1997, at the Jazz Club in London, all of the original Zombies got back on stage and played live for the first time in 28 years!”


“What a wonderful experience that was!’ Say Argent. “The album New World started the sparks flying and that reunion, especially ‘live’ ignited the fire really!. By starting to tour with Colin in 2000 ( Blunstone had a moderately successful solo career), we discovered the magic and reason why we had got together in the first place. Colin and I have always been friends. He has helped me over the years with songwriting and production as I have helped him. On the record ‘New World’, we purposely avoided the Zombie sound and tried to incorporate what was going on musically in our minds at that time. ”

Blunstone and Argent toured under their own names until promoters (duh) realized they had more drawing power under the name The Zombies.

In 2002, an anthology was released of The Zombies material which included every Zombie song ever recorded. 2004 saw the release of a new album; As Far as I Can See. Keeping with the Zombie tradition of the 1960’s, the album received mixed reviews, especially in England. Original Zombie guitarist Paul Atkinson passed in 2004, making Argent and Blundstone more focused touring and recording as The Zombies.

“I think when someone passes away that reminds you of your youth, it is always a time to reflect really …” Injects Argent. ” It gives you an indication of your own mortality. Colin and I used this to make an attempt at capturing the true Zombies’ sound on our latest record. I believe we have …”


In 2010 Tom Toomey replaced Keith Airey on guitar. In 2011, the Zombies, now known as The Zombies featuring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released a new studio album called “Breathe Out, Breathe In“.

The band has been touring the world practically non – stop since 2011 and have been receiving favorable album reviews and fantastic ‘live’ reviews from audiences everywhere. For once – the band is together while the accolades come in ….

Please stay tuned for part Three and Rod Argent’s thoughts on ‘Breathe Out, Breathe In …

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For the Holidays, Amnesty International Presents: Artists For Amnesty

Get free music from these amazing artists and help spread the message of human rights and justice.



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ArtistsforAmnesty.com is a new Amnesty International campaign partnering with artists from around the world to spread the message of human rights and social justice. Artists donate their songs to the campaign which fans download for free at Artistsforamnesty.com in exchange for joining the Amnesty International email list. For every additional song a fan chooses they must share the site with a friend, spreading the word about Amnesty International, the cause of human rights and justice for all.

The response from the music community: artists, managers, publishers and labels has been amazing and new artists are donating songs every month.

Artists for Amnesty was conceived and built by the volunteer team at Cloudid Creativity Labs.

Opening Acts for The Rolling Stones Since 1962

July 12, 1962, Marquee Club (London): Long John Baldry‘s Kansas City Blue Boys.

January 1963 London club shows: Cyril Davies‘ All Stars, The Velvets, Long John Baldry.

August 11, 1963 Richmond Jazz Festival: Long John Baldry, Cyril Davies’ All Stars, The Velvets, Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band, Terry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen, Freddy Randall Band, Blue Note Jazz Band.

August-September 1963 British concerts: Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, The Ghost Riders, Tommy Bruce & the Bruisers, The Checkmates, The Young Ones, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry & The Cruisers, The Doodle-Bugs, The Dynatones.

Fall 1963 UK Tour: The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Julie Grant, Mickie Most, The Flintstones.

November-December 1963 British concerts: The Checkmates, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Liverbirds, The Strangers, The Big 3, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, The Sheffields, Johnny Tempest & the Cadillacs, The Vantennas, Karen Young, Vance Arnold & the Avengers, The Downliners Sect, The Valiants, Frankenstein & His Monsters, The Crestas, The Rattles, The Escorts, Mike Sagar & the Tornados, The Ricky Allen Trio, The Exchequers, The Detours, The Overlanders, Pete McClaine & the Clan, The Art Tilburn All-Stars, Group One, Glyn Johns & the Presidents, The Graham Bond Quintet, Georgie Fame & the Blue Fames, The Yardbirds, The 4 Plus 1, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions.

January 1964 UK Tour (& others concerts): The Ronettes, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, the Cheynes, Al Paige, Joe Brown & His Bruvvers, The Four Aces, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Bern Elliott & the Fenmen, Johnny, Mike & the Shades.

February-March 1964 UK Tour (& other concerts): John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Mike Sarne, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, Mike Berry & the Innocents, Bern Eliott & the Fenmen, Dustry Springfield & the Echoes, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, LeRoys, Billy Boyle, The Hollies, The Paramounts, Eden Kane.

March-May 1964 UK concerts: The Marauders, Denny Laine & the Diplomats, Group Z, Barron Knights, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Mike Sarne, Alex Harvey Band, Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds, Jet Harris, Big Dee Irwin, Terry Judge & the Barristers, Mike Berry, The Falcons, The League of Gentlemen, Billie Davis, The Rattles, Mickey Finn & the Bluemen, The Innocents, Miss Olivia Dunn, Dene Hunter & the Sunliners, The LeRoys, The Lou Prager Orchestra, Heinz & the Saints, Pete McClaine, The Mandrakes, Mark Anthony & the Avengers, Four Just Men, The Swinging Hi-Four, Millie Small & the No Names, Julie Grant, Overlanders, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, Avon Cities, Christine Marlowe, Mike Tobin & the Magnettes, Gamblers, Ray Bush Rhythm & Blues Band, Johnny Carr & the Cadillacs, The Echoes, Keith Powell & the Valets, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, Chris Carlsen, David John & the Mood, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Applejacks, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Mark Peters & the Silhouettes, Caravelles, The Monarchs, Freddie & the Dreamers, Simon Scott, Peter & Gordon, Pat Wayne & the Beachcombers, The Outlaws, Dave Dee & the Bostons, The Johnny Quantrose Five, The Barracudas, The Bachelors.

April 26,  1964 New Musical Express Poll-Winners’ Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Dave Clark Five, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Kathy Kirby, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Hollies.

May 31, 1964 Wembley concert: Adam Faith, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Freddie & the Dreamers, Julie Grant, The Hollies, Eden Kane, The Barron Knights, The Merseybeats, The McKinleys, The Roulettes, Kevin Scott & the Kinsmen, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Undertakers.

1st U.S. Tour (June 1964): The Cascades, George Jones, Bobby Vee, The Counts, Kathy Carr, Jay & the Americans.

June-August 1964 British concerts: Millie & the Five Embers, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Barron Knights, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions, The Downliners Sect, Tony Colton & the Crawdaddies, Kenny Lynch, The Echoes, Simon Scott, The LeRoys, The Executives, Mandrakes, The Mysteries, Lulu & the Luvvers, Ray Kennon & the Guvnors, The Sabres, Tom Jones, Patrick Dane & the Quiet Five, Prince & the Paupers, Danny Clarke & the Jaguars, The Falcons, The Worryin’ Kind, Ray Anton & the Peppermint Men, Westcoasters, Ryles Brothers with Dallas, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, The Avengers, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, Kremlins, The Ken Turner Orchestra, The Redcaps, Julie Grant, Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men (incl. Rod Stewart).

Fall 1964 UK Tour: The Mojos, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Simon Scott & the LeRoys, Mike Berry & the Innocents.

October 1964 Paris concerts: The Vince Taylor Band, Ron & Mel.

October 28-29, 1964 TAMI Show (Santa Monica): The Beach Boys, the Supremes, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Jan & Dean, Gerry & Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore.

2nd U.S. Tour (October-November 1964): The Righteous Brothers, Keith Allison & the Goodnighters, Jody Miller, Tony Bigg, Dick & Dee Dee, Jimmy Clanton, The Spats, The Vibrants, The Soul Brothers, The Misfits, Joel Scott Hill, Alan Black, Fort Wayne, The Shangri-Las, Ivan & the Sabers.

1965 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Roy Orbison, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Newbeats, Chris Hall & the Torquays, The Flies, The Clefs.

Spring 1965 UK Tour: The Hollies, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, The Checkmates, The Konrads.

April 11, 1965 New Musical Express Poll Winners’ concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Them, Donovan, Cilla Black, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Twinkle, Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames, Freddie & the Dreamers, The Moody Blues.

April 1965 Paris, France concerts: Les Jets, Vince Taylor, Evy & Rocky Roberts.

Spring 1965 North American Tour: The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, The Byrds, Marty Robbins, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jenny Rock, J. B. & The Playboys, The Staccatos, The Esquires, David Clayton Thomas & the Shays, The Runarounds, The Nottingham Three, The Fortune Tellers, The Knickerbockers, The Sundowners, Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, Bobby Freeman, Reparata & The Delrons, Brenda Holloway, The Hondells, The Ikettes, The Detergents, Billy Stewart, The Roemans, The Intruders, Pam Hall & The Catalinas, The Canadian Legends, Sonny James, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, Skeeter Davis, Del Reeves, Archie Campbell, The Newbeats, The Buschmen, The Driftwoods, The Torquays, Don & the Deacons, The Vibrants, The Dartells, The Ladybirds, The Cindermen, The Road Runners.

Spring 1965 Tour of Scotland: The Hollies, The Original Checkmates, The Cannon Brothers, Doris Troy, The Drumbeats, Mike & the Shades, The West Five, The Modells.

Spring 1965 Scandinavian Tour: The Pussycats (Norway).

July-August 1965 British concerts: Long John Baldry, The Walker Brothers, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, The Quiet Five, The Fourmost, Sugar Pie Desanto, Julie Grant.

September 1965 Tour of West Germany & Austria: The Rackets, Didi & the ABC Boys, Team Beats, The Rivets.

Fall 1965 UK Tour: The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4+2, the Moody Blues, the Checkmates, Charles Dickens, The Habits, The End, Ray Cameron.

Fall 1965 North American Tour: Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles, The Rocking Ramrods, The Vibrations, The Embers.

1966 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Max Merritt & the Meteors, Tony Barber, Marty Rhone, The Four Fours.

Spring 1966 European Tour: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Ian Witcomb, Antoine et les Problèmes (les Charlots), The Newbeats, les Hou-Lops, Ronnie Bird, Les Debs, Les Why Not, Jean-Christian Michel, Cecilia Stam, The Daretakers, The Defenders, the Hi-Balls, Lee Kings.

May 1, 1966 New Musical Express Poll-Winners’ Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Who, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds, The Walker Brothers.

1966 North American Tour: The McCoys, The Standells, The Trade Winds, The Ugly Ducklings, The Rogues, The Ronettes, The Syndicate of Sound.

1966 UK Tour: Ike & Tina Turner, The Yardbirds (incl. Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck), Peter Jay & the New Jay Walkers, The Kings of Rhythm Orchestra, The Ike-Ettes, Jimmy Thomas, Bobby John.

1967 European Tour: The Move, The Easy Beats, The Creation, The Batman (Didi & the ABC Boys), Achim Reichel, Red & Black.

May 18, 1968 New Musical Express Concert (Wembley): Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield, The Move, The Herd, The Amen Corner, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Tony Blackburn, The Paper Dolls, The Association, The Love Affair, Don Partridge, Status Quo.

December 1968 Rock & Roll Circus: The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Taj Mahal.

Hyde Park, London, July 5, 1969: King Crimson, Family, Alexis Korner’s New Church, The Screw, The Battered Ornaments, The Third Ear Band.

Fall 1969 US Tour: Chuck Berry, B. B. King, Ike & Tina Turner (with Janis Joplin for 1 concert), Terry Reid.

November 30, 1969 West Palm Beach, Florida festival: The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Spooky Tooth, The Band, Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, The Chamber Brothers.

Altamont Speedway festival, December 6, 1969: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

December 1969 London concerts: Mighty Baby, Shakin’ Stevens, David Berglass (magician), Procol Harum.

1970 European Tour: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells (incl. Eric Clapton on 1 concert), Bonnie Raitt.

1971 UK Tour: The Groundhogs, Merlin, Noir.

1972 North American Tour: Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Robert Shields (mime artist).

January 1973 Los Angeles benefit concert: Santana, Cheech & Chong.

1973 Pacific Tour: ZZ Top, Madder Lake, Headband, Itambu, Chain.

1973 European Tour: The Godsquad (Billy Preston with Mick Taylor), Kracker.

1975 North American Tour: The Meters, The Charlie Daniels Band, The J. Geils Band, Furry Lewis, The Eagles, The Commodores, Bobby Womack, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Montrose, Trapeze, The Gap Band, Rufus, The Crusaders, Joe Vitale’s Madmen, Trapeze, Tower of Power, Ethnic, Procession, Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Outlaws, Furry Lewis, New York City steel band.

1976 European Tour: The Meters, Robin Trower, Kokomo, John Miles, Little Feat.

August 1976 Knebworth festival: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, Don Harrison Band.

1978 U.S. Tour: Peter Tosh, Foreigner, Journey, Southside Johnny & the Ashbury Dukes, Patti Smith, Furry Lewis, Eddie Money, Kansas, April Wine, Van Halen, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, The Henry Paul Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Doug Kershaw, The Outlaws.

April 1979 Oshawa benefit concert: The New Barbarians.

1981 US Tour: Journey, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Van Halen, Prince, The Go-Go’s, Santana, The Stray Cats, ZZ Top, The Neville Brothers, Iggy Pop, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Heart, Molly Hatchet, Tina Turner, Joe Ely, The Henry Paul Band, The Meters, Stanley Clarke, Etta James, Garland Jeffreys, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Greg Kihn Band, Lamont Cranston, Bobby Womack.

1982 European Tour: Black Uhuru, UB40, BAP, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Joe Jackson, Téléphone, TV21, Peter Maffay, Kim Larsen.

1986 private tribute to Ian Stewart (London): Blues ‘N’ Trouble, Rocket 88. With Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck & Simon Kirke.

1989 North American Tour: Living Colour, Guns ‘N’ Roses.

1990 European Tour: Gun, The Dan Reed Network.

1994 North American Tour: Jeff Healey, Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Bryan Adams, Spin Doctors.

1995 Tour of Latin America & South Africa: Caifanes, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Ratones Paranoicos.

1995 Pacific Tour: Cruel Sea (Australia).

1995 European Tour: The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Bon Jovi, Éric Lapointe, Robert Cray, Alkbottle, Andrew Strong, Big Country, La Place.

1997-98 North American Tour: Blues Traveler, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins (with Marilyn Manson for at least 1 concert), The Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind, Jonny Lang, Santana, Matchbox 20, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, El Tri.

1998 Tour of Japan, South America & return to North America: Bob Dylan, Meredith Brooks, Wide Mouth Mason, Our Lady Peace, Buddy Guy.

1998 European Tour: The Dave Matthews Band, The Hothouse Flowers, Big Country, The Corrs, Simple Minds, Jonny Lang, Jean Louis Aubert, Seahorses, Spleen, Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

1999 North American Tour: Bryan Adams, Jonny Lang, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, The Flys, The Corrs, Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray.

1999 European Tour: Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Ocean Colour Scene, Zucchero, Catatonia, Los Suaves, Rowwen Heze, BAP.

2002-03 North American Tour: Danko Jones, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland & Dr. John, Soulive, Jonny Lang, The Strokes, No Doubt, Elvis Costello, The White Stripes, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Solomon Burke, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lifehouse, Les Respectables, Ryan Adams, Susan Tedeschi, (Ex-President) Bill Clinton.

2003 Pacific & Asian Tour: Jam, Jet, You Am I.

2003 European Tour: The Cranberries, Keziah Jones, AC/DC, Counting Crows, The Pretenders, Stereophonics, Burn, The Hives, The Hellacopters, ZZ Top, Brainstorm, Olimpic, The Darkness, Böhse Onkelz, Toots & the Maytals, The Vue, Starsailor, The Thrills, Feeder, Idlewild, Tim Burgess, Therapy?, DeMens, Clouseau, The Cooper Temple Clause, Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Xutos & Pontapés, Lovebugs.

Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada, July 30, 2003: Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, Tea Party, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan with Jeff Healey, The Isley Brothers, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC.

2003 Hong Kong concerts: Mick Gerace (Elvis Presley impersonator), Joey Yung, Nicholas Tse.

Pheonix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada, August 10, 2005: The Trews.

2005-06 North & South American Tour: Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Les Trois Accords, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Alanis Morissette, Beck, Pearl Jam, John Mayer Trio, Trey Anastasio, Wilco, Joss Stone, 54-40, Motley Crüe, Toots and the Maytals, Everclear, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Delbert McClinton, Anick Jean, Sloan, Metric, Antigone Rising, Soulive, Brooks & Dunn, Juan Luis Guerra, Titas, Afroreggae, Los Piojos, Fobia, Alejandra Guzman, Queens of the Stone Age, Merle Haggard, The Meters, The B-52s.

2006 Pacific Tour: Richie Kotzen, The Living End, Airbourne, Nickelback.

2006 European Tour: Feeder, Paolo Nutini, Starsailor, Razorlight, Toots & the Maytals, Simple Minds, Kasabian, Lovebugs, the Dandy Warhols, The Charlatans, The Kooks, Maximo Park.

Fall 2006 North American Tour: Kanye West, Sloan, Alice Cooper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Three Days Grace, Elvis Costello, The Dave Matthews Band, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Los Lonely Boys, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Blue October, Soulive.

2007 European Tour: Van Morrison, Daniël Lohues and the Louisiana Blues Club, Starsailor, Biffy Clyro, Loquillo y los Trogloditas, Zenttric, Arno Carstens, Jet, Dado Topic & Time, Regina, The Thirst, Elektricni Orgazam, The Answer, Iris, The Charlatans, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Toots & the Maytals, The Dandy Warhols, The Hold Steady, Frankie Gavin, Tinariwen, The Kooks, The Enemy.

Isle of Wight Festival, Newport, England, June 10, 2007: Keane, the Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Melanie C, Country Joe McDonald, The Hedrons, Siniez.

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The Stones – Back with a Vengeance!

London 25th November 2012, O2 Arena

Tonight’s set list:

I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Off Of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Mary J. Blige)
Wild Horses
All Down The Line
Going Down (with Jeff Beck)
Out Of Control
One More Shot
Doom And Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman)

Band Intros

Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy For The Devil

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with choir)
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Martha Wainwright – Come Home to Mama

Martha Wainwright’s latest offering, Come Home To Mama will be released October 16, 2012 through MapleMusic Recordings.


Produced with Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, the album is a collection of 10 reflective songs that see Martha taking stock of her life.

With Come Home To Mama’s release just around the corner, Martha will be on the road to visit select cities in Canada. Martha will also be the musical guest on Late Night Jimmy Fallon, slated for December 14th!

Martha gives us her bravest album of all in Come Home to Mama. Deeply emotional and absolutely riveting, it contains Martha’s outpouring of responses to two of life’s utmost extremes: the loss of her mother, Kate, to cancer in January 2010, and the birth of her son, Arcangelo, just two-and-a-half months earlier in London, England.


“His coming into life was at a very emotional time,” shares Martha; “I went into labour while onstage. He was born very premature, but because of his prematurity, he was able to meet my mother. His due date was actually the day that she died.”

The album includes one powerful cover of her mother’s work, Proserpina. The last song that Kate penned, she had performed it in a handful of settings, including The McGarrigle-Wainwright Christmas show, A Not So Silent Night held in December of 2009 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.


Written with the tradition of McGarrigle family Christmas concerts expressly in mind, Martha’s version is sparse, haunting, and startlingly beautiful.

Martha’s Come Home To Mama is an engaging album. Enjoy the album, see Martha on tour!

5 November 2012 Montréal • Théâtre Corona

6 November 2012 Québec • Théâtre Petit Champlain

7 November 2012 Burnstown • Neat Coffee Shop

8 November  2012 Toronto • The Great Hall

Stones leave Meetings; A Tour come Fall !





According to Mick Jagger – the Stones will be rolling once again in Autumn of this year. The Stones‘ iconic frontman told of the band’s plans leaving a meeting this past Friday. More info to follow.

The news goes along with the release of a 50th Anniversary book, documentary, film based on the making of Exile on Main Street and a photo exhibition which opened last Friday.

Photos courtesy of a source who requests anonymity …


I Think I Busted a Button on my Trousers …I Hope they Don’t Fall Down; Part Four

The police in New York city … chased a boy right through the park, In a case of mistaken identity – they put a bullet through his heart …’


Mick Jagger has a way with words.

An often overlooked phenomenon of the StoNES and their frontman. A poet? No. A song lyricist! Not really … Jagger from the early age of nineteen- a ‘philosopher’ stone. A wizard of the one sentence words.

‘ He can’t be a man ‘ cause he doesn’t smoke the same cigarettes as me’, ‘ War, children, is just a shot away’, ‘ Does your mother know you scratch like that?’

PHRASES which summed up the man on the street and Michael Phillip Jagger, regardless of his ‘wealth and taste’ – forever walking in the shoes of everyman.


‘Riding across the desert’ to come to your ’emotional rescue.’

No matter the times or era – the son of a physical education teacher, the top – ten graduate from the London School of Economics; an ear to the fads and styles of the new generation.

Each new Stones’ album included songs which kept them cool. Each new Stones album included true Stones’ songs. Each generation discovering tunes to suit their needs while discovering the Stones’ needs; the blues.


The band staying true to their roots while keeping it fresh. Miss You with a disco beat run parallel to blues riffs and bluesy harmonica. A lost leader in the band’s ‘ ‘pharmaceutical supply’ of gold albums hovering on every album.


‘ Walkin’ Central Park – Singin’ after dark ..people think I’m crazy …’