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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Please listen below to Good News On This date in history

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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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Please listen below to some songs from artists we have lost recently.

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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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Please listen below to some tunes from artists performing near you and some information on how you can buy a guitar signed by Canadian music history.

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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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Please listen below to my chat with Sandy Horne of The Spoons. Offstage …

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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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Please listen below to my chat with the CEO of THEMUSEUM in Kitchener and hear about the wonderful and historic Stones exhibition taking place.

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

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deep Cuts of The Rolling Stones

It is too hard to pick a ‘few’ Rolling Stones’ songs most people do not know.

With such a vast catalog covering fifty – eight years; the ‘unknown’ tunes are a career for most bands.

Have a listen below to some of The Rolling Stones’ songs which may be new to you?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Who is Who of Fame at Studio 54

People think I’m crazy …

There was only one place to be in the 1970s. Studio54. The place to meet,to dance and to engage in a bohemian lifestyle.

Thanks to The Rolling Stones and more particularly Jerry Hall – the video below captures the images of a nightclub filled with the most relevant artists of the day.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs To Keep You Warm

Curl up won’t ya?

Music can make all ailments go away. Cold, flu or just plain snowy weather. Music can make inconveniences disappear with a shot of soulful healing.

Please sit back, grab a hot beverage and listen to music that will warm your spirit.

Rick Keene Music Scene – The Rolling Stones; The Greatest Country Music Band of All Time?

Marie may have been a little bit Country and Donny may have been a little bit Rock n Roll but they have nothing on The Rolling Stones.

From the beginning – The Rolling Stones’ sound has been entrenched in Country music. Is it their Blues’ influence which is also embedded in Country / Folk or was it Keith Richards’ fascination with Roy Rogers? Whatever the case – The Rolling Stones can lay claim to being one of the best Country bands of all time.

Gram Parsons was a huge influence on Richards and The Stones and added many an idea and education to The Greatest Rock n Roll Band of all time.

Don’t believe me? Listen below to The Rolling Stones doing what most Country bands wish they could do.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tracks, Concert Listings and Things That Make You Go Hmm…

Just like life, music never stops until the plug is pulled.

Tunes arrive daily. Some fantastic, some great, some average and some bad. In the scheme of things, as long as an effort is made; everything is beautiful.

Please listen below to some of the best new tracks floating around and find out where you can see some shows live in Montreal.

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Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

You got the Blues? Well, you will now …

In the words of Herb Alpert, co-founder of A&M Records, ‘everywhere around the world; people play The Blues’.

Have a listen below to some great Blues tracks won’t ya?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

Only one place to hear The Blues.

The cornerstone of all music is alive and well in Montreal. You can hear it through various players, venues and Rick Keene Music Scene.

Yet face it – there is only one place that gives you Live Blues seven nights a week !

Please listen below to some Montreal Blues players and some of the best Blues / Rock circling the stratosphere.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Happy Birthday Sir Michael Philip Jagger

“Sexually unsatisfied, financially unsatisfied and philosophically trying …”

The above quote was by Mick Jagger during their second tour of the U.S. in 1965. A tour which cemented their place at the time as second to The Beatles in the world.

Over the years, The Stones – despite the backlash of ‘society’ over their rebellious ways and disregard for so called public decency, The Stones have not just endured, they have outlasted most of their contemporaries

Mick Jagger and his intelligence are the main reason why.

Combining excellent showmanship with business savvy. Artistic and intellectual curiosity with an unmatched ability to mimic vocal ebbs and flows. Jagger has mastered the art of a front-man and set the bar for all to follow. No Mick Jagger – no Freddie Mercury, No Mick – no Stephen Tyler, no Michael Jackson, no Prince. Add the fact that none come close to matching the amount of quality songs penned by Mr. Jagger; at the age of 76 – Sir Mick sits alone on the throne.

Please have a listen below to my Birthday Tribute.

Rick Keene Music Scene – Uncovering The Covers …

Under the surface may be hot and moist. Unless you go deep, you will never know.

The original tunes from a band sometimes are foreplay. A tease to bigger and better things or a precursor to erectile dysfunction. Either way, a different lover adds spice to a love affair.

Have a listen below to cover versions of tunes from a very known band. See if you can guess the name of the artist covering the tune before the end of the song.

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What’s Coming On Rick Keene Music Scene.com ( Or – How I Stopped Listening to Mainstream And Learned To Love the Bomb)

Blind dates are not for everyone …

Some folks like to know what they are getting into before they dress up and hit the road. Many folks do not like surprises in their lives.

For those who prefer security over blind faith – please listen below to some tunes from the artists I will be interviewing this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Bernard Fowler Turns The Rolling Stones ‘Inside Out’ on Latest Disc

How does it feel to be on your own just like a Rolling Stone?

Singing back – up for The Stones since 1989, Bernard Fowler is ‘grateful’ to be on stage with ‘the big boys’. Even though he and the other supporting players can be headliners in their own right, Fowler remains humble next to The Stones.

“A producer friend of mine introduced me to Mick and that is how I joined.” Says Fowler just a couple of week before he was set to join the Stones for their upcoming 2019 U.S / Canadian tour. ( Mick’s health issues have since cancelled the tour until further notice). Says Fowler; ” Mick liked my voice, my style and soul.’

Upon joining The Stones, Fowler noticed something about his  ‘new band’. They walked how they talked.  

” Everyone knows The Stones came from The Blues”. Says Bernard. ” They eat, breathe and live it all the time. On breaks in rehearsals, before shows – they play those tunes themselves or the original artists’ versions all the time. It is where they came from and it is part of their DNA”.

Almost thirty years after joining the band and having the best ‘seat’ in the house, Bernard’s appreciation for both the band and Mick Jagger have grown.

” Look …” Says Bernard. ” It is simple. There are two types of music. Good music and bad music. The Stones are a real and true Rock band and they perform great music. “

As far as watching Jagger dance, wiggle and take command of stadiums filled with 80,000 or more people …?

” My respect for Mick just keeps on getting higher. Night after night he is outperforming guys half his age. I think that globally, the respect is unanimous. He keeps getting better with age.”

Fowler grew up with Soul and Gospel in the house. Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke ( among others) raiding his ears and heart on a daily basis. Musically, because of his background – Fowler is ‘tightest’ with Keith Richards within The Stones. Richards’ musical background is very simular to Fowlers as Bernard’s Mom discovered one tour.

” I was in Keith’s room and I called my Mom”. Laughs Bernard. “Keith was playing a gospel or soul record and my Mom asked where I was. When I told her and she found out it was Keith’s records she said ‘ put that boy on the phone’. I’m not sure she loves Keith the person but she loves Keith’s musical tastes. That’s for sure”

The Rolling Stones are known  ‘commercially’ as a Rock and Blues band. For purists it is the Funk and R&B rhythms that separate them from other bands and give them the title; ‘The ‘Greatest Rock n Roll Band in The World’. One of their greatest live songs (available on the Four Flicks DVD set) is Dance Pt. 1. A tune and performance which releases the pure Jagger and sees the band hit a groove that few can match.

‘ It is funny you brought up that song”. Says Bernard. “Almost from the time I joined I tried to get Mick to do that song live but always in vain. Finally he said yes and as the video shows – that is pure Mick Jagger. That music and those grooves are just in him.”

Fowler has a new album coming out April 19th. It is called Inside Out and it pays homage to Mick but not like one would think …

” Mick writes the greatest lyrics and I wanted to use those lyrics and magnify how good they are. How philosophical they are.  In doing so, even die-hard Stones’ fans may hear words they missed in The Stones’ original recordings. Mick’s style and annotations sometimes blur or mask words and entire phrases.”

Inside Out does not have singing on it. The entire album was always a spoken word project floating in Bernard’s mind. Finally he decided to do it with his favorite Stones’ songs and a thumbs up from Mick.

” I went through their songbook (380 songs) and discovered so many songs. Some I knew because we have done them live but some were more obscure. When I read the words to them – I said, ‘Damn these are good! Whoever was around got a lesson from me and had to read them. “

All the songs on Bernard’s album are unrecognizable as Stones’ music. The only things on the album which Bernard ‘kept’ true are the background ‘ woo woos ‘ and the piano chord progressions in the song Sympathy for The Devil.

” I did not want it to be a Stones record. I wanted to start with the words and then add rythym. Whatever sounded good musically, we ran with it. I was fortunate to have a great cast of players on this album. It made the sounds that much better”.

Darryl Jones (bass) and Tim Ries (horns) of The Stones’ camp join Fowler as well as Steve Jordan from Keef’s other band; The X- Pensive Winos. Walfredo Reyes Jr and Lenny Castro provide African rhythms and Vince Wilburn (Miles Davis) and Clayton Cameron also add percussion. Guitar work is provided by George Evans and Ray Parker Jr. Keys and piano are laid out by Michael Beardon and David Bowie alumni Mike Garson. Keyon Harrold from the Miles Davis Biopic round things out. .

” The first song we did was Dancing with Mr.D. Even though Tim had done a Stones cover record with horns and Darryl is in the Stones, we never found outselves going the Stones’ route. I was focused on making all the songs the way I imagined them. Having Jordan along for the entire ride made me realize how good the ideas and music were. When Steve is on board – you know it is good.”.

Inside Out contains the songs Sister Morphine, Sympathy for The Devil, Tie You Up, All The Way Down, Undercover of The Night and Time Waits for Noone. Lyrically – all contain social statements which Bernard thinks are crucial in today’s ‘crumblin’ world’.

The album will shock the punters on first listen. After all, nobody is quite used to a penis under a dress. Once the barriers are broken and an open mind takes precedence; Inside Out is a masterpiece. No plasticity  going on musically or in Fowler’s profound vocal delivery.

Inside Out may finally give Mick Jagger the accolades he deserves as one of the greatest philosophers, poets and lyricists of all time.

Thanks to the name and face of Bernard Fowler. A headliner on his own. Not like a Rolling Stone.

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Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ – Part Two

Nanette Workman is real …

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A singer who has been there – done that. A seasoned professional who has not lost her ability to know the true reasons behind music. Passion and integrity, beauty and soul.

ASIDE FROM HER EXPERIENCE AS A BACK – UP SINGER, A BROADWAY PERFORMER, AN ACTRESS AND A HEADLINING SINGER, NANETTE IS BRINGING HER ” STREET ” EDUCATION TO THE LEAGUE OF ROCK AS ONE OF THE COACHES. 

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Please listen below as Nanette explains her philosophy behind the nurturing of both young and ‘old’ musicians. Something which is fragile and exciting for Nanette.

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Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ …

Nanette Workman is not a born Quebecer. A fact which some people know …

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Nanette was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She was inducted into The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2000. Not bad for a Quebecer … eh ?

The now 70 year old singer / musician / composer and actress moved to Montreal with her Pop Idol boyfriend and recorded her first album in French in 1967. Pretty cool since at that time – Nanette did not speak a word of that language.

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Nanette has worked with practically everyone in the music business over the years but perhaps, her most famous session was with The Rolling Stones. Lending her voice to a couple of songs which are part of the cornerstones of Rock music. Part of Rock history …

Please listen below as Nanette explains part of her early career and what songs she sang back -up in The Rolling Stones; vast catalogue. Nanette will be a coach in Montreal’s first edition of The League of Rock. Stay tuned for PART TWO and hear how Nanette will be approaching her gig as a coach.

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