THE ROLLING STONES: Mick Jagger says this won't be the last time
While drummer Charlie Watts may be good with hanging up his sticks when the Stones European Tour ends, Mick Jagger says Charlie should keep his road bags packed.
Speaking to The Sunday Post in Dundee, Scotland, Jagger -- who turns 75 in July -- responded to the rumors of the Stones retirement as premature.
"There is gonna come a point where we don’t want to do it any more – or simply can’t do it any more. I think you have to be honest. If you weren’t enjoying it or it was too much of an ask physically to do it with the energy you would really require, you would have to seriously consider it. But I haven’t reached that point yet.”
Jagger will admit that he's reached a point where he has to curtail his post-show activity in order to keep his batteries fully charged.
"As soon as we come off stage, I’m in a car usually going back to the hotel. I’m pretty tired. But after an hour, I feel OK...You can sometimes make the mistake of going out dancing, which is not always a good idea because you’ve got to conserve a bit of energy. On the last tour, I did make one or two mistakes like that. I got a bit over-exuberant on the after-show front. That’s no good, but I don’t usually feel that bad."
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CHARLIE WATTS: More info on the next Rolling Stones album
Charlie Watts says The Rolling Stones really have been working on that new album.
He tells NME, "We have done three or four [sessions]."
But he's less sure about how the finished product will sound. "I don’t write the songs and I don’t have the final say of those things. Once we have played them I am not interested really. Mick has to live with them and put his voice on. Keith will sit for hours listening. They wrote them. I don’t know where we are with them... I don’t know where we are with it. It's if they are happy with it and I don’t know if they are or they’re not."
No word on when the album will be out, but producer Don Was says it probably won't be this year.
Charlie was also asked if he's replaceable in the Stones, and he said, "I think they could get another drummer, I think they could get another guitar player [in place of Ronnie Wood]. If Daryl [Jones] didn’t want to do it anymore we’d have a nightmare of a time finding another bass player. Mick and Keith would or could carry on, but I think if Mick said I’m retiring I don’t know how we’d do a show."
For the time being it's all hands on deck as they get ready to tour Europe in May, June and July.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Stones don't think they're nearing the end of the road. Mick Jagger tells Dundee, Scotland's Sunday Post, "I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest... There is going to come a point when we don’t want to do it anymore, for whatever reason, but I’m not thinking about that this summer.”
THE MONKEES: Michael and Micky met this week
Michael Nesmith was in Los Angeles Monday to begin planning the upcoming Monkees shows with Micky Dolenz.
Wool Hat posts on Facebook, "Right now no clue what to do other than Monkees songs -- which are of course a lock... I suppose we will play the deep cuts from the Monkees catalog -- and songs [Micky and I] have written over the years." Nesmith adds that the guys are considering "maybe the occasional guest."
Lionel Richie has added a June 9th show at Hampton Court Palace in London after two dates there sold out quickly. He'll play 14 British shows in June once the American Idol season ends.
Jackson Browne put together a pre-Oscars benefit for Haiti at a small venue in Hollywood. Susan Sarandonand Olivia Wilde hosted the show, in which Browne, Adam Sandler, T-Bone Burnett, Rufus Wainwright and others performed songs from the movies.
Richard Marx’s collaboration with Burt Bacharach has produced its first result. Marx tweets that he spent "Sunday afternoon... recording a song [he] wrote with Burt, singing along to Greg Phillinganes playing piano at a gorgeous studio in Malibu." Marx also posted a photo of the three men outside the building. He and Bacharach began writing together last fall.
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick wil do more Kulick Brothers shows with his older sibling Bob, another onetime KISS associate. The two played a full set together on KISS Kruise 7 and have been invited back next year.
Cheap Trick will open two of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell shows – June 29th in Raleigh, North Carolina, and July 6th in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Other special guests on the tour include Bad Company and Hank Williams Jr.
Bill Wyman’s website was hacked with pornographic messages.
Robby Krieger will be back on the road in June with dates in California and in September in the Northeast.
John Densmore and Robby Krieger sat with Dan Rather for The Big Interview, which will air on AXS TV on March 20th at 9pm ET.
Juliana Hatfield’s album of Olivia Newton-John covers now has the endorsement of the original artist. The Grease icon tweets, "Very flattered that Juliana recorded this CD of my music! Great job!! Juliana, Thank you!!" Hatfield has posted her rocked up version of "Physical" on YouTube.