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Led Zeppelin branded as ‘hollow’ by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards

October 12, 2015

Keith Richards -2012-12-13_2 Photo by SolarScottThe Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has laid into fellow Sixties bands Led Zeppelin and The Who during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

The 71-year-old Stones legend reportedly described Led Zeppelin as “hollow” and said The Who were a “crazy” band and their frontman Roger Daltrey was “all flash”.

Richards revealed he has never been a fan of Led Zeppelin and while he thinks Jimmy Page is a great guitarist he doesn’t like him when he’s performing with the other members of the band.

“I love Jimmy Page,” he told Rolling Stone magazine, “but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler … Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”

Meanwhile, Richards also wrote off The Who. “I always thought Roger Daltrey was all flash,” he told Rolling Stone in the same interview. “I love Pete Townshend, but I always thought the Who were a crazy band anyway. You would say to Keith Moon, if you were in a session with him, ‘Just give me a swing,’ and he couldn’t … He was an incredible drummer, but only with Pete Townshend.”

Rolling Stone magazine has credited Keith Richards as the creator of “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranks him fourth on its list of 100 Best Guitarists. Jimmy Page is ranked third …

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Rolling Stones to release 50th anniversary photo book, ‘The Rolling Stones: 50’

March 9, 2012

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The Rolling Stones plan to publish a deluxe ‘photographic autobiography’ as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Titled The Rolling Stones: 50, the photo book will be released on July 12 – exactly 50 years to the day after the band performed their first gig at London’s Marquee Club in 1962.

“This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” said Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts in a joint statement.

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Rolling Stones say definite no to London Olympics concert

February 11, 2012

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Following mounting press speculation about The Rolling Stones taking part in the Olympic Games celebrations in London in July and August, the band have issued an official statement denying any such plans.

”Contrary to a totally inaccurate report in the London Evening Standard, ” says the statement, “The Rolling Stones wish to point out that they are not performing at any concerts tied to the 2012 Olympic Games in Hyde Park or The Olympic Park”.

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Rolling Stones set to reunite for 50th anniversary tour in 2012?

November 11, 2011

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Keith Richards has fuelled speculation about the Rolling Stones reuniting for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012 after confirming that he, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts will meet for rehearsals in London later this month.

“Mick’s welcome, and I’m sure he’ll turn up,” Richards told The Observer newspaper.

“We’re just going to play a little together, because we haven’t played for three or four years. You don’t necessarily want to rehearse or write anything – you just want to touch bases. That’s a good start: me, Charlie and Ronnie.”

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Mick Jagger is named Ambassador of the Amazon Rainforest

October 19, 2011

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Peruvian government officials have named Rolling Stones star Sir Mick Jagger as an honorary ambassador for the Amazon rainforest.

The 68-year-old rocker, who is currently travelling through South America, will now be responsible for helping to raise awareness of the Amazon rainforest and its need for protection.

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The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Sex Pistols to form Olympics supergroup?

June 11, 2011

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Organisers of the London 2012 Olympics are reportedly trying to bring together stars from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols to form a spectacular British supergroup for the opening ceremony.

They are said to be hoping that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will agree to team up with Sir Mick Jagger and John Lydon for the global event.

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Soul singer Solomon Burke dies aged 70

October 10, 2010

US soul singer Solomon Burke once said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I’ll sing, with God’s help”.

Sadly, the warm bass voice of this larger-than-life ‘King of Rock and Soul’ is now silent. He died early on Sunday October 10, 2010 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70.

Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 21 1940. He began his adult career as a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. But he also played guitar and sang, and his talent and church-trained voice were soon spotted.

In 1960, he signed with Atlantic Records – home to Ray Charles. Like Charles, his songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B. His first hit record, in 1961, was a cover version of the country song ‘Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)’. This was followed in 1962 with ‘Cry To Me’ which was famously used 25 years later in the film Dirty Dancing.

In 1964, Burke wrote and recorded his most influential song, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, which was later covered by artists such as The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi also performed the song in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler dubbed him “the best soul singer of all time”. But Solomon Burke was more than just a great soul singer. He was first and foremost a man of God. He was the bishop of Solomon’s Temple – an evangelical church with 40,000 followers and 170 missions that had been founded by his grandmother after she reportedly dreamed of his birth 12 years before the event.

It was Burke’s religious beliefs that led Atlantic Records to market him as the first ‘soul singer’ after he objected to the record label describing his music as rhythm ‘n’ blues. At that time, many black churchgoers equated R&B with the music of the Devil.

Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003 for his album Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured 11 tracks written for him by admirers such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. He recorded every song in one take.

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