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The Rolling Stones To Release Photo Book

March 2nd, 2012 4:20pm EST
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The Rolling Stones are issuing a deluxe picture book to mark their 50th anniversary as a band.

The Rolling Stones: 50 will hit shelves on July 12th, half a century after they made their debut at a club in London's Oxford Street.

The 352-page book contains 700 photos documenting their rise to fame and hand-picked by frontman Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts.

A joint statement from the rockers reads, "This is our story of 50 fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest sta...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

February 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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Keith Richards 'Intimidates' Daughters' Boyfriends With Knife Tricks

February 14th, 2012 9:22am EST
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Rocker Keith Richards puts his daughters' boyfriends to the test by intimidating them with bizarre knife tricks.

The Rolling Stones legend is "quite protective" of his girls Theodora, 26, and 25-year-old Alexandra, his children with Patti Hansen.

And Alexandra, who is dating DJ Nick Cohen, reveals her dad goes to extreme lengths to gauge whether their partners are suitable.

She tells Hola! Argentina magazine, "Sometimes he takes boyfriends to the other end of the house to show them some tricks with a knife. It's to intimidate them a little, to warn them they shouldn't make me or my si...
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Ronnie Wood Turned Down Led Zeppelin, Dismissed Group As 'Bunch Of Farmers'

February 10th, 2012 3:09pm EST
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Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood turned down the chance to join Led Zeppelin in the group's early days after dismissing them as a "bunch of farmers".

The guitarist's former manager Peter Grant urged him to join another act, The New Yardbirds, which he was also looking after in the 1960s.

Wood snubbed the offer after being left unimpressed by the band - who went on to become one of the world's greatest rock acts under their new name, Led Zeppelin.

Speaking on his Absolute Radio show, Wood says, "Peter Grant used to manage myself and Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and Mickey Waller and Nicky H...
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Ringo Starr: 'I Hope The Rolling Stones Pull It Together'

February 8th, 2012 1:17pm EST
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Ringo Starr is urging the Rolling Stones to "stop squabbling" and celebrate their 50th anniversary with a world tour.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary group's formation and fans had hoped the milestone would be marked with a series of shows, but rumors suggest a feud between frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards has put a damper on the plans.

The Beatles drummer Starr has now called on the veteran rockers to stop fighting and "get out there and play" as fans deserve to see their idols in concert.

He tells Spinner, "I hope they put it together and I hop...
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Keith Richards 'Doing Well' After Eye Operation

January 8th, 2012 5:00pm EST
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Rocker Keith Richards is recovering "very well" after undergoing laser surgery last month to correct his failing eyesight.

The Rolling Stones legend has been suffering from deteriorating vision over the years, so to celebrate his 68th birthday in December, he underwent laser eye surgery at a London clinic just before Christmas.

His spokesperson reveals the star is now "doing very well" after the procedure.

The operation means Richards will not have to wear glasses or contact lenses any more.
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Rolling Stones Had To Ditch Original 'Some Girls' Album Cover Over Copyright Rules

December 7th, 2011 11:49pm EST
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Mick Jagger is still sore about the fact he and his Rolling Stones band mates had to ditch cover art featuring movie stars like Doris Day and Joan Crawford on their album "Some Girls."

The 1978 album art features images of Jagger and his band mates dressed up as women, but he reveals they had other plans and he was "disappointed" when the group's lawyers couldn't secure the rights to use images of screen sirens.

In an interview filmed for the newly-released concert film "The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas '78," he says, "On the original version we had kind of old-fashioned pictu...
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The Rolling Stones To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

November 21st, 2011 3:50pm EST
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Classic recordings by Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones are among the 2012 inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Every year, the Recording Academy's trustees select a collection of tracks and albums considered to be of lasting significance that are at least 25 years old.

And this time around Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It will be entered alongside The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. album and Gloria Gaynor's disco classic I Will Survive.

Also set for the honor are late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,...
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Keith Richards Lands Prestigious Mailer Award For 'Life'

November 9th, 2011 11:21am EST
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Former President Bill Clinton was on hand to present Keith Richards with an award for his best-selling memoir Life on Tuesday.

The Rolling Stones legend accepted the Prize for Distinguished Biography from his pal Clinton at the Mailer awards in New York, reports the Associated Press.

Richards joked about being an "intrusion" at the literary event, telling the crowd, "This is one for the books, if you get my drift - you hacks."

Clinton also told guests about introducing Richards to his late mother-in-law, Dorothy Rodham, who was a huge fan.

He recalled, "Do you have any idea what it'...
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Q&A: 'Nikita's' Shane West Talks Season 2

October 21st, 2011 4:09pm EDT
Nikita
The show may be called Nikita, but it's Shane West, as the title character's partner Michael, who is the backbone of the series.

Nothing against Maggie Q, but Shane's doing a lot of heavy lifting. In just over a full season, Michael has been Nikita's trainer, ally, one-time possible love interest, enemy, ally again, and now her current love interest. We've seen how he lost his wife and daughter, left his longtime post as right-hand man at Division after finding out that boss Percy was behind their deaths, and now he's ditched the concrete walls of the secret agency for a life on t...
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Keith Richards: 'Presidents Speak To Me Now'

October 19th, 2011 3:33pm EDT
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Legendary rocker Keith Richards is enjoying his new-found success as an author - because fans no longer think he's just a drunk.

The Rolling Stones veteran released his tell-all tome Life last year and received much acclaim for the literary work, but Richards admits the book has done more than just entertain followers - it's altered his perception in the eyes of the public.

He tells GQ magazine, "It's weird. It changed, because of the book mainly. There's always going to be 'Keef' - you know, the one that closed down the liquor stores because he threatened to dry out. And, in a way, I'v...
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Mick Jagger Named Rainforest Ambassador

October 17th, 2011 8:36am EDT
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Mick Jagger has been made an honorary ambassador for the Amazon rainforest.

The Rolling Stones star, who is currently traveling through South America, was handed the honor by officials at the Peruvian government.

Jagger will now raise awareness about the region and its need for protection.

A representative for the area told the star during the ceremony in Peru, "You are our ally. Your presence is a great support in our fight to protect our ecology, to the effort to draw world attention to the Madre de Dios area."

Jagger has also travelled to Lima with his partner L'Wren Scott to visit P...
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Scarlett Johansson Auctioned Off To Rolling Stones Guitarist Ron Wood For $20,000

October 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
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Rocker Ron Wood dug deep at a charity auction and paid a whopping $20,000 for a dinner date with Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson.

The Rolling Stones star was among the guests at the Too Many Women gala, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, in London on Thursday night.

Organizers staged an auction during the event, and Wood became involved in a bidding war with businessman David Tang for the Johansson lot - until they both agreed to pay $20,000 for the prize and split the dinner.

A guest tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "When both bids reached £13,000, it looked as though ...
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Report: Madonna To Headline Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

October 4th, 2011 10:00am EDT
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SBNation.com is reporting that Madonna has been picked for the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Citing an inside source, the website says that the Material Girl will be performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the February 5 event.

After Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has been picking classic acts for their halftime shows. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who have all performed since. Last year the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash took the stage to poor re...
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Mick Jagger Addicted To Facebook

September 28th, 2011 8:05am EDT
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Mick Jagger has overcome his dislike of microblogging sites, admitting he now spends "way too much time" online looking up old friends.

The Rolling Stones frontman revealed last year that he had hired a personal assistant to update his online blogs, because he couldn't keep up with modern technology.

However, Jagger is now an avid user of Facebook.com, and has to force himself to log off to focus on his music.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time playing the guitar. There's an underlying problem of this screen life taking ove...
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ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus Thrilled By New Copyright Law Passed By European Union

September 12th, 2011 9:38pm EDT
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ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus was thrilled by a new ruling by the European Union that will see the copyright on sound recordings extended from 50 to 70 years.

"Now I won't have to see ABBA being used in a TV commercial," he says.

The ruling was the result of a proposal from British singer Cliff Richard, who proposed to give composers an extra 25 years to benefit from their creations. On Monday, members of the European Union Council voted in favor of the "Saviour's Day" singer's proposal; however instead of 25 years they extended the copyright on sound recordings by 20 years.

Under the 50-year...
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Keith Richards' 'Life' Heads To The Big Screen

September 7th, 2011 11:41am EDT
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Keith Richards' memoirs are heading for the big screen.

The Rolling Stones legend has given the greenlight to adapt his tell-all tome Life, which became a best-seller after its release last year, into a movie.

He confirmed the news at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday, where he was named Writer of the Year for his explosive memoir.

However, the guitarist admits it will be a struggle to cast an actor to fill his shoes.

He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "There are feelers out at the minute (but) I'm in no rush right at the moment. Also, how are they going to find me...
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Keith Richards Saves British Radio Station From Closure

September 2nd, 2011 8:03pm EDT
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Rocker Keith Richards has saved a small U.K. radio station from shutting down by handing over a $4,800 donation.

Chiefs at Angel Radio, on Britain's Isle of Wight, were frantically trying to raise cash to repair a transmitter, which was struck by lightning in July.

The station faced closure, but Richards stepped in to help with a generous donation.

Angel Radio director Bev Webster says, "We thought the check was a joke. But accountants confirmed it was the real Keith Richards. I've written to say thanks. It is so exciting to think he might be a fan."

"I don't know if Keith listens to...
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Check Out Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley's Hot New Supergroup, SuperHeavy (Video)

August 11th, 2011 8:00pm EDT
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What do you get when legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger teams up with Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R.Rahman and reggae star Damian Marley? The world's latest supergroup - SuperHeavy.

The band's self-titled debut album is in stores September 20, 2011 and tracks include the first single 'Miracle Worker' (check it out below), plus "One Day One Night," "Energy," "Unbelievable," "SuperHeavy," "I Can't Take It No More," "You're Never Gonna Change" and "I Don't Mind."

Click here to stream "Miracle Worker"(new wi...
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Share & Download Bob Marley & The Wailer's 'High Tide Or Low Tide' For Charity

August 9th, 2011 10:06am EDT
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Today sees the launch of a ground-breaking social media campaign, "I'm Gonna Be Your Friend" (www.imgonnabeyourfriend.org) supported by many of the world's most famous names in entertainment and their fans.

A global audience over 700 million* Facebook and Twitter fans will be able to view a short film of the crisis in East Africa created by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald from footage of East Africa. The film is set to the 1973 Bob Marley & The Wailers song 'High Tide or Low Tide' and will reach over a billion people**.

The campaign was developed to support Save the Children's ap...
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Maroon 5 Debuts 'Moves Like Jagger' Video

August 8th, 2011 11:25pm EDT
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Monday night on E! News, Grammy winners Maroon 5 rolled out the video for their hit summer single, "Moves Like Jagger." You can check out the video below.

(If controls don't appear, scroll over the video box to play.)

The video involves, appropriately, a bevy of people at "Jagger Auditions" attempting to emulate the dance moves of legendary Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. Jagger has given his approval to the tribute tune.

"Moves Like Jagger," which features lead singer Adam Levine's fellow The Voice coach Christina Aguilera, was unveiled in J...
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Happy 50th Birthday, The Edge!

August 8th, 2011 10:27am EDT
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U2 rocker The Edge has plenty of reason to celebrate - he turns the big 5-0 on Monday.

The Irish band recently wrapped up its mammoth 360 Tour and marked the end of the 25-month trek with an all night boozing session at New York hotspot The Spotted Pig last weekend.

But the party doesn't stop there for the guitar great - The Edge will no doubt be raising a toast once more as he rocks into his 50th year.

And to mark the milestone, WENN has dug deep to find 10 fascinating facts about the man born David Howell Evans.

Happy Birthday, The Edge!

- He was born in England, his family is Welsh,...
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Rolling Stones Considering 50th Anniversary Spectacular In 2012

July 18th, 2011 11:30pm EDT
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The Rolling Stones are considering staging a massive London spectacular to mark the band's 50th anniversary next year, according to guitarist Ron Wood.

Plans for a 2011 reunion appear to have fallen flat as frontman Mick Jagger launches his supergroup SuperHeavy and Keith Richards breaks ground on a planned solo album, but Wood, who recently reformed The Faces without Rod Stewart, is hopeful the Stones will be back in 2012.

He tells London's Evening Standard there are plans afoot to stage a series of gigs in Hyde Park.

He says, "We'll try to recapture the old camaraderie... I know Keith ...
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And The Greatest Rock Ballad Of All Time Is...

May 13th, 2011 8:52am EDT
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Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been named the greatest rock ballad of all time in a new RollingStone.com online poll.

The 1971 classic beat out songs by the Beatles and Rolling Stones to land atop the new list.

In naming the track their number one, publication editors write, "If the entire genre of Classic Rock had to be reduced to one song it would probably be Stairway To Heaven. It's been played a squajillion times on the radio since it came out in 1971, and it doesn't show any signs of going away."

The top five are:

1. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
2. "Something" by t...
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Keith Richards 'Blown Away' By Book Reaction

May 9th, 2011 2:36pm EDT
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Legendary rocker Keith Richards was overwhelmed by the positive response to his autobiography, insisting even his records "don't get such good reviews."

The Rolling Stones veteran released his tell-all tome Life last year and the revelations in the candid memoirs hit headlines across the world.

In the book, Richards famously likened his band mate Mick Jagger to an annoying mynah bird and suggested he has a small penis.

The rocker has now admitted he was stunned by the positive feedback the book received from both critics and fans, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I was blown away, actua...
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Keith Richards Once Used Superglue To Fix His Teeth

April 25th, 2011 9:10am EDT
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Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards once used heavy duty household glue to fix his teeth when his veneers fell out, according to his bandmate Ronnie Wood.

Wood opened up about his own dental make-over in an interview with Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper, revealing his porcelain caps frequently come loose and his girlfriend Ana Araujo often has to help him fix them back in place with special dental glue.

And he also revealed that Richards once tried the same trick - but used an extra-strength adhesive to mend his smile.

Wood says, "A couple of these (teeth) have fallen out. I got the ...
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Jane's Addiction Conjure Up Ancient Sounds On New Track

April 12th, 2011 10:31pm EDT
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Rockers Jane's Addiction have teamed up with a group of Moroccan world musicians for an exotic new track.

Singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins have recorded "End To The Lies" with the legendary The Master Musicians of Joujouka.

The 14 village musicians hail from the Ahl Srif mountain range of the southern Rif Mountains in northern Morocco; they are Sufi trance artists who use reed, pipe and percussion to create drones and complex rhythms.

Late Rolling Stones star Brian Jones recorded them in 1968 for his album Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at J...
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Mick Jagger & David Bowie Team Up For Rock Movie Screenplay

April 10th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
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Mick Jagger has written a script with David Bowie for a rock movie, according to a report.

The Rolling Stones legend has based the plot around rock 'n' roll managers in the 1960s and he's keen to land comedy actors to take the lead roles, reports Britain's The Sun.

A source tells the publication, "Mick has had the script in the bag for years. He has gone back to it again recently and feels now is the time to get it out there. Mick has a few famous comedians in mind to star and is starting to sound them out.

"The script is full of stuff from back in the day, which Mick and the band witnes...
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U2 Tour To Be The Highest Grossing Ever!

April 8th, 2011 3:38pm EDT
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Irish rockers U2 are on track to dethrone the Rolling Stones and land the title for the highest grossing tour ever.

The Rolling Stones are currently the kings of the live circuit - their A Bigger Bang trek brought in over $558 million between 2005 and 2007.

Nonetheless, U2's 360 world tour is expected to eclipse that number this weekend following their stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, making it the most commercially successful in history.

Bono and his bandmates will have made nearly $700 million by the time they wrap up their gigs in New Brunswick, Canada, on July 30th, reports Billboard.co...
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Keith Richards Designs T-Shirt For Japanese Disaster Relief Fund

March 24th, 2011 8:23am EDT
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Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has followed in the footsteps of fellow rockers Iron Maiden by designing a T-shirt to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan.

The musician is using a special snap taken in Japan during the band's 1990 world tour for the front of the $29.99 garment, and he's urging his fans to dig deep and support his fundraiser.

A message posted on his website reads, "For decades, Japanese fans have been some of the most passionate supporters of rock and roll. Now they need our help. The Japan Relief t-shirt is based on a photo taken by Claude Gassian on the Japan...
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