The Rolling Stones have announced their tour, and will be hitting the U.S. in May. 50 & Counting, the Glimmer Twins and company once again take their tunes on the road. Fans have been waiting with baited breath, and now all their dreams will come true. The boys have proven they still have the strut and jam to make it happen. The Stones five performances last year demonstrated they’re not done yet. This tour will start out west and head east. Maybe the last time, I don’t know.
It’s here! Bowie’s latest work The Next Day, is at the top of the charts. It’s David’s 30th album, his first new album in 10 years. At the age of 66, Bowie shows no sign of slowing. Produced by long time collaborator Tony Visconti, this album is a great return for Bowie. You may remember that in 2004, David had a heart attack while on tour pushing his Reality album. For this latest work, Bowie and his cohorts worked quietly, surprising many with the announcement of the single Where Are We Now on his January 8th birthday. Another cut The Stars(Are Out Tonight), is accompanied with a short film. This latest work is an elegant reminder of the Bowie we know, and invites us to learn more. No mention of a tour,…yet.
Pandit Ravi Shankar, the “Godfather of World Music”, has passed. The legendary sitar player that brought Indian music to the West, died late December 11th, 2012, in San Diego near his home. He is survived by his wife Sukanya, and daughter Anoushka. He is father to jazz singer Norah Jones, and also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Famous for teaching Beatle George Harrison the sitar, he recorded with the super group on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”. More….
The Stones are back and rolling out live to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Yes, it’s true. Not quite a tour, but select dates in three cities. Hope your checking account can handle the prime seating prices. Some tickets are going for over $2000. Also released, another greatest hits collection with two new cuts. Doom and Gloom and One More Shot are the offerings seven years after The Bigger Bang. Not to mention the release of their latest documentary, Crossfire Hurricane. So is this it? The last stand from our rock heros, destine to ride off into the sunset after slaying the beast and winning the world. A fitting exit for the greatest band ever. The glow will last forever. Oh, and book some time to tour the Rolling Stone archive for your home satisfaction.