Folk icon Richie Havens passed away August 22, Earth Day. However, it was another fateful day for the earth which propelled Havens to heavenly heights over 40 years ago. The day that, by chance, he opened for the Woodstock festival where his message of social change and Freedom redefined a culture torn apart by war, as a new generation of hope. It was here where Havens began his notoriety as the soulful leader for peace, love, and thoughtful critique through music. Inspired by the folk artists of his time, and in turn inspiring them to reach beyond the commercialism of pop music. Fans were enamored for his energetic covers of Bob Dylan’s Just Like A Woman, and the Beatles Here Comes The Sun. Frequently sought after for his ability to capture the relativism of the moment, fans were drawn to the simple honesty of his live performances. Never slowing, Richie kept playing, releasing his last album in 2008 titled Nobody Left To Crown. In March 2012, Havens announced he would stop touring due to health problems. Richie Pierce Havens was 72.
Collective Soul continues to Shine. Nearly 20 years after their first album release, the boys are still proving to be one of rock’s top acts. Ed and company just finished a blistering multi city tour with a fantastic Atlanta Georgia show on July 7th at the Tabernacle. First set was songs from “Dosage”, featuring “Tremble For My Love”, “Heavy”, “Run”, “Generate”, and more. Then a greatest hits type set after a break featuring “December”, “Precious Declaration”, “Gel”, eventually wrapping with “Shine”. Awesome! This band personifies rock and roll. Cool cats, laying down some power cords, with some great lyrics. They still have a few added dates. 7.27.12 @ Penticon, BC, 7.28.12 @ Richmond, BC, 8.10.12 @ Stevensville, ON, 8.11.12 @ Saskatoon, SK, 8.25.12 @ Columbia, SC, 8.28.12 @ Syracuse, NY. Check out this CS clip, backstage before show in Detroit.
Word is out. Mick Jagger is working with a new group named ” Super Heavy”. Teaming up with Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and Damien Marley, the group has supposedly been recording for the last 18 months. Even though Mick and Keith have been contemplating a 50th anniversary tour. there is no Rolling Stones tour currently planned. Some fans point to fallout from Keith’s lashing of Mick in a recent memoir. Others say the Stones are finished. But we’ve heard that before. And since neither Keith or Mick will deny a final tour, RockSite will keep the faith that a Rolling Stones 2012 tour is very possible, if not likely. Hopefully we’ll soon get to enjoy Mick and “Super Heavy”. The fans and road await. Oh yeah, Mick’s daughter Elizabeth has posed nude for Playboy. Time is definitely on her side.